Alain Labrique, Co-Investigator / Tech Guru
Alain bio

Avid technology geek, flyer of drones and father of two bookworms. Spends too much time at 30,000 ft, flying from global health site to site.


Joseph Gallo, Co-Investigator
Joe bio

My wife and I have a love of history and antiques, especially old toys. Our kids, grandkid, and two labs keep us busy.


Paul Ivanoff III, Lead Parent
Paul bio

My nickname is Bebucks (B$). It took me about two weeks to answer to “Paul” as a freshman in college as I didn’t know my own name. I love fishing and my family. Perhaps not in that order though.


Samantha Kleindienst Robler, Lead Audiology Stakeholder/Co-Investigator
Samantha bio

I love the outdoors and being in nature. I’m an avid reader and learner. I enjoy great company, traveling, and being active.  What drives me every day is being the best version of myself, helping others, and hopefully leaving the world a better place.

Stephanie McConnell, Patient Partner

I have four adult children, five grandchildren, and no debt!!  I enjoy a good mystery/suspense novel or movie, traveling, basketball, fishing, hiking, and the search for the biggest blueberry patch every summer.

Laureli Ivanoff, Communication & Outreach Specialist

I enjoy tent camping up the Unalakleet River, hunting ugruk in the ocean with family, fishing for silvers with my trusty Pixie I call “Pretty Pretty,” and really strong coffee. I absolutely love living in my hometown of Unalakleet. 


Susan Emmett, Co-Principal Investigator
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Love of travel, the joy of learning about new cultures, and spending time outdoors make me tick.  In my free time you will likely find me running, hiking, cycling, or exploring a new place, camera in hand.


Philip Hofstetter, Co-Principal Investigator

Some mornings while most people are still asleep, you can see Phil biking around the hills of Nome. An endurance athlete, Phil puts himself through misery every year, biking the Iditarod Invitational, from Willow to Nome. He also plays the mandolin.