Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee

  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is dedicated to preparing students for life after high school. Whether students choose to attend a four-year university or pursue a technical career, the district's schools should be providing them the tools they need to succeed.

    The workplace environment students enter after graduation is constantly changing and becoming increasingly technical. The district's Career and Technical Education programs provide a diverse student population with a dynamic and meaningful educational experience that will prepare them to succeed in that environment.

    The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee works to ensure the district is keeping pace with the work environment.

  • 2021-2022 Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule


    • Meeting Date - November 11, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm by Zoom
      Agenda                  Meeting Notes            Audio        



    Unless otherwise noted, committee meetings will be held in the Administrative Center, 520 Fifth Avenue.

Contact Information

Current Committee Members

  • Career and Technical Education Committee Membership

    District Administration Chair (Non-Voting) 
    Joni Simpson, Career & Technical Education Director

    School Board (Non-Voting)
    Matthew Sampson, Board Member

    FEA Representative
    Melissa Sawchuk, West Valley High School

    FPA Representative
    Robyn Taylor, Hutchison High School

    ESSA Representative (Retired)
    Annie Baker

    Student Representative

    Tara DeVaughn

    UAF Career Technical College Representative
    Keith Swarner

    Business/Industry/Trades, Organized Labor, Government Representatives
    Jomo Stewart, Fairbanks Economic Development Corp
    Andrea Gelvin, Gelvin Professional Training
    John Denny, Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center
    Karen Lapp, Foundation Health
    Missy Lizotte, Department of Labor
    Dawn Murphy, Explore Fairbanks
    Cathy Winfree, UAF/CTC Faculty
    Rodney Wolcott, Local 375 Plumbers & Pipefitters

    Invited Guests
    Derek Coryell, Executive Director of Special Education
    Erin Edenshaw, Fairbanks Native Association

    Virva Elliott, English Language Learner Director
    Audra Forsman, Support Staff
    Leona McDaniels, Social Services Manager McKinney-Vento
    Georgia Sandgren, Military Student Support Coordinator
    Laurie Trotta, Migrant Education Program Director
    Andrea Wade, Counselor 

    Committee Staff Support
    Julie Luddington, CTE Technician

Last Modified on June 8, 2022