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Council Members


Public Member


Rachel Gernat

Appointed: August 2012
P.O. Box 111200,
Juneau, AK, 99811
Phone: (907)354-6622 (M)

Vice Chair
Public Member


Michelle DeWitt

Appointed: August 2016
P.O. Box 111200,
Juneau, AK, 99811
Phone: (907)465-4356

Public Members

Public Member

Linda Stanford

Linda Tatqaviñ Stanford

Appointed: August 2017
P.O. Box 749,
Utqiagvik, AK 99723
Phone: (907)852-1838

Public Member


Jody Potts

Appointed: August, 2017
Director of Public Safety at Tanana Chiefs Conference
122 1st Ave. Suite 600
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: (907)452-8251

Department Representatives

Dept. of Corrections


Karen L. Cann

Deputy Commissioner
Appointed: May 2017
Office of the Commissioner
550 W. 7th Ave. Ste. 1800,
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907)269-7397

Dept. of Law


John Skidmore

Criminal Division Director
Appointed: July, 2017
1031 W. 4th Ave. Suite 200,
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907)269-6379

Dept. of Health & Social Services


Karen Forrest

Deputy Commissioner
Appointed: October 2015
Office of the Commissioner
240 Main Street, Suite 700,
Juneau,AK 99811-0635
Phone: (907)465-1610

Dept. of Public Safety


Allison Hanzawa

Special Assistant
Appointed: August 2016
Office of the Commissioner
150 3rd Street, 3rd Floor,
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907)465-5505

Dept. of Education and Early Development


Sana Efird

Deputy Commissioner
Appointed: July, 2017
801 W 10th St,
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
Phone: (907)465-8691


The purpose of the Council is to provide for planning and coordination of services to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault or to their families and to perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault and to provide for crisis intervention and prevention programs. Council members are appointed by the governor, to represent a wide range of knowledge, expertise and involvement in domestic violence and sexual assault issues statewide. Membership requirements include representation from five government departments: Departments of Public Safety, Health & Social Services, Education & Early Development, Corrections and the Office of the Attorney General. In addition, four public members are appointed at least one who shall be from a rural community.