Leadership

ACPE & ASLC Leadership

ACPE is overseen by a fourteen-member body established by law, representing educational bodies and the general public. Guided by the Commission, the Executive Director and staff develop and implement programs and policies to increase access to the benefits of higher education.

ASLC, a public corporation and enterprise instrumentality of the State of Alaska, funds the Commission's programs through tax-exempt bond sales. It has a legal existence independent of the State. The Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors.

The administrative staff of the Commission serve as the staff of the Corporation. They carry out ASLC activities through the delegated authority of the ASLC Executive Officer, who is also the Executive Director of ACPE.

 

Commission Members

Joey Crum, Chair
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2018

Joey Crum was appointed to the Commission by Governor Parnell in March 2014 as a representative of proprietary education. Mr. Crum currently serves as President and CEO of Northern Industrial Training. He previously acted as a master trainer, instructor and examiner, and developed curriculum in the oil, gas, safety and construction industries. Crum holds his captains license and operated a charter boat in Homer, Alaska. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a baccalaureate in psychology and communications, and continued to earn his Juris Doctorate from the Gonzaga University School of Law.

Rebecca Huggins

Rebecca Huggins,
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2018

Becky L. Huggins of Meadow Lakes was appointed to the Commission in 2003 and most recently reappointed in March 2010 by Governor Sean Parnell. She has been a part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough District for over fourteen years.  She established one of the first charter schools in the district, assisted in establishing seeUonline (the district's first online school), and started a choice school in the Meadow Lakes area before her current position of principal of American Charter Academy.  Ms. Huggins was successful in obtaining several federal and state grants on behalf of the students and staff of these schools.  She has been part of multiple working groups involved in educational activities through Alaska's Department of Education and Early Development.  Ms. Huggins previously served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Major. She earned her BA in Art Education (K-12) in 1978 from Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska, adding an Elementary Education Endorsement in 1998, and earned a MA in Education Leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2000.

Dale Anderson
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires February 2019

Dale Anderson was named to the Commission by the chair of the University of Alaska Board of Regents in February 2015. He was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Parnell in 2012. He currently works in the financial services industry and owns Auke Lake Bed & Breakfast. Mr. Anderson has extensive experience in both the private and public sector, served as a member of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, legislative aide for the Alaska State Legislature, and commissioner on the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. He holds a certificate of judicial development in administrative law from the University of Nevada and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University.

Dr. Eric Ash
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2020

Dr. Eric Ash was appointed to the Private Higher Education seat of the Commission by Governor Bill Walker in June 2016. Dr. Ash is the Executive Director and Campus Dean of Wayland Baptist University-Alaska. He arrived in Alaska in 2007. He holds a Bachelor's of Science from the United States Air Force Academy; Masters of Science from Gonzaga University; Masters of Arts from California State University; a Masters of Social Science from Air University; and a PhD from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Ash is a retired Air Force Colonel with more than 28 years of service and held a command four times. He was the department chair at three different institutions, and holds more than 20 years college teaching experience. Dr. Ash has published numerous articles, book reviews, journal volumes, one book, and was a professional journal editor for three years. His education background also includes some graduate study from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Ash's academic interests and specializations include military history, ethics, leadership, and management.

In addition to his professional interests, he also enjoys skiing, running, climbing, hunting, fly-fishing, sailing, wind-surfing, mountain biking, painting, playing the violin, and leading Bible study. He is married to his wife, Dawn and has two sons, Austin (with wife Katie) and Andy (with wife Carrissa).

Les Morse
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2021

Les Morse began his education career in 1986 as a teacher in rural Alaska, teaching in Hooper Bay, Alaska. He later moved to Juneau, Alaska where he taught at Juneau-Douglas High School in both the business and history department. While at JDHS he was part of a team of educators who developed and opened a school program at that was part of a national network of innovative school programs, focused on project-based learning utilizing technology. He later became a principal of Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School in Juneau, a school that housed four different schooling options within the school offering students and families a small, intimate and safe program for learning. Morse moved to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development in 2003 where he was Director of Assessment and Accountability for five and a half years, and then served as Deputy Commissioner for seven and a half years prior to his retirement in 2016. Morse holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University – Northern, and two Master of Education degrees from the University of Alaska – Southeast. He has held a professional teaching certificate with endorsements in history, business and technology, and continues to hold an administrative certification with endorsements for principal and superintendent.

