Sarah Sledge, Executive Director 

Sarah Sledge became the Executive Director of the Coalition for Education Equity (formerly CEAAC) in December 2015. Previously, she worked for six years with United Way of Anchorage, mobilizing community impact efforts to improve child and youth outcomes. A former 5th grade teacher in rural northern Virginia, Sarah has nearly 20 years combined experience in public education, non-profit administration, strategic planning, training, and facilitation. She has a passion for helping people, teams, and organizations thrive and is also an avid traveler, cook, and musician.


 
 
 
 

Lora Jorgensen, Ed Connector Director 

Lora Jorgensen directs Ed Connector (edconnector.org), Coalition for Education Equity’s free service to assist Alaska school district administrators statewide through collaboration and better access to resources. Her office is co-located with the University of Alaska’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research at the Institute of Social and Economic Research. Lora brings extensive experience as an educator, non-profit sector entrepreneur, and leadership developer to the daily work of serving districts and curating the Ed Connector web portal. She is also an accomplished athlete and entrant in the Iron Man Triathlon.

 

Government Relations Team

 
 
 

Christine Hess

Christine has worked extensively on Arctic science, governance and policy issues. She began as a clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court and moved on to become the Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to Representative Reggie Joule. Christine was General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for the Northwest Arctic Borough and Mayor Reggie Joule, in Kotzebue. She has also worked for Alaska’s North Slope Borough in Barrow as Deputy Director of Administration and Finance and as a Borough attorney. As a partner of J and H Consulting, she provides consulting and lobbying services on the state and federal level, and on municipal and administrative governance issues.

Reggie Joule

Reggie served continuously as a state representative from 1996 until 2012, representing Alaska’s 40th District. In 2012, Reggie became the Mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough. Reggie served as a Commissioner on the Arctic Policy Commission and was also appointed to the President's Task Force on Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency. Reggie has been involved in many public service organizations including: the Kotzebue City Council, the NANA Regional School Board, the statewide Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board, the Governor’s Interim Commission on Children and Youth, and as a highly recognized Bundle Carrier for the Sobriety Movement.


Special Project Consultants

Jerry Covey 

Jerry is co-leader of Coalition for Education Equity’s Educator Quality and Quantity Project, a multi-year effort to increase the number of Alaskans going into the teaching profession, prepare them better for our schools, and retain them longer in their jobs. He previously led our Residential Learning Center Project, which aims to create opportunities for students in small rural high schools to receive greater educational opportunities while remaining enrolled in their home villages. That project reached fruition with strong legislative support and funding from Juneau. Jerry is a former Commissioner of Education and one of Alaska's most respected educational leaders.

Dr. Barbara L. Adams, Adams Analytic Solutions 

Barbara is co-leader of Coalition for Education Equity’s Educator Quality and Quantity Project, a multi-year effort to increase the number of Alaskans going into the teaching profession, prepare them better for our schools, and retain them longer in their jobs. Dr. Adams is a mixed methods researcher with an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a background in applied mathematics and statistics. She has conducted educational research in Alaska since 2000 centering on Alaska Native and rural classrooms and teachers. In addition to conducting research she has also created culturally relevant math curriculum for elementary teachers, designed and conducted teacher professional development, taught research courses to graduate students and supplied data for policy makers.