ASHRAB Board Member Biographies
Judy Bittner, Deputy Coordinator
I have served as Chief of the Alaska Office History and Archaeology, (Department of Natural Resources) and as State Historic Preservation Officer since 1984. As Historic Preservation Officer, I serve as an ex-officio member and Deputy Coordinator of the AHRAB. I am also a board member or ex-officio board member of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, Cook Inlet Historical Society, Alaska Association of Historic Preservation and Alaska Historical Society. My family first came to Alaska during the Gold Rush, and I grew up in Anchorage where my father's family settled in 1915. I received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and an MA in Anthropology from University of Wisconsin.
Toby Allen has been the Records Management Supervisor for the Municipality of Anchorage since 2005. Allen is a member of ARMA International; has served as a Director, Treasurer and President of the Greater Anchorage Chapter of ARMA; and, is a member of AIIM, the global community of information professionals. He received a BA in Political Science and English from the University of Puget Sound and High School Language Arts Teaching Certification from University of Oregon. He holds his ecmp (enterprise content management practitioner) certification from AIIM. Allen is in the process of taking the 6-part CRM exam through the Institute of Certified Records Managers.
Della Hall became the Executive Director of Museums Alaska in 2017. She was previously the Associate Archivist at the Alaska & Polar Regions Collections & Archives in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Della has also worked for the Western History Association, the Pioneer Air Museum, the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, and the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Della holds an M.A. in History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from University of Delaware and a B.S. in History, Technology, and Society from Georgia Institute of Technology. Della has been working on her second M.A. in Anthropology through University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Lisa J. Hart, JD
Lisa Hart of Palmer works for the State of Alaska as a Research Analyst for the Dept. of Transportation. Hart was also appointed to and serves as a Commissioner for the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission since 2014. Lisa worked very hard to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Information Systems Management (2007) from the University of Maryland-European Division, Masters of Public Administration (MPA)(2009) from Bowie State University (one of the ten oldest Historically Black Colleges in the United States), and Doctor of Law (JD) (2012) from William Howard Taft University. Lisa also holds professional certifications in Project Management and Information Systems Management. She is a proud US Army wife of 23 years and mother of two. Previously employed by the Department of Defense Education Activity and once in Alaska, Mat-Su College; Lisa considers herself very fortunate to have lived and worked in several parts of the world.
Larry Hibpshman grew up in Alaska and has resided in North Pole, Anchorage, Juneau & Kenai. He sojourned at radar sites near Hooper Bay & McGrath. He graduated from Anchorage West High School (1965), Southern Colorado State College (BA History 1972) & George Washington University (MA American/Museum Studies 1979). He worked at the Sacramento History Center, South Dakota Archives Resource Center, Montana Historical Society & Arizona State Archives. In 1988 he became Senior Archivist at the Alaska State Archives & continued there until retirement in 2014. Larry served as administrative staff of the Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board 1989-2006. He also served state historical records advisory boards in South Dakota, Montana & Arizona. His professional interests are improved client access, Alaskan community Alaskan history & history for children & teens. In his spare time Larry is a clown.
Dawn Jackson has a MA in Anthropology from University of Washington, Seattle. She currently works as the Executive Director for the Organized Village of Kake, an IRA Tribal Government.
Zachary R. Jones
Zachary R. Jones obtained a BA in History from Utah State University in 2006, a MA in Comparative History from the College of William & Mary, Virginia in 2008, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnohistory through University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2007 Jones became the Archivist and Collection Manager of the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Special Collections Research Center, which collects Alaska Native historical records. In 2014 Jones took employment with the Alaska State Archives as an Archivist II. Since 2010 Jones has taught evening classes on history, anthropology, museum studies, and archival science at University of Alaska Southeast.
Bruce Parham of Anchorage, retired as Director of the National Archives at Anchorage in 2011, after 22 years of federal service with the National Archives & Records Administration. He currently serves on the board of the Cook Inlet Historical Society. He received a BA in History from Western State College, Gunnison, CO, an MA in Library Science with an emphasis in archives-manuscripts administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MA in History from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He also holds a Certified Archivist certificate (emeritus) from the Academy of Certified Archivists. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists, Northwest Archivists, Cook Inlet Historical Society, and the Alaska Historical Society.
Amelia Wilson is Tlingit from the village of Hoonah and member of the Chookaneidí (Brown Bear) clan. Amelia works as Archivist for Huna Heritage Foundation and is currently focused on digitizing their collection of historic and cultural photos to preserve and make them available through an online web portal. She is a motivated service-to-community oriented professional who enjoys volunteering at the local level as a city council member, member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, chairman of the City of Hoonah Budget Committee, and a Tlingit dance group member of Gaawx Xaayi. She has also spent much time volunteering with youth, both locally and on a statewide level. Amelia earned a BA in Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.