Staff

Nicole Swenson – Interim Executive Director, Conservation Director

Nicole began working with TTCD in April of 2014. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Montana and a Master’s of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Having grown up in Alaska, she is passionate about Alaska’s natural resources and local food production. In her position, she has the opportunity to work with the residents of TTCD’s district to provide guidance on many exciting projects such as the Tyonek garden and a district wide invasive weeds monitoring program. She is honored to be a part of TTCD and is eager to help people grow their own food and sustainably use their resources.

Tonya Kaloa – Outreach Director

Tonya started working for TTCD in February, 2014, and is very excited for the opportunity to grow with this organization. In her role as the Outreach Director, Tonya is looking forward to learning more about the issues and needs for the native people, as well as working with other native villages across Alaska. Tonya is eager to be a part of helping natives with their hopes and dreams for their lands, waters, traditions and for their future. One of Tonya’s major goals involves bringing education programs to the youth of Tyonek. Tonya is excited to be a part of teaching future generations how to preserve and use natural resources for their homeland.

Jillian Jablonski – TTCD Biologist

Jillian began working for TTCD in March 2018. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University and an M.S. in Conservation Ecology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has previously worked in the wildlife, plants, and fisheries fields across southcentral Alaska. Jillian is excited for the opportunity to work with the community of Tyonek, and to work to conserve and sustain the natural resources of the area.

Gwendolynn Chickalusion – Garden Manager

Gwen has been involved in the development of the Tyonek Garden since the first conversation around a table in the Tyonek Tribal Center. When TTCD staff met Gwen, she said she could kill a cactus, and now she is our farm manager! Gwen has an endless list of skills and is on high demand in just about every aspect of the Tyonek community and we are happy she spends part of her time working for TTCD!

Dominic Moon – Assistant Garden Manager

Dominic began working for TTCD in 2018 as a TTCD intern at the Tyonek Garden. Dom’s work ethic, positivity, and passion for hands-on work quickly made him an invaluable member of the TTCD team.