Senior Systems Administrator, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Joe Bedard was born and raised in Anchorage, with an Inupiaq, Yup’ik and Cree heritage. He served in the Army as a Combat Medic, and entered the field of Information Technology in the early 90s. He’s currently Senior Systems Administrator at the Alaska Native Medical Center, co-owner of Sleeping Lady Films/Waking Giant Productions, as well as co-founder of Dark Winter Productions, an Alaska Native playwright and actor group.
Secretary, Senate Finance Committee, Alaska State Legislature
Allison Holtkamp has lived in Southeast Alaska on and off for nearly 20 years. She performs with many groups and venues in Alaska, and is a Secretary for the Senate Finance Committee in the Alaska State Legislature. She is a professional singer with the Juneau Cabaret, Queens, Gamble & the High Costa Living, and many others. Allison has appeared in and directed several Perseverance Theatre productions, including most recently as Sarah Brown in “Guys and Dolls.” In 2018, she produced a night of stories related to gender-based violence titled, “Same”, which raised money for AWARE. She is also a stand-up comedian, and opened for Tig Notaro in Juneau. She lives in Douglas with her husband, Jake Waid, who is also a long-time Perseverance Theatre Company member.
Staff Attorney, Alaska Legal Services Corp
Eric Vang is a Juneau attorney with a weakness for being on stage. He has been in legal practice since 2011. With Perseverance Theatre, he has worked with the Young Company, directed The Hobbit for the STAR program, and acted in a variety of shows. He most recently appeared onstage in Othello. The opportunity to serve on the PT board, and continue to support the wonderfully improbable presence of excellent, groundbreaking, professional theater in Juneau, was not to be missed. Eric is supported by an amazing wife/best friend, and two adorable children.
Members at Large
Public Relations Consultant
Carole Anderson began her media career in Fairbanks, Alaska at KATN-TV and later worked at KUAC-TV. Freelance assignments included TeleJapan International in Tokyo, Japan, and also Voice of America/TV Martí in Washington D.C.
For her work at WUSA-TV (CBS/Gannett) she was honored to receive the “Women in Engineering" CBS Award. At the FCC Advanced Television Test Center (A.T.T.C.) laboratory, Carole served as a Data Analyst on the engineering team, testing prototypes to develop and standardize the U.S. Digital HDTV System. She received an Emmy Award for Television Technology and Engineering.
Upon return to Alaska, she pursued international interests in Arctic affairs, taking on public relations and research analysis roles at the Northern Forum and the Institute of the North, organizations both founded by Governor Walter J. Hickel. She subsequently served as his aide during his final years.
Carole is deeply involved in the community, coaching skiing and power-lifting for Special Olympics, assisting in the ASD Russian Language Immersion program, volunteering in the Iditarod and serving as a judge for the Anchorage International Film Festival. As the President of the board of the Japan Relief Fund of Alaska (JPRF), an organization which raised funds for the Japanese Red Cross after the 3/11/11 triple disaster, she was honored to accept the 2013 Governor’s North Star Award for International Excellence for Humanitarian Endeavors. She currently serves on the boards of the Alaska World Affairs Council and Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA).
Account Planner, Spawn Ideas
Jesse Alleva is a born and raised Alaskan. He started his career at Perseverance Theatre as an intern to the Artistic Director in 2005. He acted and directed in several Perseverance Theatre shows from 2005 to 2008 and can still be seen occasionally on stage in Anchorage. He is now an Account Planner at Spawn Ideas and a co-founder of Hooligan, Alaskan’s first Design Thinking consultancy. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Alaska, Southeast, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Design Leadership from the Maryland Institute College of Art.