ANCC Staff

Joseph Jessup McDermott, Executive Director

Phone: 907-855-1392
Fax: 907-443-6903

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 670268 • Chugiak, AK, 99567

Rhonda Sparks, Program Specialist

Alaska Nannut Co-Management Council

Rhonda Sparks is the Program Specialist for ANCC. As a lifelong resident of Northwest Alaska, Rhonda recognizes the importance of subsistence to culture and tradition.

Rhonda’s co-management background began shortly after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College. Previous employment opportunities provided Rhonda with a foundation and work experience in polar bear co-management.

Rhonda currently lives in Nome with her wife and two kids.

Katya Gray, Contractor

Alaska Nannut Co-Management Council

Katya Gray serves as a contractor of ANCC, a role that she has held since 2018. With a strong interest in empowering Alaska Native communities through strengthened Tribal governance systems, Katya is committed to supporting the mission of ANCC.

Prior to joining ANCC, Katya worked in marine mammal co-management with organizations such as the Eskimo Walrus Commission and Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Alaska Native Studies and a Master of Arts in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Katya is Iñupiaq and currently resides in Nome, Alaska with her family where she enjoys an active subsistence lifestyle.