Advisory Board Members

Kim Reierson, President

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  • Patty Linville, Vice President & Grant Team Lead
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  • Phyllis Shoemaker, Secretary
 
 
 
 
  • Melody Spangler-Hatch, Treasurer
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  • Katie Cornwell
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  • Mark Kansteiner
  • Seward has been Mark’s home since 1979. Mark worked as an aquarist at the SeaLife Center for 7 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.” 

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  • Rodger Painter
  • Through his Aleut, Athabaskan, Russian, and European gold seekers and fishermen, Rodger’s Alaska roots are very 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 a very important funding source for local non-profits. 

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  • David Paperman
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  • Ryan Fisher
  • 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 with a Bachelors in Science 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.  Those first five winters working in the school district, TYC and Boys and Girls Club gave Ryan a deep sense of familiarity to his fellow Sewardites.  Ryan developed deep friendships during those first few years that will persist the rest of his life and with whom he learned more about Seward every day. 
     
    Ryan co founded Exit Glacier Guides to share his passion of our heavily glaciated region with independent travelers who are willing to work hard to see a corner of Alaska you can’t see from a bus or boat seat.  Being involved in the community has helped his business grow and become an established part of Seward.  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 perview of the business.  The Foundation’s humble, broad approach to giving resonates with how Ryan considers a strong community to be.  Ryan says, “I look forward to continue meeting and connecting with locals through the foundation, furthering a connective education of the communities needs and strengths.”
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  • 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. Recently spearheading Seward’s new Community Bike Park, Amy loves finding new ways to better the place she calls home. She believes anyone of any age can make a positive impact in their community. 
  • In her spare time, you’ll find Amy enjoying her garden, getting lost in the backcountry, sport fishing, biking, and spending time in her studio as a ceramic artist.
  • Philanthropic Interests: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Youth, Literacy 

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