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
  • Corporation Board
  • Executive Staff

Jim Johnsen, Chair
General Public

 Patricia Jacobson
University of Alaska Board of Regents

Jerry Covey
General Public

Sue Linford
Private Higher Education

Joey Crum
Proprietary Education           

Jim Merriner
State Board of Education & Early Development

Ray DePriest
Community Colleges

Randy Weaver, Vice Chair
General Public

Senator Mike Dunleavy
State Senate

Representative Tammie Wilson
House of Representatives

Jo Heckman
University of Alaska Board of Regents

Mike Woods
Alaska Workforce Investment Board

Rebecca Huggins
General Public

Vacant
Student Representative

James R. Johnsen, Chair 
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2015
 

Jim Johnsen of Fairbanks was appointed to the Commission in July 2012 by Governor Sean Parnell as a representative of the general public. Currently Johnsen is Alaska Communications Systems’ (ACS) Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Process Transformation. He has previously served as Vice President of Administration at Doyon, Limited, an Alaska Native regional corporation, and Vice President of Administration at the University of Alaska, where he also taught. Johnsen earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a master’s from the University of Chicago and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He is active in the community as a member of the Alaska State Chamber’s board of directors, a trustee of the University of Alaska Foundation, and a commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Johnsen’s interests include higher education policy, finance, leadership, transformation, and student success.


Jerry Covey
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2017


Jerry Covey was appointed to the Commission by Governor Parnell in June 2013 as a representative of the general public. Mr. Covey is currently a managing partner for JSC Consulting, LLC. His extensive experience in K-12 education, both in teaching and administration, led to his appointment as Alaska’s Commissioner of Education & Early Development from 1991-1995.  His employment history includes tenures as teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent for various K-12 schools in both Michigan and the Northwest Arctic Borough School District in Alaska, and several years as Visiting Associate Professor of Education/Practitioner in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast.  He graduated from Central Michigan University with a baccalaureate in social studies and history and master’s degree in guidance and counseling.  He is active in a variety of community and professional organizations focused on education, strategic plan development, facilitation for governing boards and organizations, leadership team development, collective bargaining, conflict resolution and communication training. 



Joey Crum
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.


Ray DePriest
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2017


Ray DePriest was appointed to the Commission by Governor Parnell in July 2013 as a representative of community college advisory bodies for his service on the Mat Su College Advisory Council. Mr. DePriest is currently the Director of Career and Technical Education for the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District. His previous employment includes twenty years of various K-12 positions as an educator in the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District. He is also a small business owner of Rosenray’s Alaskan Cuisine & Catering Company and DePriest Farms in Palmer. Mr. DePriest earned his baccalaureate in agricultural education from the Montana State University, and his master’s in public school administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.


Senator Mike Dunleavy
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term is indefinite - President of the Senate Appointment

Mike Dunleavy was appointed to the Commission by the Senate President in February 2013. He was elected to the State Senate in 2013 to represent the Wasilla district. He currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Finance subcommittees for Education & Early Development, Environmental Conservation, Fish & Game and Labor & Commerce. He serves as Vice Chair for Education Committee, Co-Chair of the Senate Special Committee on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Throughput, and is a member of Legislative Budget & Audit, Finance and World Trade Committees. Prior to his political involvement, Senator Dunleavy began a teaching career in 1984 in the Bering Strait School District, later moving to the Northwest Artic Borough School District and working his way to superintendent. He later served as president of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board for two years. He earned his BA in History at what was then College Misercordia (now Misercordia University), and his master’s in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Jo Heckman
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires February 2015

Jyotsna "Jo" Heckman was appointed to the Commission by the Chair of the Board of Regents in January 2013. She was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2011 by Governor Parnell and serves as treasurer of the board. Ms. Heckman retired as the President & CEO of Denali State bank in December 2011 after twenty-six years of service with the bank. She currently serves as a director on the bank's board. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is active in various community and civic organizations including the United Way, Foraker Group, Alaska Community Foundation, Rotary and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Heckman earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in Business from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has also attended graduate school for financial studies at Georgetown University and Southern Methodist University.


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.


Patricia Jacobson
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires February 2015

Patricia Jacobson of Kodiak was named to the Commission by the Board of Regents in February 2007. 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.


Suzanne Linford 
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education 
Term Expires March 2015 

Sue Linford of Anchorage, Private Higher Education Representative, was appointed to the Commission by Governor Sean Parnell in July 2012. She is a member of the Alaska Pacific University Board of Trustees, and was bestowed an Honorary Degree in Business and Public Service from APU in 2008. Linford is owner, president and CEO of Linford of Alaska, a food distribution business that has been serving Alaska since 1973. Previously she was employed in accounting roles in various fields such as the territorial tax office, insurance, oil, arts and retail. Since coming to Alaska in 1954, Linford has been extensively involved in numerous business, volunteer and civic organizations in the state, and is currently a member of the University of Alaska Foundation, UAA Alumni Association, College of Fellows and the APU Denali Society. Her leadership and contributions to the many community and philanthropic organizations are widely recognized and she is an inductee in the Alaska Business Hall of Fame.


Jim Merriner
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2015

Jim Merriner of Anchorage was appointed to the Commission in July 2010 by the State Board of Education and Early Development as its representative. Mr. Merriner is the Anchorage site administrator for the Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA) statewide correspondence school. He has worked as a consultant, and as a teacher and administrator in public, private, and home schools in Alaska. He served as Lt. Governor Sean Parnell's Chief of Staff. Mr. Merriner has commercial fished in Bristol Bay every summer since 1985. He holds a bachelor's degree in modern European history from Harvard College and a master's degree in educational leadership from Cambridge University. 


Randy L. Weaver, Vice Chair 
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education 
Term Expires March 2015
 

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.



Representative Tammie Wilson
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term is indefinite - Speaker of the House Appointment

Tammie Wilson was appointed to the Commission by the House Speaker in February 2013. She was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Alaska State Legislature House of Representatives in 2009 to represent the North Pole area, was elected to the seat in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. She currently serves as a member on the House Finance Committee and chairs the House Finance Subcommittees on Education & Early Development and Labor and Workforce Development. Representative Wilson received a BS in Education from Illinois State University.



Mike Woods
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2017

Mike Woods was appointed to the Commission by the Alaska Workforce Investment Board in December 2013. He was appointed to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board as a representative of public education in 2008 by Governor Palin and was reappointed by Governor Parnell in 2012. Mr. Woods has been an instructor at King Career Center since 1990. Other employment includes serving as an incident coordinator for the state Division of Forestry, a tour guide training inspector for the Alaska Railroad Corporation, natural resource management consultant, and an emergency services instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Boise State University.

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.

Investors

 

Diane Barrans
Executive Director


           

Worth Barthel 
Human Resource Officer

Rebekah Matrosova
Director of Outreach & Early Awareness           

Stephanie Butler
Director of Program Operations

Charlene Morrison
Chief Finance Officer           

Kenneth Dodson  
Director of Information Support Services

Kerry Thomas
Internal Auditor