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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 a three year term. Chairman-appointed board members serve a one-year term.

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. Visit Anchorage’s President & CEO serves as a non-voting member. The board sets policy, guides Visit Anchorage, and develops strategic plans for the future.


Jin Chen, Chair
Brilliant Connection Consulting

Mandy Hawes, Vice-chair
Get Lost Travel Vans

Schawna Thoma, Treasurer
Northern Compass Group

Schawna Thoma, Secretary
Northern Compass Group

Sonya Wellman, Immediate Past Chair
Tikahtnu Commons - by CIRI and Browman Development


Cyrus Aldeman
Alaska Trolley Tours

Allison Bendis
Klondike Promotions

Lori Brewer
Caffe D'arte / Alaska Coffee and Restaurant Equipment

Karen Bronga
Municipality of Anchorage Assembly

Lanie Downs
Cruise Line International Association Alaska

Lauren Dreitzler
Delta Air Lines

Raquel Edelen
Hotel Captain Cook

Nicole Geils
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Carissa Giliam 
Hilton Anchorage

Scott Habberstad
Alaska Airlines

Glen Hemingson
Alaska Skylar Travel

Lisa Kruse
Phillips Cruises and Tours

Jacob Lyon
Premier Alaska Tours

Char McClelland
Alaska Destination Specialists, Inc

Mike Monterusso
Alaska Botanical Gardens

Angie Oberlitner
Alaska Step-on Guides

Kameron Perez-Verdia
Municipality of Anchorage Assembly

Jim Powell
Judy's Touch of Class B&B

Lana Ramos
Spenard Roadhouse

Dale Wade
Alaska Railroad

Toni Walker
Logistics, LLC

Matt Worden
Go Hike Alaska


Ex-Officio Board Advisors

Radhika Krishna
Anchorage Downtown Partnership

Chris Swalling
Swalling & Associates, PC 

Jenna Wright
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

President & CEO

Julie Saupe
Visit Anchorage