Before semi-retirement in 2022, Alana spent 35 years either working directly with, or advocating for preschool and school age children – first as a preschool/child care provider, then as an elementary teacher, and finally joining the Boys & Girls Club movement in 2002 as Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tanana Valley in Fairbanks, Alaska.
She led the Fairbanks Clubs through a successful merger with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral Alaska (BGC – Alaska) as its operations expanded statewide and served in Clubhouse Operations and Resource Development roles before being named CEO in 2011.
In her tenure at BGC – Alaska, Alana focused energy on deepening impact and increasing financial sustainability across the organization. She led two teams of staff through BGCA’s Advanced Leadership Program in 2014 and 2016. In 2018, Weikart Youth Program Quality assessments were adopted across the organization. In the same year, recognizing that high staff turnover in licensed child care providers weakened the relationships young children need to thrive and learn, an instructional coaching and training model was developed and introduced, and structured infant, toddler, and pre-K curriculum was implemented.
Alana has served on many local, state and national committees; Alaska Statewide Suicide Prevention Council (2010-2017), United Way’s 90% by 2020 Executive and Leadership Teams focusing on improving the 4-year high school graduation rates (2014-2021), Boys & Girls Clubs Native American Advisory Committee (2011-2018), Mat-Su Health Foundation Prevention Steering Committee (2014-2015) and as a Boys & Girls Clubs of America Great Futures Ambassador (2019 – 2021).
Alana has served as an officer of the Board of Directors of the Midnight Sun Swim Team (1995-2004); and as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club Professional Association (2019-2021). In addition to serving on the thread board of directors, she also serves as Trustee with 501(c) Agencies Trust (2014-present).
Alana holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri- Columbia (1985) and completed Elementary Education certification at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks (1997), holding a Type A (K-8 endorsement) State of Alaska teaching license from 1998-2008. Additionally, she completed coursework in Early Childhood Education, and served as an early education licensed child care administrator. She also completed about two years of coursework in photography and graphic arts.
Her hobbies include gardening, photography, travel, cooking, baking, and reading.