Advisory Board Members [2022-23]
Joy Boston (Ex-Officio)
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Community Partnerships
Joy is the Community Partnerships Coordinator and Alaska Native Liaison for the 673d Air Base Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. She is responsible for developing and maintaining public-public and public-private (P4) partnership opportunities for the installation. Joy also directs installation engagement with local Alaska Native Tribes, leaders and corporations. She monitors activity around JBER to ensure installation mission sustainment, prevent encroachment and actively participates in Municipality of Anchorage Community Council meetings sharing installation updates with Anchorage citizens every month. She is a member of the Municipality’s Military and Veterans Affairs Commission and helps organize the city’s annual Memorial Day event.
Joy is a combat veteran and diplomat who served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force as a commander, airfield operations specialist and foreign area officer. She is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, earned a Master’s Degree in Security Studies focused on the Middle East at the Naval Postgraduate School and completed the Modern Standard Arabic course at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Joy served in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. She also served in support of counter-drug operations at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, as a Defense Security Cooperation Officer at the U.S Embassy in Muscat, Oman and as a Military Advisor to the Bureau of Near East Affairs at the State Department.
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Bruce Bustamante is the President of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and has lived and worked in Anchorage for over 28 years.
Previously, he was Vice President of Community and Public Affairs for Princess Cruises where he served for 8 years. Prior to that Bruce was President and CEO of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, now known as Visit Anchorage, where he served in that capacity for seven years.
Bruce worked for Alaska Airlines for 17 years and lived and worked in Seattle, Tucson, and Los Angeles before moving to Alaska as Regional Sales Director where he managed three sales offices in Alaska from 1992 - 2000.
Bruce has served as chair of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. He continues to serve on the Alaska Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Board, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and is chair of the University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellors Advisory Board.
Bruce holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Alaska Real Estate Associations
Art Clark is Broker/Co-owner Alaska Real Estate Associates and Real Broker Anchorage. He is a past member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Anchorage Board of Realtors and Past President of the Alaska Association of Realtors. Mr. Clark is also a Past President of the local Community Association Institute.
Mr. Clark has served on many committees that have been dealing with affordable housing in the Anchorage Municipality, including the AEDC Live Work Play, affordable Housing Committee.
Mr. Clark is a lifelong Alaskan, originally from Fairbanks. He worked as a real estate appraiser in Fairbanks, and as a Property Inspector for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. He has worked in real estate sales since 1991. He has been a Broker since 1998. Mr. Clark has been very active in the community with Rotary and with the Chamber of Commerce and Realtors.
Mr. Clark has an Associates of Arts Degree from UAF, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alaska Pacific University.
School of Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Amy Cooper, CPA, is an Assistant Professor of Accounting and the Accounting Program Director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been teaching at UAF for thirteen years and has lived in Alaska for 21 years (she moved to Alaska thinking it would be for a year!).
Prior to teaching at UAF, Amy worked in public accounting for over 10 years. She started at Arthur Andersen in Seattle before she moved to Alaska. In Fairbanks, she worked for Walsh, Kelliher & Sharp and in Anchorage, she worked for F.M. Strand & Associates.
Amy is active in the accounting profession, both at the state and national level. She has served as the President of the Alaska Society of CPAs and currently serves as both its chair of the Leadership Committee and its designated member to the American Institute of CPAs’ Council (AICPA). She has served on multiple committees for the AICPA, including the Young Members Committee, the Nominations Committee, and the Academic Executive Committee. She was recognized in 2015 and 2016 as CPA Practice Advisor’s “Top 40 under 40”.
Amy earned her B.S. from Birmingham-Southern College and her Master of Professional Accounting in Taxation from the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She lives in Fairbanks with her husband, son, daughter, 2 dogs, and 1 cat.
Art Dahlin is the Vice President and Alaska General Manager for TOTE Maritime. He is responsible for the execution of TOTE’s strategy and goals in the Alaska operation as well as strengthening partnerships in the industry and community.
Art most recently came from TOTE’s sister company, Foss Maritime, where he served as General Manager since 2018. He has 15 years of experience in maritime project management, strategic leadership, and business development.
Art graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, NY (2007). He earned a Master of Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle (2015).
