Cari-Ann was appointed executive director of the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium in March of 2015. In addition to having more than 20 years of leadership experience in Alaska, Cari-Ann has an abundance of enthusiasm for education and a deep passion for Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University and a certificate of nonprofit management from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to her appointment as executive director, she held several positions at APICC, including program coordinator, manager, and deputy director. Cari-Ann is a life-long Alaskan, born in Adak. She has spent most of her life residing in Anchorage but has also lived in King Cove and the Mat-Su Valley.
Mandy Beaulieu comes to us from Construction Education Foundation Inc and The Associated General Contractors of Alaska, where she supported CEF/AGC in the role of Training Director. While working for CEF/AGC Mandy became a Certified Master Trainer and Administrator through the National Center of Construction and Education Research (NCCER). In addition to running the NCCER program, Mandy co-chaired the Alaska Storm Water Steering Committee with regulatory agencies throughout the state to help develop and maintain the Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Lead Course. She graduated from UAA with a BA in English Education in 2010 and started working at AGC in 2010.
In 2006, Mandy moved to Alaska from Florida. In addition to her duties at APICC, she is the Treasurer for Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education. As a NCCER sponsor, she’s reached over 20 school districts and over 150 certified instructors fall under her sponsorship.
Her knowledge of curriculum development maker her a valuable resource for secondary and post-secondary educators and employers across Alaska.
She has facilitated Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Lead (AK-CESCL) Training, How to Write a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) training, as well as Construction Quality Management (CQM) Training.
Mandy has a passion for connecting veterans with fulfilling and rewarding careers in the industry.
Training Programs Manager
Krystal joined the APICC team in March 2018, serving as Training Programs Manager for the North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC). Krystal has a strong background in education, outreach, training and development. Prior to APICC, she worked for the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) in a variety of roles, including Training and Development Specialist for the Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS), and the ACPE Success Center and Communications Manager. Krystal has professional experience in leveraging technology to create comprehensive training resources, and is excited for the opportunity to help modernize NSTC programs and practices.
Krystal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communication from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Wayland Baptist University. A transplant from the Northeast, in 2007 Krystal bought a one-way ticket to Alaska and has proudly called this state “home” ever since. When not at work, she can be found building a dry cabin in the woods of Talkeetna, casting flies in the Kenai, or exploring the Chugach mountains.
Carrie Whitfield joins APICC with twelve years of experience supporting Alaska’s Oil and Gas industry at Jacobs Engineering, both on and off, the North Slope. Since 2009, she has specialized in Construction and Operations Health, Safety and Environmental training development and delivery, as well as compliance database administration and project turnover coordination. Carrie holds a Construction Health and Safety Technologist certification and numerous training certifications. Prior North Slope project work includes field safety on Pt. Thomson, Skid 50, various pipeline renewal projects as well as Construction Turnover Coordination for the Oooguruk project. In Anchorage, Carrie currently stays busy with APICC, two small businesses, her family, friends and dogs. Born and raised in Southeast Alaska, with many years spent in Portland Oregon, Carrie has spent the last 19 years in the Anchorage area and still hasn’t quite adjusted to snow in April.
Gretchen Weiss-Brooks joined the APICC team in April 2019 after 7+ years of serving as a publication specialist for the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE). While working for ACPE Gretchen won multiple design awards, certified in Google Analytics, certified in content marketing and management, and honed her web development skills.
In 2005 Gretchen graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Education and Human Development. In 2008 Gretchen certified in publication management at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Gretchen went on to work in media and journalism including work (writing, editing, design, photography, and managing) in newspapers, magazines, television, and social media/blogs – both in Texas and in Alaska.
Gretchen was raised in Anchorage & Palmer and has been active in the Anchorage community as a board member of the Alaska Chapter of AIGA, a member of the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, and a board member of Rilke Schule, Inc.. Gretchen’s freelance design work has also included clients such as the Spenard JazzFest, AlaskaCan, as well as others.
In her spare time Gretchen can be found exploring the wilds of Alaska with her family.