Patrick Rose was raised in Soldotna, Alaska. He graduated from Soldotna High School and then graduated from Charter College with Honors with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Business Management and Technology with concentrations in Computerized Accounting and Business Management Practice. He has worked in the postsecondary education industry for over eight years with a broad range of experience, from students services and admissions to financial aid and community outreach. In his current position as Business Development Manager at Northern Industrial Training Patrick works on increasing awareness of vocational training opportunities to community groups, schools and villages around Alaska. Another critical aspect of his role is to develop and maintain relationships with Alaskan employers to quickly respond to industry training needs as well as aid students obtaining employment with Alaskan businesses.
Cari-Ann Carty - Vice President - President Elect
Cari-Ann was appointed executive director of the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium in March of 2015. In addition to having more than 20 years of leadership experience in Alaska, Cari-Ann has an abundance of enthusiasm for education and a deep passion for Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University, and a certificate of nonprofit management from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to her appointment as executive director, she held several positions at APICC, including program coordinator, manager, and deputy director. Cari-Ann is a life-long Alaskan, born in Adak. She has spent most of her life residing in Anchorage, but has also lived in King Cove and the Mat-Su Valley.
Rebekah Matrosova - Treasurer
Rebekah Matrosova first served the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education 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.
Born and raised on a small dairy farm in northeast South Dakota, I always knew I wanted to pursue some type of postsecondary education. Right after high school, I started my college career at Lake Area Tech in South Dakota, but after a year transferred to South Dakota State University for my Bachelors and Masters degrees. Moving to Wyoming after college provided me the opportunity to work at the University of Wyoming as the Program Coordinator for the Community Enrichment Programs. I was also a Board Member for the Wyoming Children’s Museum and Nature Center. In 2006, my husband Eric and I packed our bags and moved to Bethel, AK. We spent four years in Bethel, where I was director of the UAF Kuskokwim Campus’ Educational Talent Search program. After Bethel, we moved to Fairbanks in 2010 and have been here since then. I’ve been an Admissions Counselor for UAF for the past 5 years and I’m excited to be a part of the UAF community in Fairbanks. When not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends (which includes 2 cats and a 4 year old) and traveling. I’m also quite crafty enjoying stamping, crocheting and cooking.
Miranda grew up in Nome and graduated High School from Nome-Beltz High School. Shortly after graduation she got married and he joined the Air Force where she got to experience living in Texas, Georgia, and Germany. She came back to Nome where she started her postsecondary education via distance delivery. She has completed an AA in General Studies through the University of Alaska Anchorage, an AA in Psychology through Waldorf College in Forest City Iowa, a double major BS in Criminal Justice Administration and Business Administration at Waldorf, and is currently back with Waldorf pursuing an MA in Organizational Leadership in Human Resources. Miranda is currently working at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus as the Assistant Professor of Applied Business. She has one 17 year old daughter that homeschools and takes dual-credit courses towards a teaching degree.
Dr. Pearl Brower
B.A. Anthropology and B.A. Alaska Native Studies from University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2004. Masters in Alaska Native and Rural Development from University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2010. Recently completed a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies, with an emphasis in Indigenous Leadership from the University of Alaska Fairbanks as of May 2016.
Dr. Brower is currently the President of Iḷisaġvik College, Alaska’s only Tribal College. She has been with the College for the past eight years working in External Relations, Institutional Advancement, Student Services, and Marketing. She has served as President since 2012. Prior to working for the College Ms. Brower managed an education and culture grant for the North Slope Borough and worked as the Museum Curator of the Iñupiat Heritage Center.
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 4 and along with her husband, Jesse Darling, lives in Barrow, Alaska where she loves to be close to her culture and community. Brower was named one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2015. She is Board Member of the Friends of Tuzzy Library, and is a co-founder of Leadership: Barrow.
Denise Wartes lived on the edge of the Arctic Ocean on the Colville River Delta for eight years, approximately 40 miles west of Prudhoe Bay, or 180 miles east of Barrow. During that time, she and her family lived a subsistence lifestyle, traveling the Arctic coast. They now live in Fairbanks where Denise is the program manager of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) – a six-week summer, college preparatory program for Alaska Native and rural high school juniors and seniors. RAHI began in 1983 at the request of the Alaska Federation of Natives, and is in its 35th year of assisting the future leaders of Alaska obtain further education, with over 925 degrees ranging from certificates to PhDs and medical degrees.
Lora Volden has worked at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 2001 and is currently the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services. Lora has previously served as the University Registrar and as the Director of New Student Orientation. Lora’s father was born and raised in Fairbanks and her grandfather drove trucks on the haul road. Lora grew up hearing many stories about Alaska, so when her husband asked her what she wanted to do after they were married, she said live in Alaska and they have been here ever since.
