The 23rd cohort of Leadership Anchorage will gather for their first session this weekend, and will be connecting and learning through monthly sessions, community projects, and mentorships until May, 2020 when the program concludes. Take a moment to meet this diverse group of leaders from across the greater Anchorage area!
Pastor Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Jake Dickerhoff is an engaging communicator with experience in conflict resolution, organizational development, and cultivating community partnerships. As the pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in South Anchorage he is passionate about ensuring that everyone has a place to belong, be heard, and grow with others. Jake is the father of seven under eleven, husband to their remarkable mother, committed to radical hospitality around one table, and a believer that nothing is ever beyond redemption.
Community PLUS Schools Manager United Way of Anchorage
Mirna was born and raised in Guatemala. She started her life in Alaska in 2008 when she served an AmeriCorps year at RAIS. After a year of service, she pursued a bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Alaska as she worked her way through school full-time. Upon completing her studies, she moved to Denmark for a few years where she attained a master’s in Cognition and Communication from the University of Copenhagen. She moved back to Alaska last April to join the United Way of Anchorage family. She has adopted Alaska for life as it became an intrinsic part of her identity. Thus, she continues to embrace her place in our community through collaboration and her work with local non-profits. She is full of energy and actively engages in all the outdoor activities that keep her love for Alaska and its community alive.
Peter Ewan Marketing and Communication Specialist Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC Peter was raised in Copper Center and graduated from Glennallen High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, New Mexico. Currently, Peter works as the Marketing Communication Specialist for the business development department at Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC.
Tim Flynn Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Trainer
Alaska Department of Public Safety Tim has been fortunate to have melded some of his personal and professional passions together - he has worked with first generation college students as well as domestic violence and sexual assault survivors for over 15 years around the West Coast. His colleagues decribe Tim as a passionate advocate for marginalized members of his community, particularly LGBTQ+ and Indigenous individuals. He is a natural networker with a high level of empathy which enables him to find commonalities between individuals and topics. Tim is a life-long learner and educator who seeks to understand and gain knowledge by listening and serving others. Tim believes that our world could be a better place with less violence and he strives to mentor young men to help them break the cycle of violence against women.
Planning Specialist Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Parker was born in Alaska and is fluent in Spanish, having attended Anchorage's two-way Spanish Immersion Program from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. After graduating from the University of Idaho with a triple major in Political Science, Spanish, and International Relations with a Regional Emphasis in Latin America, Parker pursued a life-long interest in politics and public service in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Correspondent. He has also worked on many political campaigns in strategy and canvassing. Parker is currently working towards finishing an M.B.A. at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities Carlson School of Management.
Transition Coordinator Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness
Stephanie is a bilingual world traveler who has a passion for serving others. She is currently serving the Anchorage community as a transition coordinator for the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness. She hopes to learn, grow and add value to the LA 23 cohort.
Gina Hollomon Artist (self-employed) Red Door Studio
Long time Anchorage resident, champion of the arts, and artist. Gina is passionate about Alaska, travel, historic preservation, and animals of all kinds. Committed to doing her part to make Anchorage a better place for us all to live, work and play. After adventuring around the world, there is no place like home...
Crystal Jackson Customer Experience Manager GCI Crystal grew up as the oldest of four children in an Air Force household, relocating to many different exotic places like Panama, Germany, and Nebraska. Frequent changes meant quick adoption to new communities, and this inspired Crystal to connect with others through the arts. She graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a BA in Marketing and has since been growing her career in customer experience and process improvement. Crystal is Inupiaq and loves sharing stories through art while pursuing opportunities that reignite empathy in the community. In her spare time, you’ll find her painting, learning how to play hockey, and spending time with her husband and two pups.
Brittani Knight Disabled Army Veteran Veterans Affairs Brittani is an American Indian Armed Forces Veteran born and raised in Chicago, IL. Her aspiration is to cultivate an innovative bartering system that will ensure resources and money circulate to small businesses and our community's vital needs.
Nalena Largay Project Manager Hays Research Group LLC
Nalena is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up in Anchorage and has family in Nondalton. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2017 and interned with ARISE (Anchorage Realizing Indigenous Student Excellence) at Cook Inlet Tribal Council. After spending a year as a substance abuse counselor at CITC, Nalena moved on to her current position with Hays Research Group, a market research firm based in Anchorage. In her current role as Project Manager, Nalena manages qualitative and quantitative research all over Alaska. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and being out on the water.
Margaret Phillips Tax Preparer Self-Employed Margaret is a self-employed tax preparer who volunteers her time to improve the lives of abused women and children by assisting with divorce, child custody, and child support procedures. She has earned several undergraduate and and graduate degrees, including graduating from law school. Margaret has lived in Alaska her entire adult life and currently resides in Eagle River.
Healthcare Educator/ Business Owner
Medical Certifications, Liberty Dialysis
Marilyn has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her contributions have been clinical, classroom, and community education. She created her business to prepare allied healthcare workers for certification through boot camps and clinical practice.
Rev. Jacob Poindexter Senior Minister First Congregational Church of Anchorage Jacob has served as minister of First Congregational Church of Anchorage since 2017. His calling as a minister is to help create opportunities and practices for people to build and participate in communities of faith that welcome and affirm people as they are. Jacob is the vice-president of the Interfaith Council of Anchorage and an organizer for the Alaska Poor People’s Campaign. His community work is focused on the power of self-advocacy and public witness of people and communities most impacted by social struggles and injustices. Jacob writes and lectures on Congregational Social Action and communal participation in the creation of a more just society.
Sara Rasmussen State Representative, State of Alaska Self-Employed Residential Appraiser Sara Rasmussen was born and raised in Anchorage. She currently serves in the Alaska Legislature, representing the Sand Lake area (House District 22). Sara is a graduate of Dimond High School, and she attended UAA for one semester and then transferred to Columbia College. In her senior year of college, Sara had the opportunity to intern with a residential appraisal office, and worked to become a certified appraiser in 2014. She currently owns Rasmussen Real Estate, and continues appraisal work during the interim. Sara is married and has two young children. Up until 2015 when her son was born, she coached high school gymnastics for DHS and SHS. She is looking forward to meeting new people and fine tuning her leadership skills with Leadership Anchorage.
Dan Strickland Self-Employed Dan has primarily been a commercial fisherman in various fisheries in Alaska for over 40 years. He has also worked with several environmental organizations and has written professionally. He co-founded Musicians United for Bristol Bay, and also Brazilian jiu-jitsu Rural Alaska.
Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage
Adam, who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, moved to Anchorage with his wife and two little dogs in a Volkswagen Jetta in January, 2011. He started working for the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage that April and now works as the Senior Assistant supporting the office’s public relations objectives to build bridges of friendship between Japan and Alaska. He has served on the board of the Japan Alaska Association for four years. He has a Masters of Divinity, enjoys practicing hospitality, and relishes a great story with a warm lap dog.