• School Board
    Top Row L-R: Dave Donley, Carl Jacobs, Kelly Lessens, Andy Holleman
    Bottom Row L-R: Dora Wilson, Margo Bellamy, Pat Higgins

Board Members

  • 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.

     

    Email all board membersschoolboard@asdk12.org

    Note: This group email includes all School Board members, the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Communications Director, Special Projects Director, School Board Secretary, and Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

     

    Email the Executive Assistant to the School Board: grant_katy@asdk12.org

     

    Individual Board member emails are linked below.

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 5

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Carl Jacobs

Seat G through April 2024, first term

Committees: Finance Committee, Governance Committee (Chair), MOA Budget Advisory Commission, ASD Student Advisory Board

Carl Jacobs has spent his professional career serving vulnerable Alaskans, protecting and advocating for seniors and children in a variety of roles during his employment with the State of Alaska. 

After moving to Anchorage in 2008, Carl married his wife Alicia, a lifelong Alaskan. Together, they raised their son Devin, who graduated from Bartlett High.

For the last decade, Carl has served as a licensed therapeutic foster parent. He and Alicia have cared for approximately 40 youth from diverse backgrounds, and in 2021 celebrated their 11th ASD graduate. Carl is intimately familiar with not just the traditional classroom experiences, but how well systems are functioning when it comes to serving students who need extra support - either through IEP’s, 504 plans or gifted educational programming.  

Carl is passionate about ensuring the Anchorage School District is as inclusive and accessible as possible. He is focused on ensuring barriers of participation for our community are mitigated or removed. Most importantly, Carl believes each ASD student deserves the resources and opportunities necessary for their success. As a member of the Board, he looks forward to building bridges and assisting ASD in accomplishing its mission while adhering to core beliefs and values. 

 

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 7

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Margo Bellamy

Seat A through April 2022, first term

CommitteesAssociation of Alaska School Board, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), National Black Caucus of SB Members (NSBA), National Native American/Alaskan Native Caucus (NSBA), National Hispanic Caucus (NSBA)

“Honoring the traditional lands of the Dena'ina People on whose land I have the opportunity to live, work, and learn”  

Margo Bellamy

Margo Bellamy has spent over forty years in education. In her service to children and families, she has worked as clerk typist, a teacher, librarian, assistant principal, principal, executive director, mentor, and trainer. As a career educator, Margo brings a range of experience to the Anchorage School Board and commits to work every day to make the Anchorage School District an awesome place for all students, families, and staff. 

During Margo’s 2-year tenure on the Anchorage School Board, she has served as Clerk, Communication Committee Chair, and Vice-President.  Margo’s focus continues to be on successful outcomes for all students through a governance structure that provides resources, access, and opportunities for all students to be successful, regardless of their individual needs, life experiences, or zip code. 

Margo’s work on behalf of youth spans across educational institutions and nonprofit boardrooms.  She is an Adjunct Professor in the UAA Educational Leadership Program and serves as a volunteer with the Cognia Accreditation Review Team, a global network of educators focused on improving educational opportunities for all learners.  In addition, Margo serves on several local and national youth and family serving organizations including Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) Board of Directors; Alaska School Board Association (AASB) Board of Directors; Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) Chair Cohort; National Black Caucus of SB Members (NSBA);  National Native American/Alaskan Native Caucus (NSBA); National Hispanic Caucus (NSBA); Clare House Advisory Council; Ft. Valley State University Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (Math and Science Pre-college Opportunity); Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the national chapter of the NAACP. 

Margo is married and is the parent of two adult children, both ASD graduates; and grandparent to two grandsons who both attend school in the Anchorage School District. 

 

 

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 2

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Kelly Lessens

Seat B through April 2022, first term

Committees: Finance Committee (Chair), Communications, School Based Community Health Centers (SBCHC)

Kelly Lessens is the mother of two children enrolled in their neighborhood elementary school. After growing up in California’s public schools, she earned her BA from Stanford University and her PhD from the University of Michigan. Although she anticipated a career teaching American history, Kelly has spent the better part of the last decade raising her family’s young children, volunteering in their classrooms, and pursuing community advocacy. She and her husband David moved to Anchorage in 2013, and they try to enjoy Alaska’s beautiful spaces as much as possible.

