Staff

Meet the AASB team! Click on a “Bio bar” to read that person’s biography, or click on a name to send them an email.

Lon Garrison

Executive Director

Bio

Lon joined AASB in 2015 as School Improvement Coordinator. Before that, he was a member of the AASB Board of Directors for eight years, serving as president in 2012. He also served on the Sitka school board for nearly nine years, five years as board president. 
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 extensive experience in board development, superintendent searches, comprehensive policy services, and school improvement support.
As a former salmon enhancement biologist, Garrison spent many years living and working in remote locations of Southeast Alaska. He has a B.S. in Fisheries Biology from Colorado State University and attended graduate school at the University of Vermont.

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Timi Tullis

Associate Executive Director

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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 board members in every corner of the state. Timi has an MA in Education from Michigan State University and loves her teams in Green!

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Lori Grassgreen

Director of Alaska ICE

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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.

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Tiffany Jackson

Director of Membership Services

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Tiffany joins the AASB team after serving 12 years on her local school board (10 years as President), 9 years on the AASB board of director (twice as President), and 3 years on the NSBA board of directors. Before joining AASB, Tiffany worked for her Tribe as the Executive Director. Tiffany brings her passion for public education to the Director of Membership Services position where her responsibilities will include the executive search service, superintendent evaluation service, paperless meetings, and board development services which includes facilitating in-district workshops.  

Born and raised in Alaska, Tiffany is Tlingit and Aleut. She and her husband have 3 amazing children, one who graduated from, and two who currently attend Alaska public schools. She enjoys reading, crafting, baking, traveling, Harry Potter, and her favorite book of all time is Charotte’s Web. 

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Norm Wooten

Director of Advocacy

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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.

Steve Nelson

Public Information and Project Coordinator

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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 five Alaska governors. He joined the Association of Alaska School Boards in 2004 and has assumed lead roles as AASB Public Information Coordinator and Project Coordinator.

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Jenni Lefing

School Climate and Conference Coordinator

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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.

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Heather Coulehan

Alaska ICE Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator

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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.

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Konrad Shak’Shaani Éesh Frank

Community Engagement Educator

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“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.”

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Claudia Plesa

Community Engagement Manager

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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 enjoying working with communities and school districts to engage youth in leadership and advocacy work.

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Laurie Miller

Administrative Coordinator 

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As the “Queen of Everything”, Laurie is responsible for all account reconciliations, processing accounts payable and receivable, and keeping track of staff timesheets, medical and leave. She oversees our online event registration system as well as annual district salary & benefits 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.

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Stephanie Long

Executive Administrative Assistant

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Stephanie joined the AASB team as a Program Assistant for the STEPS grant and administrative support team. Stephanie moved to Alaska from Oregon where she previously worked with the Oregon Teacher Standards & Practices Commission (TSPC). While at TSPC she enjoyed working with PK-12 Educators, Oregon School Districts, and the public to ensure that Oregon’s children received education services from qualified and ethical educators. Her passion and attention to licensure concerns made her an effective educator evaluator, where she issued PK-12 licenses. Stephanie is excited to be part of the AASB team.

Heather Shaw

Administrative Assistant

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Heather comes to us as an Administrative Assistant after having worked the last three years as a Behavioral Assistant at Thunder Mountain High School and Juneau Youth Services. She is passionate about empowering teens and advocating for at-risk youth, and is glad that she can continue to do work that puts students first. Heather went to Northern Arizona University and received degrees in Advertising and Public Relations. She has been in Juneau for the last five years and spends her free time hiking with her dog, Ursa. Stop by (or email her) anytime to talk movie recs, swap recipes, or share picture of your pets!

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Lisa X’unyéil Worl

STEPS Partnership Coordinator

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Lisa joined the AASB team in April 2018. As a STEPS Partnership Coordinator, she will be working with the education partners throughout Southeast Alaska to align their work while coordinating Family Engagement practices within the schools and communities. Prior to AASB, Lisa worked as a legislative aide to Rep. Parish who served as Vice-Chair of House Education. Lisa worked for 16 years in public education as a parent volunteer, substitute teacher, 8 years (4 as Chair) on Auke Bay Elementary and Floyd Dryden Middle School site councils. Lisa was elected and served 4 years on the Juneau School Board. Lisa has volunteered for several years with Great Alaska Schools and the Huna Totem Scholarship committee.  Lisa’s priority while serving on the Juneau School Board was focusing on student retention and graduation, however, in doing so she learned how equity policies and programs inherently impact all areas from student learning to graduation.  She is a product of our Alaska public schools starting in Hoonah City Schools in kindergarten before moving to Juneau and graduating from Juneau Douglas High School. Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

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Emily Ferry

Collective Impact Coordinator

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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 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.”

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Tyler Breen

Community Engagement Educator

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Tyler comes to AASB as a Community Engagement Educator after having spent the last seven years working in education and environmental conservation throughout Latin America. He worked with students in Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer, led high school student groups through the Dominican Republic, and recently taught undergraduate study abroad courses in Costa Rica. During his time in Latin America, Tyler grew a deep appreciation for experiential education and the role of community in driving projects forward. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s of Development Practice from Emory University.

Lauren Havens

Data and Evaluation Coordinator

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Lauren Havens has over 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector as an educator, evaluator, and program manager. Originally from Northern California, she now calls Sitka home, where previous roles include AmeriCorps Volunteer for the Sitka School District and School Program Coordinator for Sitkans Against Family Violence. She received her Master’s of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2018, where she focused on creative approaches to program evaluation and adolescent health. Most recently, she spent 2 years working as the Director of Operations for a nonprofit addiction treatment program in Monterey, CA. She now returns to Southeast Alaska via AASB where her role will focus on using data to drive program quality and share the story of our work.