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.


Nina Bonito Romine, Chair
The Kobuk

Sonya Wellman, Vice Chair
Rasmuson Foundation

Mandy Hawes, Treasurer
Alyeska Resort

Karen Kroon, Secretary
Anchorage Museum

Lisa Kruse, Past Chair
Phillips Cruises and Tours


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

Adriel Butler
Aurora Expeditions

Jin Chen
Alaska Skylar Travel

Lanie Downs
Cruise Line International Association Alaska

Raquel Edelen
Hotel Captain Cook

Nicole Geils
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Scott Habberstad
Alaska Airlines

Jacob Lyon
Premiere Alaska Tours

Tom Marriage
MILEPOST/Alaska Magazine

Angie Oberlitner
Alaska Step-on-Guides

Sheron Patrick
Better Business Bureau

Pete Petersen
Municipality of Anchorage Assembly

Jim Powell
Judy's Touch of Class B&B

Chris Schutte
Municipality of Anchorage

Schawna Thoma
Northern Compass Group

Doug Thompson
Princess Cruises and Tours

Dale Wade
Alaska Railroad

Toni Walker
Logistics, LLC

Ex-Officio Board Advisors

Bill Popp
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

Chris Swalling
Swalling & Associates, PC 

Jim Szczesniak
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

President & CEO

Julie Saupe
Visit Anchorage