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.

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 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!

Lori Grassgreen

Director of Conditions for Learning / Community Engagement

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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.

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. 

Jenny Mathis

Finance Officer

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Jenny Mathis has over 15 years of experience with non-profit organizations as an accountant, Assistant Controller, and CFO. She has been a CPA for over 20 years. Jenny is originally from Alabama but has lived in Texas most of her life. Jenny and her family now call Weatherford, Texas home.

Away from work, Jenny and her husband Ronald are busy raising their three kids. Abbi and Walker are both in high school. They are both busy with school activities, including being on the basketball team. Presli, who will be in the 6th grade next year, is an active member of the archery team at school. Jenny enjoys taking trips with her family and attending Texas Rangers baseball games when possible.

Jenny is excited to be part of AASB as the Finance Officer. In her new role, she hopes to help bring some new processes to the business office, including moving some programs and functions to the cloud.

Claudia Plesa

Conditions for Learning / 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.

Connor Meyer

Community Engagement Educator

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Coming to us by way of Portland from Yakutat and Anchorage, Connor is a dedicated professional with over a decade of experience in people-to-people interchange. Connection is the backbone of engagement, and as the newest Community Engagement Educator, Connor is excited to work with students, family, and faculty across the state.

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.”

Heather Shaw

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

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Heather attended Northern Arizona University and received degrees in Advertising and Public Relations. She moved to Juneau after graduating and spends her free time hiking with her dog, Ursa.

Jenni Lefing

Membership Services Manager

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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 & 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.

Kami Moore

School Climate and Connectedness Coordinator

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Kami Moore serves as the School Climate and Connectedness Coordinator at AASB. Kami comes to AASB with experience as classroom teacher, community educator and most recently a member of the School Health and Safety team at the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. Kami is passionate about student health and wellbeing and has spent the last 13 years working with communities across Alaska. She has a B.S. in Education and received her Master’s of Public Health from UAA.

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.”

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.  

Laurie Miller

Human Resources and 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.

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.

Maressa Jensen

Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator

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Prior to joining AASB, Maressa worked as Trauma Engaged Schools Specialist for the Juneau School District. She holds a BA in Social Science from University of Alaska Southeast, with concentration areas in Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology; and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. To her role as coordinator of Trauma Engaged Schools and Social Emotional Learning with AASB she brings enthusiasm for evidence-based approaches to improve wellbeing for students, staff, families and communities, and provides training on topics including ACES, resilience, trauma engaged approaches, restorative practices, and Circle of Security. When not at work, Maressa enjoys spending time with her family, reading, or being active outdoors; hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and trail running.

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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.

Raymond Bernhardt

Grant Manager

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Ray was born and raised in Alaska, and upon graduation from high school joined the service. Completed a little under 10 years. Moved back to Alaska and finished two Undergraduates degrees and will be starting his Graduate soon. Worked in many non-profit organizations, and tribal and federal agencies (DHS).

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.

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.