Dr. Pearl Brower
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2021

Dr. Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Alaska Native Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, earned in 2004. Additionally, she holds a Masters in Alaska Native and Rural Development from University of Alaska Fairbanks, earned in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies, with an emphasis in Indigenous Leadership from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, earned in May 2016.

Dr. Brower is currently the President of Iḷisaġvik College, Alaska's only Tribal College. She has been with the College since 2007 working in External Relations, Institutional Advancement, Student Services, and Marketing. She has served as President since 2012. Prior to working for the College Dr. Brower managed an education and culture grant for the North Slope Borough for three years and worked as the Museum Curator of the Iñupiat Heritage Center.

Brower is active in her community in Barrow, on the North Slope and statewide. She is a Board Member of the Friends of Tuzzy Library and is a co-founder of Leadership:Barrow. She serves on the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, the Vocational/Tribal representative on the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network, the Alaska Airlines Community Advisory Board, and on the Foraker Group's Operations Board. Dr. Brower was named one of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 in 2015.

Dr. Brower grew up in both Barrow, Alaska and in northern California practicing a subsistence lifestyle in both areas. She has a daughter, Isla, who is five and along with her husband, Jesse Darling, lives in Barrow, Alaska where she loves to be close to her culture and community

Lisa Parker
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires February 2019

Lisa Parker has a bachelor of science from The American University, Washington D.C., Cum Laude and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar with a Certificate in Corporate Community Outreach from Boston College.

She is a lifelong Alaskan with a rich background in resource development and public involvement in Alaska, winning her first election at the age of 19 to the Anchorage Charter Commission; she also was elected to and served on the Soldotna City Council. Her involvement in resource development includes working for Cominco Alaska during the planning, development and initial operations of the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska. Ms. Parker served as Planning Director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Community-Government Relations Manager for Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations and helped create Alaska's first non-persistent oil spill cooperative, Alaska Chadux Corporation. She joined Apache Corporation in 2010.

Ms. Parker is involved in many different organizations including the Board of Directors for the Resource Development Council, Alaska State Chamber, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and American Heart Association Go Red for Women. She is married to Steve Horn; their son and daughter-in-law live in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also an outdoor enthusiast who likes to snowshoe, run, hike, fish and play golf.

Colby Freel
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires May 2017

Colby Freel was appointed Student Representative to the Commission by Governor Walker in July 2015. As a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Mr. Freel is studying Theater with a concentration in Design and Technical Theater at and plans to pursue law school upon graduation. During his high school and collegiate career he has engaged himself in leadership, service and education initiatives. He currently serves on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board Advisory Committee and was elected Senator of the Associated Students of UAF.

Harriet Drummond
House of Representatives
Term is indefinite

Harriet Drummond lives with her husband, Elstun Lauesen, in the North Star neighborhood, where she's been a homeowner since 1984. Harriet is a graphic designer, self-employed since 1981, providing professional services in print design to the business and non-profit community. She worked for printers, architects and engineers in her early years in Alaska.

When her children entered school in the late 1980s, she took an interest in the Anchorage School District and its overcrowded facilities and in 1994 got elected to the Anchorage School Board, where she served three consecutive terms. Voters approved over half a billion dollars in school bond issues during her tenure that built and restored schools all over the district, including the new Kincaid and Lake Hood Elementary Schools and Dimond High School in West Anchorage.

Upon retiring from the school board in 2003, Harriet continued her neighborhood activism through the North Star Community Council, serving in many positions including chair, and as a delegate to the Federation of Community Councils, where she also served as chair.

Harriet grew up in New York City and earned a bachelor of science at Cornell University in 1974. She's lived in Anchorage since 1976, almost entirely in West Anchorage. Harriet was elected to the Anchorage Municipal Assembly in 2008 and the Alaska State House of Representatives in 2012.

