KaLynn Coffey, CFRE


Senior Development Officer, School of Education and CTC —University of Alaska Anchorage

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


Chief Network Officer — Progress Alaska

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
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


Senior Operations Officer—Providence


Brooke Larson


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



Morgan Dulian, CFRE, M.N.M. 

VP Membership and Engagement

Executive Director of Development - University of the Arctic

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 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.


Chris Barraza

CO-VP External Affairs

Development & Communications Manager - Special Olympics Alaska


Chris, a native of Silver City, New Mexico, found his true home in the rugged beauty of Alaska at a young age. Graduating from Dimond High School in Anchorage laid the foundation for his journey. He holds a diverse educational background, boasting a BS in Fashion Design & Marketing from The Art Institutes, a BS in Marketing from SNHU, and an Associate’s degree in Business Management from Harvard School of Business.

Fueled by a passion for making a difference, Chris has dedicated his career to the non-profit sector, particularly advocating for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Currently serving as the Development & Communications Manager for Special Olympics Alaska, Chris spearheads income-generating events, cultivates relationships with corporate and community donors, and leads marketing and communications efforts for the organization.

Beyond his professional commitments, Chris is deeply engaged in the community, serving on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations, including Hope Community Resources and Hospice of Anchorage. His dedication to service extends into his personal life, where he finds joy in travel, spending time with friends, and actively participating in community initiatives.

With his unwavering dedication and vibrant spirit, Chris continues to shape a more inclusive and compassionate world for all.


Jason Dineen


Director, Donor Relationships - Food Bank of Alaska


Celeste Earley, CFRE

National Philanthropy Day Chair

Philanthropy Officer—The Alaska Community Foundation

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 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


Charissa Habeger

Scholarship Chair

Director, Anchorage—American Cancer Society
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

CO-VP External Affairs

Manager of Individual Giving—Alaska Public Media



Jennifer Motes, CFRE

Government Affairs Chair

Senior Development Officer, College of Health - University of Alaska Anchorage