The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness will hold its Board Member Election at the 2018 Annual Conference on November 1-2 in Anchorage, AK. There are ten available Board Member positions open in 2018.

2018 Board Member Applicants (alphabetical order)

Robin Carvalho - mat-su valley

 I graduated with a high school diploma in 1975 from Jonesboro High School, although my work history had already begun a few years earlier. For most of my life I worked in the food and beverage industry, with a stint in the Army from 1989-92 being my only other ‘education’, from basic training to my advanced individual training for 24Kilo (Hawk Radar Repair), my timing was perfect for duty in the first Gulf War. 
I’ve been over 35 years in Alaska with the majority of my time spent in rural and unincorporated areas. The last fifteen years of my work history I held and operated my own liquor license in Big Lake. Since my retirement in 2013, I have been active with the Office of Long Term Care Ombudsman as a volunteer ombudsman in the Mat-Su Valley. (From that I was recently one of 97 nominees for the First Lady’s volunteer of the years award merely for having been the longest continually serving volunteer in the program.)
Also since 2013, I have been a member of the Alaska Department of Corrections statewide chaplaincy programs and, even more recently, an active member of the national Prison Fellowship Ministries,for which I am a High Impact volunteer, working particularly with the Angel Tree Program inside the prisons.
On a personal note, I am married, both a mother and grandmother, and very active in my church.

Scott Ciambor - Juneau

I am excited to submit a resume and letter requesting to be re-elected to the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Board of Directors.

For the past 10 years I have worked on housing and homelessness issues in Alaska.  In Juneau, on the local level, I’ve worked with the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness on many initiatives and projects including the annual Point In Time count, Project Homeless Connect, establishing a medical respite program, and as part of the development team for the Juneau Housing First supportive housing project. Currently, I am the Chief Housing Officer for the City and Borough of Juneau helping develop municipal tools that assist with the entire housing spectrum.

Since 2010, I have been a member of the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness board, serving as Chair since 2012. In that time, we have seen the Coalition take big strides in the transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with staff and deeper connections to the work of local coalitions and agencies. Other key activities have been to develop and manage the Continuum of Care program, establish a statewide Homeless Management Information System, lead federal and state advocacy efforts — especially when funding for key state homeless programs was cut in 2014, and more. It would be great to continue to serve and support Coalition staff and the work of all the agencies around the state.

jon cochrane - bethel

I am very interested in serving on the AKCH2 board and represent the needs of rural Southwest Alaska. I am an experienced board member with a passion for ending homelessness, fighting food insecurity and promoting equal access to healthcare. I feel that I offer a unique skillset and perspective that will be of value both to the board and the organization. If selected as a board member, I look forward to the opportunity to serve in any capacity required.

walter crary - fairbanks

Currently as Interior Alaska Co-Chair Alaska Veterans Foundation, Inc. under Ric Davidge Chairman/Founder for Interior’s VetVillageAK project ending Homeless Veterans.Also as a monthly member of Glenna Baca Program Manager, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Interior Homeless Veterans  Coalition Committee member. We meet at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission almost every month and administer Veterans One Stop events.

Ric Davidge - anchorage

As the founding chairman of the Foundation, who have spent about 7+ years learning about these problems and crafting new different solutions, I am again offering myself to this task.

I will continue as the Foundation’s Founding Chairman until VetVillageAK is up, running and in the black.  3 to 5 years.

We have 150 and 30 jobs a year already committed by PRIVATE businesses, not government.

jana george - fairbanks

I am interested in running for the board to offer my expertise in housing and human services to assist combating the housing crisis’s  we are currently  faced with.   I offer a vast pallet of  experience that I think would be an asset to the board. I am passionate about housing and helping people succeed in whichever facet of their life they maybe at. I have been blessed to work throughout Alaska and have traveled extensively within the Interior communities even to some of our States most remote and hardest to serve  communities.  Also I hope to broaden my own capacity, by learning from others and this organization.  I appreciate your time and consideration. 

Denice Gilroy - nome

I am Denice Gilroy, the Executive Director of Arctic Access, a 501 © 3.  Arctic Access is a State of AK Independent Living Center, one of only four in the entire state.

