Local Crisis Line: (907) 276-7273 Statewide Crisis Line: (800) 478-8999 Business Line: (907) 276-7279
1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 230 Anchorage, AK 99503 email@example.com
Providing options, support and information to Alaskans affected by sexual violence for more than 35 years.
Maver Carey, a shareholder of TKC, has been with Kuskokwim Corporation for twenty three years, serving in a variety of positions before becoming President/CEO in 2003. Maver is responsible for the supervision and control of business affairs of the Corporation. She also oversees and serves on the Kuskokwim Educational Foundation board of directors, a non-profit scholarship foundation benefiting shareholders and residents of the Kuskokwim region. Raised in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Maver is of Yup’ik Eskimo and Athabascan Indian descent, with family ties to Aniak. She is a 1985 graduate of Robert Service High School and a 1990 graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. She is a Leadership Anchorage graduate, was selected as Top 40 under 40, an Athena Society Award winner in 2011, Rotarian of the Year for Anchorage Gateway Rotary in 2014 and past President for Anchorage Gateway Rotary. She has been married to Jay since 1996 and they have two daughters, Kasila age 19 and Brystal age 14.
George Vakalis is a long time resident of Anchorage and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He holds Master’s Degrees in Personnel Management and Public Administration from Central Michigan University. George’s first career culminated after 28 years in the Army, as the Garrison Commander in Alaska. George went on to serve as the Operations Manager for the Municipality of Anchorage from 1994 through 1998 and then as the Municipal Manager for the City of Anchorage, which included serving as Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, until his retirement in 2015. In 2015, he founded Vakalis & Associates, LLC, a management consulting firm. George has volunteered his time in a number of ways including Chairman of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and member of their board since 1991, has been a member of the Northeast Community Council, Armed Services YMCA, Anchorage Neighborhood Housing, and Susitna Council of the Girl Scouts. He is the current treasurer for STAR's board of directors.
Leigha Ducharme oversees inland transportation, customer service, and billing in Alaska for Tote Maritime Alaska. She is the vice chair and has been on the board of directors for 5 years. Leigha was introduced to STAR when she was responsible for Tote Maritime Alaska’s community relations. She was drawn to the organization by the vital role they play in supporting sexual assault victims and educating our youth in the state.
Paul Miovas is a 15-year career prosecutor who currently serves as the Director of the State of Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Paul has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University. That same year, Paul began his career as a prosecutor when he joined the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office in his hometown in Georgia. Paul was an Assistant District Attorney there until 2005, when he accepted a position as an Assistant Attorney General on the small island-nation of Palau. He came to the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office in late 2007. While working for the State of Alaska, Paul has served as a line prosecutor and supervisor in the Anchorage Special Assaults Unit (sexual-based felonies and crimes against children), the statewide cold-case prosecutor, and supervisor of a trial team. Paul’s career has primarily focused on prosecuting sexual assault offenses, crimes against children and homicides. In his spare time, Paul enjoys hiking with his dog Ollie, fishing, and travelling around the world with his wife and life partner, Karen.
Shalon Harrington is a lifelong Alaskan. She grew up in Eagle River and is now raising her own family there. Shalon graduated from University of Nevada Reno with a Bachelors’ Degree in Political Science. After graduating college, Shalon moved to Washington DC and worked for Congress for two years before moving back home to Alaska. Over a 15 year span, Shalon worked for the Legislature as the Chief of Staff to a State Senator, the Governor as a Legislative Liaison to the Department of Corrections and for the Mayor of Anchorage as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 2015, Shalon made a move to the private sector and worked as the Director of Government Affairs for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) for two years before moving into her current role as the Chief of Staff for Pebble Partnership. Shalon enjoys spending time with her family, fly fishing, hiking, making jewelry, and gardening.
Elizabeth Lopez has been employed with ConocoPhillips for over 18 years, in numerous roles throughout the company including, Shared Services Aviation, Legal, and Capital Projects. Elizabeth’s first Alaskan home was Utqiaġvik (aka Barrow), where she worked for the North Slope Borough for over 11 years. Elizabeth attended Ilisagvik College, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Alaska Anchorage studying Office Management Technology, Paralegal Studies, and Criminal Justice. She enjoys volunteering for organizations such as United Way of Anchorage, Anchorage Concert Association, Food Bank of Alaska, Bean’s Café, Downtown Soup Kitchen, and Habitat for Humanity. Elizabeth shares her enthusiasm for wellness by supporting many charitable running events each year and as a volunteer and advocate for Girls-on-the-Run. She also dedicates her time and service in multicultural and community outreach with organizations such as Maharlika, Asian Alaskan Cultural Center, Alaska Federation of Filipino Americans, Bridge Builders of Alaska, Thanksgiving Blessing, and Operation Warm. She is currently working towards her ultimate personal wellness goal of completing a marathon on each of the earth’s seven continents.
Tracey Wiese is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner certified in both Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Frontier Nursing University, where she attended as a Jonas Scholar. She has been working with at risk youth and families for a decade here in the Anchorage area. Prior to doing work in the outpatient mental health setting, Dr. Wiese worked for Forensic Nursing Services of Providence as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Alaska CARES, the Children's Advocacy Center in Anchorage for 6 years. She currently is the owner of Full Spectrum Health, LLC in Anchorage, Alaska, providing mental health and medical services to the Anchorage Community. Dr. Wiese consults with and provides education to various organizations regarding integrating trauma informed, evidenced based, sensitive approaches to at risk populations, LGBTQ sensitivity and competency and a variety of other topics. In her free time, she enjoys soaking up as much time with her family as possible and traveling.
