Meet Our Faculty and Program Coordinators


On behalf of our faculty and program coordinators, I welcome you to the Department of Instruction. This department provides a broad range of instructional programs and courses, which are offered for academic credit and are delivered at times, in places, and using formats that meet the needs of a diverse student population.  Additionally, the department monitors the academic integrity of instructional programs; ensures the college’s compliance with accreditation requirements; and creates the institution’s course catalogs and schedules.

Qualified and dedicated faculty implement a rigorous, place-based curriculum that prepares graduates to be successful in their future endeavors, whether they enter the workforce or continue their education at a four-year institution. Various coordinators form the critical support framework to several programs as they work with both, students and adjunct instructors, to create enriching learning experiences. The infusion of Iñupiaq cultural values, traditions, worldview, and histories into all aspects of the curriculum, shape each instructional environment to be relevant to the student body it serves.

Together, we strive to enrich, encourage, and affirm our students on their educational journey, and we take pride and joy in their successes.

Birgit Meany,
Dean of Instruction

Peter Anderegg

Assistant Professor, Distance Education / Interdisciplinary Studies
M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1985; Bachelors of Arts and Music/Education, Washington State University, 1978.
Ph. 907.852.1735  Contact Peter Anderegg

Rob Carrillo

Lead Coordinator, Distance Education
B.A. Physical Education, Long Beach State University, California, 1984; A.A. Recreation and Park Management, Cerritos Community College, California, 1982; Certificate in Online Teaching, Matanuska Susitna College, Alaska, 2005; Certifications: Blackboard Administrator, 2004; Blackboard Faculty Course Development, 2004; IC3 Instructor, 2007; Elluminate Moderator Certification 2010. Tribal College Grant Project Coordinator since 2008.
Ph. 907.852.1706 Contact Rob Carrillo

Dave Elbert

Assistant Professor, Vocational/Technical Trades (Electrical)
NCCER Master Instructor, 2003; NSTC Instructor, A.A. University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1999; Electrical Contractor License, State of Alaska, 1988; Electrical Administrator License, State of Alaska, 1986; Journeyman License, States of Alaska, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, 1981.
Ph. 907.852.1781 Contact Dave Elbert

Dave is a lifelong Alaskan who has spent most of his working career in the electrical industry.  He has been teaching the Electrical Trades Program and related construction classes at Ilisagvik since 1997, and truly enjoys instructing in the community college setting.  Dave is licensed as a Journeyman electrician, master electrician, and NCCER master instructor.  Married with five children, four of whom graduated from Barrow High school, he and his wife continue to enjoy life in the Barrow community and the joys and challenges of teaching and providing career advancement for students. One of his favorite quotes is: “Happiness in life is the result of the choices we make.  If we are not happy, make better choices!”

Denise Merat

Instructor, Foundational Studies
B.A. English, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, 1996.
Ph. 907.852.1712 Contact Denise Merat

Linda Nicholas-Figueroa

Instructor, Biology / Chemistry
M.A. Chemistry, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska 2009; B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska 2000.
Ph. 907.852.1848 / 1738 Contact Linda Nicholas-Figueroa

David G. Rice

Assistant Professor, Business
Master of Health Administration, Brigham Young University, 1985; B.A. Economics, Brigham Young University, 1983.
Ph. 907.852.1713 Contact David Rice

Amanda Sialofi

Program Coordinator, Allied Health
B.A.S. in Justice Administration, Wayland Baptist University, 2011; A.A.S. Justice, Wayland Baptist University, 2011; National Certified Medical Assistant, 2004; National Area Health Education Center Organization Member, 2011.Ph: 907-852-1737 Contact Amanda Sialofi

Amanda is the coordinator for the Allied Health program.  She has over 10 years of experience in the health care field as a Certified Medical Assistant and Health Educator with Southcentral Foundation and Cook Inlet Tribal Council (Detox Center).  Previously, she worked as the Health Careers Coordinator with the Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program which works in collaboration with the Allied Health Program to promote and support health career pathways for kids, students, and adults in Alaska.  She enjoys traveling to rural villages for health outreach programs and recruiting students to come to Barrow for the Allied Health summer camps.

Daniel S. Wall

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
ABD. Cultural Anthropology. University of Chicago, 1996; M.A. U.S. History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1995; B.A. Philosophy / Linguistics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1990.
Ph. 907.852.1703 Contact Daniel Wall

Caitlin Walls

Assistant Professor, English
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Emerson College, 2010; B.A. in English, Colorado State University, 2007.
Ph. 907.852.1731 Contact Caitlin Walls

Caitlin grew up on the plains of Texas and in the mountains of Colorado. During her graduate studies in Boston, she focused on Modernist poetry and contemporary poetic formalism. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new places, which is what brought her to Barrow to teach English.

Natalie Welcome

Instructor, Mathematics
M.A.T. Education, Liberty University, 2010; B.S.I.E. Industrial Engineering, North Carolina A&E State University, 2000

Originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina, Natalie graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. She later graduated from Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Teaching and is presently working towards Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction through Texas Tech University. Her relevant field experiences include employment at Boeing Aerospace, Cutler-Hammer, & Winston Salem, North Carolina school district. Contact Natalie Welcome

Larry Wilbourn

Instructor, Vocational Education / Commercial Driver’s License / Heavy Truck and Equipment
Class A/CDL with Air Brake, Tanker, Double/Triple, Combination, Hazardous Materials, Passenger and School Bus Endorsements; Graduate of West Coast Training/Heavy Equipment, 2005; Department of Motor Vehicles Certified Third Party Examiner #67 (9/98); State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Certified School Bus Driver Training Instructor #170 (6/98). State of Alaska Driving Instructor #LW4153. State of Alaska Motor Vehicle Road Skills Examiner #LW4153.
Ph. 907.852.1774 Contact Larry Wilbourn

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