Leadership

KaLynn Coffey, CFRE

President

Senior Development Officer, School of Education and CTC —University of Alaska Anchorage
kc@alaska.edu

KaLynn Coffey

KaLynn is the Senior Development Officer for Scholarships at the University of Alaska Anchorage and previously worked as a donor relations officer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. With a total of 18 years at the University of Alaska, she has work in many aspects of development from gift manager, to drafting fund agreements, planning donor events, and fundraising. An alumna of UAF, KaLynn will now earn a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in digital journalism. KaLynn is honored to also serve as a board member with Katie’s Handprint.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, KaLynn’s first years in Alaska were living remotely while working in Cordova, Alaska, and at salmon hatcheries around Prince William Sound. KaLynn has made Alaska her home for the last 30 years. 

Rachel McPherson

President-Elect

Chief Network Officer — Progress Alaska
rach.mcph@gmail.com


Rachel McPherson
Rachael grew up in Fairbanks, then attended The University of Montana where she received a bachelors in Journalism. After some time working in TV news, she decided it wasn’t for her and moved to Laramie, Wyoming where she received a Masters of Public Administration. 

Returning to Alaska she started working in development and has been with Girls Scouts of Alaska and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rachael spent 5 years working with Planned Parenthood in Alaska, raising funds and community support with major donors and events in Anchorage and across Alaska. Rachael believes philanthropy is about connections and creating stronger communities and is so excited to see what can be achieved. 

Rachael and her spouse, Iain, have 2 young kids and family throughout Alaska and can’t imagine living anywhere else. 

Peter Host, CFRE

Immediate Past President

Development Director—Alaska Public Media
phost@alaskapublicmedia.org
Peter Host

Peter is the Development Director for Alaska Public Media. Before entering fundraising, his primary background was in children’s behavioral health, having risen in the field from direct service provider to a Director of a remote branch of a statewide organization. He attained an Associate’s in Accounting while serving the organization in this capacity. He is a recipient of the Foraker Certificate in Nonprofit Management, a Veritus Scholar, and a CFRE.

Over the past nine years, Peter has participated as Secretary of the Mat-Su Agency Partnership Board, Member-at-Large of the Anchorage Waldorf Board of Trustees, and Policy Committee Co-Chair for R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Children with Kindness) Mat-Su, and as the Grants Chair and VP of the Winterberry Charter Council at his children's school.

In the past, Peter has led the Membership Committee and the Education Committee for AFP Alaska Chapter. He believes that lacking great skill and expertise does not excuse him from the responsibility of service above self, and that humility, dedication and curiosity have been his most helpful tools in supporting his community to the best of his ability. 

Peter is a voracious consumer of audiobooks and podcasts and suggests the books The Kingkiller Chronicles as well as anything by NK Jemisin, and podcasts More Perfect, Revisionist History, and Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend. Peter is the father of two beautiful little girls, Sophia (14) and Violet (11), and the husband of another rare beauty, Alicia (age not provided ;^).

“I hope you’re proud of yourself for the times you’ve said ‘yes,’ when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else.” – Mister Rogers

Matt Morse, CFRE

Treasurer

Senior Operations Officer—Providence
matthew.morse@providence.org



Brooke Larson

Secretary

Assistant Director of Marketing, Sponsorships and Fan Engagement - University of Alaska Fairbanks

blarson13@alaska.edu

Morgan Dulian, CFRE, M.N.M. 

VP Membership and Engagement

Executive Director of Development - University of the Arctic
morgandulian@gmail.com


Morgan Dulian

Morgan has been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2015 and currently leads their development strategy by serving as the director of development. As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Morgan has raised more than $85 million over the course of 15 years for higher education, arts organizations and local nonprofits. Morgan takes pride in working shoulder-to-shoulder with benefactors, as well as inspiring and supporting growth from the teams she leads. She believes in the power of philanthropy to transform lives.

In May 2022, Morgan was recognized for her contributions to Alaska by being honored as a Top 40 Under 40 recipient from the Alaska Journal of Commerce. She also serves as a director for the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, is the statewide engagement chair for AFP Alaska board of directors, is on the leadership committee for the 100+ Golden Heart Women Who Care, and is vice-president of the Fairbanks Montessori School board of directors. 
Morgan holds an undergraduate degree in Communication and Business (2005) from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master's in Nonprofit Management (2012) from Regis University.

Morgan enjoys an active Alaskan life with her husband and three young kids. She also enjoys knitting and tending to her garden.  The Dulian family resides in the Goldstream Valley north of Fairbanks.

