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)


2012 Board Members

Charlie Tyrrell

Charlie Tyrrell - President

Charlie joined the Tanaina Board in May, 2011. He has a four-year-old in the program and a six-year-old who attended Tanaina until he began kindergarten in the fall of 2012. Charlie has lived in Alaska since 2001, when he moved here from the Southwest. After a 20-year career as a classroom teacher, Charlie has returned to UAA as a full-time student; he is attending the nursing program and will graduate as an RN in May, 2014. His interests include swimming, bicycling, fishing, chess, and gardening.

Jennifer Meyer

Jennifer Meyer - President Elect

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.

Heidi Hedberg

Heidi Hedberg - Past President

Heidi joined the Tanaina Board in January, 2010. She has one boy, who attends Tanaina's preschool program. Heidi has lived in Alaska since 1995, when she moved here from Seattle to attend Alaska Pacific University's Outdoor Studies Program. After 13 years working in the not-for-profit sector working in part with adventure-guiding, she now works for the state health department in emergency preparedness. Heidi's interests include anything related to the outdoors, gardening and cooking.
 Meagan Krupa Meagan Krupa - Board Member

Meagan joined the Tanaina Board in March 2012. Her daughter is enrolled in Tanaina's toddler program. Meagan has lived in Alaska since 2001, when she moved to here to conduct research on anadromous fish. In 2009, she earned a Ph.D. in Biological Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is now an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Science Department at Alaska Pacific University. Meagan's interests include sea kayaking, knitting, and blueberry picking.

  Mikayla Savikko - Member at Large

 Rearden BoD pic Annette Rearden - Board Member

Annette joined the Tanaina board in April 2013. She has a soon to be two year old who will begin attending Tanaina in May. Annette has lived in Alaska since 1999, living her first years in Bethel as both a Jesuit Volunteer and nurse. Her work as a nurse has provided the opportunity to work in a variety of settings with diverse groups of people in both Alaska and Montana. Annette currently is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UAA. Her interests include spending time with her family and two loyal dogs, traveling, reading, and anything that involves the outdoors. 

 Christine Shulman Christine Shulman - Board Member

Christine joined the Tanaina Board in November, 2011. She has two children, a two-year-old in the toddler program and a four-year-old in the preschool program. 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.


Hilary Seitz - College of Education 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 who is seven and going into second grade and a daughter who is five and going into first grade in the fall of 2012. 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.