Meet the Board

Alumni Association Board of Directors

Katie Bender

Katie Bender, M.P.A. ’10, is the community and public relations manager at Northrim Bank. She lives in Anchorage and enjoys supporting the College of Business and Public Policy’s Leadership Fellows and Leadership Fellows Junior Academy, as well as Seawolf Athletics.

Charles Gunther

Lea Bouton, M.A.T. ’10, is a science and engineering teacher at Dimond High School, as well as president of the UAA Alumni Association. She enjoys attending UAA athletic events with her family and watching former Dimond students compete for the Seawolves.

Crystal Enkvist

Crystal EnkvistB.A. ’93, M.P.A. ’13, is executive director and executive vice president at Alaska Power Association and ARECA Insurance Exchange. She lives in Anchorage with her husband Urban Enkvist, B.B.A. ’94, M.B.A. ’96, and their daughter.

Tim Gravel

Tim GravelB.B.A. ’90, is co-owner of Kaladi Brothers Coffee, which has won many accolades such as the Anchorage Chamber Gold Pan for Business Excellence and numerous top Press Picks from the Anchorage Press’ annual best-of listings. He was also an Alumni of Distinction award recipient in 2017. Tim and his three children enjoy motocross, mountain biking, hunting and fishing. Tim’s oldest son attends UAA.

Virginia Groeschel

Virginia GroeschelB.S. ’06M.S. ’20, is a civil engineering and project management alumna, president of the College of Engineering Alumni Chapter and graduate degree hooding ceremony student speaker for spring 2020. She currently serves as consultant coordinator for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Central Region’s Aviation Design Section.

Jessica Horwatt

Jessica Horwatt, B.B.A. '97, is an information technology alumna. She has been a residential realtor since 2000 and is currently affiliated with Herrington & Company, LLC. Jessica is active in the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and volunteers for the Alaska American Cancer Society. Jessica loves living in Anchorage and showing new residents all that our city has to offer. She has two young adult children and enjoys spending time outside..

Jessica Jacobsen

Jessica JacobsenB.S. ’13M.S. ’19, is a construction management alumna and project manager professionally. Jessica likes to stay active in her community and holds a seat as vice president and founding member of the board of directors for a small nonprofit, Katie's Handprint, helping families impacted by pediatric cancers. In her free time, she enjoys riding on her motorcycle, cycling or hiking in the mountains and entertaining friends.. 

Stacey Lucason

Stacey LucasonB.A. ’17, was student body president of USUAA and served as a regent on UA’s board of regents while attending UAA. She is a recipient of the MLK Jr. Student Achievement Award. Following graduation, she was a program assistant at the CIRI Foundation. Stacey and her husband are active in the Anchorage community.

Megan Moore

Megan MooreB.A. ’08, is director of marketing and communications for NANA Management Services and owns and operates RenderWell, a communications consultancy. She and her husband, Bobby, enjoy traveling throughout Alaska and beyond and spend most of their time enabling their 12-pound senior dog, Dexter.

Pear-Grace Pantaleone

Pearl-Grace PantaleoneB.A. ’14, is a journalism and public communications alumna and currently works as business development and marketing manager for Cornerstone General Contractors.

Lonnie Ridgeway

Lonnie Ridgeway, B.A. ’18, is a sociology alumnus, former player on the Seawolf basketball team and currently works as coalition director for public health and prevention at Volunteers of America Alaska.

Stephanie Schuman

Stephanie SchumanA.A. ’14, B.B.A. ’15, is a marketing alumna and currently works as executive meeting manager for Alyeska Resort and the Hotel Alyeska.

Jonathon Taylor

Jonathon TaylorB.A. '16, is a political science grad with minors in journalism, communication and economics. During his time at UAA, he served as Club Council chair, speaker of the USUAA Assembly, student body president and member of Seawolf Debate. Before his current position as account manager for Yuit Communications, Jonathon spent two-and-a-half years as deputy press secretary and communications strategist for Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and communications director for the Alaska Department of Public Safety. A classically trained pianist, he enjoys writing and arranging music, reading and researching in his spare time. 

Tanya Pont

Tanya Pont is director of alumni engagement at UAA and executive director of UAA's Alumni Association.