Alaska Works Partnership Inc. Construction Education & Training.


Alexis Cowell

Executive Director

Melody Austin

I have been with Alaska Works since 2004, when I started working in the Fairbanks office.  I moved to the Anchorage office a few years later and am still here today!

It has been a great experience to grow with Alaska Works throughout the years and to continue to be a part of the growth for the present and future.

Tiffany Caudle

Anchorage Construction Academy & Youth Training 
(907) 569-4704 |

Hello and welcome! I have been part of the Alaska Works Partnership (AWP) family since September of 2009 and I truly enjoy my career here. My background is in teaching and I have a passion for educating youth and adults and informing them about opportunities that can better their lives. It is extremely rewarding to be part of an organization that helps so many Alaskans find successful careers in construction through our training programs that lead them to apprenticeship and other avenues. I like helping youth and adults figure out which construction career path they will enjoy the most and succeed at. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter doing outdoor activities with our 3 dogs such as hiking, road tripping, and camping.

Keri Jones

Women in the Trades & Helmets to Hardhats
(907) 569-4729 |

I started work with Alaska Works Partnership in 2015, after spending 15 years in the construction industry working as an office manager for an Elevator contractor. I am the contact for all Women in the Trades and Helmets to Hardhats classes and outreach. I enjoy my job because I like to help people and I get really excited when I see our participants get into good paying careers in the construction industry. I also enjoy assisting Transitioning Military and Veterans discover new job opportunities and providing training to enhance their search for careers outside of the military. Also my goal is to see more women accept the challenge of a career in the construction industry and embark on their journey into a nontraditional good paying career.

Mark Nusbaum

Mat-Su Construction Academy
(907) 569-4734 |

I joined the team at Alaska Works in 2016, shortly after graduating with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology. I am the Mat-Su Construction Academy Program Coordinator and also perform outreach duties within my community.
I enjoy my job because I find a humble satisfaction in helping others succeed.
I also like the fact that the staff are like a great circle of friends.

If I’m not in the office, I can most likely be found in the presence of my wife, daughter and 3 dogs, exploring the Alaskan outdoors. I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

Brian Howe

(907) 569-4715 |

In 1993, I joined the Local Carpenters 1281 Carpenters Apprenticeship in Anchorage. In 1997 I became a Journeyman Carpenter. I worked for various contractors. In 2002-2012 I was hired as an instructor then Training Coordinator for the Southern Alaska Carpenters Training Center. I enjoyed teaching the apprentices the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the construction industry. I’m now a proud member of the Alaska Works Partnership as a Carpenter Instructor starting in 2017.
I’m a NAVY Veteran and have a wonderful wife, two daughters and a black lab dog named Rem. We all enjoy the last frontier fishing, hunting, 4 wheeling, camping, biking, skiing and hiking.

Tom Hooks

(907) 569-4713 |

I joined the team at Alaska Works Partnership in 2003.
A retired painter by trade, I now instruct others and enjoy teaching people who want to learn a new trade. An Alaskan since 1977, I have worked with the military as a pathfinder, and instructed at Alaska Job Corps in Palmer.
I now live in Palmer, Alaska where I can be found out in my garden or out fishing when I am not in the classroom.

William Andrew


While going to college I got a part time job as a laborer on a roofing project. Once the project was completed, I knew what I wanted to do; I wanted to build! After starting my apprenticeship in 1995 and completing it in 1999, I then went on to become a part time instructor for Southern Alaska Carpenter’s Training Center. In 2008 I traded in my tools for a classroom and shop with Alaska Works Partnership. I now build careers! The sense of accomplishment can not be described when I see former students graduate from their respective apprenticeships.

Joanna Makar

I am excited to have started with AWP in 2019! In 2011 I made the decision to make a career change. I applied for and got into the Women In the Trades training and I fell in love! I then went on to apply for the Piledrivers and Divers Union, Local 2520 and got accepted in 2013. I got my journeyman’s card in 2015. I’ve worked all over Alaska and for several different contractors. Whenever I got asked how I got interested or started in construction I would always talk about Alaska Works. I love helping people find their niche in the work force and I love seeing that spark and seeing it “click” when they figure out construction is what they want to do.  I’m overjoyed to be a part of the team and have come full circle!

When I’m not in the office, you can catch me at the movies, traveling, road tripping, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.

Megan Gonzalez

I graduated in 2014 with an associate degree in Business Management. The urge to find a career that aligned with my passion for helping others is something that I have been working towards since. Alaska Works has given me the opportunity to do just that, and I couldn’t be happier. I look forward to helping others excel in life and work towards a better future.

In my spare time I enjoy watching movies and getting outside with my son, and two dogs.

Jessica Krier

Born and raised in the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks, I joined the Alaska Works team in the Fall of 2019.  I enjoy being able to utilize my communication and marketing background to better my community and help individuals to find fulfilling careers.

If I’m not working, I’m usually in the woods with my pup or rippin’ lips on a fly line.

Wade Stark

(907) 457-3762 |

In 1988, I joined the Local 1243 Carpenters Apprenticeship in Fairbanks. In 1992, I became a Journeyman Carpenter. From there, I was a Journeyman, Foreman, Instructor, and then the Training Coordinator for Local 1243. In 2008, I was hired by Alaska Works to be an Instructor. What I enjoy most about my job is giving others the same opportunity I had; a great career in the construction industry.

In my spare time, I like to hike, travel, and watch football and motor sports.