Enep’ut Staff

Lisa Centner- Smith, Director

Mrs. Lisa is available to answer questions about the program and will be providing administrative oversight for enrollment, children’s files, and parent communications, among many other duties. She spends time in both classrooms and oversees staffing and the learning environment. She has a Preschool Child Development Associate credential and is currently working towards a BA in Administration for Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Lisa previously owned a successful licensed Group Home Daycare in Fairbanks for 14 years and brings a wealth of experience to the Center! Mrs. Lisa is very excited to bring new learning opportunities to Enep’ut, She enjoys being outdoors and nature. She believes, in correspondance with the Enep’ut philosophy, when the outside is not available to us, bring it in!  She enjoys doing crafts with up-cycled materials and is always collecting crafting materials – bring it in! She has an open door policy so feel free to stop by anytime! 


Bryana Garcia- DeLaCruz, Lead Preschool

Ms. Bryana has a Child Development Associate Credential. She is currently working towards her associates in Early Childhood Education and hopes to Graduate after the Summer of 2019. She enjoys working with her hands on activities to engage the children, and she often enjoys the activities as much as the children. She started volunteering at Enep’ut after hours about a two years ago setting up the classrooms and prepping for lessons, and has since started working directly with the children. She loves coming up with new and exciting ideas for projects, and is passionate about being involved in early childhood education.

Taylor Centner, Lead Preschool

Ms. Taylor attended Enep’ut as a toddler! She has come back to Enep’ut to help teach kids some of the most vital steps into their futures – the beginning steps of learning. Ms. Taylor has been working and volunteering in the childcare field since she was 16 years old. She is a Child Care Associate and has a Child Development Association credential. Outside of Enep’ut, she enjoys playing with her puppy at the dog park and camping. She also volunteers with the Fairbanks Roller Derby and Interior Alaska Green Star

Sunny Hemen, Assistant Lead

Ms. Sunny is a part time preschool teacher. She is pursuing her A.A. in Early Childhood Education and plans to continue to get her B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies. She has worked at summer camps with younger school aged children in the past, and absolutely loves working with children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, sleeping in, eating food, hugging cats and dogs, and watching comedies.

Shannan Turner, Assistant Teacher

Ms. Shannan likes taking care of children. She is known for her creativity; she can think of a dozen ways to use or make an item, and she encourages the children to do the same. Ms. Shannan’s background is in child care for the younger set (7 years) and also as a volunteer, Library Assistant, and literature and math lab tutor for Barnette Magnet School (2 years). In her spare time, she continues to volunteer for Barnette, Ester Library, and International Order of Rainbow Girls. As a side note, Ms. Shannan and her nieces and nephews attended Enep’ut as children. That’s full circle!

Infants, Toddlers, & Wobblers

Chanda Peters, Lead Infant

Ms. Chanda has worked with the Infants and Toddlers and Preschoolers. In her current position, she is working primarily with the infants and wobblers. She is currently a student at UAF working towards her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She Enjoys visiting with family and friends in her spare time. As well as, reading and watching Disney Movies.

Alfredo Quiroga, Assistant Infant Lead

Mr. Alfredo is a fun, food-loving, outgoing person who wants to make a difference in the lives of our youth. He believes that the examples and things we teach them will guide their path and choices they make. Mr. Alfredo likes to teach kids in ways that are fun and easy to learn, and he loves seeing their bright, cute faces when they are excited about something new. He is currently going to school to pursue his associates in early childhood education than his bachelors in child development and family studies and eventually his masters in special education. When he is not working or in school, Mr. Alfredo is usually at home cooking, watching TV, reading, crocheting, hanging out with friends or dancing which is his other passion outside of work.

Anne Kompkoff, Assistant Lead Toddler

Ms. Anne has always loved children and being around them. This is her first year working in a children’s center and she is enjoying it. Exploring with toddlers is her newly found passion! She is a full-time student at UAF working towards her associates in Early Childhood Education. Eventually, she hopes to get her masters in special education. Outside of work, she likes to read, hang out with family, and watch movies.