Aldean Kilbourn was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. She graduated in 1972 from the University of Washington, her major in Political Science and a minor in French. She married in 1972 and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she and her husband have raised three boys. She earned her Alaska teaching certificate in 1974 from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, first substituting and then teaching full-time at the secondary level for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. From 1999 until 2010, Aldean was also a Project C.R.I.S.S. (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) instructor for district teachers. Aldean earned her Masters in Library and Infromation Science from the University of Washington in 2007. She has been active in the Fairbanks community in the historic Clay Street Cemetery Commission, the Fairbanks Genealogical Society, and Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (a world-wide teachers organization). As hobbies, her favorite activities include flying, snow machining, target practice, and reading. She was appointed to the Commission in 2021.