Movers and Shakers for Nov. 17
Dr. Math Trafton will serve as interim director at the Sitka campus of the University of Alaska Southeast once the post is vacated by Leslie Gordon. Trafton will begin his interim position Dec. 8 and the search for a permanent director of the Sitka campus will begin in January 2020. Trafton joined UAS Sitka in 2013 and is currently an associate professor of English with tenure in the School of Arts &Sciences at the Sitka Campus. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in comparative literature, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in English-creative writing, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science, all from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gordon will be leaving her position in early December. She has accepted a position with the Southeast Regional Health Consortium in Sitka as the director of performance improvement. Gordon joined UAS in 2006, and has worked as a full tenured professor and program director for health information management, and as assistant director of academic affairs. Gordon has been the Sitka Campus director since May of 2018.
The Healing Hand Foundation announced that Desiree Jackson has been selected as the new president of their board of directors. Jackson is succeeding Joseph Kahklen who has been board president since its inception in 2001. Jackson has worked in the Alaska health care system for more than 20 years. She has held positions at the Southeast Regional Health Consortium, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and Southcentral Foundation. Currently, she is the director of Tribal Services for Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority. Jackson spent years developing curriculum and teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska, while co-authoring several books and peer-reviewed journal articles. She founded and owns Healthy Traditions Nutrition Consulting. Jackson is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and Alaska Pacific University, where she earned a Certificate in Alaska Native Executive Leadership and an executive MBA with an emphasis on strategic leadership. Since 2008, Ms. Jackson has been a registered dietitian specializing in Alaska Native traditional foods.