Anchorage School Board
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.
90% by 2020, National School Board Association (NSBA), Native American/Alaska Native Caucus of NSBA
|Elisa Snelling||Vice president||Governance, Finance, Chamber of Commerce Chugiak/Eagle River, Anchorage School Business Partnerships Advisory Board, Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), National School Board Association (NSBA)|
|Starr Marsett||Clerk||Governance, Communications, ASD Student Advisory Board (SAB), National School Board Association (NSBA)|
|Kathleen Plunkett||Treasurer||Governance, Finance, School Based Health Centers, ARISE, Association of Alaska School Board, National School Board Association (NSBA), Native American/Alaska Native Caucus of NSBA|
|Bettye Davis||Member||Communications, Federation of Community Councils, National School Board Association (NSBA), National Black Caucus of NSB|
|Pat Higgins||Member||MOA Budget Advisory Commission, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, National School Board Association (NSBA), National Black Caucus of NSB|
|Kameron Perez-Verdia||Member||Governance, National School Board Association (NSBA)|
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 35 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.
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.
Seat C through April 2017, third term
Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 6
Pat Higgins is a human resources professional with more than 30 years of senior HR management experience in the public and private sector. As someone very involved in hiring the students and graduates from the Anchorage School District, he is passionate about the role of good education and improving our vocational opportunities for young people.
Pat has worked and traveled throughout Alaska, from the North Slope when he worked for Alyeska Pipeline (initially in charge of employment and later as their first internal employee concerns program investigator), to Sitka/Juneau where he served as HR Director and a member of the Executive Management Team for the Alaska Native owned Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, and as a HR consultant for Coastal Villages Region Fund, an organization with fishing and crabbing interests in the Bering Sea that was formed to provide employment and community development opportunities to 20 rural communities on the west coast of Alaska. Pat graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Personnel Management before moving to Anchorage in 1983 with his wife of 35 years Patti, son Gavin, and daughters Rachael and Tara, and grandson Aiden.
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.
Seat D through April 2017, second term
Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 1
Kameron Perez-Verdia serves as the Sr. Director of Education for United Way of Anchorage, which works to mobilize the community to make lasting, measurable changes in community conditions that improve lives. Kameron’s work focuses on supporting the 90% by 2020 Community Partnership, an effort to improve educational outcomes for children and youth through improved community collaboration. He is bringing together thought leaders and problem solvers around such issues as improving school readiness and increasing high school graduation rates. These diverse partners, including nonprofit organizations, state and local government, business representatives and philanthropists – strive to align efforts to be more efficient and effective.
Kameron was born in Alaska and raised in the Iñupiaq village of Point Barrow. It was there that he learned about the strength of culture and community, and realized the importance of connecting education with the lives and realities of Alaska’s students. He graduated from Barrow High School and went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound. He holds an MBA, with an emphasis in executive leadership, from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Kameron has also earned leadership certifications from Center for Human Systems and Harvard University’s Kennedy School for Executive Education.
Kameron has a strong business and organizational development background, having held senior leadership positions for Alaska-based organizations including, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Catholic Social Services, Charter College and Alaska Pacific University. He is the former president/CEO for Avant-Garde Learning Alliance, and former executive director of the Family and Intercultural Resource Center in Dillon, Colorado.
Kameron lives in Anchorage with his wife Monica, who is a nurse, and two young children, Isabel and Mariela. He enjoys spending time with his family playing in the Alaskan outdoors.
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, an advisory member of the School Business Partnership board 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.
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.