Kelly views public education as the cornerstone of our community’s long-term success. Before joining the Board, she worked with community members across Anchorage to improve the efficacy of ASD’s elementary school days by advocating for adequate and equitable time for student nutrition and physical activity. The process of bringing together parents, teachers, subject matter experts, local organizations, Board members, and administrators gave her a firsthand view of School Board service and compelled her to run for office. Kelly believes that we will improve student outcomes and better equip all of our students for long-term success in life when we invest our resources equitably, focus on students’ health and well-being, commit to evidence-based teaching practices and adequate professional development, and apply stakeholder feedback. 

Kelly believes that children’s needs should be at the center of the decision-making process and is committed to transparency, outreach, and collaborative problem solving. As a Board member, she looks forward to connecting with individuals and organizations across the municipality.

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext.1

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Andy Holleman

Seat D through April 2023, second term 

Committees: Governance, Communications (Chair), MECAC

Andy Holleman 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.

Graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Andy earned a 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.

 

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 6

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Dave Donley

Seat C through April 2023, second term

CommitteesGovernance, School Business Partnerships (SBP)

Dave Donley is working to ensure the Anchorage School District provides excellent educational opportunities for all students in the most cost-effective manner while maximizing parental involvement and recognizing paths to success other than formal higher education. Dave supports proven successful traditional curriculum and patriotism in our schools. 

Dave Donley was born in Anchorage and 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 graduate from the University of Oregon Phi Beta Kappa and University of Washington School of Law. 

Dave worked on the Alaska Pipeline’s construction as a firefighter, construction worker, and logger. He passed the Alaska Bar Exam his first attempt in 1979.  Dave represented Spenard in the State House from 1987-1992. There, he served as House Labor and Commerce Chair twice and Judiciary Committee Chair. Dave was a State Senator from 1993-2002, where he 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 first retirements, Dave worked for Hope Community Resources, Inc. and continued to practice law. He has been a State of Alaska military officer in the Alaska State Defense Force since 2009 and is currently a Colonel and the Staff Judge Advocate.  He is a FEMA trained emergency management professional and has served on the State Emergency Response Commission.  He is a certified BBB arbitrator.  Dave is a recipient of the Alaska State Community Service Medal.   

Dave and his wife Jamie have three children: a son who graduated from Service High School and twins who have attended Northern Lights ABC School.  In 2020, Dave was initiated into the Pioneers of Alaska. Dave is currently a Deputy Commissioner with the State Department of Administration. 

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 3

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Pat Higgins

Seat E through April 2024, first term

Committees: Finance Committee, Chamber of Commerce Chugiak/Eagle River

Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 4

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Dora Wilson

Seat F through April 2024, first term

Committees: Communications, Federation of Community Councils, National Black Caucus of SB Members (NSBA), National Native American/Alaskan Native Caucus (NSBA), National Hispanic Caucus (NSBA)

Dora Wilson is the mom of three children, now young adults.  She and her husband have been licensed therapeutic foster and adoptive parents for the past 16 years and have had youth attending Anchorage Schools for the past 20 years.  Dora graduated from the University of LaVerne with her Master’s degree in Business Organizational Management. 

Currently, Dora serves as the Alaska Southcentral representative on the Resource Family Advisory Board. This board was created by the Office of Children Services (OCS) with the purpose of advocating for foster families. She is also a co-founder of AK Hopes & Dreams Project, providing free youth leadership summits to students.

For the past 20 years, Dora has worked with the Anchorage School Business Partnership program as a board member, advocating to strengthen partnerships between schools and the business community. She understands the importance of a quality education and strong partnerships between schools, families and the community.   

Dora believes in the importance of public education and the positive impact it can have on the youth in our community.