Ted Stevens Foundation Board

Tim McKeever

Chairman

Tim is a longtime Anchorage resident and former Chief of Staff for Senator Stevens. He is currently an attorney at Holmes, Weddle & Barcott.

Bridget Baker

Board Member

Bridget Baker is the president of Baker Media Inc., an entertainment and media consultancy. Prior to Baker Media, she spent over 20 years at NBCUNIVERSAL leading its $4.5 billion content distribution business. Bridget began her career as a legislative assistant to Senator Stevens in Washington, D.C. after receiving her B.A. in Political Studies from Pitzer College. Raised in Southeast Alaska, Bridget currently serves as a director on the boards of GCI and the Cable Center, and as a trustee of her alma mater.

Lily Stevens-Becker

Board Member

Lily is the youngest of Senator Stevens’ 6 children. Lily is an attorney at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe in San Francisco.

Svend Brandt-Erichsen

Board Member

Svend is partner of the Seattle office of Nossaman LLP, a firm focused on energy and environmental law. He previously served as a Regional Administrator for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and was as a legislative assistant and legislative director for Senator Stevens from 1985-1991.

Wally Burnett

Board Member

Raised in Fairbanks, Wally is currently a partner at Capitol Strategies in Washington, DC. He worked with Senator Stevens for several years as the Staff Director for the Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.

Larry Burton

Board Member

Larry serves as Chief Operating Officer at the American Council of Life Insurers. Raised in Alaska, Larry began his career as a congressional staffer working for Congressman Don Young and for Senator Stevens during his tenure as Assistant Republican Leader. Larry has held a number of senior leadership roles at BP, was the Executive Director of the Business Roundtable, and served as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at CVS Caremark.

Bill Canfield

Board Member

Bill served as a committee staffer on the Senate Ethics Committee during the Senator’s tenure as Chairman. He concluded his congressional career on the Senate Rules Committee when Senator Stevens was the Ranking Republican. He currently practices law in Washington, D.C.

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Steve Cortese

Board Member

Robert A. Gillam

Board Member

A lifelong Alaskan, Rob is the Chief Investment Officer of McKinley Capital Management, an Anchorage-based investment management firm. He is active on philanthropic and research boards including the Gillam Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation Investment Committee as well as the Jacobs Levy Quantitative Research Center at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Margy Johnson

Board Member

Margy has served the state of Alaska in both the private and public sectors, including three terms as Mayor of Cordova. The 2013 “Alaskan of the Year” and Vice President of the Alaska Dispatch, Margy is a longtime Alaskan who worked with Senator Stevens for over 30 years.

Andrew Lundquist

Board Member

Raised in Fairbanks, Andrew began his career as a legislative assistant for Senator Stevens, eventually becoming Staff Director for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. After serving as Director for the White House National Energy Policy Development Group, Andrew held several leadership roles in the Energy and Natural Resources sector prior to becoming the current Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at ConocoPhillips.

David Monson

Board Member

David is the owner of Trail Breaker Kennel, an entrepreneur and a friend of the Stevens family. In addition to his work in the fishing industry, as an advocate for Native Alaskans, and as the winner of the Yukon Quest sled dog race, David established the Susan Butcher Cancer Center at Providence Hospital in honor of his late wife.

Sean O'Keefe

Board Member

Sean began his career in the United States Senate and rose to become the Staff Director for the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee under Senator Stevens. A former Secretary of the Navy, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Chancellor of Louisiana State University, Sean also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Airbus Group, Inc. (formerly EADS North America). He currently serves as University Professor at Syracuse University, and is Chair of its Strategic Management and Leadership program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Karen Perdue

Board Member

Karen began her career as the Press Secretary for Senator Stevens. She then went on to become an Emmy and Telly award-winning television producer, Associate Vice President of the University of Alaska and former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Karen also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association.

Mitch Rose

Board Member

A graduate of East High School, Mitch was raised in Anchorage. He began working for Senator Stevens as his Press Secretary and climbed the ranks to become his Chief of Staff. Following his work with Senator Stevens, Mitch was the Vice President of Government Relations for The Walt Disney Company, and Principal of Mitch Rose Strategic Consulting. Mitch is currently the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at NBCUniversal.

Mark Schneider

Board Member

Born in Wyoming, USA, a former lawyer and economist, now an entrepreneur and investor with over 30 years experience in the fields of cable, telephony, broadband, satellite and wireless technologies. Co-founder of UIH, better known as Liberty Global Inc. today. Mark specialises in managing business development, acquisitions, finance and investments.

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Chris Swalling

Board Member

Tara Sweeney

Board Member

Tara was recently elected to be Chair of the Arctic Economic Council. Born and raised in Alaska, she is the Senior Vice President of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. As a staunch advocate of Alaska Native Rights, she worked closely with Senator Stevens on legislative initiatives to create opportunities for Native Alaskans throughout Alaska.

Ted Stevens Foundation Staff

Karina Waller

Executive Director

Karina is currently the Executive Director of the Ted Stevens Foundation. A second generation Alaskan, Karina began her career as a high school intern for Senator Stevens. After graduating from law school, Karina served as Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Stevens from 2002-2009.

karina@tedstevensfoundation.org

Robin Phillips

Administrative Director

Robin was born in Anchorage and raised in Homer. She received a degree in communications from the University of Colorado. She grew up in a political family, and was a high school intern for the Senator. Her admiration for the Senator was what prompted her to join our team.

Robin@tedstevensfoundation.org

Elsie Eckman

Archivist

Elsie was born and raised in Fairbanks and received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her Masters in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. She has been an archivist at UAF for last 4 years. Her Alaska background, her education, her experience, as well as her commitment to preserving the legacy of Senator Stevens, made her an ideal choice as Lead Archivist of this project.

Elsie@tedstevensfoundation.org

Fran Durner

Photo Archivist and Curator

Fran Durner joins the Ted Stevens Foundation after a long career as a photojournalist and a stint at the state of Alaska as a digital archivist. She brings her talent and expertise in both those areas to the Foundation as well as a passion for researching and preserving history. Fran spends a fair amount of time in pursuit of her own family history research, but when she is home, you can find her in the garden.

Fran@tedstevensfoundation.org

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Jeff Sinnott

Assistant Archivist

-Third generation Montanan from Helena and first generation Alaskan with over 20 years of experience as an archivist including descriptive work for the Alaska for the University of Alaska Anchorage and SummitDay Media. Avid cyclist, media history buff, and alumni of the Montana State University (BA and MA in History) and the archives program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeff@tedstevensfoundation.org

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Lynn Hallquist

Assistant Achrivist

Lynn has worked as a librarian in Anchorage schools and for ADN, Loussac, and the state e-Rate program, one of Senator Stevens' projects, that brings broadband to remote parts of Alaska. She spent a winter in Barrow working on records like ones she encounters as an archivist for the foundation.

Lynn@tedstevensfoundation.org