Art lives in Anchorage with his wife, Ashley, and their two sons.
General Communication Inc. (GCI)
Lori Davey is a Vice President at GCI Business leading the Enterprise and Midmarket commercial sales teams.
She is a life-long Alaskan who was raised in Tok. She is a partner/fund manager at Alyeska Venture Management, an Anchorage-based angel fund investing in startup businesses. Lori’s prior experience includes executive roles in telecommunications, data mining, and oil field services.
Lori is deeply involved in the Alaska community and serves as a U.S. Representative on the Arctic Economic Council focused on telecommunications and responsible resource development; as a trustee for the Alaska Chapter of the Nature Conservancy; as vice president of Education Matters; and on the finance committee of the Alaska Community Foundation. Lori earned both BA and MBA degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and was recognized in 2009 as an Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top 40 under 40”.
Municipality of Anchorage
Robert Doehl is the Building Official and Development Services Director for the Municipality of Anchorage. As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Doehl temporarily stepped up as the Mass Care Branch Director for the Anchorage Emergency Operations Center during the forecast surge. He serves on the Advisory Board to share governmental perspectives and priorities. Over 4 decades, he has served as a military officer as well as in civilian positions in federal, state and local government and on the staff of a United States senator. Since 1989, Mr. Doehl has been an Anchorage resident. Committed to making Anchorage the best possible place to live, Mr. Doehl also serves on the board of directors for a non-profit organization, Anchorage Cops for Community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Linguistics from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.
Brian Franklin is founder and managing member of Frontier Tutoring LLC, the largest Alaska-based test prep and tutoring brand.
After establishing Frontier Tutoring in 2008, Brian served as Executive Director through 2012. From 2012 to 2013, Brian was a management consultant at LeighFisher, where he advised large hub U.S. airports on strategic planning and financial analysis engagements. Brian returned to Frontier Tutoring as CEO from 2013 to 2016. He led Frontier’s business unit operations managers and had primary responsibility for the company's marketing, finance, and strategy functions.
Brian serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Boards for the UAA College of Business and Public Policy and the UAA University Honors College. Previously, as Frontier Tutoring's CEO, Brian served as a member of the board of directors for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, where he also co-chaired the Anchorage Business Committee.
Brian is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and enjoys flying and tennis.
Brian earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he graduated with highest honors. He received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and is currently an MD candidate at University of Michigan Medical School.
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Anchorage Society of Human Resource Management
Patty Hickok has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She is the Sr. Director of HRIS, HR Operations and Employee Relations at NANA Regional Corporation, and has been an adjunct professor of Human Resources at Alaska Pacific University for 15 years.
Patty started her volunteer leader journey with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2001, when she became President of the UAA SHRM Student Club. That was the catalyst for ongoing involvement with the professional chapter upon graduation, and she is the only Alaskan to have served in the top SHRM leadership roles at the student, chapter, state and regional level. She has been a member of the Anchorage SHRM Board of Directors for 20 years, and will be serving her fourth term as President in 2023.
She has received multiple recognitions, including the Northwest HR Management Association’s Distinguished Member Award twice, and the Exemplary Teacher Award from the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church for her contributions as a professor at Alaska Pacific University.
Patty volunteers for community organizations such as Jr. Achievement, Friends of Pets, Anchorage School District’s Career READY program and as President of her Homeowner’s Association. She holds four degrees from UAA, including an MBA.
Patty is from Mazatlán, México, and has lived in Eagle River for over 25 years.
Continental Auto Group
Marten Martensen is a primary owner of Continental Auto Group in Anchorage, Alaska. Marten was born and raised in Alaska. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Pacific Lutheran University in 1992. He’s worked as a carpenter, real estate broker, and commercial property manager before joining Continental Auto Group 19 years ago. Martensen is also an Honorary Commander for the Alaska National Guard 176th Operation Group. His hobbies include mountain running, Nordic skiing, hunting and fishing, and playing and coaching youth hockey.
