Allison Evans joined the Alaskanettes as a child, and was known both for her sunny smile during her first year performances as Minnie Mouse and for her “get down to business” focus during classes. She and her teammates grew, twirled in state and national competitions, created lasting friendships, and were our “go-to” team for public performances and fire baton twirling through her high school years. Allison and teammate Mackenzie continue to work at Lucky Wishbone, a local business with a long history of supporting twirlers. Alli is currently taking college classes, working, and coaching here in Anchorage.
Hilary Fisher began twirling as a child, and quickly distinguished herself as a detail-oriented student. She excelled in timing and multiple-baton handling, and was the two- and three-baton State Champion in Alaska throughout her high school years. Hilary was a member of several teams and show corps, including Ultraviolet!, that won awards at National competitions. She twirled at Purdue during her freshman year of college. Hilary works in her family’s retail business, is active in the Renaissance Faire each summer, and resides in Anchorage.
Kathy Freeman is the corps Director, a coach, and a Level 3 USTA certified judge. Kathy began twirling with the Alaskanettes as a sixth grader. Her family quickly became an integral part of the 1989 International Show Tour to the Soviet Union and Poland. Kathy competed at Nationals competitions each year through junior high and high school, but is most proud of her 1997 Alaska State Dance Twirl Championship win. Her favorite twirling activities are parades, community performances, and twirling fire batons and knives. She has served as team and show corps captain, coach, judge, board member, parent of a twirler, and became corps director in 2012. Kathy and husband James have two children and live in Anchorage.
Carrie B. Jerger is a coach, USTA certified Level 3 judge, and a workshop clinician for coaches and judges. Carrie came to the Alaskanettes first in 1972 and stayed on in 1975 to serve as head coach, artistic director, and corps director until 2012. It was Carrie’s vision that enabled our corps to travel nationally and internationally. She has served the U.S. Twirling Association as the Chairperson of the National Coaches’ Commission and the National Judges’ Commission. In this capacity, she was responsible for the education and certification of baton twirling coaches throughout the United States. In 2003, Carrie was inducted into the U.S. Twirling Association Hall Of Fame. Carrie and husband Rich are now retired, enjoying travel and spending time with their boys’ growing families.
Kelsi Hamilton is beginning her coaching career as she completes high school. She has twirled since elementary school with coaches Kalah, Kathy, and Carrie, and is an Alaska State Baton Twirling Champion in her age division in solo and two baton. Kelsi has been a member of our fire team for four years. Kelsi lives in the Mat-Su Valley, and works at the Alaska Club in Wasilla.
Patty Mazonna Jones began twirling under coach and judge Christy Pinkerton as a child, right here in the Mat-Su Valley, and performed with teams including Discovery, Kaleidoscope Show Corps, Clowns Inc. Show Corps, parade, lighted, and fire teams, and Hot Ice. She twirled through high school, competed at Nationals, and commuted to Anchorage for lessons with Carrie Jerger for several years. As a solo athlete, she has numerous trophies for solo and dance twirl and marching, and a State Champion title in dance twirl, and performed some memorable feature routines for Alaskanette Showcases. She coached beginner and second year teams and solo athletes for several years after high school, and is excited to be returning to coaching in the 2016 season.
Kristi Norman began twirling as a child on military bases both in the US and overseas. She joined the Alaskanette Corps as a high school student and became a certified coach at that time. Now a mother, full-time employee in human resources, and avid participant in her church, Kristi is again coaching beginner classes with a heart for providing encouragement and enthusiasm in classes.
Christy Pinkerton is an “original” Alaskanette, beginning twirling as a child with corps founder Kay MacFarland Jackson. Christy performed and competed locally and nationally through high school, became a Certified Level 3 judge and coach. She was the first person from Alaska to compete at a National Championship in 1975. In 1999 she was privileged to Judge the US Open International Championships in Daytona Beach, FL. Christy and her husband have two children, and live in Wasilla.
Jenna Tait began twirling baton and flag as a young child in Valdez, and joined the Alaskanettes upon moving to Anchorage. She held numerous titles in Alaska for flag solo, one-baton and two-baton solos. While in college, Jenna has also worked in dental assisting and modeling. She is back in Anchorage this fall and excited to return to twirling, while she prepares for future travel opportunities.
Coach and Level 1 USTA certified judge Dawn C. Williams grew up in Alaska and twirled competitively for ten years, including the 1989 International Show Tour and several trips to Regionals and Nationals. She serves on the Board of Directors as a member-at-large. Dawn and husband Paul have two children and love to spend time on the Kenai.
2016-2017 Board of Directors
- Kathy Freeman, Director
- JoAnn Werning, President
- Tammy Leslie, Vice President
- Melanie VanDehey, Treasurer
- Meghan DeLand, Secretary
- Margaret Pojhola, Publicity
- Dawn Williams, Member-at-Large
- Richard Burton, Member-at-Large
- Carrie Root, Member-at-Large
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