Julie Staley, AKPIRC Director
Since 1992 she has provided quality assistance to rural schools in the development and management of their state and federal grant programs, including pre-audits. She has successfully coordinated Indian Education technical assistance in the state and provides related parent committee training and state workshops. Julie’s experience with professional development has led her to develop a Professional Practices Inventory aligned with the Alaska State Teacher Standards and administer the NCLB Highly Qualified teacher program for SERRC staff. Julie is also a trainer of the Data Analysis Retreat process. In addition, she has worked with the State Department of Education and Early Development in the initial movement towards Alternative Teacher Certification, has provided State Mandated Trainings and worked with the Juneau School District to develop their teacher and administrator evaluations.

Julie has education experience in two countries. In Australia, she was a secondary school teacher for 13 years, including 6 years as a high school administrator, and one year in the Queensland Department of Education as a team member of the Secondary Transition Education Project. This project focused on improving the vocational skills of high school students to transition from secondary education to the workplace. She commenced her career at SERRC in 1992, and since then has focused on working with rural schools to develop and coordinate their federal and state grants.

Julie’s commitment to provide schools with quality work and a clear understanding of grant management is highly valued by school districts.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Queensland, both Australian and Alaska teacher credentials, and has been with SERRC for 14 years.


Julie Jessal, AKPIRC Coordinator
Julie Jessal joined SERRC as AKPIRC’s Grant Coordinator in October of 2008, bringing to the position 23 years of classroom and administrative experience. As a classroom teacher, elementary principal, and Title I Supervisor for the Anchorage School District, Julie understood the importance of school/parent partnerships in student success. In her work with Title I schools, she placed special emphasis on developing parent involvement initiatives that could address language and/or cultural differences in such a way as to maintain a parent’s important role in the child’s schooling.

As Title I Supervisor, Julie collaborated with other district administrators to meet new requirements and challenges of NCLB. She brings experience with federal grants, Title I program development, professional development, curriculum, instruction, and leadership.

Julie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Montana in 1984 and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Teri Dierick, Director of Finance and Operations
Teri Dierick is the Director of Finance and Operations for SERRC as well as the Program Director for the Business Services section of the organization. Teri’s accounting career spans over 20 years.

Teri is a product of the Alaska educational system. She grew up in Yakutat, Alaska and became the Business Manager for the Yakutat School District during her senior year of high school. She held that position for 6 years before deciding to leave the state to work for Alaska Airlines in Seattle, Washington. After the excitement of the big city wore off, Teri returned to Yakutat to accept a position with the City & Borough of Yakutat as its Finance Director.

Teri began her career at SERRC in 2002 as the Finance Manager. Prior to working at SERRC she had once again been the Business Manager at the Yakutat School District and also worked as an Administrative Manager for the State of Alaska.

At SERRC, Teri is responsible for the oversight of the business service clients that we serve and also oversees the day to day financial operations of the organization.


MaryAnn Jalbert, Education Specialist
MaryAnn brings 33 years of diverse experience in public education to the Language and Cultural Liaison  Project. She has taught students in grades K-12, served as a district reading specialist, Title I Literacy/Math Specialist, and Title I Staff Development Coordinator for the Anchorage School District.  In addition to her work as the LCL trainer for the Anchorage School District, she is an educational consultant working with schools in rural Alaska and a large urban high school in Connecticut. Throughout her career in education, she has understood and encouraged parent engagement as the key to student achievement.  She is deeply committed to supporting families as they connect to schools and support their children.

MaryAnn earned a Bachelors Degree in the Education of Exceptional Children/Elementary Education from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a K-12 Reading Specialist endorsement from the University of Alaska, Southeast.

Vickie Gray, Administrative Assistant
Vickie Gray worked in the healthcare industry for over 11 years as an Executive Assistant to the President & CEO of a company that contracted healthcare professionals for the government.  She most recently worked as a Development Assistant in the Major Gifts Department of Development Services at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.




Kela Halfmann, Technology Operations Specialist/Designer
Kela has over 20 years in public relations, marketing, and communications design. Her experiences have ranged from developing and implementing community outreach and youth education programs to designing and producing comprehensive information packages including website design and development, print productions, and film media for public information. As the Site Designer and Webmaster for the umbrella agency (SERRC) and AKPIRC, she has developed and launched interactive websites/forums and designed cutting edge multi-media and print presentations for both the agency and for programs specific to educators, parents, and students. Kela also provides professional development and technology instruction in computer skills training, software applications, and also offers in-service training to districts on website construction.