Thomas Head & Greisen, PC
Debra is the managing director and a shareholder of Thomas, Head & Greisen, PC. She has lived and worked in Anchorage for over 30 years. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Alaska. In addition to managing the firm, she manages the firm’s services with regards to litigation support and forensic accounting. She has directed engagements for audits, attestation assertions, reviews, agreed upon procedures, and compilations. Debra became a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) in 2003. She provides support for litigation in such areas as fraud examinations, wage and hour claims and cost accounting issues.
Debra is a member of the Alaska Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She is or has served on boards for the Anchorage Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners, Anchorage International Rotary Club, Rotary District 5010 finance committee, Saint Benedict Church finance committee and the Catholic Foundation of Alaska. Debra is the treasurer for the Anchorage International Rotary Club for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. She currently serves as treasurer for Rotary District 5010 Grants fund.
Debra obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Montana State University in June 1981.
Sophie Minich became CIRI’s president and chief executive officer in January 2013. As CIRI president and CEO, Sophie is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s corporate strategies, programs, policies and procedures. She oversees all the company’s business operations and is the primary contact with the company’s stakeholders.
Sophie is Athabascan and a CIRI and Doyon shareholder who grew up in Seward, Alaska. She joined CIRI in 1993 and has served as chief operating officer, senior vice president of business development, chief financial officer, vice president of administration and director of accounting.
Sophie serves on the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business and Public Policy Advisory Board, the Premera Blue Cross Board of Directors, and on the Anchorage Homelessness Leadership Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Anchorage School District
Tana Skye Nevada
American Cancer Society
Skye is a lifelong, third-generation Alaskan who has dedicated her life to promoting and increasing involvement within the community. While attending the University of Alaska Anchorage, College of Business and Public Policy, she cemented the belief that involvement at any level, whether at home, school, or in the workplace, leads to positive growth and development through authentic and open relationships.
After spending five years in HR for oil and gas, Skye drastically switched gears and is now a Sr. Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. She serves in multiple leadership positions within the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce including the Young Professionals Group, the Municipal Activity Committee, and the Board of Directors. She is also an active boardmember and volunteer leader of many organizations and charity events such as Stand Together Against Rape (STAR) Alaska, the UAA Alumni Association, the Petroelum Club of Anchorage, the annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, and many more.
When not encouraging others to be active community members, Skye finds encouragement for herself out on the water while kayaking with family and friends.
Sarah Daulton Oates
CHARR (Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant & Retailers Association)
Anchorage Senior Activity Center
Rebecca Parker has thirty years of recognized achievement in business, civic, and political arenas. Her professional activities include philanthropy and fund-raising program and special event management, nonprofit leadership, public relations, marketing, and advertising.
She currently serves as Executive Director for the Anchorage Senior Activity Center and has been with the organizations for six years. Previously, she served as Major Gifts Officer for Blood Bank of Alaska; Stakeholder Relations Manager for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company; Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Health and Social Services for the State of Alaska, and President of the Providence Alaska Foundation while overseeing Providence’s Public Affairs Department; and was Executive Director of Commonwealth North.
During her 20-year career with ARCO Alaska, Inc., she held progressive positions in Public Affairs, and was Director of Community Relations, where her duties included oversight of the ARCO Foundation in Alaska. Through her work in philanthropy, she was instrumental in working with statewide nonprofits and hosting Philanthropy Northwest members to Alaska.
Ms. Parker served on many community and professional boards and commissions. Alaska Public Media, the Alaska Community Foundation; Catholic Social Services; the Anchorage Opera, and Serve Alaska Commission, among others.
She is a past President of the Anchorage Rotary Club, Downtown, and the Imaginarium, a hands-on science center for children. She currently serves as President of Alaska Geriatric Exchange Network, (AGENET), a statewide association of 50 members representing hundreds of care providers across the state.
Awards include YWCA Women of Achievement and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Athena award recipient; Anchorage School District Volunteer of the Year, and was recognized as an Oregon State University Alumni Fellow, a distinguished award.
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
Bill Popp has spent 47 years in both the Alaska private and public sectors. As President & CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation since 2007, he sets the strategic direction in marketing Anchorage and Alaska to companies and global industries considering Anchorage as a place in which to do business and assists local businesses looking to expand both within Anchorage and Alaska as well as Lower 48 and international markets.
