The Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (EpiCenter) is located within the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium's (ANTHC) Community Health Services, in Anchorage, Alaska.
The EpiCenter provides public health and epidemiologic services to tribal health organizations and the tribal communities they serve.
ANTHC provides the highest quality health services for Alaska Native and American Indian people at the Alaska Native Medical Center and across Alaska through training, health education, disease and injury prevention, and rural water and sewer construction.
Ellen Provost, DO, MPH
Dr. Provost has served the Alaska Tribal Health System for over 25 years, and has been Director since 2005. She arrived in Bethel in 1990 to work with YKHC as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service. She is a physician specializing in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and has an MS in Biomedical Informatics.
Carla Britton, PhD
Dr. Britton came to the EpiCenter after completing a two year CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Carla holds an MS in Environmental Health and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Iowa.
Nanette Star, MPH
Ms. Star joined the EpiCenter in 2018. She serves as Program Manager of the Tribal Epidemiology Centers Public Health Infrastructure grant. A descendant from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, she holds an MPH in Global Health and a Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology.
Sarah Nash, PhD, MPH
Cancer Surveillance Director
Dr. Nash joined the EpiCenter in 2015. She serves as the Director of the Alaska Native Tumor Registry and the Principal Investigator for the Alaska Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences, and an MPH.
Diana Redwood, PhD
Joining ANTHC in 2004, Dr. Redwood conducts research studies on colorectal cancer screening methods and prevention. Diana holds a PhD in public health, an MPH, and an MS in Nutrition.
Erin Peterson, MPH
Ms. Peterson joined the EpiCenter in 2015. She specializes in chronic disease prevention, and manages the Wellness Strategies for Health (WSH) program. Erin holds an MPH from Emory University.
Romy Mohelsky, MPH
Senior Program Manager
Ms. Mohelsky joined the EpiCenter in 2011 and manages the Network Coordinating Center for the Tribal Epidemiology Centers' Public Health Infrastructure program. Romy holds an MPH from the University of Waterloo.
Bourke Betz, MS
Mr. Betz joined the EpiCenter in 2016 and offers expertise in epidemiology and evaluation. He grew up in Wainwright and Kwigillingok. He holds an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington.
Taija Revels, MPH
Ms. Revels joined the EpiCenter in 2017. She specializes in social and economic determinants of health and policies, systems, and environmental change for the WSH program. She belongs to the Kaagwaataan Lingít clan in southeast Alaska. She holds an MPH from Columbia University, and a CPH.
Tim Collins, MPH, MS
Mr. Collins joined the EpiCenter in 2018 as an epidemiologist supporting substance use-related initiatives. He holds an MPH in biostatistics and epidemiology from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and an MS in psychology. He is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Nelly Dietz-Chavez, MPH
Ms. Dietz-Chavez joined the EpiCenter in 2019. Daniella "Nelly" serves as an Epidemiologist for the Tribal Epidemiology Centers' Public Health Infrastructure program. She has an MPH from Tulane University.
Ian Blake, MS
Mr. Blake joined the EpiCenter in 2014, providing statistical and database support to a variety of EpiCenter projects. His background includes healthcare, fisheries, education, and environmental research. Ian holds an MS in Statistics.
Rochelle Greenley, BAS
Ms. Greenley joined the EpiCenter as a Patient Navigator in 2013, and has been with ANTHC since 2004. Rochelle grew up in the Yup'ik village of Togiak. She holds a BAS in Environmental Studies.
Kristen Mitchell, DrPH
Dr. Mitchell joined the EpiCenter in 2015 and is currently the Program Evaluator for the Network Coordinating Center for the Tribal Epidemiology Centers' Public Health Infrastructure program. Kristen holds a DrPH in Public Health and an MPH.
Weather Potdevin, MA
Ms. Potdevin joined the EpiCenter in 2018. She is the Program Evaluator for the Wellness Strategies for Health program and the Tribal Epidemiology Centers' Public Health Infrastructure program. She grew up in Juneau, and is Koyukon Athabascan. Weather holds an MA in Program Evaluation.
Christine Tait, BS
Senior Marketing Media Specialist
Ms. Tait joined the EpiCenter in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of graphic design experience. She provides website, graphic design, photography, illustration, and social media support. Christine holds a BS in Visual Communication/Graphic Design.
Matthew Bailey, BFA
Marketing Media Web Specialist
Mr. Bailey joined the EpiCenter in 2015. He provides website and graphic design support for EpiCenter projects including the Network Coordinating Center. Matthew holds a BFA in Visual Communication with a Graphic Design emphasis.
Teresa Schade, CTR
Tumor Registrar II
Ms. Schade joined the Alaska Native Tumor Registry in 2009. In her role as SEER Program Manager she collects cancer information for Alaska Native people statewide, and oversees the registry's data management system. She received her Certified Tumor Registrar certificate in 2013.
Garrett Zimpelman, BA
Mr. Zimpelman joined the EpiCenter in 2016 as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for the Alaska Native Tumor Registry (ANTR). Garrett’s duties include data management, database design and implementation, computer programming, and data analysis.
Donna Carlo, BA, CPC-A
Ms. Carlo joined the EpiCenter in 2018. She provides administrative support to the Alaska Native Tumor Registry. Donna is part Athabascan. She has a BA in Psychology, is a Certified Medical Coder (with Apprentice status) thru AAPC, and received her Health Information Management/Coding Specialist certificate in 2009.
Marissa Palmer, BA, MFA
Ms. Palmer joined the EpiCenter in 2019 as the Program Coordinator for the State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) program, which aims to improve access to healthy food and beverage options in Alaska Tribal Health facilities. Marissa holds a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing.
Ms. Ruuti joined the EpiCenter in 2009. As a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, she served her tribe for 23 years. She provides administrative support to the EpiCenter.
Special Projects Coordinator
Ms. Haakenson joined the EpiCenter in 2010. Amie provides support for the Wellness Strategies for Health program and other EpiCenter projects.
Senior Office Specialist
Ms. Okpealuk joined the EpiCenter in 2014. She is pursuing a degree in Business Administration Management, with a minor in Alaska Native Business Management. She is from the Maniilaq region.
Senior Office Specialist
Ms. Hansell joined the EpiCenter in 2017. She provides support for the Network Coordinating Center for the Tribal Epidemiology Centers' Public Health Infrastructure program. Annie is from the Inupiaq village of Shaktoolik in the Bering Strait region.
Senior Office Specialist
Ms. Karasti joined the EpiCenter in 2018. She provides administrative support to the Wellness Strategies for Health program. Daisy is a Tlingit Indian from Sitka, Alaska.