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Council Members

The purpose of the Council is to provide for planning and coordination of services to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault or to their families and to perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault and to provide for crisis intervention and prevention programs. Council members are appointed by the governor, to represent a wide range of knowledge, expertise and involvement in domestic violence and sexual assault issues statewide. Membership requirements include representation from five government departments: Departments of Public Safety, Health & Social Services, Education & Early Development, Corrections and the Office of the Attorney General. In addition, four public members are appointed at least one who shall be from a rural community.


Rachel Gernat

Rachel Gernat, Chair

  • Public Member
  • Appointed: August 2012
  • P.O. Box 111200, Juneau, AK,
  • 99811
  • Phone: (907)354-6622 (M)
  • rachelgernat@gmail.com




Donna Erickson

Donna Erickson

  • Public Member
  • Appointed: April 2013
  • P.O. Box 111200, Juneau, AK
  • 99811
  • Phone: (907)625-1208
  • sauraq55@hotmail.com





Patricia Owen

Patricia Owen

  • Health and Safety Program
  • Coordinator
  • Appointed: March 2011
  • Dept. of Education and Early
  • Development, TLS
  • 801 W 10th St, Suite 200/
  • P.O. Box 110500
  • Juneau, AK 99811-0500
  • Phone: (907)465-2939
  • Fax: (907)465-6760
  • patricia.owen@alaska.gov










Michelle DeWitt

Michelle DeWitt, Co-Chair





Karen Forrest

Karen Forrest

  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Appointed: October 2015
  • Dept. Health & Social Services,
  • Office of the Commissioner
  • 240 Main Street, Suite 700, Juneau,
  • AK 99811-0635
  • Phone: (907)465-1610
  • karen.forrest@alaska.gov








Karen L. Cann

Karen L. Cann

  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Appointed: May 2017
  • Dept. of Corrections,
  • Office of the Commissioner
  • 550 W. 7th Ave. Ste. 1800, Anchorage,
  • AK 99501
  • Phone: (907)269-7397
  • karen.cann@alaska.gov


Richard Irwin

Richard Irwin

  • Public Member
  • Appointed: September 2011
  • 2531 Legacy Dr., Anchorage,
  • AK 99516
  • Phone: (907)677-1238 (W)
  • richard@alaskaltc.com







James Cantor

James Cantor

  • Deputy Attorney General
  • Appointed: October 2015
  • Dept. of Law, Civil Div
  • 1031 W 4th Ave #200
  • Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Phone: (907)269-5100
  • jim.cantor@alaska.gov




Walt Monegan

Walt Monegan

  • Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
  • Appointed: October 2013
  • Dept. of Public Safety,
  • Office of the Commissioner
  • 5700 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage,
  • AK 99507-1225
  • Phone: (907)269-5086
  • walt.monegan@alaska.gov