Arctic Access mission is to provide services and opportunities for elders and people with disabilities to remain in the village of their choice and be as active as possible with their families and communities.

I have worked and serviced in many diverse capacities and experiences throughout my life, from fieldwork to Executive Administrative positions.  One common thread for me throughout my life and career has been my passion for humans. 

As I look at the board and the current members, I see Sue Steinacher is the only representative for our region.  I believe, with the skills that I have personally obtained over the years, as well as my current position in our community here in Nome AK, I would be a perfect fit for the Coalition.  I have attached a Resume in which I can give way more information as to who I am, as an administrator and a human being. 

I work closely with the homeless and houseless here in Nome on a daily basis.  I not only assist with housing issues but food, clothing, jobs, re-entry, recidivism, and basic daily needs and barriers.  I assist elders and people experiencing disabilities in housing issues, disability barriers, self-advocacy and Independent Living Skills.

I really believe that having an Independent Living Center representative on the board would be a great benefit for the consumers and staff of the Housing Coalition,  I also obtain great insights that other board members will find highly useful, village life, cultural relevance and rural-rural issues.

Sandra Guilfoyle - fairbanks

My name is Sandra Guilfoyle and I am a Registered Nurse from California and living in Alaska. I moved to Alaska to complete my dissertation study with the homeless persons in Alaska. It is anticipated that I will complete my PhD in Nursing in 2019. I am passionate and motivated to get more involved in statewide policy on housing and homeless issues with leadership on the implementation of national best practices in Alaska.

As identified in my curriculum vitae, I have a long standing track record of national recognition for leadership in nursing and as an educator. My history in research has been highly regarded in quantitative and qualitative studies by my course facilitators and now my dissertation committee. I am also known to be very analytical in my approach to challenges, such as ending homelessness or as professor when working at The United States University (USU) in San Diego, California. 

I am committed to using data and evidence to find solutions to homelessness, and to building the knowledge base that will help policymakers and practitioners implement those solutions in Alaska.  When working at USU, I worked with a small team of five nursing administrators to quickly address ‘imminent closure’ of the BSN Nursing program at the state level for several areas of non-compliance to opening to admit students again in just 14 short months! On a team, I will work to answer key questions around homelessness and its solutions.  I am guided by a 15 year background of being a professional nurse as a clinical acute care nurse, as an educator in Nursing, and an ANA Board Certified Advanced Public Health Nurse. 

Jasmine Khan - anchorage

As the Executive Director of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, I believe strongly that cross-pollinating the two respective boards will help deliver a unified approach to support those at risk across the state. While each CoC operates independently to meet the needs of respective community groups, there is tremendous opportunity to take a “one Alaska” approach to advocacy, shared fundraising when appropriate, HMIS management, best practice implementation to name a few areas of mutual interest. I would enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with the organization and to serve to benefit the larger state community. As a board member, I would seek to bring greater coordination to our respective efforts, to streamline communication channels and to create better transparency. Personally, I would greatly enjoy better understanding the needs of our vulnerable community members statewide and would benefit from seeing how we implement best practices and innovations around Alaska.

allen kemplen - anchorage

My name is Allen Kemplen and I wish to volunteer to serve on the Board of the Alaska Coalition of Housing and Homelessness.  It is my understanding you are accepting nominations for the Board.

I am a 36 year resident of Alaska having originally hitch-hiked up the Al-Can Highway after graduating from college. I knew no one in the State.  As a result, I was homeless and living in my tent until I was able to find a room to rent in an owner-occupied home with the promise that I could soon find a job to pay for use of the room.  And indeed I was able to get a job at Union Oil Company as a Seismic Well Log Data Entry technician.  I had no vehicle, bus service was very poor and I had to walk to work from my room on Boundary Avenue in Muldoon to the job site at 9th and K Street.

Since then I have managed to make a decent life in Alaska.  Much of which was spent living in the Fairview neighborhood section of Anchorage. 

I have personal experience with the issues created by housing and homelessness.  

I also have a robust knowledge perspective of the larger systemic issues including the disconnect between housing and transportation.  I am a practicing professional Planner for the State of Alaska working for the DOT&PF.  I am also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP-CTP) with an advanced specialization in transportation planning. 

