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.


2013-2014 Board of Directors


Chair: Julie Saupe - Visit Anchorage

Vice Chair: Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines

Secretary/Treasurer: Charlie Ball, Princess Cruises

Past Chair: Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures

Marketing Committee Chair: Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Cruises

Government Relations Chair: Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours

Tourism Policy & Planning Chair: Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks

President & CEO: Sarah Leonard, ATIA



Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau

John Binkley, ACA/CLIA

Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Company

Ken Dole, Waterfall Resort/Promech Air

Paul Goodwin, Holland America

Tim McDonnell, TEMSCO Helicopters

Scott Reisland, Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

Peter Grunwaldt, Premier Alaska Tours

Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Deborah Hansen, Pike's Waterfront Lodge

Al Koch, All Alaska Tours

Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures/Alaska Appetites

Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours

Karen Harris, Alaska Bed & Breakfast Association/Alaska Garden B&B and Cottages

Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge

Thomas McAleer, Alaska Denali Travel