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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.

2020 Board Election Timeline

The bylaws state the election take place the third week in July and that the nominating committee shall be appointed 45 days prior. Utilizing that schedule with the definition of the election/launch date being the same, the schedule would be:

Tuesday, June 16 Notice to Members re: Petition Process

Tuesday, July 7 Deadline for Petition/Submit Photos and Bios

Friday, July 10 Posting of Nominees on Website/E-News

Monday, July 13 Deadline to Launch Ballot

Tuesday, July 28 Deadline to Complete Ballot

Tuesday, August 4 Results Announced

Become a Member of the Board of Directors 

The Anchorage Chamber board has five seats up for election. These seats are three-year terms beginning September 1, 2020.

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 apply and file a petition to be placed on the election ballot by July 7, 2020.

Interested in becoming an Anchorage Chamber board member?

Follow these simple instructions:

  • Submit the online application at
  • 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. Due to COVID-19, electronic signatures will be accepted.
  • Petitions can be attached to the online application. Or,
    • mail or drop off to the Anchorage Chamber, c/o Bruce Bustamante 1016 W. Sixth Avenue, Suite 303, Anchorage, Alaska 99501
    • fax to (907) 272-4117
  • Bios and headshots can be attached to the online application. Or, email to Tosha Swan at
  • Deadline is 5 pm on July 7, 2020.

2019-2020 Board of Directors


Joy Merriner, BDO
Joy Merriner


Art Clark
Art Clark

Real Estate Brokers of Alaska

Barbara Amy

Alaska Railroad

Barbara Donatelli
Barbara Donatelli


Danicia Shiryayev

Northrim Bank

Ed Hendrickson, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
Ed Hendrickson

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

Gary Scott
Gary Scott

Thompson & Co.

Jim Kostka
Jim Kostka


Jin Chen
Jin Chen

Skylar Travel

J.R. Wilcox
J.R. Wilcox

Prudhoe Bay Chemical and Baxter Senior Living

Julie Hasquet (2)
Julie Hasquet

Chugach Electric Association

Julie Taylor
Julie Taylor

Alaska Regional Hospital

NJ Head Shot 2020
Nancy Johnson


Ryann Swalling

KPB Architects

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson

Alaska Airlines


Bal D. Headshot
Bal Dreyer


Calvin Schrage
Calvin Schrage

Frontier Tutoring,LLC

Chris Block
Chris Block

Alyeska Resort

David Hannon, New York Life
David Hannon

New York Life and Eagle Strategies

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Jennifer Starck


Melissa Reiser
Melissa Reiser

First National Bank of Alaska

Dr. Michael Bernstein

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Neil Gunn, Venture North Capital Group
Neil Gunn

Venture North Group

Nicolle Welch, Wells Fargo Bank
Nicolle Welch

Wells Fargo


Bill Popp
Bill Popp

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

Chris Schutte
Christopher M. Schutte

Municipality of Anchorage

Colonel Patricia Csànk

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)

Deena Bishop
Deena Bishop

Anchorage School District

Forrest Dunbar
Forrest Dunbar


George Vakalis
George Vakalis


Vakalis Consulting

Julie Saupe
Julie Saupe

Visit Anchorage

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