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ACPE is Alaska’s trusted higher education state agency.

Our purpose is to serve Alaskans.

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education & Alaska Student Loan Corporation

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) - funded by the Alaska Student Loan Corporation (ASLC) - promotes access to and success in education and career training beyond high school.

The Commission provides:  

  • education planning tools and resources
  • advocacy and support for postsecondary participation in Alaska
  • financial aid for college and career training
  • education consumer protection through institutional authorization and complaint investigation

The Commission offers a suite of financial aid and outreach services, designed to provide educational access necessary for Alaskans to become peak performers, regardless of their financial status. A better-educated workforce will provide a stronger Alaska economy in Alaska, which benefits all Alaskans. 

The Legislature created ACPE in 1974 to centralize planning for higher education and administer financial aid programs. In 1987, the Legislature established and capitalized ASLC to provide a mechanism to fund the Commission's programs through tax-exempt bond sales. Read more about ACPE/ASLC History.

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 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 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.

 

 

 

Our Services

The new Alaska Performance Scholarship is an invitation to excellence for Alaska students and schools. Proposed by the Parnell Administration and supported by the Alaska Legislature, the program aims to improve high school performance and encourage Alaskans to better prepare for postsecondary education and career success.

Starting with the high school graduating class of 2011, Alaska Performance Scholarship awards will be available for postsecondary education and training to qualifying students who pursue a rigorous high school curriculum and perform well on a college- or career-readiness assessment.

The Alaska legislature created the Alaska Education Grant to provide need-based financial assistance to eligible Alaska students attending qualifying postsecondary educational institutions in Alaska.

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education provides:

ACPE’s Outreach team develops and makes available to the public:

All postsecondary educational providers in Alaska, and the programs they offer, must be authorized in accordance with law as set forth in AS 14.48, or be formally determined by ACPE to be exempt from authorization. ACPE's authorization process is designed to ensure postsecondary education providers and programs meet minimum standards set out in law, relative to:

  • institutional financial soundness
  • ethical business practices
  • educational program quality 
  • administrative capacity 

Review schools authorized to operate or exempt from authorization in Alaska.

Consumer Protection and Student Complaints

Read more about authorization, the authorization process, and exemption.

Distance education and online program institutions that deliver instruction to Alaskan residents but do not have a physical presence within the state may be recognized in an exempt status by applying for exemption from authorization to operate a postsecondary institution in Alaska.  Physical presence in Alaska means the presence of a facility, equipment, faculty or staff within the state.

A distance education or online program exempt from authorization requirements must include a conspicuous statement on the institution’s marketing in the state indicating that the program is exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015.

Alaska is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), a regional, multi-state non-profit organization whose purpose is to leverage regional education resources to the benefit of each member state's residents. Through WICHE, Alaska participates in student exchange and access programs to provide higher education opportunities while improving the variety of courses available to Alaskans. ACPE certifies Alaska students' eligibility for these programs and offers program-specific loans for some exchange programs.

  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
  • Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
  • Professional Student Exchange (PSE) Loan Program

Read more about exchange programs.

The Alaska WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska,  Montana, and  Idaho) program operates as Alaska's medical school, and is a collaborative program of the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of Alaska Anchorage. The program admits 20 Alaska students per year. For more information, visit biomed.uaa.alaska.edu/. ACPE administers the provisions of the WWAMI education loan, which is a condition of WWAMI participation. Program graduates may discharge the loan obligation by practicing medicine in Alaska for a period of time.

ACPE maintains academic records for closed postsecondary institutions in Alaska, including Sheldon Jackson College and Alaska Junior College. Former students and graduates of closed postsecondary schools may request transcripts and/or diplomas using the transcript request form.

For more information about Alaska school records, including information on how to find secondary school records, visit the State of Alaska archives.

The Alaska Student Loan Corporation is a public corporation and government instrumentality within the Department of Education and Early Development with a legal existence independent of and separate from the State of Alaska. Its primary purpose is to finance state education loans. A combination of proceeds generated from the issuance of bonds and loan repayments fund its education loan programs. Learn more: 

Benefits of Higher Education

ACPE programs and services are designed to increase Alaska citizens' access to the benefits of higher education:

For Individuals
  • increased personal income
  • increased employment opportunities
  • increased ability to pursue leisure activities
  • increased access to healthcare and longer lifespan
  • increased satisfaction with life
  • increased likelihood that children are more likely to be healthy and economically successful
 
For Communities
  • increased workforce pool for resident hire
  • lower unemployment rates
  • lower crime rates
  • decreased demand for public assistance
  • ability to attract new businesses and investments
  • economic base to support better healthcare infrastructure and school systems

 

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

Josh Bicchinella

Josh Bicchinella, Chair
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2022

Josh Bicchinella is the campus president for Charter College, a private, independent institution located in Anchorage, Alaska. Josh holds a MS in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University and is actively pursuing a Doctorate in Public Administration.

