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. Her passion is training and facilitating groups of people, adults, youth or a combination of the two. She specifically loves topics around social justice and equity. She oversees AASB’s annual conference, facilitates in-district workshops with school boards, charter school boards and advisory boards as well as leading districts or schools through the strategic planning process. Timi started with AASB in the summer of 2001 and found her home with them. She enjoys traveling across the great land of Alaska and working with her 350 borad members in every corner of the state. Timi has an MA in Education from Michigan State University and loves her teams in Green!
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.
School Improvement Coordinator
Lon Garrison joined the AASB team in September 2015 as the Coordinator for School Improvement. Lon served nearly 9 years on the Sitka School Board, 5 of which he served as board president. Lon was on the AASB Board of Directors for 8 years and was AASB president in 2012. Lon has a passion for school governance and has participated in school board governance and leadership at the local, state and national level. He has served on several committees for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) including the Policy & Resolutions committee. Lon conducts board training workshops, hosting webinars and working with school boards, charter school Academic Policy Committees and local advisory school boards for schools identified as “focus” or “priority” by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
Diana Miller has been with AASB over 30 years. She is responsible for preparing and implementing the budget, coordinating the annual financial audit, and preparing and reviewing monthly financial statements. She monitors grant specific budgets, reconciles expenses, fills requests for grant funding reimbursements, provides reports to granting agencies, prepares grant-specific financial statements, acts as a payroll officer, coordinates employee benefits plans, and supervises accounting staff. Diana also oversees all the corporate and employee insurance programs as well as serving as the Human Relations Officer, and is the point of contact for all technology, equipment and building maintenance issues, e.g., snow removal, janitorial, repairs, etc.
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 initiatives: AASB Public Information Coordinator and Project Coordinator of the Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL).
School Climate and Conference Coordinator
Jenni Lefing has been working in community development, program evaluation and coordination with rural communities in Alaska, Oregon, and internationally for over 15 years. She joined the AASB team in 2010 as a Community Engagement Educator for Alaska ICE, where she facilitated connections between schools and communities throughout Alaska. In 2015 she began overseeing Alaska’s School Climate & Connectedness Survey (SCCS) and supporting districts in using their results to make data informed decisions. This includes facilitating in-district workshops with school boards, school staff, students, and community members. In 2018, she returned to AASB full-time as School Climate &t Conference Coordinator. In addition to overseeing SCCS, she now oversees many of AABS’s conferences as part of the Board Development team. Jenni holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable/Community Development from the SIT Graduate Institute.
Alaska ICE Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator
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.”
Community Engagement Educator and Coordinator
Claudia is a graduate Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with a minor in Gender Studies. She also has her Master of Science Degree in Sociology from Portland State University. After receiving her Master’s, she spent a year teaching undergraduate level sociology classes at Eastern Oregon University. Although she enjoyed teaching, Claudia wanted to work in a field where she could feel that she was making a real difference. This brought her to Alaska, where she spent over 5 years working to engage youth and communities in violence prevention programming. She is new to AASB and is enjoying working with communities and school districts to engage youth in leadership and advocacy work.
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 is responsible for all account reconciliations, processing accounts payable and receivable, and keeping track of staff time sheets, medical and leave. She oversees our online event registration system as well as annual district salary & benefit surveys, and provides logistical coordination and general support to AASB. Laurie offers a warm, enthusiastic approach to managing the daily responsibilities of the office and has a natural ability to multi-task and keep the office staff organized and effective.
Jenn Larsen is a native Texan who relocated to Juneau in late June 2017 due to her husband’s Coast Guard transfer. She and her husband were previously stationed in Cordova, where she worked as an admin assistant at the Prince William Sound Science Center. Jenn is also a Coast Guard veteran, has a background in veterinary medicine and a keen eye for keeping things organized. At AASB, she is responsible for assisting in maintaining Board memberships, events, and keeping the office running effectively.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Though she was born and raised in Sitka, Glade is a Tlingit woman from the Sik’nax.adi of Wrangell. Her formal education is in Marine Sciences and Secondary Education, however most of her experience in the workforce has been with non-profit organizations and tribal governments. She enjoys being able to assist people of all walks of life, through complex systems and services. Glade likes to network and build relationships with those around her to offer a better quality of life. She finds herself volunteering a lot with the Juneau Elks, playing softball with her friends, traveling, and visiting family. Glade’s creative mind and willingness to think outside the box has made her an asset to this team and will allow her to continue to grow in her position.
Before arriving at AASB, Emily Ferry worked with non-profit organizations in Southeast Alaska to coordinate campaigns, engage communities, and advocate for policies that promote sustainability while honoring Alaska’s unique way of life. With three young kids enrolled in the Juneau school district, she is passionate about a quality education for all. As a coordinator of the collective impact STEPS Promise Neighborhood grant, Emily works with partners in seven Southeast Alaskan communities working to improve educational outcomes “from cradle to career.”