David Shakagook̲ Russell-Jensen

VP Education

Development Director—Sealaska Heritage Institute

david.russell-jensen@sealaska.com

David is the Development Officer at Sealaska Heritage Institute, an Alaska Native nonprofit based in Juneau. David is an alum of the University of Alaska and began his career in fundraising at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, followed by time in the University of Alaska Southeast Development & Alumni Relations Office. He enjoys sharing Alaska Native culture with others, traveling, cooking and sharing food, and spending time outdoors.

Angela Merkle

VP External Affairs

Development Manager—American Cancer Society

angela.merkle@cancer.org

Angela, herself a lifelong Alaskan, and has grown up in the Last Frontier, graduating from Bartlett High School. She has been the Development Manager for all of the Alaska American Cancer Society’s breast cancer initiatives as well as the Fairbanks Relay for Life for the past two years. Her fundraising experience dates back to 2010 with the American Cancer Society. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and utilizing some of the free services ACS has to offer, she new she wanted to give back to this organization and has been honored to turn her volunteerism into her dream career.

She currently serves as the Miss Anchorage Scholarship Program Co-Director working with young ladies to assist them with furthering their education. She was also the Executive Director for Alaska Miss Amazing for eight years, providing opportunities for girls and women with special disabilities to grow self-esteem and confidence.

She resides in Anchorage with her husband and seven fur animals, and lives two houses down from her parents in the neighborhood she grew up in. Angela is the current Mrs. Alaska American 2022, as well as former Fur Rendezvous Princess 2019, and Ms. Alaska United States 2016. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travelling, and giving back to her community!

Jason Dineen

VP I.D.E.A

Director, Donor Relationships - Food Bank of Alaska

jdineen@foodbankofalaska.org

Celeste Earley

National Philanthropy Day Chair

Philanthropy Officer—The Alaska Community Foundation
celestecielearley@gmail.com

Celeste Earley

Celeste was born elsewhere, but grew up under the midnight sun and is fortunate to call Alaska home. A UAA Alumna, Celeste uses her BA in History and minor in Women’s Studies to delve deep into the issues of today to understand the world around us. During her time at UAA, she served on many student clubs, including Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society, while working full-time at the Anchorage Museum. In 2020, Celeste dived into fundraising at Catholic Social Services, connecting with donors and sharing stories of impact.

As the Philanthropy Officer for The Alaska Community Foundation, Celeste hopes to bring philanthropy to the next generation and build a more giving and inclusive community. Celeste brings her experience of running events, big and small, as well as grassroots fundraising to achieve lasting relationships with donors.  

Telling stories and making people laugh is one of her favorite pastimes as well as getting outside to enjoy the vast beauty of Alaska with family and friends. You can find her volunteering, running on Anchorage’s best trails, or spending quality time with her 7 siblings.

Jason Manalli

Education Program Chair

Development Director—Set Fre Alaska, Inc. 

jason.m@setfreealaska.org

Jason Manelli

Jason currently serves as the Development Director for Set Free Alaska, a faith based treatment center with services in the Matanuska Valley and Kenai Peninsula communities.  Before entering the dual role of fundraising and marketing, his primary background was in management, sales, and customer service as well as serving as the managing owner of his family’s restaurant in Soldotna, Alaska.  His professional experience, entrepreneurial spirit and personal testimony of freedom make him the ideal candidate in his role at Set Free as he shares the stories of freedom for the captives of substance abuse and mental health challenges. 

Jason holds a B.S.B.A in Management from Western New England College in Springfield, MA and his passion to see all of his fellow Alaskans “experience God’s love, lasting freedom and abundant life” continually moves him forward.

He enjoys quiet time at home, fun with friends,  reading books, watching movies,  strong black coffee and traveling.  His greatest joys in life is loving his wife of 15 years and their 2 amazing children and seeing those who are lost come to know the love of Christ. 

 

Kristin George

Statewide Engagement Chair

Executive Director—American Heart Association

Kristin.george@heart.org

Charissa Habeger

Scholarship Chair

Director, Anchorage—American Cancer Society
charissa.habeger@cancer.org
Charissa Habeger

Charissa is the Director of Anchorage for the American Cancer Society. She has been with the organization and in Alaska since 2015. Her work in the field of cancer philanthropy has spanned over a dozen years and across international borders. She lives in Anchorage with her husband and young son, and is grateful to continue doing the work that means so much to her here in the Last Frontier.

Susan Metcalf

Education Program Chair 

Manager of Individual Giving—Alaska Public Media

smetcalf@alaskapublic.org

   

Jennifer Motes, CFRE

Government Affairs Chair

Senior Development Officer, College of Health - University of Alaska Anchorage
jomotes@alaska.edu

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