Board of Directors
Want to organize and implement strategies for ASTD Alaska? There may be a leadership role for you! For information, contact us and tell us about your interest in service to your profession.

M M Rydesky President
Mary M. Rydesky
CEO, Transition Management and the Alaska Distance Learning Network (akDLN)
Anchorage AK 99515


Mary has been involved in ASTD and ATD for many years, and in the Alaska chapter since relocating from Texas in 2003.  Shortly after arriving in Alaska, Mary accepted the position of Vice President of the chapter board. When the Alaska Chapter ceased, she remained involved when the new ASTD was formed. She currently heads Transition Management, a change management consulting and training/coaching company, and runs Jarvi Homestay Bed & Breakfast in Anchorage. She served the ASTD national committees (CORE) overseeing 15 chapters across the United States in best practices for nonprofit management) and CRC, which evaluates and recognizes chapter best practices nationwide.

Dorothy Hight Board Member
Dorothy Hight
CHAP Training Center, ANTHC
Anchorage, AK

Dorothy combined health care and training early in life, and has dedicated her efforts to the Community Health Aide training program. Her most recenter achievement was receipt of a lifetime achievement award for redesigning classroom-based CHAP training to distance delivered training that allowed students to receive courses in their home clinics.

Jamie Lamb Board Member
Jamie Lamb
GCI Training & Development
Anchorage, AK

Jamie has been with GCI for ~twenty years, devoting her career life to telecommunications. Jamie has made a significant contribution to the start-up of eLearning at GCI and its continuing expansion. She develops and conducts technical, procedural, and soft-skills training. Jamie has a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematics.

Stevie Board Member

Stevie Frakes
Cairn North Consulting
Anchorage, AK

Stevie is an Organizational Development professional and principle of Cairn North Consulting.  Stevie has a Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.

Lou Christie Past President, Member Emeritus 
Louis M Christie, SPHR
LMC Management Services
(907) 242-6069

Lou began his career after earning his BBA degree (specialization - Personnel Administration & Industrial Relations) from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas more than 30 years ago as a Personnel Administrator for a heavy equipment oil field manufacturer. Over the years Lou has had the opportunity to work in several industries (oil field, textile, lumber retail, air cargo, & health care) continuing all the while to gain valuable & varied human resources experience. Lou has served as leader in both his professional & personal endeavors. A few of his accomplishment are he organized the HR Directors of the 638 Native Health Organization of Alaska, and; has served as City of Bethel, AK Arbitrator; was Chair of San Antonio Area Girl Scouts Cookie Program & assistant troop leader; an advisor to Judson Independent School District Vocational Advisory Council; has been a board member of ASHRM & held every chair of the Texas-Oklahoma Personnel Association, & participated with the Wichita Falls Independent School District Vocational Advisory Council, CETA/PIC programs. Lou, a 30 year member of SHRM, earned his lifetime SPHR in 1998.

Presently Lou has his Masters in Organization Management from the University of Phoenix, is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Leadership & Organizational Change and is growing his private practice in consulting.
ASTD Alaska Chapter