As the campus president, Josh is responsible for direct and indirect leadership and operational management of the Anchorage campuses admissions, financial aid, education, student success, and career service departments.

Born and raised in Alaska, Josh is an avid Alaskan embracing all things outdoors. When not actively engaged in work, community activities, or public service, Josh enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and of course hiking.

Lisa Parker –Vice Chair - Board of Regents
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires February 2023

Lisa Parker was appointed to the Commission by the University of Alaska Board of Regents in March 2017. Ms. 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.

Dale Anderson

Dale Anderson - Board of Regents
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires February 2023

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 and 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.

Donald Handeland Donald Handeland
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2022

Donald Handeland is a Professional Engineer who has worked on a variety of construction projects across Alaska. Most of his work involves transportation projects in south-central Alaska. He was born in raised in Nome and graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. He earned a B.S in Civil Engineering and Finance from Oregon State University and an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

While a high school student, Donald served on the Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development and the Alaska Advisory Task Force on Higher Education and Career Readiness as the student member.

Lindsay Hallam

Lindsay Hallam
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2024

Lindsay Hallam is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alaska Christian College (ACC). She holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Information Resources and Library Science. Always an avid reader, Lindsay is passionate about helping to connect others with reliable information. This love of empowering people through education led naturally to her current position at ACC.

Born and raised in Colorado, she and her husband and their two children moved to Alaska in 2013 after living in the Arizona desert for 8 years. She feels back at home here among the mountains and loves to be outdoors. Her hobbies include hiking, fishing, Nordic skiing, and running.

Pearl Brower

Dr. Pearl Brower - Community Colleges
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 Ilisaġvik 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.

Andi Story

Andi Story
House of Representatives
31st Legislature

Andi Story has lived in Juneau for over 30 years, raising her three children Ellen, Mallory & Ryan while her husband Mike ran a small engineering firm. She served on the Juneau School Board for 15 years, and has regularly advocated for increased focus on education and equity in Alaska schools before the legislature, as a co-founder of Great Alaska Schools, and as president of the Alaska Association of School Boards. Andi has a Masters in Social Work. She enjoys walking, cross-country skiing, and time spent with family and friends.

Dr. Keith Hamilton

Dr. Keith Hamilton
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2020

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.

 

Mia Costello
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
31st Legislature

Bio to come

John Brown

John Brown
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires April 2020-March 2024

John Brown was appointed to the Commission by Governor Dunleavy in March 2020. During John's under graduate studies at the University of California, he studied remote sensing geographical information systems. He received his Master's of Arts in Teaching at Alaska Pacific University and Master's in Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

During the 1980s, John worked in his family run business with his father; the company, Alaskan Chalets, developed and built recreational properties throughout south-central Alaska. He has spent the past 30 years committed to providing non-traditional educational opportunities to students in the Mat-Su Borough School District. John is currently the principal of Mat-Su Central, an innovative personalized learning program, the largest school in the MSBSD. He takes pride in empowering people to make meaningful opportunities for students.

John is a third generation life-long Alaskan; he and his high school sweetheart are proud of their three daughters and their families, including two grandsons, all of whom live in Alaska.

John enjoys all outdoor activities that Alaska has to offer.

Barbara Adams

Dr. Barbara Adams
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires April 2020-March 2024

Dr. Adams earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2002, by applying the mathematics of waves and statistics to the sonar systems used to estimate salmon counts. As a self-proclaimed displaced mathematician, she enjoys working on real world problems using her love of mathematics and statistics. She has supported students of all ages and levels from one-on-one tutoring to teaching development math via distance delivery to facilitating cohorts of interdisciplinary PhD students. She conducted education research for the University of Alaska Fairbanks starting in 2000 in the areas of both mentoring and culturally-based mathematics curriculum, where she expanded her quantitative skills to include qualitative research. She has been fortunate enough to have traveled extensively around the state supporting students, educators, as well as schools and districts alike. Currently as an independent consultant for Adams Analytic Solutions she continues to conduct education research and grant evaluation.

Barbara is originally from the Pocono Mountains in northeast Pennsylvania. She earned a BA in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and an MS in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. While teaching and tutoring in Atlanta Georgia, she met her husband Todd and they married and moved to Alaska in 1995. They have lived in Nenana since 1997 and currently have three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. She now serves as a school board member and has served on other local and regional boards. She loves being in the outdoors, including hiking, backpacking, hunting, gardening, and retriever training.

