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Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education

GCDSE Staff Members


Kristin Vandagriff
Executive Director
Phone: (907)
Fax: (907) 269-8995

Kristin Vandagriff joined the staff of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education in October 2013 as a Program Coordinator. Previously she worked for the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Unit for over two years. Before coming to work for the State of Alaska, Kristin was employed for more than six years with Hope Community Resources, working directly with people who experience disabilities. Kristin graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in political science as a University Honors Scholar. Her emphasis was on American Government, especially related to access and social justice issues for people with disabilities. Kristin has been involved with advocacy in the realm of people with disabilities for over 19 years and is very personally invested in this work, as her brother has an intellectual and developmental disability. She is very proud of his achievements and greatly looks forward to continuing to grow opportunities for people with disabilities in Alaska. In addition, Kristin has volunteered extensively with Special Olympics in a myriad of different venues and was thankful to have been a part of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Kristin was born and raised in Alaska and enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, figure skating, botany, walks with her dog, and most of all, spending lots of time with her husband and three children who keep her on her toes.