Meet the AWCC Staff
When Sarah is not busy wrangling moose and howling with the wolves, she can be seen running around Girdwood with the local fire department and her 90lb German Shepard mix Remi, who can’t seem to keep her paws on the ground!
Dr. Michelle Oakley
Previously, Bruce was Vice President of Community and Public Affairs for Princess Cruises where he served for 8 years. Prior to that Bruce was President and CEO of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, now known as Visit Anchorage, where he served in that capacity for seven years. During that time Bruce was directly involved with two campaigns to build a new convention center in Anchorage, which passed voter approval in 2005.
Bruce also worked for Alaska Airlines as Regional Sales Director where he managed three sales offices in the state from 1992 – 2000. Bruce worked for Alaska Airlines for 17 years and lived and worked in Seattle, Tucson, and Los Angeles before moving to Alaska.
Bruce has served as chair of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and continues to serve on the Alaska Sea Grant Advisory Board, the Alaska Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Board and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center board.
Bruce holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
An Alaskan since age 3, Chad graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Biology. His greatest joy is sharing his love of Alaska’s beauty and wildlife with his wife, young daughter, family and friends — particularly skiing the Chugach Moutains, including Alyeska, and fishing the Kenai Peninsula and southwest Alaska. Chad and his family also enjoy extensive world travel, with favorite spots including Punta Gorda (Belize), Des Roches Island (Seychelles), Ndutu Lodge (Tanzania), and Koh Lao Liang (Thailand).
A fourth-generation Californian, his principal leisure pursuit is the early history of the west coast of North America, particularly Alaska. He has written or edited seven books on these topics, including a pocket-sized history of Alaska, the comprehensive Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage (University of Washington Press, 2015) and two complementary volumes about the voyages of Captain James Cook and Captain George Vancouver in Alaska and the North Pacific, all available at local bookstores. His latest project is Imagining Anchorage: The Making of America’s Northernmost Metropolis (University of Alaska Press, 2018), a thorough examination of Anchorage’s history in commemoration of the recent centennial of its founding.