Norm Wooten served on the Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education from 1990-2015. He has served in numerous positions and various committees, including five terms as president. His service with AASB began in 1993 when he was first elected to the board, where he served until 2009, twice as president. Norm was also the president of the National School Boards Association for 2007-2008. In 2009, he joined the AASB staff as the Director of School Improvement and assumed additional duties as Director of Governmental Relations in 2013.
Director of Board Development and Field Services
Timi Tullis’ responsibilities include ensuring that board members have professional development opportunities that allow them to govern their districts knowledgeably. She plans all of AASB’s conferences and academies and aligns them to Board Standards, facilitates in-district workshops with school boards and advisory boards, as well as the development of on line workshops for board members. Timi started with AASB in the summer of 2001 and led the Alaska ICE Resiliency in Residence Life Project for six years, helping to incorporate the assets framework into Alaska’s boarding high schools and communities throughout Alaska and was the Program Manager for Alaska ICE project working with partner organizations across the state. Timi has an MA in Education from Michigan State University.
Bob Whicker, Ph.D.
Director of the Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL)
Bob Whicker spent 21 years as a former Alaska educator serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, as well as the Dean of Students and Director for two charter schools. His last position in public education was superintendent of the Denali Borough School District, where he implemented a sustainable 1-to-1 laptop program for all students in grades 6-12. Bob served as a consultant to school districts on the use and implementation of technology programs, including project implementation, online resources and differentiation of instruction with Apple, Inc. He assisted development, promotion and implementation of Association of Alaska School Board’s Consortium for Digital Learning since its inception in 2005. He has been director of the Consortium since 2011.
Director of Alaska ICE
Lori Grassgreen has been working on community engagement, youth leadership, and creating systems change in Alaska and internationally for more than 20 years. Her last position as Prevention Director with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault enabled her to partner with communities across the state to strengthen families, build a core of youth leaders, and engage communities. In her role as the Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement Director, Lori will work directly and oversee Alaska ICE efforts: including community engagement, asset building, school climate and connectedness, and youth leadership. She will support school and community-based efforts to plan for, implement, and evaluate efforts to build resiliency among youth.
Coordinator for School Improvement
Lon joined the AASB team in September 2015 as the Coordinator for School Improvement. Lon recently stepped off the Sitka School Board, which he has served on since 2007. Lon was president of his local board for 5 years and was president of AASB in 2012. Lon was first elected to the AASB board of directors in 2008; he has a passion for school governance and has participated in school board governance and leadership at the local, state and national level. He served on several committees for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) including the Policy & Resolutions committee. Lon is a tireless advocate for public education and has several years’ experience advocating for support of public education with both state and federal legislators. Lon will be conducting board training workshops, hosting webinars and working with school boards and advisory boards for schools identified by DEED as “focus” or “priority” level.
Diana Miller has been with AASB over 28 years. She is responsible for preparation and implementing the AASB budget, coordinates the annual financial audit, and preparation and review of monthly financial statements. She monitors grant specific budgets, reconciliation of expenses, requests for grant funding reimbursements, reporting to granting agencies and provides grant specific financial statements for all grants, including our multi-year Alaska ICE and Consortium for Digital Learning. She acts as a payroll officer, coordinates employee benefits plans, and supervises accounting staff. She negotiates and coordinates logistics with hotels for all AASB meetings and conferences.
Public Information Coordinator, Project Coordinator
For over 30 years Steve Nelson has provided communications, public relations, and project management services to nonprofit organizations, private industry, broadcasters, advertising agencies, the Alaska Legislature and four Alaska governors. He joined the Association of Alaska School Boards in 2004 and has assumed lead roles in two AASB initiatives: Public Information Coordinator of the Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) and Project Coordinator of the Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL).
School Climate Coordinator
Jenni Lefing is an experienced facilitator and program coordinator who has worked in the non-profit sector in Alaska, Oregon, and Southeast Asia. Her experience includes program management, research and evaluation and group facilitation for a variety of community development issues. She holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable (Community) Development from the SIT Graduate Institute, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Studies from Cornell University. She started with AASB in 2010 as a Community Engagement Educator, for Alaska ICE where she supported connections between communities and schools around Alaska. She now oversees the statewide School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) and supports school districts in using their results.
Community Engagement Educator
Mark Calvert recently joined AASB as a Community Engagement Educator for Alaska ICE. Experienced at facilitating experiential trainings and workshops, he was most recently a Community Engagement Advocate with AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, Inc.) in Juneau, where he partnered with community members to develop and implement sustainable violence prevention programming for boys and men. Mark grew up spending his summers in Juneau with extended family. Prior to moving to Juneau in 2010, he was a professional opera singer for 13 years performing throughout Europe and America. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
Community Engagement Educator
Heather Coulehan joined the Alaska ICE Team in May 2015, moving to Juneau (and is so happy to be here!) from Anchorage where she had been engaged in social and emotional learning (SEL), positive youth development, and prevention work for over 20 years. Heather brings her experience with supporting educators, developing curriculum, and facilitating professional development for the Anchorage School District to collaboration with school districts across the state. Focused on engaging families in the school community and in planning for and implementing evidence-based SEL approaches, these collaborations increase academic achievement and other positive outcomes for students. Heather holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an Alaska K-12 School Counseling Certificate.
Community Engagement Educator
“I wanted to take this time to introduce myself. My English name is Konrad Frank and in Tlingit, I go by Shák’ Sháani Éesh. I grew up in Angoon where my father’s people are from, while my mother’s side comes from Sitka. As a recent graduate from UAS in Alaska Native studies and my experience growing up in rural Alaska, I hope to be a great resource to the team. I look forward to learning from you all. Gunalchéesh axh’éit yísa áxh.ée. Thank you for listening.”
Exec. Admin. Assistant, Communications Specialist
Ryan coordinates and provides general support to office staff for superintendent searches, including communications with applicants, maintenance of applicant files, and coordinating logistics with client districts and search finalists. Ryan assists with policy development services and the completion of policy manual contract work with district personnel. He also offers general and logistical support to the AASB Board of Directors. In addition, Ryan maintains the AASB and Alaska ICE (www.alaskaice.org) websites.
Accounting and Administrative Tech
As the “Queen of Everything” Laurie provides logistical coordination and general support to AASB and offers a warm, enthusiastic approach to managing the daily responsibilities of the office. She has a natural ability to multi-task and to keep the office staff organized and effective. Laurie is also responsible for processing accounts payable and accounts receivable, and keeping track of staff time sheets, medical and leave.
Julie joined the AASB team in January as our part time Administrative Assistant. Julie (Jewl) has been involved with youth as long as she can remember. She received her Associate’s degree and BA from a small private collage in the field of Youth Education. Born and raised in Juneau, she left for a few years for her education/career. Her love of Juneau and wanting to be close to family brought her and her husband back and she is thrilled to be working on a team that is devoted to helping youth succeed. She has worked in multiple positions for the City of Juneau and also with the State of Alaska.