Dr. Keith Hamilton
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires 2019

 

Dr. Keith J. Hamilton of Soldotna was named to the Commission by the Chair of the State Board of Education & Early Development in March 2015. Dr. Hamilton serves as the President of Alaska Christian College. Located in Soldotna, the college helps Alaska Native students pursue excellence through biblically-based education. He earned a degree from Seattle Pacific University and his master of divinity through Fuller Theological Seminary as well as a Doctorate in Youth and Family Culture.

Kurt Kuhne
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2021

Kurt Kuhne was appointed to the Commission by the Alaska Workforce Investment Board in November 2015. He was appointed to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board as a representative of private sector in 2015 by Governor Walker. Most recently, Mr. Kuhne was the executive director of Yuut Elitnaurviat, the People's Learning Center – a corporation dedicated to providing training and education opportunities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. Prior to his work at Yuut Elitnaurviat Mr. Kuhne was employed by the Division of Public Assistance, Division of Probation and Parole, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and managed a hardware store. Mr. Kuhne attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Patricia Jacobson
Public Seat
Term Expires March 2020

Patricia Jacobson of Kodiak was named to the Commission by Governor Bill Walker in April 2016. The following month, the Governor appointed her to the Alaska Student Loan Corporation. Ms. Jacobson taught various elementary grades, primarily gifted classes, for twenty-five years in Kodiak. She has written and received numerous grants, including the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for Alaska in 1992. Ms. Jacobson graduated from the University of Arizona in 1969 with a B.A. in elementary education, and from the University of Alaska in 1972 with an M.A. in elementary education. In 2015, she completed eight years of service to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education as a representative of the University of Alaska Board of Regents. She currently sits on the Commission in a General Public seat.

Senator Shelley Hughes
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term is indefinite - Senate President Appointment

Bio to come

Randy Weaver

Randy L. Weaver
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2020

Randy Weaver, CPA, of Fairbanks was appointed to the Commission by Governor Sean Parnell as a representative of the general public in July 2012. He is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Denali State Bank. He previously held Controller and Director of Internal Audit positions at the University of Alaska. Weaver received his Bachelors of Business Administration- Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is continuing his education in accounting and auditing, balance sheet management, interest rate risk management and bank investment portfolio management.

 

 

 

Corporation Board

Appointed Members

Randy Weaver, Chair
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Member
Term Ends 2020

Randy Weaver, CPA, of Fairbanks was appointed to the Commission by Governor Sean Parnell as a representative of the general public in July 2012. He is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Denali State Bank. He previously held Controller and Director of Internal Audit positions at the University of Alaska. Weaver received his Bachelors of Business Administration- Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is continuing his education in accounting and auditing, balance sheet management, interest rate risk management and bank investment portfolio management.    

Patricia Jacobson, Vice Chair
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Member
Term Expires March 2020

Patricia Jacobson of Kodiak was named to the Alaska Student Loan Corporation Board by Governor Bill Walker in May 2016 to fill a vacancy left by a departing member. This appointment term is through March 2017. An educator by profession, Ms. Jacobson taught various elementary grades, primarily gifted classes, for twenty-five years in Kodiak. She has written and received numerous grants, including the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for Alaska in 1992. Ms. Jacobson graduated from the University of Arizona in 1969 with a B.A. in elementary education, and from the University of Alaska in 1972 with an M.A. in elementary education. In 2015, she completed eight years of service to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education as one of two members representing University of Alaska's Board of Regents. While on the Regents she served as chair of that body from 2011-2014. Her current Commission appointment is as a General Public member.

Vacant, Vice Chair
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Member
 

The Alaska Student Loan Corporation is actively seeking to fill this vacancy.

Chris Hladick
Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Term Ends With Office

Chris Hladick was named Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development by Governor Bill Walker in January 2015. Prior to his appointment he served fourteen years as the City Manager of Unalaska, the longest-serving city manager. He also previously held City Manager positions in Dillingham and Galena. Mr. Hladick earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental biology at Eastern Illinois University.