Lora has 25 years of experience in higher education and has previously worked at institutions in Colorado, Idaho, and Minnesota. As a first generation college student, Lora is passionate about removing barriers and simplifying processes for students.
She has a Master of Counseling- Student Affairs and College Counseling from Idaho State University, 1997. B.A. Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, 1992
Having grown up as an lnupiaq woman in the small village of Atqasuk on the North Slope of Alaska, I have always viewed my education as one of the most important goals in my life. I attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in the spring of 2004, and worked 18 years at the University for both the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Rural and Community Development. I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Rural Development from UAF and graduated in the spring of 2015. My previous position was with Rural Student Services (RSS) as an Academic Advisor. Through this position, I was able to serve students from rural Alaska who are attending UAF. The approach of an advisor in RSS is comprehensive advising. This holistic approach provides academic, financial aid, cultural, and social support. I currently serve as the Program Manager for a non-profit organization, the Ukpeagvik lnupiat Corporation (UIC) Foundation. The mission of this foundation is improving the lives of the lnupiat shareholders and descendants of the UIC through education. UIC is the village corporation for the village of Barrow, AK.
Krystal CrawfordBoard of Directors Seat – Students
As a first-generation college student, Krystal Crawford understands the importance of completing education beyond high school, as well as the unique obstacles facing Alaskan students. A passionate and dedicated learner, Krystal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communication from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she was the recipient of the Elaine Atwood Scholarship. Currently enrolled in graduate studies, she is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Wayland Baptist University.
Krystal began her work with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education in 2013, serving as a College and Career Guide for the Alaska College Advising Corps (ACAC). Working with students of Seward High School, Krystal helped pilot the ACAC distance program, which now serves more than 40 schools in rural and urban Alaskan communities. In 2014, she was promoted to Training and Development Specialist for the Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS). Working with educators and counselors across Alaska, Krystal provided instructional training and multimedia guidance in building Personal Learning and Career Plans (PLCPs), while assisting students with educational and career exploration. Currently employed as the Community Outreach Supervisor for ACPE, Krystal fosters community relationships while traveling to remote areas of Alaska, presenting on postsecondary education opportunities, as well as state and federal financial aid programs.
Kathy Moffitt understands K-12 education. In her 34 years as an educator, Kathy has worked in the elementary, middle school, and high school settings. Currently Kathy works as Program Administrator for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD). She has been involved in the startup and operation of Alaska Middle College School, the first place based dual credit/concurrent enrollment program in the state of Alaska. In addition, she has been a program leader with the startup of Mat-Su iTech, a choice program for students desiring to complete courses using an online platform. Both programs are in their fourth year and have become part of the culture of choice within MSBSD secondary schools. In 2015, Kathy was honored by the Center for Digital Education as a K-20 education leader; as such, she was recognized as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.
Kathy also has experience in working with non-profit entities. She currently serves on the Mat-Su Schools Foundation Board as well as the Valley Performing Arts Board Development Committee.
Life-long Alaskans, Kathy and her husband live on a family farm in the Mat-Su Valley. Here they have raised their five children and are now enjoying life with grandchildren. Farming keeps the family occupied, as currently they have more than 200 head of cattle.
Daniel has a broad background in both private industry and career and technical education. He and his wife have owned an aviation business for the past 25 years. Domke is an instrument rated pilot, federally licensed aircraft mechanic and ASE certified automotive technician. Before becoming CTE director Daniel served as a welding teacher in the Kodiak Island School District. He then taught automotive technology for six years before serving as the assistant principal and then principal at James T. Hutchison High School in Fairbanks. During this time Hutchison transformed from a traditional vocational school into a comprehensive high school with a CTE focus. Programs of study were developed which offer industry certifications in high wage, high skill, high demand career pathways. In 2013, Domke’s last year as principal, Hutchison was recognized as a high progress school by the state of Alaska.
Cathy came to Alaska in the spring of 1999 and worked in fund development at the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce for a year and then started her sixteen year career with the University of Alaska – first at the UAS Ketchikan campus and most recently at UAA in the Community and Technical College. She currently serves as the Director of AVTEC where she oversees the delivery of twelve long term training programs and a variety of short term training aimed at building a workforce of Alaskans for Alaska’s jobs. She has a BS is Business Administration and a MA in Leadership. Prior careers include health club manager and fitness instructor and café manager and head barista.
Joe Nelson - Vice President-Immediate Past President
Joe is the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). Born and raised in Yakutat, Alaska. Lives in Juneau with wife and three kids.
Yakutat High School (1988)
BA in Political Science, UCLA (1996)
MA in American Indian Studies, UCLA (1998)
Juris Doctorate, Loyola Law School (2001)
Recent Work Experience:
Positions at UAS since 2004, PITAAS Program Director, Associate Vice Provost, Director of Admissions, Dean of Enrollment Mgmt, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management
Assistance City and Borough Attorney
Attorney, private practice