Alaska Ready to Read, Ready to Learn Task Force Members

The 27-member Ready to Read, Ready to Learn Task Force was formed in November 2005, and consisted of Alaska business, civic, philanthropic, education, and government leaders. In September 2006 the task force released their report with 11 recommendations.

  • Nancy Murkowski Task Force Chair
  • Susan Anderson President & CEO, The CIRI Foundation
  • Al Bolea President, BP Pipelines Alaska, Inc.
  • Deborah Bonito President, Sourdough Mercantile, Inc.
  • Steve Brezenski Regional HR Manager, Carrs Safeway
  • George Cannelos Federal Co-Chair, Denali Commission
  • Carol Comeau Superintendent, Anchorage School District
  • Tom Corkran Controller/CIO, VECO Corporation
  • Jerry Covey Managing Partner, JSC Consulting, LLC
  • John Davis Chair, Alaska Association of School Administrators
  • Sharon Gagnon Ph.D., Board of Directors, Alaska Humanities Forum
  • Jack Griffin Vice President External Affairs, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.
  • Patty Hamilton Advocate, Early Childhood Literacy
  • Abbe Hensley Consultant, Child & Family Issues
  • Sue Hull School Board Member, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
  • Karleen Jackson Commissioner, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services
  • Edna MacLean President Emeritus, Ilisagvik College
  • Byron Mallott Trustee, First Alaskans Institute
  • Barbara Nagengast President, Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Cathryn Rasmuson Trustee, Rasmuson Foundation
  • Marilyn Romano Publisher, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
  • Roger Sampson Commissioner, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
  • Dr. Ann Shortt Superintendent, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
  • Paul Stankavich President, General Manager, KAKM/KSKA/APRN
  • Stephanie Wheeler Executive Director, Alaska Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
  • David Wight President & CEO, Retired, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
  • Candace Winkler CEO, thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network