At The Seward Community Foundation, we work to strengthen communities, now and forever. We focus on supporting the efforts of those working to build and develop communities across the state. When the lives of some of our community members are not valued, it degrades every community member’s value. We stand with those working to eradicate oppression and racism and to remove the barriers that have so long stood in the path of equity.
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.
David Paperman, Vice President and Grant Team Lead
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.
Mark Kansteiner, Secretary
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.”
Tekla Seavey, Treasurer
Tekla was born in Seward and is still happy to call it home. While growing up, her family lived on remote Knight Island for several years, where she was homeschooled with three brothers. During these years, Tekla could be found in the woods and on the water. Tekla married Tyrell Seavey in 2008, and after he survived a couple of summers commercial fishing for salmon with his father-in-law, the couple bought their own boat and permit. Summers were spent working on boats, and winters were usually spent backpacking around the Southern Hemisphere. Tekla switched to summer guiding for a couple of years before having two kids who, currently, occupy most of her time. When she does get a chance to escape toddler life, she loves climbing mountains, trail running, the ocean, and reading a good book. Tekla is excited to join SCF and is looking forward to working with an organization that has such a positive, local impact in our community.
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
My Alaska adventure began in 2007, when after a deployment to Iraq, I had a desire to continue my expedition into the unknown with a new adventure. I recalled stories shared by fellow soldiers of the wild majesty of the Kenai Peninsula that they had experienced in their youth. I felt the draw of that wilderness of Alaska and the desire to write my own stories of adventure. While the plan was to spend two to three years hunting, fishing, and working, I have now enjoyed well over a decade in Alaska, spending time in Bethel and Kenai before finding a home in Seward. My family and I feel very fortunate to have found our place in Seward and can think of no better place to raise my three daughters. Robbie is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.
Virginia (Ginger) Allen first arrived in Seward in 1975 after adventurously traveling with her friend from Michigan. That year, she met her husband Jim while he was working for Bay City Motors when she and her friend asked him to keep a junk station wagon they had bought running. She and Jim eventually married and had two wonderful children. She and her family have lived here on and off ever since. Ginger has frequently served in the non-profit sector and is especially proud to be a part of the Seward Community Foundation. This style of local grant governance is very effective in meeting community needs. Having a local board guide the grants ensures the donations remain in the community and contribute to the overall health and well being of our fabulous area. She especially likes the endowment aspect of the Seward Community Foundation which allows legacy funding for generations to come.
Teal was born in Anchorage, Alaska while her parents were living at Cannery Creek in the Prince William Sound. Her family moved to Moose Pass when she was 2 years old, where they’ve lived ever since. She went to Moose Pass School from kindergarten through seventh grade and then to Seward Middle and High School. She graduated from Seward High School in 2005. She immediately split her collegiate career between Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ and the University of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she played college basketball. Teal majored in Travel Industry Management. Since she graduated from college, she and her husband, Marques, worked on large yachts all over the country. Their final job took them sailing around the world for 6 years, a journey of over 56,000 nautical miles. In 2019, she and her husband moved back to Moose Pass to live closer to her family. This is Teal’s first time being involved in a foundation, and she is excited to be part of an organization that gives so much to the community. She is well connected in Moose Pass and looks forward to bringing the community’s voices to the Foundation.
Marc came to Alaska in 1980 to teach in several rural village settings. It was a time when oil money flowed thick and as a result Alaska schools were innovative and looked to change the face of bicultural education. It was in this setting that he met fellow ‘bush’ teacher, Letty. Together they continued to teach in rural Alaska until they moved to Seward in 1992 with new born Tara and later son Jerry joined the clan. After retiring as a teacher, Marc continued his passion for education as a consultant for various environmental and historical focused nonprofit organizations. It was through these experiences that Marc realized the power of philanthropic foundations. The generosity of these foundations provided the needed grease to create and implement programs and projects that benefited others. This is why Marc is excited to be part of the Seward Community Foundation that has the power to encourage positive visions toward Seward’s future.
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 is a Board Member of the Seward Community Library Association.
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