Savanah Evans

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.


Denise Hanson, Chair
The Alaska Collection

Dale Wade, Vice Chair
Alaska Railroad

George Sandoval, Immediate Past Chair
Alaska Aces


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

Doug Thompson, Treasurer
Princess Cruises and Tours


Stephen Blanchett
Alaska Native Heritage Center

Nina Bonito Romine
The Kobuk

Jin Chen
Alaska Skylar Travel

Raquel Edelen
Hotel Captain Cook

Laurie Fagnani
MSI Communications

Charlie Grimm
BAC Transportation

Scott Habberstad
Alaska Airlines

Glen Hemingson
Copper Whale Inn


Liz Johnson

Maggie Kelly
Alaska Visitor Services

Lisa Kruse
Phillips Cruises & Tours

Jacob Lyon
Premier Alaska Tours

Chris Schutte
Municipality of Anchorage

Michelle Smith
Snow City Cafe / Sacks Cafe & Restaurant

Sonya Wellman
Hard Rock Cafe

John Woodbury
COAST Magazine/Alaska Adventure Media

Ex-Officio Board Advisors

John Parrott
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Bill Popp
Anchorage Economic Development Corp



Chris Swalling
Swalling & Associates, PC 

President & CEO

Julie Saupe
Visit Anchorage