I am a long time member of the Executive Board of the Fairview Community Council and currently serve as President. I have had the honor of serving the neighborhoods of Fairview, Mountain View and Russian Jack for four years (1996-2000) in the Alaska State Legislature. 

gabe layman - anchorage

My interest in serving on the Coalition’s Board stems largely from my oversight of Cook Inlet Housing’s public policy and advocacy work in recent years. All housing providers, and particularly providers of affordable housing, understand that Alaska is a challenging environment in which to address issues related to housing affordability, substandard housing conditions, and homelessness. My personal perspective is that the most significant impediment to making progress on this issues is not financial, strategic, or tactical. It is cultural. Unfortunately, most Alaskans do not understand the full scope of the negative community impacts stemming from unaffordable and substandard housing, including health impacts, impediments to educational attainment, and the nexus to crime. You and I understand that housing is a foundational investment that builds stronger communities. Most Alaskans, however, have not been exposed to the data and stories that demonstrate these relationships.

Particularly in light of the current fiscal climate in Alaska, it is critical that our advocacy and public policy engagement be clearly messaged, strategically coordinated, and targeted both to policy makers AND the constituents that elect and fire them. The Coalition is the most critical and influential entity in Alaska that provides education and advocacy on issues of housing and homelessness. In my role at Cook Inlet Housing, I have developed certain public policy and advocacy proficiencies, and I am eager to bring those to bear as a member of the Coalition’s Board. More critically, CIHA has developed pretty solid research, policy, and advocacy capacity over the years. We have in-house legal staff capable of analyzing and drafting legislation and regulations. We have a research and policy analyst charged with researching housing policy and providing support for policy-related advocacy. Recently, we hired Greg Bringhurst, formerly with Senator Murkowski’s D.C. office, as CIHA’s Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs. And we employ both state and federal lobbyists to assist our efforts. Whether or not I am offered a seat on the Coalition’s Board, I have great interest in exploring the numerous ways that CIHA could better support the Coalition’s policy and advocacy work by bringing our capacity to the table.

My interest is not strictly policy related, however. CIHA’s primary strategy over the past two decades has been to focus largely on maximizing production of affordable independent rental housing in Southcentral Alaska. Though we cannot say our work in that regard is done, we have increasingly engaged in the development and delivery of programs and services that serve somewhat more acute populations, including administering a Tribal HUD-VASH voucher program and participating in the Path to Independence rapid rehousing pilot program in Anchorage. I believe my engagement with the Coalition could provide CIHA with exposure to innovations occurring outside of Anchorage and help us build relationships with organizations that have better experience serving higher acuity populations. Likewise, CIHA would look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise related to the development and operation of affordable housing with the Coalition’s Board and members.

Please know that I take the obligations of a Board member seriously, particularly knowing that the Coalition’s staff capacity is limited (although brilliant and high energy!). If you’re interested in getting an objective opinion about the nature of my engagement, I encourage you to reach out to Laurie Wolf or Mike Walsh with the Foraker Group. I serve on Foraker’s Operating Board and Public Policy Committee, and I have been pretty engaged. In fact, as I type this I’m on a plane to D.C. to join Laurie and Mike on some visits to the Hill and with certain agency staff - on CIHA’s dime. Laurie and Mike are sure to give you the straight scoop about what it’s like to have me on Foraker’s Board, both the good and the bad!

Kelvin lee - fairbanks

I would like to be considered as a candidate to serve on the State Homelessness Board. I have witnessed the time and hard work that has been spent, along with the advancements that have been made in the area of homelessness in Alaska and I would be honored to be a part of future efforts. I believe my passion for Alaska’s homeless population makes me an ideal candidate for this position on the board.

 I am currently the Chair of the Fairbanks Homeless Coalition. I have had 9 years of extensive experience with homelessness that ranges from personal to professional. A majority of that experience comes from working with the prison population, a sub-population of homelessness that has rapidly increased in recent years. I believe I bring great experience to the table and can offer a broad vision for the future

 With programs such as No Limits Inc. here in Fairbanks, I have been diligently working to end homelessness for over 11 years. We strive to provide transition into permanent housing while using our reentry center to assist returning citizens in any way that we can.  This promotes healthier and safer communities.

