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.
|Eric Croft||President||Council of Great City Schools, Student Advisory Board|
|Kameron Perez-Verdia||Vice president||Budget & Audit, MOA Budget Advisory Commission, Chugiak/Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Student Advisory Board|
|Kathleen Plunkett||Clerk||Policy & Governance, Association of Alaska School Board, Student Advisory Board|
|Bettye Davis||Treasurer||Policy & Governance, School Business Partnerships, Student Advisory Board|
|Tam Agosti-Gisler||Member||Budget & Audit, Legislative & Communication, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Community Councils, Student Advisory Board|
|Pat Higgins||Member||Policy & Governance, MOA Budget Advisory Commission, Student Advisory Board|
|Natasha von Imhof||Member||Budget & Audit, Legislative & Communication, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, School Business Partnerships, Student Advisory Board|
Seat F through April 2015, first 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 their 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 teaching in the ASD 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. Two of their children have graduated from East High and attend UAA. The youngest is a student at the East High School-Within-a-School.
Tam served as the executive director of the Anchorage School Business Partnership program from May 2006-2012. She was an adjunct professor at UAA in the MAT program, training World Language teaching interns. Tam served on the School Budget Advisory Commission for five years and has been involved in many community organizations. She has been married to Hans Gisler for over 34 years. She is an avid traveler and photographer, has visited over 70 countries, speaks several languages and has taught English in Africa and Asia.
Seat B through April 2016, first term
Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 2
Eric Croft was born in Spenard in 1964, but later his family moved to the nearby community of Anchorage. He attended Chugach Elementary and Central Junior High and graduated from West Anchorage High School. In 1982, he left Alaska to study at Stanford University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After earning his law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1992, Eric returned home. He clerked for US District Court Judge James Fitzgerald and Alaska Supreme Court Justice Allen Compton, and worked in private practice.
In 1996, Eric was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives and served for the next decade, primarily on the House Finance Committee. He wrote and passed legislation to assist victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, protect our seniors, and improve our communities. In the legislature, he was a strong supporter of school choice and adequate funding for our schools. From 2006-08, he worked as an Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor, taking 12 criminal cases to trial, all with guilty verdicts. In 2009, he ran for Mayor of Anchorage and advanced to the runoff but lost in the general.
Eric believes in the power and promise of public education. On the school board, he is focusing on implementing high standards, adopting innovative practices, and lowering class size.
He has been married to the lovely Joanna for over 20 years. She is a founding partner of Burkhart Croft Architects. Their daughter Shannon is a junior at West and their son Burke is in the eighth grade at Romig. Both are wonderful, although increasingly embarrassed to be seen with their father. Eric is a frequent blood donor and serves on the board of the Blood Bank of Alaska. His hobbies include bow hunting (theoretical), reading military history, and swearing at his out-board engines.
Seat A through April 2016, first 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 which graduated from Dimond and East high schools and one currently attending Hanshew Middle School.
Bettye has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Grambling State University, Grambling Louisiana. She is retired from the State of 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 Alaska 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 equity for all students, funding for pre-kindergarten education, reducing the dropout rate and repealing the secondary school exit exam. 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 D through April 2017, second term
Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 1
Kameron Holloway Perez-Verdia currently serves as the President/CEO of Avant-Garde Learning Alliance, an Alaskan nonprofit organization that works through partnerships to improve the capacity and effectiveness of Alaska’s rural schools and community organizations. Avant-Garde researches, designs and facilitates engaging and practical professional learning workshops that support informed decisions, problem solving and strategic planning.
Kameron was born in Alaska and raised in the Iñupiaq village of Point Barrow. It was here 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 also the former executive director for the Family and Intercultural Resource Center in Dillon, Colorado, and former senior vice president for Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Kameron lives in Anchorage with his wife Monica, who is a nurse, and two young children, Isabel and Mariela. Kameron enjoys spending time with his family playing in the Alaskan outdoors.
Seat E through April 2015, second term
Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 3
Kathleen Plunkett is an Accountant for ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. and 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.
She is a current member and the former president of the Russian Jack Community Council. Kathleen has worked on and built two East-side parks and she is a former member and chairman of the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Commission. Kathleen is the former president, vice president, treasurer and delegate of the Federation of Community Councils. She has served on the Anchorage Platting Board, Weed and Seed East Anchorage Steering Committee and Neighborworks Anchorage Board. Kathleen was re-elected to Seat E in 2012 and her term expires in 2015.
Seat G through April 2015, first term
Phone: 907-742-1101 ext. 5
As a fourth generation Alaskan, Ms. von Imhof is deeply rooted in Alaska. Ms. von Imhof was born and raised in Anchorage and attended 12 years of public school, graduating from Bartlett High School in 1988. She continued on to college and graduated with a BS from Harvard in 1992, and then received her MBA from the University of Washington in 2007.
After college, Natasha worked for the National Bank of Alaska from 1994-2000 as a branch manager in Juneau and then eventually as a commercial loan officer in Anchorage. In 2001, she left the bank to work for Latash Investments as a Financial Analyst, which primarily manages the assets of the Rasmuson Foundation. Together with her husband, Ms. Von Imhof started RNV LLC in 2002, a real estate investment company which currently manages both residential units and commercial properties in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Natasha's extended family is involved with philanthropy in Alaska. Since 2009, Natasha has run the Atwood Foundation, a Philanthropic Foundation that focuses on giving to arts and culture organizations in Anchorage, as well as supports institutionalized education. Natasha is also currently the Program Director for the Alyeska Mighty Mite Downhill Ski Racing Program in Girdwood, Alaska. This organization teaches good sportsmanship and ski racing fundamentals to 200 children each year. In addition, Natasha is a Board Trustee of the Rasmuson Foundation and of the Providence Alaska Foundation.
Natasha resides in Anchorage with her husband Rudi of 16 years and daughter Liesel age 12 who is a seventh-grader a Mears Middle School and Nick age 9 who is a fourth-grader at Bayshore Elementary School. In her spare time, Natasha enjoys running, hiking, and reading.