Positive Leadership for Active Alaska Youth 

When: February 19, 12pm-5pm and February 20, 8am-5pm
Where: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Consortium Office Building, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 4000 Ambassador Drive, Anchorage, AK


Welcome Comments

Matt Carle
Matt CarleAlaska Sports Hall of Fame Director Matt Carle is the Alaska Native Program Director at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.  A lifelong Alaskan who grew up in the southeast Alaska community of Hydaburg, he played basketball for the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1997-2000. Matt was selected by the National Center for the American Indian Enterprise Development’s 2015 “Native American 40 Under 40” Award.

Keynote Address

Dan Bigley

Dan BigleyDan Bigley is the Clinical Director at Denali Family Services. Dan received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Dan published a memoir called, Beyond the Bear” about overcoming horrific adversity, and can be found sharing his inspirational story with local, national, and international audiences. Dan was given the Alaskan Of the Year Award by the Governor’s Committee in 2008, and has been honored as alumnus of distinction by both Prescott College and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dan says one thing he has learned in his work in the field, and through his own experiences is that the larger a person’s life becomes as they find their passions and engage with them, the smaller their disabilities become.

Athlete Panel (Friday): “What Does Positive Leadership Look Like?”

Jim YoungMorgan HooeCarl Arts

James Young (Moderator), YMCA Youth Program Supervisor, Dimond HS Basketball Coach, ASD Teacher.

Carl Arts, Former All-American basketball player at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Morgan Hooe, All-West Region volleyball player at University of Alaska Anchorage.


Athlete Panel (Saturday): “Overcoming Adversity”

Holly BrooksDon-Clary2Pam DreyerHolly Brooks, Olympic Nordic Skier.  Competed in last two Winter Olympics.  Has posted 7 top-ten World Cup finishes.

Don Clary, Olympic Runner. Competed in the 1984 Olympics, advancing to the semi-final round.  All-American runner at University of Oregon.

Pamela Dreyer,  Olympic Hockey Player.  Was the goaltender on Team USA’s bronze medal squad in 2006.

Concussions . . . Medically Where We Are Now

Lynne Young, ME, ATC/L, ITAT

Lynne YoungLynne Young is a certified athletic trainer with over 20 years experience and is an Impact Trained Athletic Trainer. She provides athletic training to numerous high school and other athletic programs, helps train professional ski patrollers at Alyeska and Hilltop ski areas, and gives injury prevention talks throughout the region. She’s also a recognized leader in concussion education, prevention and recovery. Ms. Young earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education and exercise science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where she later went on to serve as Assistant Athletic Trainer. Ms. Young was also appointed Director of Sports Medicine & Head Athletic Trainer at Flour Bluff School District in Corpus Christi, Texas, and later Clinical Instructor/Coordinator at the University of North Florida.

Jayme Ellerbe, CPNP

Jayme EllerbeJayme Ellerbe has a Master of Science in Nursing, Columbia University and is a nationally board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of practice experience with children from birth to young adulthood.  She practices with The Alaska Center for Pediatrics, Anchorage’s and Alaska’s first nationally recognized Patient Centered Medical Home.  Jayme has a special interest in post-concussion cognitive and psychiatric sequelae to sports injuries experienced by school aged children and adolescents, and in the establishment of   “team concepts” for care, so that the families, medical providers, coaches, school nurses, teachers and counselors can be unified in their understanding of these post injury issues, and of the support that is needed to ensure a return to normal cognitive and physical activities for these students with less risk for serious long term complications.

Lab: There will be a hands-on lab as part of this presentation.

Youth Nutrition and Hydration in Sports

Haley Hughes,  Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, MS

Haley HughsA Clinical Inpatient Dietitian at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Haley was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She attended the University of Northern Colorado for a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship master’s degree program at Illinois State University.  She has a passion for healthy lifestyle, being outdoors, and helping others!

The Efficacy of Physical Activity Programs for Alaska Native Children Living in the Remote Arctic

Robert “Trey” H. Coker, PhD, FACSM

Robert Coker copyRobert “Trey” Coker Trey received his PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Mississippi and completed research fellowships at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Copenhagen Muscle Research Center. He was an Associate Professor of Geriatrics and the Co-Director of the Center for Translational Research in Health and Longevity. In the early summer of 2013, Trey joined the faculty at the UAF in the Department of Biology and Wildlife and the Institute of Arctic Biology. He also formed Essential Blends, LLC, that is headquartered in Alaska, and recently received the first Small Business Innovations in Research grant from the National Institutes of Health associated with the University of Alaska, and has filed two patent applications on products. Utilizing his background in clinical research, Trey’s research interests are focused on clinical nutrition, physical activity and cold exposure, and their impact effect on health and longevity throughout an individual’s lifespan.