 Housing is the most essential need in our community and state, with secure housing people are able to excel in many areas, which in turn benefits our families, communities, economy etc.  I always want to be a part of the solutions so being a part of this board would truly be an honor, and I will commit to give my best and lend my expertise to the board for my term.

I know I’m only one voice but with my heart and passion mixed with other like-minded people I believe that there is so much that can be accomplished. With the work that we are continuing as a coalition on a state level moving forward I truly want to lend all my energy to it and see it reach the ones who truly need us. I pray and believe  this is my year to be chosen but no matter the outcome  my purpose will always be to help those in need which remains close to my heart.

Richard Mandsager - anchorage

My professional and personal interest is in both the root causes of homelessness and in the effects of homelessness on health (mental, spiritual and physical health).  When I was offered the opportunity to (hopefully) make a significant impact and reduction in homelessness, I immediately said yes.  This work is my passion and I hope that I can make a significant contribution.  If offered a chance to participate on the Board, I hope to be able to contribute learning from Anchorage to the work for the rest of the state.

Alexander Martin-Frank - fairbanks

Having been homeless for periods of time as a child and teen, it has always been a really important issue for me. Being apart of this board would give me more opportunities to make a difference in Alaska, my home.

katie jo parrott - ketchikan

I am submitting my name for consideration for the board because I have long been concerned about the issues of homelessness in my community and have advocated for the need for a comprehensive approach to issues found in the lives of the homeless, marginally housed, and transitionally housed. I feel strongly about taking a systems approach to these challenges and empowering our communities, agencies, and citizens to tackle them collaboratively. I have long been directly and peripherally involved with many organizations in my community, and believe I have the experience and insight to contribute meaningfully to the coalition. Thank you for your consideration.

leslie rohr - soldotna

I am writing today to submit my name for consideration for one of the open board seats.

I have served as Executive Director of Love INC for the past eight years.  I have been actively involved in the administration of AHFC HAP Grants during that time. I believe it is important to have representation from the Kenai Peninsula on this board. I also serve on the Advisory Board of AKHMIS.

Previous board experience includes twenty years, 1984 to 2004, with the American Diabetes Association. I served 2 four year terms as the Board President for the Lane County Oregon Chapter, six years on the State Board and was a Delegate to the National Convention three times. 

I am honored to serve the vulnerable population of homeless and near homeless individuals of the Kenai Peninsula through the ministry of Love INC. It would be my pleasure to represent them on the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Board of Directors.

charlene tautfest - soldotna

I would like to apply for a board position on the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Board.  I am aligned with your goals and focus to end homelessness in the state of Alaska.  I would like to use my knowledge gained from  traveling with the Alaska Mental Health Board to many rural communities and actively listening to concerns regarding housing. My goal would be to raise awareness of homelessness to a state and federal level by advocating to policy makers.  I believe housing is healthcare and providing a safe sheltered space is essential to physical and mental health.  I have experience chairing meetings, strategic planning, and I thrive on finding solutions to challenging obstacles.. 

I am fortunate that I do not need a full time “paying” job, and I can devote my time advocating for the mental health consumer. I am actively engaged in my community on the Kenai Peninsula participating in Project Homeless Connect and the Continuum of Care.

Beth Wilson - anchorage

For the past 16 years I have been working in the social services field, primarily with individuals that suffer from chronic homelessness and co-occurring disorders. My past work experience includes Anchorage Community Mental Health Services and Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC). My role at CITC was the Recovery Services Administrative and Outreach Specialist. In this role I was able to work collaboratively with other social service agencies and was able to assist with housing 40 of our chronically homeless clients.

For the past 6 years I have served on the Board for the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness. I have a passion and desire to help those who need housing. I feel that serving on this board provides the opportunity to continue assisting individuals and organizations in the movement of zero homelessness for our community. I have vast experience working with adults that suffer from co-occurring disorders which can impede their ability to maintain housing, employment, and relationships. It has been a goal of mine to assist and participate in creating programs that assist our homeless population. I believe that my extensive experience working within the social services field has made me an ideal candidate to continue to serve on the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Board.