Board of Directors

A 15 member Board of Directors, consisting of 11 directors and four officers, governs AASB. The Board, elected by membership at the Annual Conference, represents all regions of the state. The membership, as a whole, passes the resolutions, which establish the positions taken by the Association before the legislature and other agencies throughout the year.

The 2022-23 AASB Board of Directors are (Back row, left to right) Robyn Burke, North Slope Borough; Tim Doran, Fairbanks North Star Borough. Dana Mock, Delta/Greely, Secretary/Treasurer; Clarence Daniel, Lower Kuskokwim; Michael Swain Jr., Bristol Bay; Diane Gubatayao, Ketchikan. (Front row, left to right) Chrya Sanderson, Fairbanks North Star Borough; Katie Oliver, Kodiak; Margo Bellamy, Anchorage, President-Elect; Penny Vadla, Kenai; Kasaŋnaaluk, Marie Greene, Northwest Arctic Borough, President; Pete Hoepfner, Cordova, Past President. Not pictured: Andy Holleman, Anchorage; Brian Holst, Juneau.

Upcoming Meetings


Previous Meetings

Previous AASB and partner meetings listed by date, with links to meeting minutes.











Board Goals

Board Goals (2022-2025)

Goal 1: Empower our boards to prioritize equity and transform educational systems to increase the academic achievement and graduation rates of students who are grounded in their cultural identity so they have the ability to successfully pursue their goals.

Goal 2: Support local school boards and districts in engaging families, youth, and their communities in shaping and enriching the education of all Alaska’s children.

Goal 3: Offer a variety of board development opportunities to prepare board members for effective governance.f all Alaska’s children.

Goal 4: AASB will create and sustain partnerships that support and enable Alaskan students to successfully progress from birth to career.

AASB Pathways (Long Range Plan 2022 – 2025)

Board Liaison Network Contacts

Margo Bellamy (Anchorage)

  • Chatham
  • Haines
  • Sitka
  • Juneau

Tim Doran (FBNSD)

  • Aleutians East
  • Lake & Peninsula
  • Lower Kuskokwim
  • Pribilof

Clarence Daniel (Lower Kuskokwim)

  • Kenai
  • North Slope
  • Northwest Arctic
  • Yakutat

Marie Greene (Northwest Arctic)

  • Hoonah
  • Kake
  • Klawock
  • Ketchikan

Pete Hoepfner (Cordova)

  • Kashunamiut
  • Valdez
  • Lower Yukon
  • Bristol Bay

Brian Holst (Juneau)

  • Hydaburg
  • Copper River
  • Iditarod
  • Kuspuk

Andy Holleman (Anchorage)

  • Bering Strait
  • Fairbanks
  • Kodiak
  • Yukon Flats

Dana Mock (Delta/Greely)

  • Galena
  • Yukon Koyukuk
  • Alaska Gateway
  • Cordova

Katie Oliver (Kodiak)

  • Annette Island
  • Chugach
  • Delta/Greely
  • Skagway

Chrya Sanderson (FNSBSD)

  • Saint Mary’s
  • Nome
  • Southeast Island

Michael Swain (Bristol Bay)

  • Dillingham
  • Southwest Region
  • Craig
  • Unalaska

Diane Gubatayao (Ketchikan Gateway)

  • Petersburg
  • Pelican
  • Wrangell
  • Yupiit

Penny Vadla (Kenai)

  • Anchorage
  • Denali
  • Nenana
  • Tanana
Board Committees


  • Katie Oliver – Chair
  • Michael Swain
  • Peter Hoepfner
  • Dana Mock
  • Marie Greene
  • Lon Garrison – AASB Support

JNMS Scholarship

  • Penny Vadla – Chair
  • Barb Amarok
  • John Mark
  • Diane Gubatayao
  • Chrya Sanderson
  • Michael Swain
  • Peter Hoepfner
  • Tiffany Jackson – AASB Support

Ad Hoc Advocacy

  • Margo Bellamy – Chair
  • Peter Hoepfner
  • Brian Holst
  • Diane Gubatayao
  • Penny Vadla
  • Tim Doran
  • Norm Wooten -AASB Support
  • Lon Garrison – AASB Support

Constitution & Bylaws

  • Margo Bellamy– Chair
  • 1st Judicial District (TBA)
  • 2nd Judicial District (TBA)
  • 3rd Judicial District (TBA)
  • 4th Judicial District (TBA)
  • Peter Hoepfner
  • Lon Garrison – AASB Support


  • Chrya Sanderson – Chair
  • Clarence Daniel
  • John Mark
  • Dana Mock
  • Peter Hoepfner
  • Tiffany Jackson – AASB Support


  • Brian Holst – Chair
  • Barb Amarok
  • Tim Doran
  • Penny Vadla
  • Peter Hoepfner
  • Lori Grassgreen- AASB Support

Alaska School Activities Association

  • Dana Mock
Suggested Reading and Resources for New School Board Members

A list developed by AASB’s Board of Directors for new board members to better familiarize themselves with Alaska Native cultures and education in Alaska.

Becoming a Better Board Member
By National School Boards Association

Alaska School Board Handbook

Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being
By Harold Napoleon

Journey to Wholeness
By Stan DeKoven

Raising Ourselves and Two Old Women
By Velma Wallace

Habits of Mind
By Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick

Blonde Indian
By Ernestine Hayes

Two in the Far North
By Margaret E. Murie

50 Miles from Tomorrow
By William L. Iggiagruk Hensley

Another Culture/Another World
By Father Michael Oleksa

Blessings Bead and My Name is Not Easy
By Debby Dahl Edwardson

The Alaska Pen (An Illustrated History of Unga)
By Thor Lauritzen, Peggy Arness, and Edward Melseth

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
By Carol Dweck

Board Basics: A Primer For Non-Profit Board Members
By Jerry Covey

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 (Teaching Kids to Succeed)
By Debbie Silver

Mary’s Wild Winter Feast
By Hannah Lindoff

Attu Boy
By Nick Golodoff

Conflicting Visions in Alaska Education
By Richard Dauenhauer

A Small Window into the Life of An Aleut Bentwood Hat Carver
By Andrew Gronholdt

Reign of Error
By Diane Ravitch

People of the Noatak
By Claire Fejes

Nick Jans books

History of the Iñupiat: Nipaa I!itqusipta/The Voice of Our Spirit
Directed by Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson

Bully (documentary) (watch on veoh)
Directed by Lee Hirsch