Kim Reierson, President
Kim Reierson is a lifelong Alaskan. She was born and raised in Anchorage and has lived in Seward since 1973. She met her husband, Skip, while working at Seward Fisheries in the ’70s. Together they raised two children and became involved in many community activities. Kim has been a part of the Seward Community Foundation from its inception. She is a founding board member and has served on the board in most positions at one time or another. She loves the concept of community foundations and that your donations stay in your community and continues to give year after year.
Pattricia Linville, Vice President & Grant Team Lead
In 1976, after teaching one year in northeastern Washington Patty and husband Bob drove to Alaska in a Volkswagen bug. Quite a feat for two people well over 6 feet tall, a medium-sized dog and everything else they owned. The cross-country skis, ingeniously protected with old Levi jeans and attached to the rear of the Bug looked as if someone else was trying to get in. Four dogs, three kids and multiple pairs of skis later they call Seward home. Patty taught in Kenai, Moose Pass, and Seward and served as Director of the Seward Community Library Museum for 16 years before retiring in 2014. The Linville family also commercial fishes in Prince William Sound.
While all of the above has been part of a great Alaskan adventure, Patty is especially proud to be part of an organization that has the means and resources to help diverse community groups positively shape our town. Seward is an exceptional place to live, and the Foundation makes it more so.
Phyllis Shoemaker, Secretary
In the winter of 1977, Phyllis loaded her VW Beetle onto the ferry in Seattle and sailed to Alaska. She got a “temporary” summer job in Seward working for the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the Seward Marine Center. Nearly 40 years later she retired from the Seward Marine Center and now has more time for her hobbies which include hiking, biking, music, sewing, and reading. Phyllis enjoys a lot of family time. Besides her role as secretary on the Seward Community Foundation board, Phyllis is a board member of the Seward Community Library Association and a member of several other nonprofit organizations in Seward. She believes that the Seward Community Foundation is a wonderful way to formalize and streamline funding for local organizations and projects, as well as manage donations from people in the Seward/Moose Pass area who want to contribute to the community financially. Alaskans are incredibly generous, and Phyllis feels very lucky to be part of this organization and this community.
Melody Spangler-Hatch, Treasurer
Melody has lived in Seward for forty years. A retired speech and language pathologist, having served ages three through twenty-one at KPBSD, Melody currently works seasonally in Seward in the tourism sector. “It’s the visitor comments I hear every day that remind me how lucky we are to live in this beautiful Alaskan town and can call this special place home.”, says Melody. Melody enjoys eating chocolate, family genealogy, and traveling to find the sun. Melody loves the community foundation concept and finds it an honor to serve.
Seward has been Mark’s home since 1979. Mark worked as an aquarist at the SeaLife Center for seven years, preparing for the grand opening and collecting and caring for the fish and invertebrates in the center. Mark then joined Kenai Fjords National Park working for 12 summer seasons as a logistics coordinator. Mark retired in 2017. Mark says, “I am glad to be a part of SCF because it’s an opportunity to be involved in the improvement of the overall health and welfare of our community. The SCF endowment helps all the nonprofits in the Seward/Moose Pass area by offering financial support that they need to meet their mission. Being able to participate in this process is an honor.”
Through his Aleut, Athabaskan, Russian, and European gold seekers and fishers, Rodger’s Alaska roots are deep. Rodger was born in Seward and moved to Ninilchik at 6. He lived in Southeast Alaska for more than 40 years before moving to Moose Pass six years ago. Rodger has served on numerous private non-profit groups most of his adulthood. In addition to serving on the SCF Board, Rodger is president of the Moose Pass Public Library, Chair of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Shellfish Committee and a member of ASMI’s Technical Committee. In his retirement, Rodger has made it a priority to help others and has been a very active community volunteer since he arrived in Moose Pass. Rodger loves helping out on the SCF and sees it as an essential funding source for local non-profits.
Dave was raised in the hustle-bustle of northern New Jersey. A summer job in Denali National Park between studies at Indiana University brought him to Alaska in 1991. Summers in the interior with occasional excursions to southcentral and northern Alaska while finishing two degrees solidified his love of the wilderness and all things Alaskan. After living and working in Hoonah in Southeast Alaska for several years, he moved to Seward in 1999. He met the love of his life, Dana that year and they have two children, Sam and Edna, who are being raised on the shores of Resurrection Bay and who embody Seward at its finest. Dave was brought up in a family that placed great value on community involvement and helping others – and was an active community volunteer from a very early age. He was a charter Board member of the Seward Community Health Center, served as President of the Seward Little League, and created the Seward Winter Family Movie Series as a Board Member of the Seward Arts Council. He was named Seward’s Person of the Year in 2016. Professionally, Dave manages the Department of Residence Life at AVTEC. In his free time, Dave enjoys doing all things outdoors with his family – especially sea kayaking, walking on the beaches and local trails, and working with others to make Seward an even better place. Dave is particularly fond of the Community Foundation concept because of the endowment model – where donations create a sustainable fund that will outlast the donors and spread love and support throughout the community forever.
Ryan moved to Seward 18 years ago from West Virginia and was immediately devoted to the mountains and glaciers. After graduating from West Virginia University, he came north seeking larger mountains and less crowded spaces. While the rugged terrain of Seward was the initial inspiration, the community soon became his home. What inspires Ryan about the Seward Community Foundation is that it allows him to be involved and give back to the community outside of the purview of the business. The Foundation’s humble, broad approach to giving resonates with how Ryan considers an active community to be. Ryan says, “I look forward to meeting and connecting with locals through the foundation, furthering a connective education of the communities needs and strengths.” Ryan co-founded Exit Glacier Guides.
Robbie Huett III
Amy Hankins, Program Manager
Moving to Alaska with her husband in 1998 to work in commercial fisheries, Amy cannot imagine living anywhere else to raise her family. Amy’s passion for non-profit work and volunteerism is reflected throughout her community. Amy loves finding new ways to better the place she calls home, and she believes anyone of any age can make a positive impact in their community. Amy enjoys her family, her garden, getting lost in the backcountry, biking, and spending time in her studio as a ceramic artist. Amy serves as Arts Chair with Seward PTA.
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