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Leadership

AWAIC’s day-to-day business is run by our Executive Director, Suzi Pearson, who works directly with the Board of Directors, staff and local agencies working under the guiding principles of AWAIC’s mission to oversee the organization’s operations and programs, ensuring compliancy with federal, state and municipal grants and funding requirements and develops/implements the annual budget for the agency operations.

Lilah Walker, Development Director - oversees all unrestricted contributions/donations, corporate and individual charitable giving, and planned fund raising events supporting the organization and seeking new funding to support the agency.

Heidi Hill, Grants & Program Director - responsible for direction of all AWAIC shelter and program operations to include grant development and grant reporting as well as development and assessment of agency resources.

May Main, Human Resources and Operations Director - responsible for the operations of the Human Resources department and provides consultation to management on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, employee safety, welfare, wellness and health and ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.

Susan Peterson, Finance Director - oversees all financial aspects of the agency including payroll, revenues and expenses, and annual audit processes.

Meet Our Board of Directors (2020)

Andria Agli
Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Andrea Canfield
Stoel Rives

Meghan Carson, Treasurer
APCM Wealth Management

Joshua Nolder
Anchorage Police Department

Kathleen O'Connell, Secretary
PRL Logistics

Jean Sauget, President
Retired (Chugach Electric)

Heather Schrage
Thomas, Head & Greisen, PC

Martha Tansik, President Elect
Barlow Anderson, LLC

Jennifer Tungul
Matson

The AWAIC Board of Directors holds meetings at the AWAIC administrative offices. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month from 4pm - 6pm.