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 budget 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.

2015-2016 Board of Directors 


Board Chair - Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises - AT-LARGE (E - exp 18)
Vice Chair - Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours - SOUTHEAST (E - exp 17)
Past Chair - Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines - OUTSIDE (E - exp 16)
Secretary/Membership Chair - Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors
Bureau - SOUTHCENTRAL (E - exp 17)
Treasurer/Finance Chair - Charlie Ball, Holland America – Princess Alaska
Yukon - OUTSIDE (E - exp 17)
Tourism & Policy Planning Chair - Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks - INTERIOR (E - exp 18)
Government Relations Co-Chair - Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours - OUTSIDE (E - exp 18)
Government Relations Co-Chair - Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage - SOUTHCENTRAL (E - exp 16)
Marketing Chair - Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau - SOUTHEAST (E - exp 18)
ATIA President & CEO - Sarah Leonard, EX-OFFICIO


John Binkley, CLIA/Alaska Cruise Association - AT LARGE (E - exp 16)
Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Company - FAR NORTH (E - exp 17)
Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge - INTERIOR (E - exp 17)
Gideon Garcia, CIRI Alaska Tourism - SOUTHCENTRAL (E - exp 18)
Paul Goodwin, Holland America Line - OUTSIDE (E - exp 16)
Elizabeth Hall, John Hall's Alaska Cruises & Tours - AT LARGE (E - exp 17)
Deborah Hansen, Pike's Waterfront Lodge - INTERIOR (E - exp 16)
Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures - AT LARGE (E - exp 17)
Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures, LLC - SOUTHWEST (E - exp 16)
Tim McDonnell, TEMSCO Helicopters, Inc. - SOUTHEAST (E - exp 16)


Adam Baldwin, Anchorage Museum (Appt - Exp 16)
Peter Grunwaldt, Premier Alaska Tours (Appt - exp 16)
Shanon Hamrick, Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (Appt - exp 16)
Karen Harris, Bed& Breakfast Association of Alaska (Appt - exp 16)
Thom McAleer, Alaska Denali Travel (Appt - exp 16)