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Marcia Howell, JD


Marcia Howell

Marcia Howell, JD, has served as our Executive Director since 2008. Marcia began working with the Alaska Injury Prevention Center in 2000. She has been involved in multiple community collaborative efforts including 4 town hall meetings focusing on the negative impacts of alcohol, Coordinator for the International Safe Communities Conference, presenter on media literacy and teen-based media campaigns around the world and US. Prior to working at AIPC she was an attorney for 9 years in Alaska, specializing in disability and domestic violence issues.
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Mandi Seethaler​


Mandi Seethaler

Mandi, the Deputy Director, oversees operational and financial logistics at the Center for Safe Alaskans, where she has been a dedicated team member since 2009. Beyond her administrative responsibilities, Mandi is a long-time Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and Instructor. Since 2014, she has been the Statewide CPS Coordinator for the Alaska Highway Safety Office and is the designated NHTSA CPS Training Contact for Alaska. Mandi serves nationally as the Community Engagement Representative for the National Child Passenger Safety Board and is past Chair. She volunteers for the Anchorage Montessori School Board.
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Emmanuel Portillo


Emmanuel Portillo

Emmanuel Portillo serves as the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition (AYDC) Director. A native of South Los Angeles, Emmanuel brings extensive experience collaborating with Los Angeles educators, youth, and families to design sustainable educational initiatives that offer young people equitable access to high quality education. Emmanuel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA and a Master's Degree in Education Policy and Management with a focus on leadership, racial equity, and education systems change from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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John Ruyak


John Ruyak

John is a Senior Program Manager with the Center for Safe Alaskans, supporting injury prevention and transportation safety projects. He moved to Alaska in the summer of 2021 and has enjoyed learning everything he can about his new community. John is passionate about supporting the well-being of communities, strategic planning, and process improvement, and is excited to support Safe Alaskan's mission.
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Rebekah Wilcox


Rebekah Wilcox

Rebekah Wilcox serves as the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition (AYDC) Program Manager. Rebekah brings extensive experience managing Arts nonprofits in Philadelphia. Before working with the Center for Safe Alaskans, Rebekah served as the Education Director for The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and the Arts in Education Program Director for the PA Council on the Arts. Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Community Arts and Trauma-Informed Arts Intervention from Eastern University. Rebekah spent her elementary years living in Fairbanks and is excited to be back in Alaska. She loves spending time with her daughter and her dog exploring the outdoors.
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Evy Hail


Evy Hail

Evy Hail is a program manager for the Center for Safe Alaskans, supporting injury prevention and transportation safety initiatives. Evy brings a lifelong love of Alaska and an enthusiasm for communication and intersectional partnerships. Currently, she is honing her skills in program evaluation, working toward a Master's in Public Health. She has a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and a background in clinical medicine.
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Samantha Gordon


Samantha Gordon

As our Strategic Communications Specialist, Samantha provides communication and messaging to Safe Alaskans' audiences and our community. With a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Memphis, she has a passion for helping our organization reach out and make meaningful connections. Her previous work experience includes several years in the medical field, along with two years of previous Alaskan nonprofit work. Samantha is excited to be part of Safe Alaskans' team and bring safety and wellbeing to the Alaskan community.
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Brooklyn Storms


Brooklyn Storms

Brooklyn Storms serves as an Administrative Assistant at the Center for Safe Alaskans, bringing experience from her previous role at the University of Anchorage Alaska in the Athletics department. She excels in creating a warm and efficient work environment. Her dedication to ensuring smooth operations and her ability to connect with individuals on a personal level significantly contribute to the Center's mission. Outside the office, Brooklyn is passionate about exploring new destinations through travel, enjoying walks with her dog and her husband, and staying active. Brooklyn is excited to be a part of the Safe Alaskans team and help them in reaching their goals.
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