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2019 - 2020 ACC Board of Directors

For over 100 years Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is able to advance a successful business climate because of its hard-working staff and dedicated board of directors. The board of directors represents both large and small businesses with diverse backgrounds and vocations. The board of directors makes decisions about issues with the needs of the entire membership in mind.

The board of directors is comprised entirely of volunteers who attend monthly board meetings, speaking engagements, Anchorage Chamber events and activities and support the business community.

Former members of the board of directors include Mayors George Wuerch and Zach Loussac; Augie Hiebert, who was instrumental in bringing telecommunications to Alaska; and Robert Atwood, who was a pioneer in the Anchorage newspaper industry.

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2021 Board Election Timeline

  • Tues., June 15 - Notice to members
  • Tues., July 6 - Deadline for petition
  • Fri., July 9 - Posting of nominees
  • Mon., July 12 - Launch ballot
  • Tues., July 27 - Deadline to complete ballot
  • Tues., August 3 - Results announced

The Anchorage Chamber Board of Directors has three seats up for election. These seats are three-year terms beginning September 1, 2021.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors will induct newly-elected board members at its first fiscal board meeting in September. Anchorage Chamber members may file a petition to be placed on the election ballot by July 6, 2021.

Follow these simple instructions:

  1. Submit the online application form at
  2. Obtain at least 20 separate Anchorage Chamber member signatures (all in good standing) on the petition form. Please limit one member per business to sign. DOWNLOAD PETITION
  3. Petitions, bios, and headshots can be emailed to

Board of Directors


Joy Merriner, BDO
Joy Merriner


Barbara Amy

Alaska Railroad

Barbara Donatelli
Barbara Donatelli


Jin Chen
Jin Chen

Skylar Travel

Art Clark
Art Clark

Alaska Real Estate Associates

Neil Gunn, Venture North Capital Group
Neil Gunn

Venture North Group

Julie Hasquet (2)
Julie Hasquet

Chugach Electric Association

Ed Hendrickson, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
Ed Hendrickson

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

NJ Head Shot 2020
Nancy Johnson


Jim Kostka
Jim Kostka


Dan Newman Headshot 2019
Dan Newman

Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals

Gary Scott
Gary Scott

Thompson & Co.

Danicia Shiryayev

Northrim Bank

Ryann Swalling

KPB Architects

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson

Alaska Airlines


Dr. Michael Bernstein

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Chris Block
Chris Block

Alyeska Resort

Bal D. Headshot
Bal Dreyfus


David Hannon, New York Life
David Hannon

New York Life and Eagle Strategies

Ryan Kegley
Ryan Kegley

Chugach Alaska Corporation

Lesli Olson, Far Noth Fashion
Lesli Olson

Far North Fashion

Jennifer Opsut

Alaska Regional Hospital

Melissa Reiser
Melissa Reiser

First National
Bank Alaska

John Schell

ConocoPhillips Alaska

Jennifer Starck


Nicolle Welch, Wells Fargo Bank
Nicolle Welch

Wells Fargo


Deena Bishop
Deena Bishop

Anchorage School District

Forrest Dunbar
Forrest Dunbar


UAA CBPP College of Business and Public Policy staff meeting with Lt. Governor Mallot and portraits
John Nofsinger

University of Alaska Anchorage

Sheron Patrick

Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific

Bill Popp
Bill Popp

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

Julie Saupe
Julie Saupe

Visit Anchorage

Chris Schutte
Christopher M. Schutte

Municipality of Anchorage

George Vakalis
George Vakalis


Vakalis Consulting

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