2018 PLAAY Summit Presenters

Presenters and Topics

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Keynote Address – Coaching Athletes and Leaders

David Marsh, U.S. Olympic Swim Coach

An internationally known coach, David Marsh has coached 49 Olympians from 19 different countries over the past two decades and speaks frequently on effective leadership. In addition to serving as Team USA Olympic and World Championship head coach, David also founded the Team Elite swimming program is head swim coach for University of California San Diego after a long tenure as the head coach at Auburn University, where he led the men’s team to seven NCAA national championships. Marsh is originally from Miami, Florida and received his degree in Business Administration from Auburn in 1981. Marsh was a five-time All-American backstroker at Auburn.

Sports & Athletics as Life Lessons for Adolescents

Dr. Gary Ferguson, ND 

Dr. Gary Ferguson is a consultant for The Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP). For the past two decades he has worked across Alaska to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to the health, well-being of Alaskans. He is a facilitator, motivational speaker, and technical consultant to communities around how to more deeply address contributing factors to health and well-being. Dr, Ferguson is Aleut/Unangan, originally from the Shumagin Islands community of Sand Point, Alaska. He served previously as the CEO at RurAL Cap, and at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as Wellness & Prevention Director and Senior Director of Community Health Services.

#1 Challenges of Physical Activity Programs in Rural Alaska

#2 Activity and Resilience in Alaskan Youth

Dr. Robert “Trey” Coker, PhD

Dr. Robert “Trey” Coker Trey received his PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Mississippi and completed research fellowships at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Copenhagen Muscle Research Center. He joined the faculty at the UAF in the Department of Biology and Wildlife and the Institute of Arctic Biology in 2013. He also formed Essential Blends, LLC, that is headquartered in Alaska, and recently received the first Small Business Innovations in Research grant from the National Institutes of Health associated with the University of Alaska, and has filed two patent applications on products. Utilizing his background in clinical research, Dr. Coker’s research interests are focused on clinical nutrition, physical activity and cold exposure, and their impact effect on health and longevity throughout an individual’s lifespan.

Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Their Effects on Health and Learning

Dr. Harry Yuan, DO

Dr. Harry Yuan is a board certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep physician. He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and his pulmonary/sleep fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Yuan is currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine at Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage and the Pediatric Medical Director for Alaska Sleep Clinic. His areas of interest are pulmonary issues related to neuromuscular disorders, cystic fibrosis, and pediatric sleep disorders. He also enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with family

Role of Sports in Opioid Prevention and Observations on the Iceland Model

Dr. Jay Butler, MD, State of Alaska Chief Medical Officer

Currently Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jay Butler formerly served as Senior Director of the Division of Community Health Services at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, where he was also an infectious diseases consultant and Medical Director for Infection Control and Employee Health.  Dr. Butler also served as Director of the H1N1 Task Force at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, Dr. Butler has an extensive medical background and has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and medical textbook chapters on medicine and public health. He is an Affiliate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Resilience, and Trauma-Informed Youth Work

Laura Norton-Cruz, LMSW

Laura Norton-Cruz is the director of the Alaska Resilience Initiative.  Laura has an extensive background working on issues of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), domestic and sexual violence, maternal child health, and health equity.  Prior to her current role, Laura spent the previous several years at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium collaborating with Alaskans in every region of the state to create culturally-relevant and engaging resources and trainings.  Laura’s career path has been influenced by her  interests and experience in visual arts, community organizing as well as her role as a parent of two young children.


Developing Positive Coaching and Mentorship Skills

Marcus Wilson, Education Director

Marcus Wilson is currently in his 2nd year as a Director for the Elementary Division for the ASD.  He earned his Ed. Leadership degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Marcus was a principal at North Star Elementary in Anchorage for eight years and piloted one of the state’s first Trauma Informed models in a school. He’s worked for the past nine years on educating communities across the state in ACEs and Trauma Informed practices by presenting at conferences, doing advocacy work while serving as a board member for the Alaska Children’s Trust, and by participating in discussions at the legislative level.

Adolescent Risks for ACL Injuries

Dr. Jason Capo, MD

Dr. Jason Capo is an orthopedic surgeon and department director at the Alaska Native Medical Center.  Over the years his interest and specialization in pediatric sports medicine has grown while working with the team physicians from multiple high school, college level and pro teams. He especially enjoys taking care of kids and keeping them healthy so they can keep playing.  The youngest of 7 kids (6 boys) he grew up playing every sport he could: basketball, soccer, beach volleyball, golf, tennis, skiing and snowboarding and continues to stay active by running, biking, fishing, skiing and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Exercise is Medicine & “Know Your Numbers”

Jean Marcey, EdD, NSCA-CPT

Dr. Jean Marcey is an Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education & Recreation at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She earned her doctorate in education from Oregon State University in 1992, and is a certified personal trainer and wellness coach. She has lived in Alaska for more than forty years and believes the great healing power of nature is essential to our health and wellness.

Maryann Villasin Hoke, MS, CSCS

Maryann Villasin Hoke is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alaska Anchorage, President of the American College of Sports Medicine Alaska Regional Chapter, Exercise Physiologist at the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute and UAA’s Human Performance Lab supervisor. Maryann is a native of Alaska; she graduated from East Anchorage High School. She then received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Connecticut and Master of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Biomechanics from the University of Northern Colorado. Maryann played NCAA division I and semi-professional soccer.

Panel Discussion 1 – Exercise and Influence on Sleep, Health, and Learning.

  • With David Marsh, Dr. Robert Coker, Dr. Harry Yuan, and Dr. Ferguson

Panel Discussion 2 – Opioid Crisis and Effects on Adolescents and Community

  • With Dr. Jay Butler, Dr. Jason Capo, and Laura Norton-Cruz, Marcus Wilson

Panel Discussion 3 – Exercise and Prevention of Injuries – FIFA and ACSM Current Research

  • With Dr. Jason Capo, Jean Marcey, Maryann Hoke, Alec Kay

Lab – FIFA Injury and ACLS Prevention Exercises

  • With United Physical Therapy, Alaska Pediatric Therapies