Chancellor’s Assistant to Retire
Leanne Pilcher will retire July 31, 2008 following a 30–year career in public service with the State of Alaska and University of Alaska Southeast.
Leanne has served as Special Assistant to Chancellor John R. Pugh since 2002 and worked part-time in the School of Arts and Sciences and Education while her sons were in high school.
Leanne spent several summers early in her career working as a fisheries technician responsible for creel census on local docks. She also monitored the gillnet fishery in Taku Inlet and walked streams to count fish for the Department of Fish and Game “in bear country” on Admiralty and Chichagof Islands. Prior to her state service Leanne was a professional backup musician (Saxophone and Vibes) and a high-fashion model.
Leanne was appointed as executive assistant by eight different State Commissioners within the departments of Community and Regional Affairs, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and Commerce and Economic Development and also worked as a state web developer and management analyst.
Leanne studied at University of Alaska Juneau, the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, Concordia College in Portland, Oregon State University, and the University of Alaska Southeast, spending several hundred hours in the art lab on the Juneau Campus. Leanne is a local artist and was a member of the Juneau Artists Gallery for a number of years.
Leanne holds an Inland Master’s License and is a licensed sport fishing guide with BEAGLE Charters. Leanne and husband Jeff own the Valley Auto Parts Center in Juneau. Adult sons Greg and Collin both live in Juneau. Greg has a degree in Recreation and manages dock sales for a local tour company. Collin holds a Fifty–Ton Inland Master’s License and is a Boat Captain for Gastineau Guiding.
Leanne hopes to get Jeff out of the office for extended cruises on their boat this summer and they have vacations planned in Palm Springs and the Superstition Mountains area in Arizona later this year.