Popp is currently co-chair of the 49th State Angel Fund Business Advisory Committee, He is a board member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Visit Anchorage, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Alaska Public Media, and the Anchorage Concert Association. Popp also serves as a member of the UAA College of Business and Public Policy Business Advisory Board, the Alaskan Command Civilian Advisory Board, the JBER Community Partnership Leadership team, is co-chair of the Governor’s Alaska Civilian Armed Services Team (ACAST) and is a member of the Municipality of Anchorage 2020 Census Complete Count Commission, the Municipality of Anchorage Senator Bettye Davis Public Facility Naming Panel.
Popp first moved to Anchorage in 1968 as a military dependent at Elmendorf Air Force Base. A graduate of East Anchorage High School in 1977, Popp and his wife Nicole married in 1979. Work took Popp to the Kenai Peninsula in 1983 where he and Nicole raised their daughter and son over the 25 years they lived in Kenai. Both of their children are graduates of UAA. They have two grandchildren who live in Anchorage and happen to be military dependents too.
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Carin Silkaitis (Ex-Officio)
Arts and Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Carin Silkaitis is the Dean of Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Humanities at the University of Alaska Southeast. Prior to this appointment, Carin served the faculty, staff, and students at Columbia College Chicago as the Allen & Lynn Turner Chair of the Theatre Department. They also served for many years as the Department Chair of Art and Theatre at North Central College.
Carin was the Founding Artistic Director of Other Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to telling stories about persons or groups who are othered by systems of oppression. Carin has spent the last two years training in antiracism work with CROAR (a division of Crossroads Antiracism Organization) along with a number of incredible teachers around the country. This work had led to a commitment to analyze position, power, and privilege and dismantle systems of white supremacy. Carin has also been a dedicated Green Dot instructor for many years - training bystanders to help eradicate power-based personal violence. They have also served as a Certified Civil Rights Title IX Investigator at North Central College.
Carin has been a working actor from Chicago represented by Gray Talent Group and they are a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. Carin has also appeared in numerous television shows, films, commercials, industrials, and voiceovers. They are a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, and they received their M.F.A in Acting from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University.
R&M Consultants, Inc.
Andrea Story, CPSM is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at R&M Consultants, Inc. (R&M). Andrea has 23 years of experience in professional services marketing, including the past 15 years with R&M. She specializes in marketing and strategic planning, market research, communications and proposal development. Andrea also serves as Vice President on the firm’s Board of Directors, and as a member of R&M’s senior management team is involved in the majority of firm business decisions. In addition to her marketing and business development responsibilities, she oversees the firm’s administrative staff and human resources functions.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and in 2001, became Alaska’s first Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) through the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Andrea was instrumental in starting a local chapter of SMPS in 2011, and was named the Society’s Chapter President of the Year in 2014. Andrea served as a member of the UAA Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018, and is a current member of the UAA College of Business and Public Policy Advisory Board. She also represents the Alaska Professional Design Council and American Council of Engineering Companies, Alaska Chapter on issues pertaining to Qualifications Based Selection.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
J. Chad Stovall is the Alaska Field Director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office located in Anchorage, AK. As director, he is responsible for oversight of HUD’s Alaska staff, portfolio, and operations.
Chad started his federal career in Washington, DC, working in the George W. Bush Administration. During his time in the administration, he worked on renewable energy legislation in the 2008 Farm Bill, the President’s agricultural budget, and developing new funding programs within USDA.
After the administration Chad fulfilled a lifelong ambition by moving to Alaska. In 2009, he relocated to Palmer to accept a position with USDA Rural Development in the Alaska State Office. After 12 years with USDA, he accepted a position as Chief Operations Officer for the Denali Commission. In this role, Chad concentrated on partnerships, leveraging, and strategic development efforts.
Chad attended BYU Hawaii, earning degrees in International Business Administration and Political Science. A highlight of his college experience was completing two internships in Washington, DC. The first in 2005, with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources and in 2007, at The White House, Office of Political Affairs.
Originally from the Chattanooga, TN area, Chad married into an Alaska family and has settled in the Hatchers Pass area.
Beth Stuart is an audit partner with KPMG LLP, the international audit, tax, and advisory professional services firm. She serves as the managing partner of KPMG’s Anchorage office, overseeing office operations, people, and strategy. Stuart completed a rotation in KPMG’s national Department of Professional Practice and has 25 years of experience providing accounting and audit services to public and private companies operating throughout Alaska across a wide variety of industries.
