Three new staff members join the Anchorage office

KJ Crawford joined staff as the new director of administration in December 2021, and has been able to focus on training with Walt Wrede ahead of his retirement.

Crawford holds a Master’s degree in organizational management and Bachelor’s in journalism and public communications. She previously served as the programs director for the Alaska Safety Alliance, where she oversaw the North Slope Training Cooperative and other health, safety, and environmental trainings for high hazard industries across Alaska. Before that, KJ held various positions with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. She also volunteers with the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network.

Ashlee Hamilton joined the Council in October, filling the new position of bookkeeper/office coordinator. In December, Hamilton was promoted to financial manager. Gregory Dixon, who has been the Council’s financial manager for the past 20 years, plans to retire later this year.

Hamilton was raised in southeast Alaska on Prince of Wales Island. She attended the University of Alaska and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She was previously employed as a branch manager for a credit union, as a staff accountant at a CPA firm, and as a bookkeeper for a restaurant chain in Juneau.

Jaina Willahan is the Council’s new administrative assistant. A life-long Anchorage resident, Willahan holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She came to the organization with eight years of customer service experience. She spends most of her free time playing board games, crafting, and hanging out with her dog, Jack.

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