Board of Directors
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Board meetings are held every other month at the KPEDD facility.
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President - KPEDD Appointee: Kenai
Todd was born and raised on the Kenai, and manages a local small business. He studied Business and Economics at Eastern Oregon University and also fishes commercially with his family in Cook Inlet.
Vice-President - KPEDD Appointee: Soldotna
Bruce was raised on the Kenai Peninsula after moving here in 1969. He began working in the family construction business in high school operating heavy equipment while paving many of the roads we drive on today. He attended Boise State University and transitioned into public service after the passing of his father. Bruce has seined in the lower Cook Inlet, worked in the Alaska State Legislature, Alaska Department of Corrections, Municipality of Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Borough and has been the External Affairs Director for Central Peninsula Hospital for the past nine years. He has two lovely daughters and lives in Kenai.
Treasurer - KPEDD Appointee: Under/Unemployed
Rachel O͛Brien is the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Gulf Coast and Southwest Regional Job Center Operations Manager (Seward, Kenai, Homer, Kodiak, Valdez, Bristol Bay and YK Delta areas). Her role is to promote DOLWD job center services and workforce development in our regional area. This includes promoting Alaska hire, addressing training and development, workforce barriers to employment, and supporting employers and workers in ‘Rapid Response’ services when businesses are experiencing decline or closure.
Secretary - City Official: Soldotna
Stephanie Queen is the Director of Economic Development and Planning for the City of Soldotna. She joined the KPEDD board in 2016, as the City’s representative.
City Official: Seward
Sue was born in Seward and holds a Masters in Chemistry from UAF, and is happily retired from a teaching career. Sue is a pro-active volunteer and is enjoying having her Mom, son and wife, and grandson all living in Seward.
Sue was first appointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission in 2007, and became KPB Planning Commissioner. She remained on the Commission until 2009 when she resigned and was elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly until her term limit ended in 2015. Sue has been serving on the Seward City Council since 2015 and was appointed to the KPEDD Board in 2017.
City Official: Homer
Homer Mayor Bryan Zak is a retired Air Force Officer and has lived in Alaska for 18 years, 11 of which were spent on the Kenai Peninsula. He chose to become a member to maintain a strong but separate relationship between the Alaska Small Business Development Center and the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District. Bryan also wished to advocate for, remain award of, and encourage economic development within the State of Alaska. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University, a B.A. in Youth Agency Administration from Pepperdine University and an ABD in Educational Administration from Texas Tech. Bryan Zak also owns Alaska Adventure Cabins and Zak’s Realty, and is a licensed Alaska Real Estate Broker.
KPEDD Appointee: KPB At Large
Tim has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in accounting from South Dakota State University.
Tim has helped Wells Fargo customers succeed financially for 13 years. He currently serves as the Business Banking Manager for the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak and southwest Alaska.
Tim currently serves as President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. He also volunteers for Junior Achievement and supports the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Student in Transition Program that supports homeless teens. Tim serves as co-chair of the Wells Fargo Alaska volunteer chapter. Tim, his wife Mandy, and their two children enjoy hiking, gardening, fishing, skiing, camping, and family movie nights.
KPEDD Appointee: KPB at Large
Julie has been an Alaskan banker for over 27 years, attended UAA Bristol Bay Campus and graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. Julie is also a business owner, employer, and works for First National Bank Alaska in Homer.
“The statistical information KPEDD collects and distributes is invaluable, and vital for business planning. I have witnessed KPEDD’s role in bringing businesses together which benefits the entire area. I cannot think of a better place to be, and I’m proud to be a part of this organization.” – Julie
Chris was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. He and his wife, Sarah, are small business owners with offices in Homer and Soldotna. They enjoy spending their time attending community events and exploring the outdoors with their two small children. Chris has a BS from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT and an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
KPEDD Appointee: Homer
Karin Marks has lived on the Kenai Peninsula for 28 years. She joined the KPEDD Board to encourage economic growth and share information from the Homer Economic Development Council. Karin earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Troy University.
KPEDD Appointee: Native Organization
Bart was born in Alaska and is a member of the Native Village of Tyonek. His grandmother was born in Kenai, went to the Russian school in old town, and moved to the Reservation in Tyonek with her family as a young girl. He grew up in Anchorage and Tyonek commercial fishing at his family sites at Three mile Beach near the Chuit River.
He went on to graduate from the National Law center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a JD in law, from the University of Washington with a MBA, and from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Bart has been the Executive Director of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe since September, 2017.
City Official: Kenai
Matt Kelley graduated from California State University, Chico in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Planning, as well as a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. He has been a practicing Planner for over 10 years and has worked on many different types of land-use planning projects, including; Subdivisions, Landfills, Pipelines and Coastal Planning projects. Matt and his wife moved to Kenai in 2014 and have been enjoying living here ever since that time.