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     ​star@staralaska.org     TAX ID:  92-0071466

Celebrating 40 Years of Service to Alaskans by Providing Options, Support and Information to Survivors of Sexual Violence.


Bruce Hilton is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Denali Family Services.  Prior to that he worked as a financial consultant for The Foraker Group providing assistance to a wide variety of non-profit organizations in the Anchorage and surrounding areas, including STAR, since 2006.  During his career Bruce has worked closely with dozens of non-profit organizations ensuring that management and members of their Boards receive timely and accurate financial information on a monthly basis.  Bruce was born and raised in the State of Maine.  He came to Alaska in 1977 to visit family and now considers Alaska to be his home.

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.

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.

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure that STAR has adequate resources to advance its mission.

For more information, please contact Executive Director Keeley Olson at

kolson@staralaska.org or call (907) 276-7279

Mariajose Echeverria-Stewart is co-founder and creative director at Yuit Communications, one of Alaska’s top public relations and advertising agencies. She is a recognized leader in her field and has won numerous awards for her creative campaigns on behalf of top brands in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.  Mariajose was named one of the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s 2017 Top Forty Under 40 statewide business leaders. She supports numerous community causes and charities with both her talents and her time, even dedicating additional resources from her business to help non-profit organizations thrive.  Mariajose is passionate about empowering women and setting examples for young girls to follow so they can grow and thrive with confidence and purpose.

Jodi Harskamp is a native Californian transplanted to Anchorage, Alaska 12 years ago. Jodi attended UC Berkeley, majoring in International Area Studies, focusing on economics in Latin America.  She has been flying for over 20 years and is currently a Captain for Alaska Airlines. She enjoys volunteering for organizations such as Women in Aviation, International, 99s, Read on the Fly, Girl Scouts, and the Airline Pilots Association.  She is a living kidney donor, she donated her kidney altruistically in March of 2017.  She enjoys discussing organ donation with anyone who will listen and is a huge advocate for organ donor awareness.  Jodi enjoys running mountains, participating in tri-athalons, and spending most of her free time outdoors in the Alaska wilderness with her husband and 2 children.  She recently summited Mt. KIlimanjaro and enjoys breaking the glass ceiling daily.

​Dr. Rebekah Moras is a research and evaluation professional at the Center for Human Development, a department in the College of Health, at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is also the project manager for the Disability Abuse Response Teams (DARTs), working to improve access and response to crime victims who experience disabilities. She is currently the co-chair for the national Sexual Health and Disability Special Interest Group, and the Vice-President of the Alaska Evaluation Network, the state chapter of the American Evaluation Association. Rebekah has a Doctorate in Disability Studies in addition to her Master’s in Disability and Human Development, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in German. In addition to her passions around her work, Rebekah loves reading, writing, walking, cafes, pets, and being with family, biological and chosen. 

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.

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.

Board Chair:  George Vakalis, Consultant

Board Members

Shalon Harrington, Board Vice Chair, Pebble Partnership

Märit Carlson-Van Dort, NANA Regional Corporation

Mariajose Echeverria, Yuit Communications

Jodi Harskamp, Alaska Airlines

Bruce Hilton, Denali Family Services
Audrey Lance, Thomas, Head & Greisen PC
Elizabeth Lopez, ConocoPhillips Alaska

Dr. Rebekah Moras, UAA Center for Human Development
Moira Smith, Enstar Natural Gas

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.

IRS regulations require nonprofit organizations to make their Form 990 information returns and Recognition of Tax Exemption available for public inspection. Below are STAR's three most recent 990's. Tax Exempt Determinations will be provided within 24 hours of request to star@staralaska.org.

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

Community Partners

The following individuals currently serve on STAR's Board of Directors:

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.  Board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the STAR Office (1057 West Fireweed Lane, Suite 230, in Anchorage).
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.

STAR's Staff

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. 

STAR's Philosophy

Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) has been a presence in Anchorage, Alaska for 40 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.  

History of STAR

Founded in 1978, STAR has been a presence in Anchorage for 40 years


​The mission of STAR is to provide the best quality of crisis intervention, prevention, education and advocacy services to victims of sexual trauma, their families and our community.

Mission Statement

Crisis Intervention, Prevention, Education & Advocacy

Marit Carlson-Van Dort was born in Alaska and was raised in between Southeast Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula.   Marit has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate work in Fisheries Science and Secondary Education.   Marit has spent the past several years working in both the public and private sectors in public and government affairs with an emphasis on state and federal regulation, environmental policy, permitting, development, and community outreach and engagement.  Currently she is employed at NANA Regional Corporation as the Director of External Affairs.  She has also serves as the President and CEO of an ANCSA village corporation, its wholly owned subsidiary companies and shareholder trust.