Alaska SeaLife Center Announces New Board Members, Officers
December 7, 2022


Alaska SeaLife Center Announces New Board Members, Officers

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors in 2022. Each of these members will serve a three-year term. The Board also elected new officers: Josie Hickel as Chair, Rachel Bunnell as Vice Chair, and Brian Pinkston as Treasurer, with Darryl Schafermeyer continuing as Secretary. Officers will serve in these positions for two years.



Mark Burgess is President and CEO of Credit Union 1 in Anchorage. He has spent his career in IT for both small and large organizations, and his passion is finding elegant technical solutions to drive organizational efficiencies. Prior to serving as CEO, Mark moved to Alaska from New Hampshire in 2018 to serve as CU1’s Chief Technology Officer, where he was responsible for day-to-day IT operations, project management, information security, and facilities. In his current role, he brings immense knowledge, innovative thinking and a commitment to lead with empathy, compassion and service to others.

Dylan Faber is the Alaska Government and Community Affairs Manager for Matson. He has previously worked as an account executive at MSI Communications and served as a special assistant to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski where he assisted with in-state communications, community outreach, and grants. Dylan is also a soccer coach and a board member for the Anchorage non-profit Cook Inlet Soccer Club, serves on the boards for the Foraker Group, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and the Resource Development Council of Alaska.

Kenneth McCoy is the North Division Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer for Providence. He previously served as the Chief of Police for the Anchorage Police Department and has more than 27 years of law force experience. Kenneth received a commission as a second lieutenant into the United States Army, served 10 years with the Alaska Army National Guard, and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He excels in executive leadership, building relationships with local communities, and guiding teams and organizations with diplomacy, dignity, and fairness.

Nicole Lawrence is the owner and broker of Seward Properties in Seward. Nicole started Seward Properties in 2014, and with the support of her team they have grown to be the top-producing brokerage in Seward. Originally from Michigan and with origins on the Great Lakes, Nicole has spent 23 years as a boat captain and drives boats for Major Marine Tours during the summer months, sharing the resources of Kenai Fjord Park’s glaciers and wildlife with visitors.



“I’m thrilled we have such strong leaders stepping into this group as it amplifies the depth of experience, skill, and community engagement of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Board of Directors,” said Outgoing Board Chair Terry Lauck. “I’m honored and humbled to step into the role of the Board Chair to work alongside such a dedicated, passionate, and diverse group of individuals that comprise the board and staff of the Alaska SeaLife Center. The commitment of this entire team is inspiring, and I’m proud to lead them down the path of sustainably fulfilling our mission,” said Incoming Board Chair Josie Hickel.


ASLC Board of Directors: (back row, left to right) Mark Burgess, Stephen Grabacki, Dan Graham, Daniel White, Jason Charton, Tom Tougas, Robert Suydam (front row, left to right) Wendy Lindskoog, Nicole Lawrence, Janette Bower, Lu Levoy, Brian Pinkston (Treasurer), Josie Hickel (Chair), Darryl Schaefermeyer (Secretary).

Not pictured: Rachel Bunnell (Vice Chair), Terry Lauck (Past Chair), Thomas Barrett, Martin Cary, Kate Consenstein, Bridget Coughlin, Angel Drobnica, Dylan Faber, Rachel Kallander, Nicole Kimball, James Kubitz, Kenneth McCoy, Peter Micciche, Bradley Moran, Michele Schuh, Ryan Stuart


About ASLC

Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a 501(c)(3), non-profit research institution and public aquarium in Seward, Alaska. The Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit

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