Alaska Mental Health Board
Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Teri Tibbett is the advocacy coordinator for the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and works closely with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority on issues affecting Alaskans with disabilities. She also coordinates the Alaska Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Partnership, a coalition of 110 organizations and individuals working to address issues related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Alaska.
For 10 years, Teri worked as a legislative aide with the Alaska State Legislature, and later served as volunteer advocacy coordinator for several nonprofit organizations. Throughout the 1990s, she helped establish three women's centers in the Russian Far East – Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Magadan – which coordinated exchanges and training in the fields of business, government, education, medicine, mental health and the arts. In 1996, she helped coordinate an international women's conference in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, which brought together women from Russia and the United States to address issues affecting women.
Tibbett is also a singer-songwriter and has traveled throughout Alaska performing and teaching in over 70 villages and cities since 1976. She has recorded several CDs of original, Alaskan and children's music, and in 1988, wrote the music curriculum for the Alaska Department of Education's correspondence study program. In 2004, she published Listen to Learn: Using American Music to Teach Language Arts and Social Studies with Jossey-Bass, and continues to perform and teach music in Alaska and internationally. Teri is a devoted snowboarder and backcountry hiker and writes about it for snowboarding magazines and websites. She has two children and earned a BA from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts.