Board of Directors

2017-2018

 

PRESIDENT
Jessica Lavoie
, MPA
Community Engagement Specialist, Credit Union 1
lavoiej@cu1.org   907.339.8396

My dad, Jeffrey Henning, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1993, when I was just 5 years old. It has always been a part of our lives and never did it prevent us from doing anything as normal family until 2004. I was in high school when my dad’s MS started to worsen, forcing him to make the hard decision to apply for disability. By my senior year, we were homeless. Luckily for us, organizations like ours stepped in and took care of my family while I finished my bachelor’s degree.
I was later reminded of the caring power and impact this community has at the National MS Society’s Bike MS: Hope to a Cure in 2015. It would be the last event I helped organize as I was leaving the society and my mom had just passed away two weeks before. Bike MS was my mom’s favorite event and I knew she wanted me to be there. As riders came back in from their long rides and volunteers checked in, they would come over to me and simply say, “we noticed your mom and dad’s truck wasn’t on the route. We heard what happened and we’re so sorry. We miss her.” I was supposed to be there to take care of THEM but they, instead, were taking care of ME. I knew then that I would always be connected to this amazing MS community and that I will do all that I can to ensure that this community is taken care of.

VICE PRESIDENT
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SECRETARY
Dana Strager
Physical Therapist, Alaska Neurology Center
dstrager@ntit.edu   907.231.0151

I became a Physical Therapist to inspire people and help them to achieve what they thought was impossible. I love working with MS patients because I can see so many improvements with their functional activities of daily living. This led me to get involved with AMSC so that I could work with other volunteers to create and support the MS community in Alaska. I look forward to helping the Board develop programs, fund-raise and organize events so the MS Center becomes well recognized in the community.

 

 

TREASURER
Tiffany Sagayo
tiffany.sagayo@gmail.com

 

DIRECTORS

 

Dr. Peter Osterbauer, Clinical Advisor
Board Certified Clinical Neurologist, Alaska Neurology Center

I remember doing fundraisers for multiple sclerosis as a kid in elementary school. At that point, I had no idea what MS was; I was simply trying to earn a prize. Having now worked with hundreds of MS patients throughout my career, I genuinely appreciate the impact of this disease. It affects not only the individual patients, but their families, friends, and communities as well. Although we are not able to offer any cures at this time, it is my passion to ensure that the effects of this disease are minimized and quality of life is improved. The Alaska Multiple Sclerosis Center plays a major role in that endeavor.

 

 


Walter Almon
Engineer Team Lead, BP
WaltAlmon2015


Tina Stair
tina.stair@yahoo.com   907.727.7385


Shelley Hokenson

shelextra@hotmail.com   907.952.0304


Valerie Soik
soiks@alaska.net  907.345.0552


Deb Bottorff
wobblydab@msn.com   907.744.5233


Craig Bevercombe
Manager, Respiratory Therapy, Alaska Native Medical Center
craigbevercombe@yahoo.com   503.705.9225


Dr. Robin Ober
Internal Medicine, Apex
robinoberdo@gmail.com   907.222.2739

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Erin McLarnon, Business Consultant
erin@alaskamscenter.org   907.250.5890


PROGRAMS & EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Antonia Fiflis-Fowler, Physical Therapist, CMSC MS Specialist
antonia@alaskamscenter.org  907.929.2567

I have lived with the symptoms of MS since 1975, and, as a physical therapist have treated patients with neurological diseases since 1983. I enjoy being able to apply my knowledge and skills to help others achieve their best, especially when faced with  the challenges brought on by living with a disease that changes your life in so many ways. I’ve been involved with the AMSC since its inception in 2004 and want to do everything I can to make sure it stays in existence. The AMSC allows me to help more and more people realize that ‘life with MS is a life well worth living’.


DIGITAL MEDIA/MARKETING COORDINATOR
David George, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, KTUU
david@alaskamscenter.org

I bring a unique viewpoint and set of experiences to this organization as it faces the task of maintaining historical significance, current relevance and organizational evolution. I listen to the concerns, needs and desires while helping the Board, staff, volunteers and constituents reach a delicate balance. Also, I try to encourage a growth oriented mindset with a focus on developing offerings and services while pursuing all marketing avenues to help further the causes of awareness, adaptability, inclusion and acceptance.