Meda is a Tlingit Traditional Healer, Ethno-herbalist, multi-disciplinary artist, community leader, educator, and advocate of Indigenous health practices, as well as environmental stewardship. Her Tlingit names are Tśa Tsée Naakw, Khaat kłaat. Heradopted Northern Cree name is Boss EagleSpirit Woman. Her clan is Naanyaa.aayí from Wrangell, Alaska. Meda also served as the chair of the steering committee formed to recall Governor Michael J. Dunleavy.
Erin is a social justice advocate with a background in nonprofit management, event production and recently served as the statewide coordinator for the Recall Dunleavy campaign. As a life-long Alaskan she is a fierce supporter of the state and continually advocates on a variety of issues, most specifically those that have disparate impact on minority communities.
Caregiver / Organizer / Navigator
I was born March 4, 1974, in San Diego, California on a Navy base, where my Bio Dad served. My mom remarried and we moved with my Step Dad to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1980. For the last 26 years, I have raised two daughters and two Sons alongside my Life Partner of 27 years.
I have been employed since I was 10 years old. I have worked in a variety of settings ranging from Food Service, Child Care, Pet Care and eventually paved my path to my Niche for the last decade as an In-Home Health Care worker; specializing in Alzheimer's and Dementia. In addition to Caregiving, I have been given an opportunity to join a fantastic team with Stand UP Alaska in May of 2020 as an organizer and I am proud to be branching out in other directions to be the Humanitarian I was born to be! Currently, we are advocating to break down Medicaid barriers to enable Immigrants, the Elderly, and the Specially abled to have access to the care they need and deserve. I furthermore am hoping to encourage changes in resources and proper compensation for Families taking care of loved ones at home. This only names a couple of the movements our organization is implementing for positive and essential change in the future.
In my free time, I have a passion for cooking healthy, life-supporting meals for my family and friends. Being a Master Herbalist I love Wildcrafting and empowering others to take charge of their health with the food, herbs, and berries that we are blessed to have growing in our Alaskan back yards and woods.