2021-2022 Board of Directors

Alaska Humanities Forum board members are active change-makers and community leaders, listeners and storytellers, fundraisers, and friend-raisers from across the state.

The board meets quarterly (with additional committee work conducted via conference call or in-person), and members serve a three-year term with the possibility of reelection to a second term.

All Alaskans are welcome to nominate a board member; self-nominations are accepted.
How to apply/submit a nomination:

  1. The Board of Directors appoints the majority of new board members.
    Please apply/nominate online by August 1 to be considered. All submissions will be reviewed by the Board and selected by the September board meeting.
  2. Governor Appointed Nominees: The Board includes members appointed by the Governor of the State of Alaska. Please apply online through alaska.gov.
Judith Owens-Manley
Retired
UAA Center for Engagement and Learning
Judith Owens-Manley
Anchorage | CHAIR
Ben Mallott
Vice President
Alaska Federation of Natives
Ben Mallott
Anchorage | VICE CHAIR
Aminata Taylor
CFO
United Way of Anchorage
Aminata Taylor
Anchorage
Laci Michaud
Communications
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Laci Michaud
Anchorage | Secretary
Jeff Siemers
Executive Vice President
Alaska Christian College
Jeff Siemers
Soldotna | TREASURER
Ray Ball
Assoc. Professor of History University of Alaska Anchorage
Ray Ball
Anchorage | MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Kristina Mason
Director, K-12 Teaching & Learning
Anchorage School District
Kristina Mason
Anchorage
Thea Agnew Bemben
Managing Principal
Agnew::Beck
Thea Agnew Bemben
Anchorage
Stephen Qacung Blanchett
Arts and Education Director
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
Stephen Qacung Blanchett
Juneau
Keneggnarkayaagaq Emily Edenshaw
Executive Director
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Keneggnarkayaagaq Emily Edenshaw
Anchorage
Kitty Farnham
Owner
Catalyst Consulting
Kitty Farnham
Anchorage
Charleen Fisher
Assistant Professor
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Charleen Fisher
Beaver
Peter Metcalfe
Writer / Publisher
Peter Metcalfe
Juneau
Francisco Miranda
Assoc. Professor of Spanish
University of Alaska Anchorage
Francisco Miranda
Anchorage
Don Rearden
Author / Screenwriter Professor, UAA
Don Rearden
Anchorage
Carrie Shephard
Community Engagement Coordinator Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Carrie Shephard
Anchorage
Jeannine Stafford Jabaay
Business Owner
Bear Creek Lodge
Jeannine Stafford Jabaay
Hope
Renee Wardlaw
Vice President, Corporate Compliance & Administration, BBNC
Renee Wardlaw
Anchorage
Kristi Williams
Founder, Alaska Native Chamber
Kristi Williams
Anchorage
Jayson Owens
Partner, Bright Road Wealth Management
Jayson Owens
Anchorage
AKHF: Celebrating 50 Years!

The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.

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