Sheldon Fisher
Commissioner of Revenue
Term Ends With Office

Sheldon Fisher was appointed Commissioner of Revenue by Governor Bill Walker in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Fisher worked as the Commissioner of Administration since December 2014. Before his time in State service, Mr. Fisher was the Chief Operating Officer at McKinley Capital Management, LLC. He has been in the telecommunications industry for fifteen years, and for six years served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Product Marketing at Alaska Communications. Mr. Fisher earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Brigham Young University and a juris doctorate at Yale University.

Leslie Ridle
Acting Commissioner of Administration
Term Ends With Office

Bio to come

 

 

Designee

Jim Andersen
Designee of Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Collection Manager, Division of Economic Development & Designee, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Term Ends With Office

Jim Andersen was designated to the Board in March 2015 by Commissioner Hladick. Mr. Andersen serves as the Loan Manager for the Division of Economic Development (DED). Over the last twenty years Mr. Andersen has served in various positions at DED administering revolving loan funds. He has also served on the Loan Audit Committee, Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee at True North Federal Credit Union for fourteen years.

Jerry Burnett
Designee of Department of Revenue
Deputy Commissioner of Revenue
Term Ends with Office

Jerry Burnett was designated to the Board in December 2014 by Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck. Prior to being named Deputy Commissioner Mr. Burnett had a long history with the State of Alaska, most recently serving as Statewide Information Technology Officer for the Department of Administration, and the Administrative Services Director with Department of Revenue. Mr. Burnett has been an adjunct professor of business at the University of Alaska Southeast, and also worked as a Real Estate Broker and Life and Health Insurance Agent. He received his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Central Washington University, and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska.

 

 

Executive Staff

Stephanie Butler

Stephanie Butler - Executive Director, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education /Executive Officer, Alaska Student Loan Corporation

Stephanie Butler first joined the Commission in 1997 as the Institutional Authorization Program Coordinator. In 1998, she was promoted to Director of Institutional Relations, and, in 2001, was appointed by the Executive Director to the position of Director of Program Operations. In April 2016, the Commission appointed Ms. Butler to serve as the Interim Executive Director following the retirement of the Commission's long-standing Executive Director. She was permanently appointed to the position later that summer. Ms. Butler has additionally served in a number of regional and national higher education roles, most recently as president of the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Providers (NASSGAP), and was appointed in October 2016 by Governor Bill Walker to serve as one of Alaska's three commissioners on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

Her education credentials include a Master of Science in business administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barry University. She additionally holds a certification from the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Certified Internal Auditor. Ms. Butler is originally from England and is extremely proud of having become an American citizen. She has two children, Alex and Andrea.

Kenneth Dodson

Kenneth Dodson - Director of Information Support Services

Kenneth Dodson has been with the Commission as Director of Information Support Services since 1994. Prior to coming to the Commission, he was employed from 1988 until 1994 by UNIPAC Service Corporation in Denver, Colorado, first as a programmer and then advancing to the information services supervisor by 1990.

Mr. Dodson’s unit is responsible for development and support of all electronic services, including the Higher Education Loan Management System (HELMS) mainframe application on which the agency’s loan portfolio is serviced. Mr. Dodson is past president and current member of the HELMS User Group, a consortium of lenders and servicers. Mr. Dodson received a certificate in Computer Information Systems from Tucumcari Area Vocational School in Tucumcari, New Mexico in 1988.

Aaron Gelston - Human Resource Officer    

Aaron Gelston joined the Commission in 2015. Previously he was the Human Resource Manager for the State of Alaska, Department of Law, and was the Assistant Human Resource Manager for the Department of Health and Social Services. In his 16 years with the State of Alaska, he has served in various human resource positions and has experience with all major HR functional areas. Mr. Gelston graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

As the agency’s sole human resource professional, Mr. Gelston is charged with developing, implementing, and administering all human resource policies, procedures, and functions for the Commission’s fully-exempt staff.

