Cari-Ann Carty - President
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.
Arth Brown III-Vice President-President Elect
I dropped out of college the first time and joined the Carpenter Joint Apprenticeship. During my apprenticeship, I quickly realized that the more knowledge gained, the more opportunities opened. Rising through the ranks, I went from the field to the office as an estimator and project manager. The office required a new set of skills and I needed more credentials. I returned to community college some ten years after the first time. Nervous but determined, I registered for a full load. My employer said, no raises until I earned a degree. Working full time, family and children at home, I was determined not to fail. After three years of evenings, online, and Saturday classes, I did it! My AAS was now transferrable to the next step. After three years without a raise, I was faced with, “That’s not a real degree.” Now even more determined, I pushed forward. I completed my bachelor degree in four consecutive semesters, again working full time. A career shift and using my new degree, received an Alaska Type M Teaching certificate for vocational education. My new found peers were quick to remind me, that I was “not a real teacher” since I did not have a teaching degree. Challenge accepted. Attending UAS, I completed the MA in Teaching program. After a few not-so-stellar educational leaders, it was time for additional skills and education. In twelve months, I completed my MA in Educational Leadership. All of this has lead up to my current position as Dean of Vocational Education and Workforce Development at Ilisagvik College. I have a strong desire to give back to those who started in the same shoes. Everyone deserves an opportunity to thrive in life. At Ilisagvik College we say; More education, More options, More out of life.
Patrick Rose-Vice President - Immediate Past PresidentBoard of Directors Seat – Business
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.
January O'Connor- Treasurer
Tlingit and raised in Kake, Alaska, January attended elementary and middle school in Kake, Alaska. Moving to Juneau as a teenager, she transitioned to Juneau Douglas High School and graduated in 1997. After high school, January attended Reed College in Portland, OR and obtained a BA in Psychology in 2002. Four years later, she returned to Alaska to obtain her Masters in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau in 2006. January worked with the Rural Alaska Honors Institute for eight summers helping youth from across the state in obtaining college credits and college experience over a six-week period on the campus of UAF. She also directed the Take Wing Alaska program with the Alaska Humanities Forum as Program Director which worked with adolescents from the Yukon Kuskokwim school districts. The program worked with the students over a two-year period through a series of three cross-cultural immersions to explore leadership, educational and training opportunities through experiential and humanities based activities and cultural and identity exploration. She also co-founded and is a co-owner of Raven’s Group LLC which is a consulting group that provides grant writing, education and youth programming, and evaluation services for educational programs. January started her PhD in Indigenous Studies through University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fall of 2017 and is also a Research Assistant on the Indigenizing Salmon Management project.
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.
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.
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.
I have worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks, Yuut Elitnaurviat and University of Alaska Anchorage. I currently work at Alaska Pacific University. I have worked in a number of capacities to include, Resident Director, Director of Programs, Care Team Coordinator, English as a Second Language, Early Honors and First Year Academic Advisor.
Prior to moving to Alaska, I was a graduate teaching assistant in Student Orientation and Retention at Oregon State University and acquired my Master’s Degree in College Student Services Administration. I grew up in a village in England and went to school at an American Air Force base where my mom was a school counselor. Education is in my blood and background. I want to contribute my knowledge and experiences to education across Alaska.