Paula, Vice President of employee benefits at USI, has been in the insurance industry since 1976 and involved in Sitka since 1978. As a 22 year Sitka resident she was actively involved in the community. Paula served on many boards and commissions, including the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau, local sports, community and City and Borough of Sitka committees. n July 2000 Paula and spouse Tim relocated to Silverdale, WA. She continues to serve her Alaska clients with frequent visits to Southeast Alaska. Paula remains active in Sitka as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Holland America Community Advisory Board and the current Chair of the Alaska Raptor Center.
Good health has always been one of Paula’s priorities and she works closely with her clients and the Sitka Wellness Coalition to improve the health of Southeast Alaskans.
Tim and Paula make their home in Silverdale. Tim is a retired building contractor and enjoys working in outside contractor sales at a local lumber yard. They enjoy participating in fun runs and races in their area and spoiling their grandchildren. Their oldest son Kris and spouse Erica live in Sitka with their cute kids Baylee and Clayton. Son Mark lives in Seattle.
Roger is President of Hames Corporation in Sitka, Alaska. The company is a third generation family owned business, begun by his grandparents back in 1949 and consists of two grocery stores and two convenience centers in Sitka. They also own a retail liquor store in Ketchikan. Hames grew up in the family business and knew that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps since the 5th grade.
Hames was born and raised in Sitka and after attending their public schools, graduated Sitka High School. He attended Oregon State University, then returned to Sitka and began his carrier in the family business. During this time he unexpectedly met Mary Whiteley while in southern California when he was bowling with his grandparents. Shortly thereafter, they married and raised three sons; Andrew, Roger and Brian. They now enjoy spoiling two grandchildren, Justin and Morgan.
He is extensively involved in the Sitka community and has served as President of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce in addition to the Sheldon Jackson College board where he invested many years with each. He currently holds a Sitka seat on the Southeast Alaska Advisory Board for Alaska Airlines, is the Sitka Cemetery Association President, along with serving on the Raptor Center board. His passion is the overall health of the Sitka business community where he serves on the Sitka Economic Development Association board that he helped founded in 1997, and was its President the first twelve years.
Hames was asked to serve on the Raptor Center board after an ambitious and relentless pursuit by its Chair, Paula Scott!
Love for the outdoors that includes the beauty and wildlife that surrounds him in the community he lives and his strong belief in giving back to the community both with his time and resources, are strong and compelling reasons why he serves on the Alaska Raptor Center board.
Education Master of Business Administration, University of British Columbia Business Experience Knightly Tours, President 2003 – Present Uniworld Global Vice President Marketing & Strategic Development 2002 – 2003 Travel Services International President Air and Packaging Division 2000 – 2001 Holland America Line, Vice President Marketing 1995 – 2000 Princess Cruises, Vice President Marketing and Sales Princess Tours 1986 -1995 Sundance Cruises, Vice President Tours 1984 – 1986 Holland America Line, Director South Central Operations 1978 – 1984 Professional Association 1984 – 2013
Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columbia
Accounting Management Information Systems, Human Resources
Developed FIT program for agents to sell cruise and tour or land only vacations in Alaska and Western Canada
Developed self-insurance program, which increased cash flow and reduced costs to guests.
Developed strategy to sell company products in Canada complying with all Canadian laws.
Managed two businesses that retailed travel to consumers.
Managed three businesses that wholesaled travel products through travel agents.
Created a new company to retail package vacations, as a brand extension
Designed strategic and tactical programs, and subsequent communications to achieve revenue targets.
Planned, implemented and managed $40 million annual marketing budget.
Developed and implemented programs to introduce three new ships.
Designed and implemented sales and marketing programs that moved Princess Tours from the number two market position in Alaska to the number one market share position.
Designed and implemented the onboard shore excursions sales program.
Developed inventory system to maximize revenue for car deck sales
Designed and implemented tour program to fill ship beds, in both Alaska and Mexico.
Director of South-Central Alaska Operations
Division Manager Anchorage, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Directed all guest logistics in Whitehorse and then Anchorage.
Developed Gray Line of Alaska brand identity and marketing program to sell under utilized company assets.
Develop marketing plan to develop brand awareness of new product and tactical
Alaska Travel Industry Association
Board Positions Marketing Council Positions
Vice Chair Planning Chair
Finance Chair Advertising Chair
Government Relations Chair Research Chair
Master of Business Administration, University of British Columbia
Knightly Tours, President 2003 – Present
Uniworld Global Vice President Marketing & Strategic Development 2002 – 2003
Travel Services International President Air and Packaging Division 2000 – 2001
Holland America Line, Vice President Marketing 1995 – 2000
Princess Cruises, Vice President Marketing and Sales Princess Tours 1986 -1995
Sundance Cruises, Vice President Tours 1984 – 1986
Holland America Line, Director South Central Operations 1978 – 1984
1984 – 2013
Tim Thompson has been Alaska Airlines’ manager, public affairs since 2011. Thompson is also the Executive Director for the Alaska Airlines Foundation. With over 20 years of communications experience, Thompson’s specific areas of expertise are corporate communications, community relations, government affairs, social media, crisis communications, broadcast, print, and digital media.
Before joining Alaska Airlines, Thompson was a partner at Thompson & Company Public Relations for three years. Previous to Thompson & Company, he was the director of external affairs for the Alaska Railroad Corporation and the assignment manager for KTUU Channel 2 News.
Thompson holds a M.B.A. in Telecommunications Management from Alaska Pacific University and a B.A. in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He currently serves on the board of the Anchorage Museum Association, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and the Anchorage School Business Partnership.
