JAMES TEMTE, MS – DIRECTOR
James Temte is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and grew up in the Rocky Mountains living in Wyoming and Colorado. James joined the National Tribal Water Center (NTWC) in 2014 and now serves as the Director of the NTWC. James received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and a minor in chemistry from Fort Lewis College and Masters of Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage in Applied Environmental Science and Technology. James has served as the Director of the Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management, the Vice Chair of the National Tribal Air Association and on the Board of Directors of the Climate Registry. He has a passion for public art, tribal sovereignty, self-determination, protecting the environment, and human health.
James’ interest in water and sanitation work focuses on human health, including affordable access to adequate and sustainable water and sanitation services. He loves to work with communities on multi-disciplinary teams to incorporate innovative health education techniques to inspire positive actions.
JOHN WARREN, PE – DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING SERVICES
John A. Warren, P.E., is the Director Engineering Services with ANTHC. Engineering Services provides planning, design and
construction services for over $50,000,000 of sanitation infrastructure projects annually, which have included an average of 10 water treatment facility designs over the last ten years. Mr. Warren has over 27 years of engineering experience throughout all regions of Alaska. He previously worked as Engineering Manager at Larsen Consulting Group, and later at CE2 Engineers, Inc. Prior to his consulting experience, John worked for the US Public Health Service/Indian Health Service as a Construction Engineer, Design Engineer, and Engineer Consultant. John has received State and National awards and commendations for his work in engineering design and construction in the north.He has contributed a number of publications on sanitation infrastructure; he was a contributing author of the “ASCE Cold Regions Utilities Monograph,” a coauthor for the “Arctic Climate Impact Assessment,” and the author of “Climate Change and Human Health: Infrastructure Impacts to Small Remote Communities in the North,” which was published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health.
BAILEY GAMBLE – ENGINEER and EDUCATOR
Bailey joined the NTWC in 2016 to serve as an educator and creative developer of curricula. She also serves as a mechanical engineer with the Rural Energy Initiative at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium with a focus on identifying energy efficiency measures in tribal water and sanitation facilities. She received her BS in mechanical engineering and MS in environmental engineering from Michigan Tech University and is currently working on her MA in teaching through Wayne State University. Before joining the NTWC, she served as an engineer in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and taught high school physics in an around Detroit, MI. She is passionate about building community and rock climbing.
MARLEAH MAKPIAQ LABELLE, M.A. – PROJECT MANAGER
Marleah Makpiaq LaBelle joined the National Tribal Water Center in 2017 as a project manager. Marleah is Inupiaq and Sugpiaq and is a tribal member of the Native Village of Port Graham. She has 10 years of public relations and communications experience serving nonprofits in Alaska. Marleah has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University and a master’s degree in rural development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is married with two daughters and lives in Anchorage. Marleah has a passion for connecting with tribes and ensuring they have a voice in project planning and development.
JAKE BELL – MSC. – SPECIAL PROJECTS
Jake has been with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium since 2009. As a community health consultant he works on a variety of topics including: rural water and sanitation issues, climate change assessment and planning, and environmental health monitoring.
LAURA EICHELBERGER, Ph.D., MPH – SR EPIDEMIOLOGY & HEALTH RESEARCH CONSULTANT
Laura Eichelberger is originally from Fairbanks and is a Senior Epidemiology and Health Research Consultant with the National Tribal Water Center (NTWC). She also is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Laura has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and is a former Cancer Prevention Fellow with the National Cancer Institute.
As a medical anthropologist, Laura focuses on health issues while being mindful of local values and cultural practices. From 2008 to 2009, Laura lived in Ambler and Buckland for 18 months learning about household struggles for clean water and sanitation, while participating in a subsistence lifestyle. Since then, she has continued to work with Alaska Native tribes across rural Alaska, using ethnographic and epidemiologic methods to document water and sanitation needs in these Indigenous communities.
Laura is committed to using research to advocate for better access to water and sanitation in Alaska Native communities. She is a member of the Alaska Water & Sanitation Working Group and the UARCTIC Council Arctic Water, Sewer & Health Thematic Network.