Who We Are

Rebecca Soza, STEM Program Manager
rsoza@jedc.org ♦ (907) 523-2334
Rebecca joined the Juneau Economic Development in February 2007. She brings four years of classroom experience teaching middle-school science at an inner-city public school and has also worked in a variety of nonprofit organizations. She has an MA in Secondary Science Education and BA in Environmental Science from Columbia University. She has a passion for community involvement in education that creates real-world opportunities for students to engage in learning. Rebecca plays both soccer and ice hockey and is an avid FIRST Lego League enthusiast.

Mary Hakala, STEM Program Consultant
mhakala@gospringboard.org ♦ (907) 523-2336
Mary Hakala, a 50-year resident of Juneau and a Juneau Douglas High School graduate, is a K-12 education consultant for STEM AK. She has had several roles with state government, including special assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Education and a staffer for the Alaska State Legislature. She is founder of Alaska Kids Count!, a statewide advocacy network for K-12 school improvements, and the Juneau Community Charter Schools. Hakala has a B.A. in American Civilization from Williams College. She, her husband and family have had a commercial fishing business since 1990.