Executive Team
ALISON KEAR

ALISON KEAR

Executive Director

Alison moved to Alaska in 1994 and soon after discovered her purpose when she began supporting our at-risk youth at Covenant House Alaska (CHA). Her tenacity, ability to make connections and never take no for an answer propelled her to the position of Executive Director in 2012. Alison’s most notable success was raising enough capital during the 2010 recession to construct a new building and youth center for CHA, during which she inspired people all over the country with her courage, conviction and leadership. She values education and has received schooling from all over, including Florida and Texas, but the best was the 2012 Alaska Pacific University Masters Program. Alison has dedicated her time and energy to Special Olympics Alaska, Soroptimist International of Cook Inlet, Alzheimer’s Association, Breast Cancer fundraising, and YWCAAK. She also loves to spend time with her best friend and devoted Labradoodle, Lucy. She inspires her employees by throwing 30-second dance parties for anyone with good news.

CARLETTE MACK

CARLETTE MACK

Chief Operating Officer

Carlette started her career at Covenant House Alaska as an intern over 18 years ago. She is a second-generation Covenant House employee; her mother worked at CHA as a case manager for 13 years. Her passion and dedication to serving youth led her to positions such as Program Coordinator for Rights of Passage, Director of External Affairs for Covenant House D.C., and most recently, as Interim Executive Director of CHA. She is a clinical therapist with a primary focus on therapy with children and teens, having received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s in Counseling Psychology, both from Alaska Pacific University. Carlette’s nickname at CHA is “Quiet Thunder” but do not let her quiet demeanor fool you – she loves talking about Covenant House and working to find solutions to better the lives of the young people we serve! Her favorite quote is: “I maintain the power to define who I am.” 

JASON HAHN

JASON HAHN

Chief Program Officer

Jason is a lifelong Alaskan who first started working for Covenant House Alaska as an on-call worker in 2000. He started at CHA to get experience for a teaching career, but became hooked on the mission. Over the years he has held a variety of positions across the agency and is currently the Chief Program Officer. In addition to enjoying the Alaskan outdoors (hiking, biking, and snowboarding), he has a passion for travel and has visited over 40 countries. Jason has been involved in the Alaska Sudan Medical Project for the last ten years as a Board Member, Program Director, and has spent considerable time helping people in South Sudan. His favorite part about CHA: seeing the potential and unexpected talents of the youth we serve.

JOE HEMPHILL

JOE HEMPHILL

Chief Development Officer

Joseph Hemphill joined Covenant House Alaska as Chief Development Officer in 2017. Before taking this role, Joe spent nearly 20 years providing executive leadership in the health care industry in sales development and marketing, including time with the international pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. Joe most recently served as a health care business development consultant and consumer protection advocate. Joe’s passion to end youth homelessness first started 22 years ago, when he worked for two years at the original CHA shelter on 6th Street. He is thrilled to be back at CHA. 

Originally from Arkansas, Joe loves to travel and has trekked through the jungles and Maya ruins of Central America, volunteered on a farm in Hawaii and an animal shelter in Mexico, and taught English to children in Mexico City. He has a BS in Journalism/Communications from Loyola University New Orleans, has studied at La Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and speaks fluent Spanish. 

Joe enjoys spending time with his children, traveling, playing board games and spending time exploring Alaska. He has a “never say no” approach to life and is happy to meet with donors to discuss how their gift provides the young people at Covenant House an opportunity to grow into the best version of themselves!

ELENA BEGOJEVIC

ELENA BEGOJEVIC

Director of Finance

Elena Begojevic joined the Covenant House Alaska team in 2017, bringing 14 years of financial and accounting experience from a career spanning the public, private and nonprofit worlds. As a certified public accountant, she has worked with tribal health care organizations, school districts, the State of Alaska, and Alaska Native corporations, with responsibilities over audit, tax, financial reporting and business management. Elena has worked at BDO USA, LLP and Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. and owns an accounting/consulting business with her fellow CPA husband, Mladen Begojevic. Born and raised in Russia, Elena is a long-time Alaskan who received her BA in Business Administration majoring in Accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an MA in Education from Sakhalin State University in Russia. Elena speaks Russian, English and Serbian languages and spends her spare time traveling, reading, cooking, drawing, and doing what she loves most—enjoying Alaska with her husband and two children.