The seven-member Anchorage School Board is the governing body for the Anchorage School District. Elected each year for overlapping terms, each member serves for a three-year term. All school board seats are elected citywide with the seven school board members representing all residents.

Members and affiliations
NamePositionBoard committees
Tam Agosti-Gisler President  

Finance, governance, communications (Ex-Officio), Native American/Alaska Native Caucus of NSBA, National School Board Association (NSBA), 90% by 2020

Starr Marsett Vice President Governance, communications, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, National School Board Association (NSBA)
Elisa Snelling Treasurer Finance (Chair), governance, Chamber of Commerce Chugiak/Eagle River, Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), National School Board Association (NSBA), 90% by 2020
Kathleen Plunkett Clerk Finance, governance (Chair), School Based Community Health Centers, Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB), ARISE, Native American/Alaska Native Caucus of NSBA, National School Board Association (NSBA)
Bettye Davis Member Communications, National Black Caucus of SB Members, Federation of Community Councils, National School Board Association (NSBA)
Andy Holleman  Member Finance, governance, School Business Partnerships (SBP), ASD Student Advisory Board (SAB), National School Board Association (NSBA)
Dave Donley Member Communications (Chair), MOA Budget Advisory Commission, Federation of Community Councils (alternate), National School Board Association (NSBA)

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Member biographies


Tam Agosti-Gisler  
Tam Agosti-Gisler‌‌


Seat F through April 2018, second term

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 4


Tam Agosti-Gisler was raised in Anchorage and attended Turnagain Elementary, Romig Junior High and West High where she graduated with honors in 1975. She was a student at Stanford University including its overseas campuses in Tours, France and Berlin, Germany, in addition to studies in Israel and Japan. She earned a BA in International Relations with honors in 1979.


After graduation, she returned to Anchorage and received her teacher certification from UAA/ACC. She began her ASD teaching career in 1982. Tam subsequently earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training in 1992. She taught French, Social Studies and a School Business Partnership class during her 22 years as an educator with assignments at Dimond High, Mears Junior High, the SEARCH program, Gruening Middle School and Central Middle School of Science. After she retired from the classroom in 2004, she and her husband spent a year "road-schooling" their three children on a North American driving tour. All of their children graduated from East High School.  


Tam served as the executive director of the Anchorage School Business Partnership program from 2006-2012. She was also previously an adjunct professor at UAA in the MAT program, training World Language teaching interns. Tam served on the Municipal School Budget Advisory Commission for five years and has been involved in many community organizations including Anchorage East Rotary and the Alaska World Affairs Council. She has been married to Hans Gisler for 37 years. She is an avid traveler and photographer, has visited more than 70 countries, speaks several languages and has taught English in Africa and Asia.



Bettye Davis 2016
Bettye Davis


Seat A through April 2019, second term

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 7


Bettye Davis has been a resident of Anchorage for more than 40 years. She arrived in Anchorage with her husband, Troy Davis, who was a member of the United States Air Force. She has two children who graduated from West High School. She has four grandchildren, three of whom graduated from Dimond and East high schools and one currently attends Service High School.


Bettye has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Grambling State University in Louisiana. She is retired from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Upon retirement, Bettye served as a member of the Anchorage School Board for 11 years and two years on the State Board of Education where she served as president and vice president.


Bettye served as an Alaska State Representative from 1990-96 and became the first African American to be elected as an Alaska state senator in 2000. She served in the Senate until 2012.  Bettye has served on numerous legislative committees which include serving as chair of the Health, Education and Social Services Committee. Bettye is a member of the League of Women Voters, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zonta Club of Anchorage, NAACP and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.


Bettye’s focus will be on equity for all students, funding for pre-kindergarten education and reducing the dropout rate. Bettye enjoys cooking, playing scrabble and fundraising for worthy causes. She is widowed after 46 years of marriage.



Dave Donley Dave Donley

Seat C through April 2020, first term

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 6

Dave Donley grew up in Spenard, attending Willow Crest Elementary and  Romig, Central and Mears junior high schools. He graduated from Dimond High School in 1972 and went on to attend the University of Oregon and University of Washington School of Law.


Dave worked on the Alaska Pipeline construction as a firefighter, construction worker, and logger. Dave represented Spenard in the state House from 1987-1992. There, he served as House Labor and Commerce Chair twice and Judiciary Committee Chair. He was a State Senator from 1993-2002, where we served on the Senate Finance Committee, holding roles as co-chair and vice chair. Beginning in 2003, he served as Chief of Adjudications and Hearing Officer for the State of Alaska. He retired from the State of Alaska and Laborers’ Local 341 in 2008. 


