Our Board of Directors
Susan Klein, Chair, Anchorage
Susan has been on the board of The Alaska Center since fall of 2013. She enjoys working with board and staff to further the efforts of The Alaska Center to engage the public in issues such as clean water and climate change. She is passionate about changing the make-up of our legislature to one that works to address the villages affected by climate change, that works to protect our salmon and the health of Alaska’s natural resources for future generations.
She has a bachelor’s of arts in History from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a masters of science in Library Science from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s of science in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University. Susan moved to Alaska in 1985 after canoeing the Noatak River in 1983 and dreaming of living here. Susan was a librarian at Loussac Library serving institutionalized populations as well as the general public. She went back to school for a science degree after which she worked as a Vegetation Ecologist at the Alaska Natural Heritage Program at UAA.
When not working on the board, Susan works too much at three paying jobs, plays and performs on button box accordion, and enjoys reading, traveling and gardening.
Key Getty, Treasurer, Anchorage
Key Getty first arrived in Alaska in 1980 as a young military spouse. She went on to study math and accounting at UAA and became a certified public accountant. During her public accounting life, she extensively traveled to rural areas and small towns of Alaska as an auditor and trainer. That was when Key began to understand and appreciate the life of subsistence, cultural preservation, and environmental conservation, as well as economic development. During most of her career, Key’s focus was serving the needs of nonprofit organizations (and some were directly related to these values.) From setting up a new exempt entity to handling a special case before the IRS to helping clients with the everyday challenges of a nonprofit organization. As a volunteer, Key has served on many community projects and boards in a various capacity, and recently joined The Alaska Center and The Alaska Center Education Fund as Treasurer. She is also a board member of Bridge Builders of Anchorage, National Unification Advisory Council, and Korean Language School to name a few. She is a licensed CPA in the State of AK and a member in good standing of AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountant) and ASCPA (Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountant). During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandson, reading and gardening.
SALLY RUE, Vice-Chair, JUneau
Sally Rue joined the Alaska Center board in 2018. She has 40 years of experience in Alaska in natural resources planning and policy, community development, youth engagement, and Alaska public education. She worked two stints in the Alaska Governor’s Office (1977 to 1982 and 1995 to 2002), as special assistant for natural resources, and finally as chief of staff to Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer. From 2003 to 2014, she served as director of the Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement, a statewide initiative at the Association of Alaska School Boards to engage adults, organizations, communities and young people in actively supporting youth success.
Sally has been an active volunteer in public schools, served on the Juneau School Board for two terms and on the Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development. She volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a Big Sister, and as a board member for Alaska Geographic from 2006 to 2015.
She has a BA in Urban Studies from the U. of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Regional Planning from the U. of Massachusetts. She and her husband Frank live in Juneau and spend as much time as they can enjoying Alaska’s wild lands and waters.
GRIFFIN PLUSH, JUNEAU
Griffin joins the board of the Alaska Center for a renewed term in 2019, after having served as its first Youth Board Member in 2015. From the small town of Seward, he spent his childhood on the trails of Exit Glacier and the waters of Resurrection Bay with family, where he later worked for six seasons as a naturalist and a park ranger for Kenai Fjords National Park. Inspired by the work of conservationists in his community, Griffin attended his first AYEA Civics and Conservation Summit in 2012 as a high school freshman where he found a passion for activism as a tool to build communities and guard against threats to their clean air and water. Throughout high school, he organized a Seward chapter of AYEA and worked with others to lead statewide campaigns on local foods, Pebble Mine, and climate change. This work inspired him to join fifteen other young Alaskans demanding the State of Alaska acknowledge and address climate change as plaintiffs in Sinnok v. Alaska.
He is in his last semester of a B.A. Social Science at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. His studies have focused on the politics and history of Alaska, and the social aspects of resource management. During his first two years of college, he served in the first cohort of the U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors where he intimately learned about and advocated for the health of Alaska’s Arctic communities, economies, and cultures. In 2018, he interned for Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka in the Alaska Legislature.
Griffin is excited to once again help provide his small-town Alaskan youth perspective on the board of the Alaska Center as we work towards a thriving, just, and sustainable Alaska for future generations.
GAVIN DIXON, Anchorage
Gavin’s time with the organization has its roots as a member of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, where he worked on air quality campaigns and fundraising efforts to support the recovery of the community of Banda Aceh after a devastating Tsunami.
Currently, Gavin works as a project manager for the Division of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Much of his career has been focused on the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for rural Alaska Native communities. More recently, his time has been spent overseeing the relocation of the Yup’ik community of Newtok, which must move to a new location due to the accelerating impacts of climate change.
In his free time, you can find him sharing his passions for biking, skiing, paddling and running with friends and loved ones through the unique and irreplaceable wilderness of Alaska.