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

Ms. 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: 907-786-6579

Ms. Gat is a Health Education Coordinator with the SC Alaska AHEC. She is a Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and graduated from UAA with a degree in Health Sciences. Ms. Gat is an advocate for underserved communities, with a special interest in refugee populations. She 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.

Phone: 907-212-6590

Sydney Burns, RN is a registered nurse who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from UAA and is currently working towards her Master of Public Health degree. She is passionate about creating healthier communities through education, empowerment, and advocacy. As a health educator coordinator for SC AHEC, she hopes to promote their mission of health workforce development in Alaska. Ms. Burns teaches our PATH Academies and coordinates the SC AHEC’s AHEC Scholars program. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer in her community, spend time with family and friends, and take her dogs on long walks.

Phone: 907-786-6590

Ms. Franklin works with the SC AHEC’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Youth Program as a case manager and coordinator. She is also an instructor for our PATH Academies. She is a Certified Family Life Educator with experience in working with populations that experience trauma.

Phone: 907-212-6571

Ms. Crago coordinates the APCA/SC AHEC’s Apprenticeship program. She teaches in our CMA, MAA, and EHR Specialist program as well as for the SC AHEC’s PATH Academies.

Phone: 907-212-6584

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.

Ms. 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.


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