John TorgersonChair

Former State Official

Tim Dillon, Vice Chair

Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District – After serving on the KPEDD Board of Directors for over seven years, Dillon was appointed as the Executive Director on August 1st, 2016.

Previously, Dillon spent seven years as the City Manager for the City of Seldovia. During his tenure in Seldovia he not only brought stability but also over thirty million dollars in Federal, State, Borough and private grants. He also served as the president of the Alaska City Managers Organization for two years.

Tim worked in sports and entertainment for over twenty-five years and is the immediate past president for Team Alaska. He holds a Master’s degree that is a combination of law, accounting and marketing from Eastern Kentucky University. Dillon and his family live in Kenai.


Jake Arness, Secretary

Udelhoven – Experience as project management, structural and mechanical estimator, field superintendent, field engineer, and safety coordinator. Jake has worked with Udelhoven Oilfield System Services, Inc. for 11 consecutive years.

Melissa Galloway, Treasurer

Wells Fargo

Larry Porter, Board Member

Challenger Learning Center CEO, Emeritus
CononcoPhillips, Retired

Charlos Ward, Board Member


Kurt Olson, Board Member

Former State Legislature


Ron Hyde, Board Member

PRL Logistics – Ron has over 30 years of experience in managing logistics throughout Alaska, the Pacific Rim, and other locales. In 2002, Ron founded PRL Logistics, Inc. PRL specializes in “the last tactical mile” providing comprehensive support for extremely complicated, remote projects with limited infrastructure in Alaska and beyond. Ron led his team to support all concepts of remote sustainment, workforce logistics and training, and material logistics on major projects in Oil & Gas, Mining, U.S. Defense Projects, and Government Programs. This work included comprehensive project logistics feasibility studies, concept of operations, modeling, optimization strategies and execution plans designed by PRL utilizing all modes of transportation. PRL’s team has several decades of experience and proven success in providing personnel transport, remote camps, heavy haul, onsite materials management, and emergency and disaster management.

Art Isham, Board Member


Catherine Stevens, Honorary Board Member

A fourth generation Alaskan, is an attorney with the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP in Washington, D.C.  She was the District Attorney in Fairbanks, Alaska and in private practice in Fairbanks and Anchorage.  She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California and is a member of the Bar of California, Alaska and the District of Columbia.  She was General Counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts; Executive Director of Terra Foundation for the Arts with responsibility for museums in Chicago and Giverny, France; and General Counsel for Occidental International Corporation in Washington, D.C.  She has served on the Advisory Council of the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Foundation for Mental Health, NIMH.  She has served on many charitable boards:  The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Opera, Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre; on the Advisory Boards of the Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Museum, the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, the National Museum of the American Indian; and was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on Radio and Television Policy (U.S./Russia).  She and her late husband Senator Ted Stevens have supported and worked closely with many national and international medical research institutions, and numerous Alaska nonprofits and communities to improve health and education.

CLCA 2015.Letter from Catherine Stevens