Board of Directors

Tanaina is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The responsibility for its governance lies with a volunteer Board of Directors. Membership to the Board is open to any community member with a desire to improve access to quality childcare for UAA students and the general Anchorage community.

The Board of Directors meets one evening per month and as needed for specific fundraising and/or governance issues.

If you would like to contact a board member or would like information about the board then contact the Tanaina office.

Board Applicant Packet (includes By-Laws)


2014-2015 Board Members

Scott Hamel


Jennifer Meyer

Scott Hamel - President

Scott Hamel is a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering at AA and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alaska. Prior to his academic and professional careers, most of his business and management experience was gained as the Program Director of a Boy Scout summer camp, where he spent 8 summers. Originally from New Hampshire, he has lived in Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, and Wisconsin. He and his family enjoy "silent sports" such as ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and visiting Playgrounds in Alaska.


Jennifer Meyer - Past President

Jennifer joined the board in 2012.  She resides in Anchorage and has had one or two children attending Tanaina since 2009.  She moved to Alaska in 2004 and worked in Bethel as a Public Health Nurse.  Currently, she works for the UAF College of Rural and Community Development Kuskokwim Campus as an Assistant Professor of Allied Health. If schedules allow she loves taking her dog out for a run. Her family recently relocated to Juneau but she remains an Early Childhood and health advocate in our State Capital.


Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson- Secretary

Melissa joined the board in Fall 2014. She has a daughter attending the preschool program at Tanaina. She has graciously shared her therapeutic massage skills with Tanaina staff.


 Christine ShulmanChristine Shulman - Treasurer

Christine joined the Tanaina Board in November, 2011. The mother of 3 boys, one is Elementary school, one attending Tanaina and the third waiting until he is old enough to join the Tanaina family. Christine was born and raised in Anchorage, however moved out of state for college and returned in 2009. With a background in finance and accounting, Christine works as a business consultant with JDA Software. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and a MBA. Her interests include traveling, hiking, and being active with her family.

Tatiana Nochevnaya 



Tatiana Nochevnaya - Tanaina Historian









Open Seat - USUAA liaison



 Dawn Dooley

Dawn Dooley - University of Alaska Anchorage Board Liaison

Dawn joined the Tanaina Board in December 2008. She works as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In her current role, she attends Tanaina Board meetings to help bridge the relationship between the two organizations and to serve as a resource and support person on issues or concerns. She has worked at UAA and lived in Alaska since August 2000, and previously lived in Alaska from 1983-1994. Dawn graduated from UAA with a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees in 1990, 1994 and 2005. Her daughter attended Tanaina part-time in 2010.  Dawn has two children who are Ethiopian, a son and a daughter. She enjoys spending time with her children more than anything, including biking almost every day in summer, swimming, doing Ethiopian group activities, going to the beach on vacation, watching her children play team sports, sledding and spending quality time in the backyard. 




Erin Kinavey-Winnerstrom - UAA College of Education Liaison






Jamie Gonzalez- Office of University Advancement Liaison

Jifeng Peng - Member at Large