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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.


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

Jin Chen, Vice Chair
Brilliant Connection Consulting

Schawna Thoma, Secretary
Northern Compass Group

Tom Marriage, Treasurer
MILEPOST/Alaska Magazine

Nina Bonito Romine, Immediate Past Chair
The Kobuk


Allison Bendis
Klondike Promotions

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

Lanie Downs
Cruise Line International Association Alaska

Raquel Edelen
Hotel Captain Cook

Nicole Geils
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Scott Habberstad
Alaska Airlines

Mandy Hawes
Get Lost Travel Vans

Glen Hemingson
Alaska Skylar Travel

Lisa Kruse
Phillips Cruises and Tours

Jacob Lyon
Premier Alaska Tours

Angie Oberlitner
Alaska Step-on Guides

Kameron Perez-Verdia
Municipality of Anchorage Assembly

Pete Petersen
Municipality of Anchorage Assembly

Jim Powell
Judy's Touch of Class B&B

Lana Ramos
Spenard Roadhouse

Michele Robuck
Alaska Mint

Doug Thompson
Princess Cruises and Tours

Dale Wade
Alaska Railroad

Toni Walker
Logistics, LLC

Ex-Officio Board Advisors

Radhika Krishna
Anchorage Downtown Partnership

Bill Popp
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

Chris Swalling
Swalling & Associates, PC 

President & CEO

Julie Saupe
Visit Anchorage