Leslie Ridle, DOA Deputy Commissioner
Leslie is excited to be the new Deputy Commissioner here at the Department of Administration and is already onboard as of mid-last week. Leslie's portfolio will include the Divisions of Personnel and Labor Relations, General Services, Motor Vehicles, the Public Defender Agency, Office of Public Advocacy and the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
Leslie started her professional career as an 8th grade English and Social Studies teacher in Eagle River. After teaching, she transitioned to a career in state government with the Alaska Legislature and Governor Tony Knowles.
After the Knowles Administration Leslie moved to Anchorage in 2002 and worked for Mayor Mark Begich. In 2009, she moved to Washington, DC, to work as Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Mark Begich.
Leslie is a 47-year Alaskan who grew up in Douglas and Anchorage. She's happy to be back in her hometown and living closer to her mom, brother, and a growing group of nieces and nephews.
John Boucher, DOA Deputy Commissioner
John Boucher has work continuously for the State of Alaska since November 1981. John’s first day with DOA will be February 16, 2015, and his portfolio will include the Division of Retirement and Benefits, Finance, Enterprise Technology Services, Office of Administrative Hearings, Administrative Services, Risk Management, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Violent Crimes Compensation Board, and Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.
John has worked as the Senior Economist for the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). His responsibilities included long-term fiscal planning matters, economic and resource development issues, state and local government partnerships, statewide information technology initiatives and administrative issues such as the state’s unfunded public employee retirement system liability. John also served as a legislative liaison for OMB, responsible for multi-agency responses and providing analysis of fiscal impacts resulting from proposed legislation and voter initiatives.
Prior to OMB, he worked for five years as an information system manager at the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) and previous to that he spent 17 years as an economist with the Research and Analysis section of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development managing, producing and analyzing Alaskan labor market information.
John is a life-long Alaskan born in Fairbanks and has resided in Juneau since 1969. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in Economics. He loves coaching and has been a high school fast pitch softball coach for the last four years. He and his wife Heidi have five children ranging in age from 31 to 18.
Megan Collie, Special Assistant
Megan Collie is the new Special Assistant for the Department of Administration. She has a background working in non-profit as a Communications Director with skills that range from event planning to film production.
Megan was born and raised in Anchorage and enjoys spending time with her husband Jake and their young son Cyrus.
Andy Mills, Special Assistant
Andy Mills serves as special assistant for the Department of Administration.
Andy worked for the State of Alaska in the Governor’s Office as a multimedia specialist from 2003 – 2010. Before joining the Department of Administration, he worked as a freelance multimedia specialist. Andy brings a significant amount of experience in state government and a diverse set of skills ranging from graphic design, web development, audio/video production and photography to project management. Before his time with the State of Alaska he worked for several years with Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska as a liaison coordinating logistics in the port of Juneau for cruise ships and yachts.
Andy attended Cogswell College in Sunnyvale, California where he studied multimedia production, with emphasis in 3D modeling and animation. He’s a third generation Juneauite who enjoys the outdoors, hockey, fireworks, computers/technology, film and photography. He’s a member of the Juneau Rotary Club.
His wife, Cori (Badgley) Mills, is also from Juneau and works for the Department of Law.
Chad Medel, Executive Secretary II
Chad Medel serves as the Executive Secretary to the Commissioner.
Chad has worked in both the private and public sector, with his prior experience including working at the Bureau of Vital Statistics for Health and Social Services, owning and operating his own art gallery, becoming a personal banker, and working as a tour guide for multiple tourism agencies throughout Southeast Alaska.
Chad has spent most of his life in Southeast Alaska, his family moving to Ketchikan when he was very young. He has resided in Juneau since the summer of 2007. During a summer job, he fell in love with the area and decided it would be his home.