Since his retirement, Dave has worked for Hope Community Resources, Inc. and practiced law. He has been an officer in the Alaska State Defense Force since 2009 and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel and the Staff Judge Advocate.


Dave and his wife Jamie have three children: a son who recently graduated from Service High School and twins who attend Northern Lights ABC School.


Andy HollemanAndy Holleman

Seat D through April 2020, first term

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 1


Andy Holleman grew up in North Carolina and first visited Alaska as a tourist in 1985. After spending several weeks in Prince William Sound and listening to people talk about Anchorage in the winter, he planned to return the following summer and stay for a year; he has been here ever since.


He believes parents and students need to be engaged in their local schools as much as possible and emphasizes the importance of the school community. He also believes strongly in high academic achievement for all students.


Andy graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with Bachelor’s degrees in education and biology. He was a tutor in ASD’s Migrant Education Program before becoming a teacher at Dimond High School in 1996. He spent most of his teaching career at Goldenview Middle School in business education and computer skills classes, and served as the building’s technology coordinator. Andy became involved with policy and funding issues for education at the local and state levels, and advocated for public education as a cornerstone of our democracy. He served as president of the Anchorage Education Association for four years.

Andy has one son who received his education from ASD, attending an alternative school, an open-optional program housed in a neighborhood school, a neighborhood school, a charter school, a Seminar Program at a local high school, and finished with Alaska Pacific University's Early Honors Program in conjunction with ASD. Andy wife, Donna, is a retired ASD educator. Boating and camping in the summer, along with a variety of winter sports when there's snow, are Andy’s goals for his off-hours.


Starr Marsett 2016  
Starr Marsett

Vice President

Seat B through April 2019, first term

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 2


Starr Marsett has been a children’s advocate for more than 30 years. Starr has served on many executive boards such as Armed Forces YMCA, Resource Center for Parents and Children, and Friends of CASA. She’s been PTA president at various schools, served on an advisory committee to start the first alternative school in North Pole, Alaska, and was appointed to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Policy Committee. In the Anchorage School District, Starr was appointed to the Multicultural Education Advisory Committee, Capital Improvement Advisory Committee and served as chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee.  She has also served on ASD committees to review educational specifications and school calendars.


With more than 16 years’ experience in the financial industry, Starr is currently a Realtor® and works in the summers for United Airlines. She also worked for five years as a substitute teacher in ASD. Starr has extensive experience in project management, human resources, budget, negotiations and strategic planning. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northern Michigan University while working and raising her two children.


Starr met her husband while they were both serving in the military. In addition to their two grown children, they adopted their grandson who has special needs and attends East High School. They also have a grandson who attends Bear Valley Elementary School.


Kathleen Plunkett


Seat E through April 2018, third term

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 3


Kathleen Plunkett is an Accountant for ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting major from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kathleen, her husband Rex and their two sons all graduated from Anchorage high schools. Kathleen has been an active community volunteer for more than 30 years.

Kathleen is a current board member of  the Association of Alaska School Boards and an advocate and member of the ARISE (Anchorage Realizing Indigenous Student Excellence) leadership council.


Kathleen has worked on and built three east-side parks and is a former member and chairman of the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Commission. She is the former president and treasurer of both the Russian Jack Community Council and the Federation of Community Councils.



Elisa SnellingElisa Snelling


Seat G through April 2018, first term

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 5


Elisa Snelling was born and raised in Anchorage. She attended Scenic Park Elementary, Wendler Jr High, and graduated from Bartlett High in 1996. In 2004, Elisa moved to Eagle River to raise their three children, Hanna, Marc and Curtis, who all currently attend an ASD elementary school.


For the past 19 years, Elisa has progressively advanced her career in the fields of business and accounting, and is currently the Accounting Manager for Brews Brothers, LLC (Glacier Brewhouse and ORSO). At the same time, she has extensively volunteered in her community and served more than six years on the Eagle River Valley Community Council as secretary, president, and currently vice president. She is serving on the Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.


Elisa’s vision for the Anchorage School District includes greater public accountability and transparency, fiscally conservative budget approaches, and delivering more alternative education choices for students at neighborhood schools. She strongly believes in high academic standards and school accountability. Elisa will work hard to ensure that ASD continues to improve test scores and that every dollar benefits children’s education. She will make certain that student achievement remains the highest priority by working collaboratively with parents, teachers and staff. She supports Destination 2020 and School Business Partnerships as both are rooted in a strategic plan for the future and are uniting the community with kids. 


As your school board member, she is working diligently to make sure that all students receive the academic skills and training necessary to prepare them for today’s competitive job market and college.

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