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

James R. Johnsen

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.

Dale Anderson
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires 2017

Biographical information coming soon.

Jerry Covey

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

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

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.

Kennth Fisher
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires 2017

Biographical information coming soon.

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.

Sue Linford

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.

Representative Lora Reinbold
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term is indefinite - Speaker of the House Appointment

Biographical information coming soon.

Randy Weaver

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.



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.

The Commission is actively looking for a Student Representative to full this vacancy.

The Commission is actively looking for a member to full this vacancy.

Corporation Board

Appointed Members

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

Jim Johnsen, Vice Chair
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Member
Term Ends 2015
Deputy Commissioner of Revenue & Designee, Department of Revenue

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.

Fred Parady
Acting Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Term Ends With Office

Biographical information coming soon.

Randall Hoffbeck
Commissioner of Revenue
Term Ends With Office

Biographical information coming soon.

Sheldon Fisher
Commissioner of Administration
Term Ends With Office

Biographical information coming soon.

 

Designee

Catherine Jeans
Designee of Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Operations Manager, Division of Economic Development & Designee, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Term Ends With Office

Cathy Jeans was delegated by Commissioner Bell to the Corporation in June 2013.  Ms. Jeans previously served on the Corporation board from 2010 to 2012.  Ms. Jeans started with the division in 1997 as an Accountant III and was promoted to Accountant V in 2007.  She has over 25 years of service to the state, working in various accounting positions for the Departments of Administration and Education & Early Development.  Prior to her state service, Ms. Jeans worked for more than six years in private sector accounting, which included auditing and full cycle bookkeeping for various small business.  She earned her Associates Degree with an emphasis in accounting from Lane Community College in Oregon, and continues to work on her educational goals through the University of Alaska.

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

Biographical information coming soon.

Vacant
Designee of Commissioner of Administration
Term Ends With Office

Executive Staff

Diane Barrans

Diane Barrans - Executive Director

As the chief executive of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) and the Alaska Student Loan Corporation (ASLC), Diane Barrans leads an organization committed to providing Alaskans with information and services that enable them to access and succeed in education and training beyond high school.

Ms. Barrans assumed Executive Director duties in July of 1995. She previously served for twelve years in a variety of Commission operations and management positions, most recently as program coordinator from 1989 to 1993 and director of student financial aid programs in 1994/1995.  Ms. Barrans earned her bachelor of arts degree from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1982.

Currently in her fourth term, Ms. Barrans is one of three Alaska members of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). She was reappointed by Governor Parnell in July 2011.  In 2004-05 she served as Chair of the WICHE Commission, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Programs and Services Committee. Alaska has participated in the 15-state regional education compact since 1955, providing residents with reduced-cost access to higher education programs throughout the west, many of which are not available in the state.

As ACPE's executive, Ms. Barrans also represents Alaska as a member of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Association.  SHEEO was created in 1954 to assist states in developing and sustaining excellent systems of higher education and serves as a liaison between the states and the federal government.

ASLC is a member of the Education Finance Council (EFC), an association of nonprofit and state-based student loan providers, public purpose organizations dedicated to the single objective of making college more affordable.  Ms. Barrans is currently a member of EFC's Board of Directors.

Worth Barthel

Worth Barthel - Human Resource Officer

Worth Barthel joined the Commission in July of 2010 as the Human Resource Officer. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Barthel was the Assistant HR Manager for six State of Alaska executive branch departments. Mr. Barthel has worked in various HR capacities since 1999 in both the private and government sectors. Mr. Barthel holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University, and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from San Diego State University. Mr. Barthel is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

A member of the agency's Executive Team as Human Resource Officer, Mr. Barthel is responsible for agency human resources and personnel matters in accordance with the Commission's Personnel Bylaws, state statutes, and regulations. He makes recommendations for revisions to Personnel Bylaws as necessary for Commission approval. Mr. Barthel provides guidance in career development and training initiatives, and assists management with employee relations, including the hiring, reassignment and separation of staff. As head of Administrative Services, Mr. Barthel also oversees the agency's mail services, records retention, and procurement activities, as well as building management and security protocols for the Juneau operations center.

Stephanie Butler

Stephanie Butler - Director of Program Operations

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 her current post. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage as information/support services manager from 1990 to 1992, and was administrative manager from 1992 to 1997. Ms. Butler is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Auditing Professional. Her education credentials also include a Master of Science in business administration and management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barry University.

Ms. Butler leads the loan servicing operations, the largest single operational unit of ACPE, and assists with the development and implementation of statewide outreach services. Ms. Butler's staff delivers high-level centralized service to the agency's borrowers from the servicing center in Juneau, from loan originations to loan repayment. Ms. Butler assists with program development, and coordinates program operations internally, with borrowers, and with the various institutions.

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.

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 - Internal Auditor

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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