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 passionate advocate for social justice, with a rich and diverse experience in nonprofit management and event production. Anchored in Anchorage since the age of two, Erin is a proud alumna of Wonder Park Elementary, Wendler Jr. High School, and Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School. Her profound dedication to her home state is reflected in her relentless advocacy for issues, particularly those that disproportionately affect minority communities.
She began her professional journey at Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, eventually rising to the position of Events Manager. Her career has also been enriched by her experiences at the State of Alaska-Child Support Division, Doyon Limited and JJ Powers Public Relations. Erin's foray into organizing was marked by her role as the statewide coordinator for the Recall Dunleavy campaign.
A key accomplishment in Erin's career was her instrumental role in founding the Alaska Civics Academy, a program dedicated to promoting civic participation and understanding. She is also an active contributor to the Alaska Coalition for Justice, tirelessly working to advance fairness and equality across the state, with a specific focus on police reforms and addressing the school-to-prison pipeline.
In addition, Erin is a board member of Alaskans for Fair Courts, reflecting her commitment to uphold justice and impartiality within the judicial selection process. Her involvement extends to the steering committee of Alaska Women's Ascend, a program designed to empower women to run for political office, thereby promoting gender balance in political representation. In 2022, Erin joined the planning committee of Juneteenth Anchorage, underscoring her commitment to diversity and community engagement in Anchorage.
With her extensive experience and unwavering dedication to social justice, Erin stands out as a significant advocate and leader within her community. Her continuous efforts are pivotal in moving towards a more inclusive and equitable Alaska.
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.