“More than Muscles” – Recognizing and Utilizing Our Strengths

Jean Marcey, EdD, NSCA-CPT

profile photoDr. Jean Marcey is an Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education & Recreation at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She earned her doctorate in education from Oregon State University in 1992, and is a certified personal trainer and wellness coach. She has lived in Alaska for more than forty years and believes the great healing power of nature is essential to our health and wellness.

“A Holding Environment” – How Important is Yours?

Ann Whitley, PhD

Ann WhitleyAnn has been an educator, coach, counselor, and community activist for 30 years in Anchorage, Alaska. As a collegiate athlete, she has historical information that at times is unbelievable to listen to. She has worked with high-risk youth, undergraduate, and graduate students throughout her career. She will tell you they all are similar. Her passion is that all athletes and students be treated with respect as they make their way through life.

The Importance of Physical Activity in Suicide Prevention

Eric Boyer, Master Trainer

Eric BoyerEric is a training coordinator with the University of Alaska’s Training Cooperative, where his primary focus is centered on suicide prevention and intervention. Eric has spent the last eight years working in collaboration with the State of Alaska’s Department of Behavioral Health to train and equip community members across our state in recognizing the warning signs of suicide and how to intervene. Eric is a certified Master Trainer and Advanced Trainer with the QPR Institute in Spokane, WA.

Upper Extremity Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes

IMG_6493Jason Capo, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon – Alaska Native Medical Center

My medical training began at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for medical school. Orthopaedic surgical training was done in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Orthocarolina/Carolinas medical/trauma center. After residency I completed a year fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic surgery at Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand then an additional year fellowship in New York City at the NYU Hospital for Joint Disease in Sports Medicine. Over the years my interest and specialization in pediatric sports medicine has grown while working with the team physicians from multiple high school, college level and pro teams. The best part of medicine for me is taking care of kids and keeping them healthy so they can keep playing.

I have never been one to sit still and grew up in New York the youngest of 7 kids (6 boys) playing every sport I could.. basketball, soccer, beach volleyball, golf, tennis, skiing and snowboarding. Nowadays I like to run, bike, fish, practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and you could call me a wannabe alpinist.

My wife Patricia and I moved to Anchorage last October and added a baby girl to our family 2 months ago.. Anything to do with them is now my favorite activity.

Labs with Wallace Wilson, PT & Amber Walker, PT, DPT: Healthy and smart exercises for the adolescent shoulder. Do’s and don’ts, tips and tricks. Active lab session with physical therapists as teachers,  small group  review of shoulder anatomy, exercises and common signs and symptoms of shoulder injuries.

Wallace Wilson, PT
wallace_wilson_pic“Wally” graduated with a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University in 1992. Afterwards, he worked as a health instructor at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama and adjunct health instructor at Samford University. He then spent almost three years in research at UAB’s Department of Tropical Medicine where he researched and studied “African River Blindness.” In 1998, he attended UAB’s School of Physical Therapy and graduated in 1999 and was awarded UAB’s Health Related Professions “Award of Humanism.” He returned to Auburn, Alabama for three years in orthopedic and sports medicine PT and worked with the Kenny Howard Athletic Training Fellowship.  After three years as a traveling PT, Wally and his wife settled in Alaska in 2006. He worked at and later supervised Providence Sports Medicine and Rehab. Wally joined United Physical Therapy in December of 2012. He currently serves as an Advisory Board member for UAA’s Department of Health Physical Education  & Recreation and is an active Race Committee member of Anchorage Running Club’s “Big Wild Life Runs.”

Amber Walker, PT, DPT

Amber Walker

Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah in 2007 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2010. She worked in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for two years in Salt Lake City, Utah, before being drawn back to her home state of Alaska. She utilizes a combination of hands-on manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise in patient care. Amber has coached local high school swimming and is currently a masters swim team coach.  Amber’s passions include mountain running, marathon and triathlon competition, snowboarding, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. She is currently developing specialty programs for Anchorage’s swimmer and triathlete populations.

Lower Extremity Agility for the Adolescent and Pre-adolescent

Maryann V. Hoke, MS, CSCS

HOKE-_MaryAnn_2010Maryann is an Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education & Recreation at the University of Alaska Anchorage and supervisor of the Human Performance Lab. She teaches biomechanics and kinesiology, exercise testing and prescription, exercise physiology, and other related courses. Maryann is a native of Alaska and graduated from East Anchorage High School. She then received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Connecticut and Master of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Biomechanics from the University of Northern Colorado. Maryann played NCAA Division I soccer and has over 10 years of experience coaching and training various age groups and experience levels.

Lab: Knee agility exercises and drills to prevent knee injury.