Board of Directors

The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors. The ATIA Board guides the Association’s priorities as the state’s leading nonprofit membership association for the Alaska travel industry. The Board of Directors approves ATIA’s annual budge and takes action on issues important to tourism businesses and partners.

ATIA holds Board elections annually. The ATIA Board is made up of members representing small and large tourism businesses and different sectors of the travel industry. The ATIA Board is also comprised of regional representatives, including elected directors from the Far North, Interior, Southwest, Southcentral, and Southeast regions of the state. Directors also are elected to At-Large (statewide) and Outside seats.

2017-2018 Board of Directors -
Candidacy Declaration Now Open

ATIA is seeking candidacy declarations from those interested in being active members of the ATIA Board of Directors. Those interested should be motivated, plan to participate in board and committee meetings either in person or via teleconference and be interested in being more engaged in the visitor industry. Interested candidates must be members in good standing.

For questions and to submit your candidacy declaration form, please email Sarah Leonard. Candidacy declaration forms should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

2017-2018 Board Declaration of Candidacy Form

2016-2017 Board of Directors 


Board Chair - Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours - SOUTHEAST (E* - exp 17)
Vice Chair -  Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage - SOUTHCENTRAL (E - exp 19)
Secretary/Membership Chair -Elizabeth Hall, John Hall's Alaska Cruises & Tours - AT-LARGE (E - exp 17)
Treasurer/Finance Co-Chair - Charlie Ball, Holland America - Princess - OUTSIDE (E - exp 17)
Treasurer/Finance Co-Chair - Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours - OUTSIDE (E - exp 18)
Tourism Policy & Planning Chair - Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks - INTERIOR (E - exp 18)
Government Relations Co-Chair - Deborah Hansen, Pike's Waterfront Lodge - INTERIOR (E - exp 19)
Past Chair & Government Relations Co-Chair - Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises - AT-LARGE (E - exp 18)
Marketing Chair - Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau - SOUTHEAST (E - exp 18)
ATIA President & CEO - Sarah Leonard, EX-OFFICIO


John Binkley, CLIA/Alaska Cruise Association, Riverboat Discovery - AT-LARGE (E - exp 19)
Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Company - FAR NORTH (E - exp 17)
Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge - INTERIOR (E - exp 17)
Carol Fraser, Aspen Hotels, SOUTHCENTRAL(E - exp 17)
Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines - OUTSIDE (E - exp 19) 
Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures - AT LARGE (E - exp 17)
Holly Johnson, Wings Airways & Taku Glacier Lodge - SOUTHEAST (E - exp 19)
Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures, LLC - SOUTHWEST (E - exp 19)
Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau - SOUTHCENTRAL (E - exp 17)
Linda Springmann, Holland America Line - OUTSIDE (E - exp 19)


Adam Baldwin, Anchorage Museum (Appt* - exp 17)
Shanon Davis, Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (Appt - exp 17)
Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours (Appt - exp 17)
Dan Blanchard, UnCruise Adventures (Appt - exp 17)

*E = Member-Elected
**Appt = Board-Elected Appointed