Board of Directors

The Visit Anchorage Board of Directors represents 10 membership categories. Directors are elected by the membership in the last quarter of each year and seated in the first quarter to serve three-year terms and chairman appointed members serve one-year terms.

The members of the board of directors donate their time and talents to promote the community to visitors for the benefit of the entire membership. The board is comprised of representatives from Visit Anchorage's membership, including the public and private sectors. The President & CEO serves as a non-voting member, as well. They set policy, guide Visit Anchorage, and develop strategic plans for the future.


Jacob Lyon, Chair
Premier Alaska Tours

Nina Bonito Romine, Secretary
The Kobuk

Jin Chen, Treasurer
Alaska Skylar Travel

Lisa Kruse, Vice Chair
Phillips Cruises and Tours

Lori Brewer, Past Chair
Alaska Coffee & Restaurant Supply/Caffe D'arte


Linda Brandon
Major Marine Tours

Adriel Butler
Aurora Expeditions

Lanie Downs
Cruise Line International Association Alaska

Raquel Edelen
Hotel Captain Cook

Charlie Grimm
BAC Transportation

Mandy Hawes
Alyeska Resort

Karen Kroon
Anchorage Museum

Tom Marriage
MILEPOST/Alaska Magazine

Sheron Patrick
Better Business Bureau

Pete Petersen
Municipality of Anchorage Assembly

Chris Schutte
Municipality of Anchorage

Derek Shanks
Chief Commercial Officer with RavnAir Group

Tara Stevens
BP Alaska

Doug Thompson
Holland America Princess

Dale Wade
Alaska Railroad

Toni Walker
Logistics, LLC

Sonya Wellman
Rasmuson Foundation

Di Whitney
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

John Woodbury
COAST Magazine/Alaska Adventure Media

Meg Zaletel
Municipality of Anchorage Assembly

Ex-Officio Board Advisors

Bill Popp
Anchorage Economic Development Corp

Jim Szczesniak
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Chris Swalling
Swalling & Associates, PC 

President & CEO

Julie Saupe
Visit Anchorage