Stuart is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage (BBA Accounting, ’94) and was recognized as a University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni of Distinction in 2016. Active in the community, she has served on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, and United Way of Anchorage. She is an avid fisherman, cross-country skier, and motocross rider and she and her husband are raising their two sons in Anchorage.
Don Weckhorst (Ex-Officio)
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)
Mr. Donald C. Weckhorst is the Executive Director, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) and the 673d Air Base Wing. In this capacity he acts as a principle advisor to the installation commander and is the senior civilian in the 673 ABW. JBER hosts the headquarters for the United States Alaskan Command, 11th Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska, and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The 673d ABW maintains an $11.4B infrastructure encompassing 80,000 acres, ensuring Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson remains America's premier strategic power projection platform. Mr. Weckhorst directs and coordinates the actions of 16 wing staff agencies. The 673d ABW, with its four groups operates and maintains the joint base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies. The 673d ABW comprises over 5,500 joint military and civilian personnel, supporting America's Arctic Warriors and their families. The wing supports and enables three AF total-force wings, two Army Brigades and 55 other tenant units. In addition, the wing provides medical care to over 35,000 joint service members, dependents, VA patients and retirees throughout Alaska.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Weckhorst had a distinguished military career as an officer in the United States Air Force. He served in a variety of command and staff positions with assignments as the Pacific Air Forces Inspector General, a Japan-based fighter wing Vice Commander, a Group Commander, a Fighter Squadron Commander and deputy director Combined Air Operations Center USCENTAF. He held staff positions at Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Air Combat Command, 5th Air Force and Pacific Air Forces. A command pilot, Mr. Weckhorst has over 3,500 hours in the F-16, F-5 and A-10 to include combat operations during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
World Trade Center Alaska
Greg Wolf is the Executive Director of World Trade Center Alaska, a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to assist Alaskans in competing successfully for trade and investment in the global market place. He has held this position since December 2002. World Trade Center Alaska is a membership organization whose membership consists of more than 100 companies and individuals involved directly or indirectly with international trade and business.
Wolf is active in several trade and civic organizations. He was appointed by then-Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans to serve on the Alaska District Export Council. He is past president of the Japan-America Society of Alaska and a past president, and long-time member, of the Alaska World Affairs Council. He is a member of the Royal Asiatic Society in Hong Kong. Recently, he was appointed the Board of Directors of the Confucius Institute at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
Wolf attended the University of Colorado and the American College in Paris, France before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Antioch College in 1980. He is a life-long Alaskan, born in Anchorage. His also studied at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies in Osaka, Japan.
Chris Yelverton is a lifelong Alaskan, graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) with a BA in Finance as well as a Pacific Coast Banking School graduate. He joined KeyBank in December of 1998 as a teller and has held several positions in retail including Key@Work RM and Area Retail Leader. Yelverton joined the commercial banking team as a Relationship Manager in August 2013. He is also presently serving on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche. He resides in Anchorage with his wife and two children and enjoys mountain biking, snowmobiling, and spending time in Prince William Sound.
Cook Inlet Marketing Group, Inc.
Joe Zimmermann is a co-owner and director of Cook Inlet Marketing Group, Inc. (Chevron/Denali Express), which owns 12 Chevron Service Stations and Convenience Stores in Anchorage, Eagle River and Palmer. He is a University of Alaska (UA) graduate, 1979, with a Bachelor of Technology, Engineering/Management, and he received his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1983. Over a period of 15 years, he served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s (UAA) College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) teaching courses in Organizational Theory and Behavior, Management, Supervision and Marketing. Joe’s career included serving as a Marketing Manager for Unocal Corporation and as the Chief Operating Officer for Tryck Nyman Hayes, Inc., a local 70-person Civil Engineering firm. He is married to Linda and they have two sons, Eric, a UAA graduate, an Air Traffic Controller at the Anchorage Tower, and Navy Reserve Senior Chief Petty Officer; and Colin, a Delta Airlines Pilot, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve, and a former Navy Pilot.