 

Rebekah Matrosova

Rebekah Matrosova - Director of Outreach & Early Awareness

Rebekah Matrosova first served the Commission from 2007 to 2008 as the Outreach division K-12 Program Specialist.  Ms. Matrosova returned to the agency in 2010 as Outreach Program Manager and was promoted to her Director position in June 2013.  Ms. Matrosova’s professional experience includes serving as International Exchange Programs Coordinator for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s American Russian Center and as Team Lead of a technical writing team for a major financial software platform. Ms. Matrosova holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism & public communications, as well as languages, and a Master of Public Administration in public management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

As Director of Outreach & Early Awareness, Ms. Matrosova oversees the agency’s initiatives to promote successful career & education planning statewide, including: programs to establish early awareness of the individual and collective benefits associated with postsecondary attainment; career & education planning tools, resources, and direct services; and public messaging to promote awareness of resources including state financial aid programs. Ms. Matrosova directs the activities of the outreach team and coordinates development and delivery of agency and multi-partner collaborative initiatives aimed at developing Alaska’s capacity to produce college and career-ready citizens.

Charlene Morrison

Charlene Morrison - Chief Finance Officer

Charlene Morrison served the Commission and the Corporation as Chief Finance Officer from 1994 to 1998, and rejoined the agency in the same capacity in March 2007. During the intervening years she worked as Chief Finance Officer for the True North Federal Credit Union (formerly, Alaska State Employees Federal Credit Union); as the Accountant for the State of Alaska's Enterprise Technology Services Division (formerly, Information Technology Group); as Assistant Comptroller for the Treasury Division within the Department of Revenue; and, most recently, as the Chief Finance Officer for the Division of Retirement and Benefits in the Department of Administration where she was responsible for the financial aspects of seven pension plans and two health plans for the State and other participating public employers. Prior to 1994, Ms. Morrison was an audit manager with the firm of KPMG LLP. Ms. Morrison received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an accounting emphasis from the University of Montana, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Under the direction of the Executive Officer and Board of the Alaska Student Loan Corporation, Ms. Morrison oversees the Corporation asset management and financing activities. This encompasses the portfolio and cash flow analysis to support the annual bond issues which fund the various education loan programs. Additionally, Ms. Morrison's duties include ensuring that the Corporation maintains compliance with federal and state law, as well as bond-related covenants. Other research, reporting, and accounting duties of her division include; preparation of quarterly unaudited and annually audited financial statements, investments, procurement, and responding to requests of legislators and their staffs, and the general public. Finance staff is also responsible for preparing the agency's annual budget and the monthly tracking and reporting of expenses to assure budget compliance.

Kerry Thomas - Director of Operations

Kerry Thomas joined the Commission in June 2007. Previously she was an Accountant IV with the Department of Health and Social Services. She also worked in the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities as an Accountant IV and Accounting Supervisor, and was a Staff Accountant and Auditor with Walsh, Kelliher & Sharp APC of Fairbanks, Alaska. Ms. Thomas graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor of business administration with a concentration in accounting, and later attained a Master's in business administration in service management from the University of Alaska Southeast.

Alaska Student Loan Corporation

 

Results of Tender Offer Regarding Auction Rate Education Loan Revenue Bonds

The Alaska Student Loan Corporation (ASLC) is a public corporation and governmental instrumentality, but has a legal existence independent of and separate from the State. The Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors. The supervision of the administration of ASLC activities is delegated to the Executive Officer, who is also the Executive Director of the Commission. The Board's primary responsibilities are to:

  • authorize and oversee investments
  • fund the Commission's education programs
  • set investment policies, loan fees, interest rates, and program benefits

The ASLC's Board of Directors is appointed by the Governor. It consists of two members of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, and the Commissioner of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; the Commissioner of Administration, and the Commissioner of Revenue. The Commissioners may appoint a designee to serve in their place.

The Board annually selects a Chair and Vice Chair from its membership, who may serve more than one term.

Meetings of the Alaska Student Loan Corporation are called by the Chair as necessary to conduct the business of the Corporation. Meetings are open to the general public. Meeting dates, time, and location are announced through public notices.

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