Linda Huston is Director of Land Excursions & Third Party Revenue for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises’ Alaska division. Linda spent almost 15 years in the Yukon and Southeast Alaska every summer while working for Holland America Line until she moved to Seattle year-round in 2006. Born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia she has always loved living near the ocean and near all of the indigenous wildlife that is a highlight of living in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Linda is a huge sports fan and follows the Mariner’s, Seahawks, America’s Cup and surfing as often as she can. Working for the cruise lines has also allowed her to explore the world as often as she can while still making frequent trips to Alaska, for her job.
Phil Mooney is a wildlife biologist with 50 years of experience; recently retiring from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after 26 years. Mooney’s areas of expertise are related to habitat requirements for wildlife populations, including their interaction with people. He is one of a handful of biologists responsible for developing the use of conducted electrical weapons for hazing and aversive conditioning of brown bears to avoid using lethal force.
Prior to that Mooney was with the US Forest Service as a wildlife biologist on six national forests covering four regions over a 20 year period. He previously owned Pegasus L&G Consulting in Idaho and currently works as an independent contractor with Moonspeer Enterprises in Sitka.
Mooney holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology/Management from Utah State University, Logan, Utah. He volunteered with the Alaska Raptor Center (ARC) when he arrived in Sitka in 1988. At that time ARC operated out of the sheds on the Sheldon Jackson College campus.
Phil and his wife Linda have six children between them; most of them having served as volunteers with ARC. Mooney also serves on the board of Fortress of the Bear in Sitka.
Diana Fowler is a native New Yorker who has lived in Washington State since 1992. She lives there with husband, John, and three cats. An animal lover all her life, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Alaska Raptor Center when she visited Sitka on a cruise to Alaska in 1993. She was immediately engaged by the people at the Center and the wonderful work she learned that they do. So, she became a volunteer, and has since become a bird handler. She feels privileged to work with the resident birds “on the glove”. She also has the joy of cleaning up bird poop and cutting up fish for diets! Diana and her husband also enjoy travelling in their motorhome and playing golf. She has been a Board member since 1999 and is currently a Board Member.
Diana Fowler is a native New Yorker who has lived in Washington State since 1992. She lives there with husband, John, and three cats. An animal lover all her life, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Alaska Raptor Center when she visited Sitka on a cruise to Alaska in 1993. She was immediately engaged by the people at the Center and the wonderful work she learned that they do. So, she became a volunteer, and has since become a bird handler. She feels privileged to work with the resident birds “on the glove”. She also has the joy of cleaning up bird poop and cutting up fish for diets!
Diana and her husband also enjoy travelling in their motorhome and playing golf. She has been a Board member since 1999 and is currently a Board Member.
Born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska, Mr. Kito graduated from Petersburg High School in 1955. He attended Western Washington State College and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. He received technical and management training at the RCA Institute in New York and worked with them in several capacities from 1962-1971.
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Mr. Kito then turned his attention to Native issues, becoming Executive Director of the Fairbanks Native Association, Executive Director of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, and Executive Vice-President of Doyon, Ltd. He left Doyon in 1975 to become the President of the Alaska Federation of Natives. In 1982 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of AFN and served in that capacity for two elected terms.
Mr. Kito has also been extensively involved in educational issues in Alaska. He was elected to the Fairbanks School Board, and served one year as the Board President. Later, Mr. Kito was appointed to serve on the Alaska State Board of Education, the Commission on Post-Secondary Education, the Vocational Education Advisory Board, and the University of Alaska Board of Regents. He also served as Founding Director of Alaska Pacific University’s Alaska Native Institute and on the Development Committee for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of the First Alaskans Institute.
Since 1977 Mr. Kito has been President of Kito, Inc., a lobbying firm representing clients in Juneau and in Washington, D.C. He is the proud father of five children and four grandchildren.
After a very brief sojourn into retirement, Jeff joined Confluence Health in Wenatchee, WA as VP of Business Development and Special Projects. Confluence Health is an integrated delivery system in North Central Washington made up of two hospitals and dozens of multi-specialty and primary care clinics spread over a 12,000 square mile area. As VP of Business Development, Davis is involved in a variety of efforts directed towards carrying out the mission of Confluence Health throughout the service area.
Previously, Davis served as President, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s Alaska business. In addition, he has served on a variety of Boards and Commissions, including Chair of ACHIA, the AK high risk pool, Commissioner on the Alaska State Healthcare Commission and Board member of the Anchorage Economic Development Council.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from Whitman College and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Washington.
Tory Korn is the General Manager for Taquan Air, Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Adventure Karts based in Ketchikan, Alaska. Tory has been a resident of Ketchikan since 2001 and has been working in the tourism industry during that time. Tory was born and raised in the Seattle/Tacoma area in Washington and attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. It was during his time in Bellingham that he started spending summers in Ketchikan working in the tourism industry.
Tory has a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Economics from Western Washington University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Tory is married to lifelong resident of Ketchikan, Erin Traudt, and they have two sons that they spend most of their time wrangling.
John Hix is the CEO and Owner of JH Enterprises a Consulting business specializing in Quality Systems Research and Method Development based in Enumclaw Washington. John is a life-long resident of Washington State where he still lives with his wife Judy.
John and Judy took a cruise for their honeymoon to Alaska and fell in love with the picturesque landscape and raw beauty and have been coming back every year since. It was no accident that John found the Raptor Center, with a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and a passion for animals he was drawn to the Center’s magnetism.