Audrey Lance has been in public accounting for 9 years and is currently a manager of audit and taxation at Thomas, Head & Greisen. Audrey graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado. She has experience in supervising, planning, and performing financial statement reviews and audits and single audits, financial statement preparation, accounting training, and tax services. She also has extensive experience with non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants and has received her Not-For-Profit Certificates I and II from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Randi Breager has been in the domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) field for over 10 years. She is currently the Criminal Justice Planner for the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, recently transitioning from the Alaska State Troopers as their statewide DVSA Coordinator where she was responsible for providing and coordinating training and technical assistance in domestic violence, including child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking for state and municipal police officers. In her current role, she works on special projects for the crime lab, including the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. She collaborates with state, municipal, and nonprofit agencies in identifying and addressing policy or legislative issues to improve the lab’s services. Prior, Randi worked in the victim advocacy field for several years both in direct service provision and in program management. She is an UAA graduate with Bachelors’ degrees in Psychology and Sociology, emphasizing in Family and Life Cycles. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, specializing in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Nebraska. She presently chairs the board of directors for STAR.
Kate Kamrath Sprout has been a Director of Catering at downtown Anchorage hotels for the past 15 years. She works with local and national organizations booking and planning on site meetings and events. Kate has also worked with the State of Alaska, Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation writing small business plans for people who experience disabilities, and has owned and operated several small businesses of her own. Kate's first job was with Planned Parenthood of Utah, working with fellow teens to help educate them about sexuality and healthy relationships. She has an Associates of Arts degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America.
Board Chair: Randi Breager, State of Alaska Department of Public Safety
Leigha Ducharme, Vice Chair, Totem Ocean Trailer Express
George Vakalis, Treasurer, Consultant
Maver Carey, Kuskokwim Native Corporation
Shalon Harrington, Pebble Partnership
Kate Kamrath Sprout, Hilton Anchorage
Audrey Lance, Thomas, Head & Greisen PC
Elizabeth Lopez, ConocoPhillips Alaska
Paul Miovas, Asst. Attorney General, State of Alaska Dept. of Law
Moira Smith, Enstar Natural Gas
Dr. Tracey Wiese, ANP, Psychiatric Nurse
Moira Smith is a lifelong Alaskan who was born in Anchorage and raised in Juneau. She graduated from Juneau Douglas High School in 1993, graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1998, and worked in various government and non-profit organizations before attending law school. After graduating from UC Berkeley Law School in 2007, Moira served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court and then as a lawyer in private practice. Moira has worked for ENSTAR Natural Gas Company as Vice President and General Counsel since 2012. At ENSTAR, Moira directs the company’s regulatory, gas supply, communications, and legal departments. Moira is passionate about curtailing the epidemic of sexual assault in Alaska and is committed to creating a culture of respect and appropriate process for the accusers as well as the accused. Moira has been blessed to live in several foreign countries, including in Senegal, Hungary, and France. Moira is the proud mom and stepmom to four kids, Owen (3); Maggie (9); Peter (20); and Bienvenido (23), and the wife of Jake Metcalfe.
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STAR is just one of many helpful agencies in the area. Here is a short list of our partner agencies:
• Anchorage Police Department
• Alaska State Troopers
• District Attorney’s Office
• Abused Women Aid in Crisis
• Alaska CARES
• Forensic Nursing Services of Providence
• Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
• Anchorage School District
The following individuals currently serve on STAR's Board of Directors:
The STAR Board is made up of concerned citizens living and working in Southcentral Alaska. The Board provides overall direction and fiscal oversight to STAR’s Executive Director. Board members are nominated to the board, the board votes, and if elected, a new Board Member joins the STAR Board of Directors.
STAR staff comes from a variety of experiences and educational backgrounds ranging from history, business, science, and woman’s studies. Together, we make up a team of caring and compassionate individuals dedicated to supporting victims and ending sexual violence in our community.
Click here to learn more about becoming a member of the STAR team.
Sexual assault is a crime of power and control, not a crime of pleasure and passion. Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact. Sexual assault does not discriminate; it crosses all gender, race, age and social-economic barriers. Sexual assault is not “caused by” or “brought on by” the victim; it is the sole responsibility of the person who harmed.
Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) has been a presence in Anchorage, Alaska for over 35 years. What started as two women answering phone calls in their basement has evolved into a 24-hour crisis intervention agency. Programs and funding have come and gone in the decades that STAR has been in operation, but one service remains consistent.
The heart of STAR’s client services is the state-wide crisis line, which is staffed 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays. Callers can obtain information regarding reporting options, healthcare referrals, support and information on a variety of recovery topics. Most importantly, callers can speak confidentially and anonymously about the violence they have experienced. Both primary and secondary victims call the crisis line as well as medical and other social service professionals. Typically, STAR receives over 1,500 crisis line calls each year.
Founded in 1976, STAR has been a presence in Anchorage for over 35 years
The mission of Standing Together Against Rape, Inc., (STAR) is to provide the best quality of crisis intervention, education and advocacy services to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse, and their families and our community.
Crisis Intervention, Advocacy, Education, Prevention