Luncheon Speakers

Nov. 5, 2015–Will Jacobs–Becoming UAA: 1954-2014

W. A. (Will) Jacobs is Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science in the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was born in Greenville, South Carolina and raised in rural Wisconsin. Educated at Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire  (B.S. 1966) and the University of Oregon (M.A. 1968, Ph.D. 1972), he taught briefly at WSU-Eau Claire, Earlham College, and Oregon […]

Oct. 1, 2015–Mark Romick–Housing Grant Programs

In 1989 Mark Romick started working for Alaska State Housing Authority (ASHA) which merged with Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) in 1992. In his 26 years with the corporation, Mark held several positions in the Planning Department before becoming the Director in 2006. He is responsible for directing the corporation’s planning functions, housing policy development […]

Dennis McMillian–Foraker Group’s Founding President and CEO

Dennis McMillian, now a consultant to the Foraker Group, is Foraker’s founding President and CEO. He served as a development officer, and then as CEO with United Ways around the country and came to Alaska in 1992 to lead the United Way of Anchorage. Since then he has worked to build the state’s philanthropic culture including […]

June 4, 2015–Shirley Holloway–NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Shirley Holloway is best known for establishing the Quality Schools Initiative, calling for high expectations for all students in Alaska and proving that all students, no matter their social, economic or ethnic background, can be academically successful. Holloway has been recognized as a woman breaking the glass ceiling to become one of the first female […]