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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 serves as our Deputy Director and handles operational and financial logistics. She has been with the Center for Safe Alaskans since 2009. Additionally as a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and Instructor, she is the NHTSA CPS Training Contact for Alaska and since 2014 the Statewide CPS Coordinator for the Alaska Highway Safety Office. On behalf of the National Child Passenger Safety Board, she serves as Vice Chair and the Injury Prevention/Public Heath Representative. In 2012, Mandi was awarded the national Child Passenger Safety Technician of the Year.
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Ciara Lowery


Ciara Lowery

Ciara Lowery is Program Director for Safe Alaskans' youth development initiatives and serves as Anchorage Youth Development Coalition (AYDC) Director. Ciara has worked with us since 2014, leading collaborative community projects to support our partners and improve outcomes for youth. Prior to joining Safe Alaskans, Ciara led community development and experiential learning programs in Alaska, the U.S. and abroad. Ciara received her Master’s degree in Globalization and Educational Change from Lehigh University.

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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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Theresa Hauser


Theresa Hauser

Theresa is a program manager for Safe Alaskans focusing on safety and injury prevention. Before joining Safe Alaskans, Theresa worked on environmental and public health projects with both government and non-profit organizations, including projects to improve air and water quality and increase sustainability. Theresa received her Master’s in Public Health from Ohio State University. In her free time, Theresa enjoys developing her green thumb, reading, and exploring the outdoors with her partner and dog.
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Julie Rowland


Julie Rowland

Julie works primarily on Safe Alaskans' youth development initiatives. She comes with experience in community outreach and engagement working within the sustainability and green energy sector, and spent the past several years focused on building peace and intercultural understanding through foreign exchange. An East Coast native, Julie first came to Alaska as a Jesuit volunteer, serving Yup'ik elders in the Bethel community. In her free time, Julie can be found cooking new dishes and hiking around with her dog.
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Amy Brown


Amy Brown

Amy brings over 10 years of experience in nonprofit work including communications, grassroots organizing, fundraising, community education and advocacy. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a proud Udall Scholar. She has worked in higher education as well as a direct service advocate for those experiencing domestic violence and on an array of human rights and environmental health issues. As Program Coordinator Amy will lead many of our transportation initiatives. While not at work you can find Amy exploring the outdoors with her husband, children and two dogs.
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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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