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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 - oversees 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 (2018)

Andria Agli
Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Megan Carr
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Emily Davenport
Northwest Strategies

Kristen Droge

Jessica Gilbert
Matanuska Telephone Association

Rick Miller, Treasurer 
Retired (ML&P)

Kathleen O'Connell, Secretary
PRL Logistics

Jean Sauget, President
Retired (Chugach Electric)

Martha Tansik
Barlow Anderson, LLC

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.