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Cindy Weiler, EWC Specialist
Fax: 907.638.6402

Vera Metcalf, EWC Director
Phone: 907.443.4380
Fax: 907.443.4484
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 948
Nome, AK 99762

Vera Kingeekuk Metcalf

Vera was born and raised in Savoonga (Sivungaq) on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Since 2002, Vera has been the Director of the Eskimo Walrus Commission (EWC) at Kawerak, Inc., working with communities in the promotion of community involvement in research, documentation of local traditional ecological knowledge, and co-management of the Pacific walrus population. Vera represents the EWC in various forums, including the Indigenous People’s Council on Marine Mammals, the Arctic Marine Mammal Coalition, and the Arctic Waterways Safety Committee. Vera is a Commissioner on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, an Advisory Panel member of the North Pacific Research Board, a Steering Committee member for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, Special Advisor on Native Affairs for the Marine Mammal Commission, and a member of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Executive Committee. Vera is also a Commissioner for the U.S. Department of State, facilitating travel between Chukotka, Russia and the Bering Straits region of Alaska. Vera is a strong advocate for the subsistence lifestyles of Alaska Native peoples, and passionate about strengthening Alaska Native languages and cultures.

Katya Wassillie

Katya is Yup’ik/Iñupiaq from the communities of Pilot Station and White Mountain, Alaska. Although these are her hometowns, Katya was raised in many different villages throughout western and northern Alaska, moving frequently with her mother, who was a school teacher. Katya is now living in White Mountain, where she enjoys spending time outdoors and participating in subsistence activities. Katya received her B.A. in political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2012 and is currently working toward her M.A. in Rural Development from UAF also. Katya has been the Eskimo Walrus Commission Specialist at Kawerak, Inc. since the summer of 2014, maintaining the administrative functions of the EWC and working to support EWC projects.