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Board

Erik Pierson
President

Erik PiersonErik Pierson has served on the Board of Directors for three years. He has also worked in education since graduating from Beloit College in 2007. Since leaving the Midwest, he united his majors in Education and Youth Studies & Modern Languages in his role as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School. Prior to education, his careers included insurance underwriting and various capacities in the service industry. His favorite parts of his work experience include working with diverse people and training new hires, both which parlay well in a classroom.

Erik has roots in Rockford, Illinois, although his first fulltime teaching position led him to Woodburn, Oregon. He embraces change and the new scenery that accompanies it. He was thrilled about the move to the Mat-Su Valley when he accepted the position with MSBSD in 2012. He still enjoys traveling and bringing new experiences to his students, yet he is planting roots here in the Valley and happily owns his first home.

In addition to traveling, biking, hiking, skiing, cooking, and disc golfing, Erik is an aspiring Jack-of-all-trades. Being a life-long learner, he finds himself continuing his education through UAA, friends willing to teach him carpentry skills, acting at Valley Performing Arts, and rarely declines an offer to further his knowledge in any and all subjects.

Paul Morley
Vice President

Paul Morley

Paul Morley has served on the MSSF board for ten years and teaches English, math, and biology at Career and Technical High School. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, with bachelor’s degrees in wildlife science and photography, and from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, with a master's degree in cross-cultural education. After working several seasons doing biology research in Cook Inlet and the Pribilof Islands, and as foreign fisheries observer in the Bering Sea, Paul began his teaching career in 1992 teaching photography in Yakutsk, Russia. Since then, he has taught in villages in Alaska, Japan, Fairbanks, and for the past 17 years, here in the Mat-Su Valley.

Throughout his career, Paul has remained committed to meeting the needs of diverse and sometimes under-served populations, including indigenous, at-risk, and gifted teens. This has led him to initiate innovative opportunities for students including the MSBSD Archeology Field School and a for-credit course option for mentorship between students and community professionals.

Paul brings to the Mat-Su Schools Foundation a broad professional background, progressive ideas, and enthusiasm in promoting and seeking funding for educational programs. His personal interests include skiing, boating, hiking, carpentry, and playing mandolin. 

Linda Conover
Past President, Director

Linda ConoverLinda Conover has been deeply involved in all aspects of education. Linda has been a teacher, educational math consultant and school administrative secretary. Linda served 15 years as an officer in school PTA’s and PTO’s, most of those years as President. Linda served on the Organizational Committee for the district's first Charter School, and served as a Board Member and Officer on its Academic Policy Committee. She received the Champions for Children Award from the Mat-Su Education Association in 1999 and 2008. Linda was Chairman of the Mat-Su Health Foundation's Board of Directors, served on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and serves as chairman of the Mat-Su Imagination Library Board of Directors.
Linda Conover has worked as a licensed insurance agent and office manager. Ms. Conover previously owned an educational consulting company, and is currently owner/designer of a web design business.
Linda Conover has lived in Alaska with her husband Dale since 1965, and has two daughters living in Alaska. Linda received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Washington University, majoring in Math and Science, and a Master’s Degree in Education from UAA.

Katie Conover Clark
Director

A lifelong Alaskan, Katie Clark was born and raised in the Mat-Su Valley. She has worked for over 20 years in the education field, largely in Mat-Su Valley schools. Katie has also enjoyed working for various small and large businesses during the summers. Katie is currently a librarian at a Mat-Su Central School. Katie also founded and co-chairs the Mat-Su Imagination Library Board of Directors.
Ms. Clark holds a Bachelors of Science from Linfield College, a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Otago and completed a Professional School Library degree at the University of Washington. Katie is a member of the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club, the Valley Reading Association and the Alaska Association of School Librarians. Katie received the Champion of Young Children Award in 2011.
Katie has a passion for community athletics and has coached volleyball, basketball, and cross country running for many ages (elementary through high school). She also enjoys participating in various recreational activities, including recreational soccer, hockey and triathlons.

Kathy Moffitt
Director

Kathy Moffitt works as Program Administrator of Alaska Middle College School for the Mat-Su Borough School District. Kathy also serves on the Mat-Su Imagination Library Board of Directors.

Monica Goyette
Director

MonicaDr. Monica Goyette became the Superintendent of Schools for the Mat-Su Borough School District in April, 2017. An Alaska educator since 1998, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences, a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling, a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Curriculum & Instruction. Prior to becoming the Superintendent, Dr. Goyette worked as a counselor, teacher, school principal, executive director, and assistant superintendent of instruction. Dr. Goyette’s teaching and educational leadership experiences have shaped her agenda, which has an unwavering focus on student achievement and success. She looks forward to making learning meaningful and lasting for students; using capital assets resourcefully and wisely; and meeting the needs of students, parents, and employees.

Rachel Brown
Director

Rachel BrownRachel Brown, PhD, NCSP, is a school psychologist who works for the Mat-Su and Anchorage schools. She was a faculty member at the University of Southern Maine from 2000-2016. Prior to obtaining her doctorate in School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2000), she taught middle and high school history and special education for 10 years. Her research areas include curriculum-based measurement, response to intervention (RTI), and scientifically based instruction methods. Dr. Brown is the editor of Assessment for Intervention: A Problem-Solving Approach (2005, 2012), and co-author of Response to Intervention: Principles and Strategies for Success (2005; 2010), RTI in the Classroom: Guidelines and Recipes for Success (2009), and Practical Handbook of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (2016). In addition, Dr. Brown has authored articles about reading assessment and instruction as well as implementation of RTI. Dr. Brown is a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist, and has consulted with numerous school districts to support RTI implementation. Dr. Brown lives in Palmer.