Don Liston

Donn Liston
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2022

Donn Liston is a retired Alaska teacher and an experienced journalist. Mr. Liston worked for the Anchorage Daily News as a Staff Writer and photographer during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Over the course of his career, he has taught in Juneau, Haines and Anchorage. He lived in Yakutat during part of his youth. He worked as an aide to two Alaska Legislators, once during the 1983 legislative session and again in 2018. Mr. Liston has resided in Alaska since 1962 and is married to Waneta Borden Liston. He taught Adult Basic Education in Mt. View and Wasilla over 9 years. Today, he is a professional Alaskan writer and storyteller and enjoys being a creative voice for other Alaskans.

Mr. Liston has a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Alaska Southeast. Between 2003 and 2019 he held an Alaska Type A Teaching Certificate. In addition, Mr. Liston was the recipient of BP Alaska's 2013 Teacher of Excellence award.

Rodolfo Garcia

Rodolfo Garcia
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires June 2021-May 2023

Rodolfo Garcia was appointed by Governor Dunleavy in May of 2021. He is currently 23 years old and spent the first 18 years of his life in Los Angeles, California. When high school ended, he wanted to find something extraordinary for his postsecondary education, so he accepted his admission offer from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and has been here since 2016. He first started as a Biology student but over the years has accumulated many more majors and minors.

He is set to graduate in the spring of 2022; his degree’s contents will be a surprise to many, including himself. He loves natural and social sciences, humanities, and all things academic. When he finds time away from academics, his hobbies include painting, playing music, gardening, writing poetry, cooking, and video games. His favorite food is chicken and waffles; he cannot resist this particular combination of sweet and savory. His favorite color is green; it reminds him of nature, wealth, and good health. His favorite number is 576. Its digits are so nearly ordered but not quite, and it is the square of 24, which makes 576 almost the square of a square, 25. What is your favorite iconic Alaskan organism? His favorite Alaskan organism is the moose.

Cheryl Edenshaw
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

Bio to come

Corporation Board

Don Liston

Donn Liston
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires March 2022

Donn Liston is a retired Alaska teacher and an experienced journalist. Mr. Liston worked for the Anchorage Daily News as a Staff Writer and photographer during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Over the course of his career, he has taught in Juneau, Haines and Anchorage. He lived in Yakutat during part of his youth. He worked as an aide to two Alaska Legislators, once during the 1983 legislative session and again in 2018. Mr. Liston has resided in Alaska since 1962 and is married to Waneta Borden Liston. He taught Adult Basic Education in Mt. View and Wasilla over 9 years. Today, he is a professional Alaskan writer and storyteller and enjoys being a creative voice for other Alaskans.

Mr. Liston has a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Alaska Southeast. Between 2003 and 2019 he held an Alaska Type A Teaching Certificate. In addition, Mr. Liston was the recipient of BP Alaska's 2013 Teacher of Excellence award.

Barbara Adams

Dr. Barbara Adams
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Term Expires April 2020-March 2024

Dr. Adams earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2002, by applying the mathematics of waves and statistics to the sonar systems used to estimate salmon counts. As a self-proclaimed displaced mathematician, she enjoys working on real world problems using her love of mathematics and statistics. She has supported students of all ages and levels from one-on-one tutoring to teaching development math via distance delivery to facilitating cohorts of interdisciplinary PhD students. She conducted education research for the University of Alaska Fairbanks starting in 2000 in the areas of both mentoring and culturally-based mathematics curriculum, where she expanded her quantitative skills to include qualitative research. She has been fortunate enough to have traveled extensively around the state supporting students, educators, as well as schools and districts alike. Currently as an independent consultant for Adams Analytic Solutions she continues to conduct education research and grant evaluation.

Barbara is originally from the Pocono Mountains in northeast Pennsylvania. She earned a BA in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and an MS in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. While teaching and tutoring in Atlanta Georgia, she met her husband Todd and they married and moved to Alaska in 1995. They have lived in Nenana since 1997 and currently have three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. She now serves as a school board member and has served on other local and regional boards. She loves being in the outdoors, including hiking, backpacking, hunting, gardening, and retriever training.

Lucinda Mahoney
Commissioner, Department of Revenue
Term Ends With Office

Bio to come

kelly tshibaka
commissioner, department of administration
term ends with office

bio to come

Julie Anderson
commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development
term ends with office

bio to come

Designees

Anna MacKinnon,
Special Assistant, Department of Revenue for the State of Alaska
Appointed May 2019

A lifelong Alaskan, Anna MacKinnon has lived in Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks and Unalaska. Anna and her husband John recently relocated their home to Juneau.

For the better part of the last twenty years, Anna was elected to represent the broader community of Eagle River/Chugiak, JBER, and a portion of East Anchorage as an Anchorage Assembly member, an Alaska State Representative, and most recently as an Alaska State Senator.

