Tricia grew up in military family living in Virginia, Texas, Germany, Ohio and Iowa. Her grandparents are from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Her parents, Henry Howe (Electrical Engineer) and Peggy Ogden (Lutheran Minister) settled in Iowa after Henry retired from the Air Force. Tricia graduated from high school, college and graduate school in Iowa. After earning a Master’s degree in Preventive Medicine from the University of Iowa, Tricia joined the Air Force as a navigator and was stationed in Washington, Kansas, at the Pentagon, Florida, Hawaii and New Mexico serving in operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe and central Africa. She moved to Alaska with her husband after military retirement to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the state and continue to serve. She is pursuing a Master’s of Environmental Science at Alaska Pacific University. Tricia works at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in the National Tribal Water Center, where she is part of a team who is evaluating the Portable Alternative Sanitation System. She loves hiking, camping, gardening and playing music on the piano and viola.