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 2020-21 AASB Board of Directors are (top row, left to right) Diane Gubatayao, Ketchikan; Chrya Sanderson, Fairbanks North Star Borough; Dana Mock, Delta/Greely; Brian Holst, Juneau; Clarence Daniel, Lower Kuskokwim; Andy Holleman, Anchorage; (middle row, left to right) Tillie Ticket, Northwest Arctic Borough; Margo Bellamy, Anchorage; John Mark, Lower Kuskokwim; Dr. Barbara Amarok, Nome; Penny Vadla, Kenai; (bottom row, left to right) Pete Hoepfner, Cordova; President-Elect, Katie Oliver, Kodiak; President, Kasaŋnaaluk, Marie Greene, Northwest Arctic Borough; Secretary/Treasurer, Michael Swain Jr., Bristol Bay; Past President.
Upcoming Meetings


November 8 Anchorage Hilton 

Previous Meetings

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









Board Goals

Board Goals (2019-2022)

Goal 1: Empower our boards to transform educational systems to increase the academic success of Alaska native students and increase graduation rates of Alaska native students who are ground in their cultural identity with the ability to successfully pursue their goals.

Goal 2: Strengthen the positive political influence of AASB at the local, state and national level.

Goal 3: Support local school boards and districts to partner with families, youth, and their communities in shaping and enriching the education of all Alaska’s children.

Goal 4: Support school boards and districts to collaborate and implement creative solutions to deliver personalized learning, and prepare Alaska’s children and youth for their future.

Goal 5: Sustain the association by strengthening AASB’s capacity to provide board development, preparing board members for effective governance while highlighting educational trends.

AASB Pathways (Long Range Plan 2019 – 2022)

Board Liaison Network Contacts

Barb Amarok (Nome)

  • Lower Kuskokwim
  • North Slope
  • Bering Strait

Margo Bellamy (Anchorage)

  • Chatham
  • Haines
  • Sitka
  • Juneau

Diane Gubatayao (Ketchikan)

  • Aleutians East
  • Pribilof
  • Lake & Peninsula

Clarence Daniel (Lower Kuskokwim)

  • Northwest Arctic
  • Kenai
  • Yakutat

Marie Greene (Northwest Arctic)

  • Hoonah
  • Kake
  • Klawock
  • Ketchikan

Pete Hoepfner (Cordova)

  • Kashunamiut
  • Lower Yukon
  • Bristol Bay

Brian Holst (Juneau)

  • Hydaburg
  • Copper River
  • Iditarod
  • Kuspuk

John Mark (Lower Kuskokwim)

  • Skagway
  • Yupiit
  • Tanana

Andy Holleman (Anchorage)

  • Fairbanks
  • Kodiak
  • Yukon Flats

Dana Mock (Delta/Greely)

  • Galena
  • Yukon Koyukuk
  • Alaska Gateway
  • Cordova

Katie Oliver (Kodiak)

  • Chugach
  • Annette Island
  • Delta/Greely

Chrya Sanderson (FNSBSD)

  • Saint Mary’s
  • Nome
  • Southeast Island

Michael Swain (Bristol Bay)

  • Dillingham
  • Southwest Region
  • Craig
  • Unalaska

Tillie Ticket (NWABSD)

  • Wrangell
  • Petersburg
  • Pelican

Penny Vadla (Kenai)

  • Denali
  • Nenana
  • Anchorage
Board Committees


  • Michael Swain – Chair
  • Margo Bellamy
  • Peter Hoepfner
  • Deena Mitchell
  • Dana Mock
  • Tillie Ticket
  • Lon Garrison – AASB Support

JNMS Scholarship

  • Penny Vadla – Chair
  • Barb Amarok
  • John Mark
  • Deena Mitchell
  • Chrya Sanderson
  • Michael Swain
  • Tillie Ticket
  • Tiffany Jackson – AASB Support

Ad Hoc Advocacy

  • Margo Bellamy – Chair
  • Peter Hoepfner
  • Brian Holst
  • Deena Mitchell
  • Norm Wooten -AASB Support
  • Lon Garrison – AASB Support

Constitution & Bylaws

  • Marie Greene – Chair
  • 1st Judicial District
  • 2nd Judicial District
  • 3rd Judicial District
  • 4th Judicial District
  • Lon Garrison – AASB Support


  • Chrya Sanderson – Chair
  • Clarence Daniel
  • John Mark
  • Dana Mock
  • Timi Tullis – AASB Support
  • Tiffany Jackson – AASB Support


  • Brian Holst – Chair
  • Barb Amarok
  • Muriel Brower
  • Penny Vadla
  • 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