AEDC Board of Directors

2017 AEDC Board of Directors Voting Members

AEDC Board of Directors Chair, Marilyn Romano

Marilyn Romano, AEDC Chair
Regional Vice President, Alaska, Alaska Airlines

Vice Chair
Raquel Edelen, Vice President of Operations, Hotel Captain Cook

Dave Karp, President & CEO, Northern Air Cargo

Alaska Communications
Randy Ritter, Senior Vice President, Managed Services

Alaska Dispatch News
Alice Rogoff, Publisher

Alaska Railroad Corporation
Dale Wade, Vice President, Marketing and Customer Service

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
Robert McNaughton, President of Business and Commercial Lending

BAC Transportation, LLC
Charles Grimm, President & CEO

James Hasle, Immediate Past AEDC Chair

Bering Straits Native Corporation
Laura Edmondson, Chief Financial Officer

BP Alaska
David Knapp, Head of Control

Sophie Minich, President & Chief Executive Officer, Past AEDC Chair

Paul Rusch, Vice President-Finance

Steve Noble, Vice President

ExxonMobil Corporation
Hans Neidig, Public & Government Affairs Manager Alaska

FedEx Express
Dale Shaw, Managing Director

First National Bank Alaska
Jason Feeken, Vice President

Peter Pounds, Senior Vice President & CFO

Holland America Group
Ralph Samuels, Vice President, Government and Community Relations

KPB Architects
Michael Prozeralik, President, Past AEDC Chair

Lynden Inc.
Rick Pollock, Vice President-Alaska/Russian Far East

Northrim Bank
Allen Hippler, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska
Lynn Rust Henderson, Vice President, Sales and Service Alaska Market

Professional Growth Systems
William Dann, President

Providence Health and Services Alaska
Kirsten Schultz, Director for Communications & Marketing

Timothy Vig, Senior Principal, Past AEDC Chair 

The Wilson Agency, LLC
Lon Wilson, President & CEO, Past AEDC Chair

TOTE Maritime
Grace Greene, Alaska General Manager

Walsh Sheppard
Jack Sheppard, President and COO

Weidner Apartment Homes
Gregory Cerbana, Vice President – Public Relations and Government Affairs

Wells Fargo & Company
Joseph Everhart, Executive Vice President and Regional President Alaska, Past AEDC Chair

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Ex-Officio Members


Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
Chris Schutte, Executive Director, Office of Economic and Community Development
Assembly Member, Christopher Constant
Assembly Member, Eric Croft

Appointed by the Board

Ernie Hall, Past AEDC Chair
Brian Nerland, Past AEDC Chair
Greg Pearce, Past AEDC Chair

Chris Anderson, Deputy Director

Alaska Pacific University
Dr. Robert Onders, Interim President

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Bruce Bustamante, President

Anchorage Community Development Authority
Andrew Halcro, Executive Director

Anchorage Downtown Partnership
Jamie Boring, Executive Director

Anchorage School District
Dr. Deena Bishop, Superintendent

Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility
Tim Sullivan, AWWU Advisory Board Member

Artique, Ltd.
Tennys Owens, President, Past AEDC Chair

AT&T Alaska
Chris Brown, Director of Business Planning Management, Past AEDC Chair

Chugiak – Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
Dana Thorp-Patterson, Executive Director

Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Carol Gore, President/CEO

Delta Air Lines
Tony Gonchar, Director Pacific NW, Global Sales

Girdwood 2020
John Rense, Co-Chair

Lynden Inc.
Dennis Mitchell, Vice President Oil and Gas, Past AEDC Chair

Municipal Light & Power
Mark Johnston, General Manager

Port of Anchorage
Steve Ribuffo, Port Director

RIM Architects
Larry Cash, President & CEO, Past AEDC Chair

Solid Waste Services
Mark Spafford, Director

State of Alaska, DCCED
Chris Hladick, Commissioner

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
John Parrott, Airport Manager, Past AEDC Chair

University of Alaska Anchorage
Thomas Case, Chancellor

University of Alaska
Mary Hughes, Board of Regents, Past AEDC Chair

Visit Anchorage
Julie Saupe, President & CEO