While elected Anna held multiple leadership positions including chair, co-chair and vice chair of many committees in Alaska's Legislature. Much of her time was invested in Alaska's Finance Committees. As a co-chair of Senate Finance, Anna and her team managed the state's Capital Budget through multiple years of challenging budget times. She chaired the Departments of Law and Revenue's Budget subcommittees and worked closely with the Permanent Fund Corporation on their budget.

Nationally, Anna served on the National Conference of State Legislatures as a co-chair of their Labor and Economic Development Committee.

 

Amy Demboski
Assistant Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Appointed May 2019
Amy.Demboski@alaska.gov

Ms. Amy Demboski graduated from Chugiak High School. She obtained a B.A. in justice and history from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Southern University. Her professional experience includes working in the healthcare industry. She served on the Anchorage assembly from 2013 to 2019. Most recently, she was the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Michael Dunleavy.

Dave Donley
Deputy Commissioner, Department of Administration
Appointed January 2019
Dave.Donley@alaska.gov

B.S. Political Science, University of Oregon, 1976 Law Degree, University of Washington Law School, 1979.

Deputy Commissioner Donley worked on the Alaska Pipeline construction as a firefighter, construction worker, and logger. Mr. Donley represented Spenard in the State House from 1987-1992. He was a State Senator from 1993-2002. Beginning in 2003, he served as Chief of Adjudications and Hearing Officer for the State of Alaska. He retired from the State of Alaska and Laborers' Local 341 in 2008.

Since his retirement, Mr. Donley has worked for Hope Community Resources, Inc. and practiced law. He has been an officer in the Alaska State Defense Force since 2009 and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel and the Staff Judge Advocate. He was most recently a member of the Anchorage School Board. He is a certified BBB arbitrator, Federal Emergency Management professional, and Military Police/State of Alaska Constable. Mr. Donley is a recipient of the Alaska State Community Service Medal. He and his wife Jamie have three children.

Executive Staff

Sana Efird

Sana Efird - Executive Director, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education /Executive Officer, Alaska Student Loan Corporation

Sana Efird joined the Commission in December 2020 as Executive Director, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education / Executive Officer, Alaska Student Loan Corporation.

Prior to her appointment she served as Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) during three different administrations, currently overseeing a $3.3 billion budget and administrative and operational functions of DHSS including Budget, Fiscal/Revenue, Audit, Human Resources, Facilities/Leasing, Grants and Contracts, and Information Technology. She has also served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Education and Early Development focusing on Alaska’s Education Challenge to ensure every student across the state has equitable opportunity to learn and succeed. Her credentials include a Master of Arts from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, Sana has been a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, reading specialist, and executive director of a college foundation supporting financial scholarships and loans to help students achieve their educational goals.

She and her husband live and work in Juneau and enjoy all the outdoor activities Juneau has to offer, especially hiking and backpacking with friends.

 

Jamie Oliphant

Jamie Oliphant - Director of Information Support Services

Jamie Oliphant started with the commission in 1998 as an intern while attending secondary and postsecondary education. In 2004 she joined the commission full time. During her tenure with the commission, she has served in both Operations and Information Support Services (ISS) Divisions providing expertise in business process and data analysis, project management, leadership and team development, and technical solution design and implementation. In 2019, she was appointed to the Acting Director of ISS and was permanently appointed to the position in early 2020.

Ms. Oliphant graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor of business administration with an emphasis in marketing and management.

Vacant - Human Resource Officer    

Kate Hillenbrand - Director of Communications & Outreach

Kate Hillenbrand

Kate Hillenbrand joined the Commission in 2020 with over 15 years of experience working in higher education. After moving to Alaska in 2005, Kate held positions at public and private postsecondary institutions, with responsibilities and oversight in admissions, recruiting, marketing, strategic planning, and change management.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast, Kate is committed to the mission of the Commission in promoting access to and success in education and career training beyond high school.

Julie Pierce - Chief Finance Officer

Bio to come

 

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.

Joseph Felkl - Executive Secretary

Joseph Felkl joined the Commission in March 2020. Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, and a proud member of the Yan-Yei-Di (Eagle Wolf) tribe. While attending Thunder Mountain High School, Mr. Felkl began his professional career with the State of Alaska as an intern for the Department of Administration, Division of Retirement and Benefits. Mr. Felkl was a recipient of a vocational training scholarship through Tlingit and Haida's 477 program. He graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Chemekta Community College in Salem, Oregon. Afterwards, he returned to Alaska and began working for the Alaska Court System, Juneau Trial Courts, providing clerical and in-court assistance to District and Superior Court judges. Before joining the Commission, Mr. Felkl worked with the Department of Law, Juneau District Attorney's Office. He held various positions providing a wide range of legal and administrative support to prosecuting attorneys. During this time, he also assisted the department's Legislation and Regulation Section. Mr. Felkl is dedicated to the Commission's mission of promoting access to educational and career training opportunities in Alaska.