Mari Selle, Director

Ms. Selle brings to the Center a strong background in rural health policy and program development. Previously, she has worked on the executive management team for a small rural hospital, managed a health care consulting business, and has worked on health policy and research within State government and the University systems. Ms. Selle enjoys playtime with her young children and getting out in the Alaskan outdoors.

Education: MPH, CDP, BLS & MHFA Instructor
Phone: 907-786-4595

Photo of Sarah DushkinMs. Dushkin is a lifelong Alaskan who’s certified in Medial Assisting from Charter College. Her previous experience includes work at Alaska Native Medical Center where she worked in both Medical Assisting and Medical Administrative Assisting. She also worked as the Clinical Application Coordinator and Case Manager at Eastern Aleutian Tribes. Sarah joined the APCA  in December 2017. Outside of work, she enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Serves as the instructor for both CMAA and CCMA programs, and coordinates the APCA’s Apprenticeship Program.

Phone: 907-929-8119

Theresa NovakovichMs. Novakovich is a long-time Alaskan, professional photographer, and former Bookkeeper and HR Manager for her family-owned business. She is an experienced instructor who never passes up the opportunity to teach, travel, or learn something new. In addition to being a health educator with South Central Alaska AHEC, she is currently studying sociology at the University of Alaska.

Education: CDP, BLS & MHFA Instructor
Phone: 907-212-6578

Originally hailing from Montana, a variety of work and life experiences eventually brought Ms. Lawson to Alaska in 2016. Having studied sociology and global development and justice, her passion is to cultivate partnerships in order to discover and utilize existing resources for transformation within marginalized communities. An adventurous spirit and avid love of the outdoors generally keep her occupied with hiking, biking, skiing and camping outside of the office, though you may also find her exercising culinary creativity in the kitchen, or planning her next international exploration.

Education: MA, BLS & MHFA Instructor
Phone: 907-212-6571

Ms. Gat is a Health Education Coordinator with the SC Alaska AHEC. She graduated from UAA with a degree in Health Sciences, and is an advocate for underserved communities, with a special interest in refugee populations. Ms. Gat has received numerous honors and awards for her advocacy.  She has worked with the South Central Alaska AHEC since 2015, and is a Mandt System instructor. She speaks fluent Nuer.


Samir Akal is a UAA Health Sciences student at UAA. He works with the South Central Alaska Area Health Education Center as an AmeriCorps Volunteer on youth programming.

Cassandra SnelsonMs. Snelson is a UAA alumni with a degree in Health Sciences/Health Education and minors in Public Health and Psychology. She has experience as a Certified Nurse Assistant and as a Patient Coordinator in a medical office. She has a passion for women’s health and advocating for survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She enjoys giving back to her community through volunteering as well as spending time with her friends and family.


Are you interested in volunteering, an internship, or joining our team? Email your resume to Mari at