Alberta earned her Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies, emphasis Research, from University of Alaska Fairbanks. She spent her career teaching mainly middle school and upper elementary school in Juneau, Alaska and Silver Spring, Maryland.  She coordinated many Western Science/Indigenous Knowledge camps, which was always a highlight of her work. She coordinated multiple large grants too. She belongs to the Tsimshian Gishbudwada (Killer Whale) phratry. She is also Alutiiq-Sugpiaq, Russian, Hispanic, Norwegian, Swedish, and German. She is married to Peter Jones and has adult children Bruce (WWU Math/Computer Science senior), Jenny, David & wife Meghan, and grandchildren Master Teddy and Ms. Ellie.