Mr. Dana Pruhs 

Chair, Public Member

Mr. Pruhs, of Anchorage, was appointed to the Board on August 15, 2013.  He is a lifelong Alaskan and the owner of Pruhs Construction, Quality Sand and Gravel, Meridian Investments, and Harr Technologies. Having been previously involved in a number of public service roles, including the Alaska Board of Game, Pruhs currently serves on the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board and the Associated General Contractors Board of Directors. He previously served on the Municipality of Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission and with the Anchorage Community Development Authority.

Mr. Pruhs earned a bachelor's degree in transportation engineering from California Polytechnic State University.

Appointed: 08/15/2013
Reappointed: 08/24/2015, 09/18/2017
Expires: 06/30/2019
Elected Chair: 10/01/2013

Mr. Russell Dick 

Vice-Chair, Public Member

Mr. Dick, of Juneau, was appointed to the Board on August 15, 2013.    He also serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Huna Totem Corporation.

Mr. Dick earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and a master's degree in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Appointed: 08/15/2013. Reappointed 07/10/2014.
Reappointed: 07/10/2016
Expires: 06/30/2018
Elected Vice-Chair: 10/01/2013

Mr. Fred Parady

Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

Mr. Fred Parady serves as Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Mr. Parady joined the Department of Commerce as Deputy Commissioner in 2014. He served as Chief Operating Officer of the North Slope Borough School District and Chief of Staff of the North Slope Borough. He served as Vice President of Operations and Health, Safety and Environment of EnerCrest, Inc. Before joining EnerCrest in 2007, Mr. Parady had a highly successful 25-year mining career including service with OCI and Bridger Coal Company.

550 West 7th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501


Mr. Mike Barnhill

Deputy Commissioner, Department of Revenue

Mike Barnhill serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Revenue. He has worked for the state for many years, having served as a State Investment Officer in the Treasury Division and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Oil & Gas, Commercial, and Labor & State Affairs sections. Mike also previously served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Administration. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster, and his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School.

Department of Revenue
11th Floor State Office Building Juneau, AK 99811


Mr. Gary Wilken 

Public Member

Mr. Wilken, of Fairbanks, was appointed to the Board on December 1, 2010.  In 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004, Mr. Wilken served as a Senator for the State of Alaska representing Fairbanks and Ft. Wainwright. He is a retired small business owner.


Mr. Wilken received his B.S. in Business and Technology with a minor in Petroleum Geology and a Master in Business Administration from Oregon State University in 1968.

Retired Small Businessman
State Senator representing Fairbanks (1996-2008) 
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709

Appointed: 12/01/2010
Reappointed: 07/10/2014. Reappointed 07/01/2016.
Expires: 06/30/2018

Mr. Bernie Karl 

Public Member

Mr. Karl, of Fairbanks, was appointed to the Board on November 15, 2017. Mr. Karl is the owner of Chena Hot Springs Resort, LLC. Mr. Karl was named the University of Alaska Fairbanks Business Leader of the Year in 2010.


Appointed: 11/15/2017
Expires: 6/30/2019


Ms. Elaine Brown

Public Member

Mrs. Brown, of Anchorage was appointed to the Board on October 17, 2015. She is a lifelong Alaskan Native and is an enrolled tribal member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) aka Bethel, Alaska. Brown has worked for 25+ years in the Energy/Petroleum Industry. She previously worked as the Director of Business Development for Western Petroleum, as Executive Director with a non-profit Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative, and CEO for NorthStar Gas a Native Owned Petroleum Retailer in Western Alaska. Brown currently sits on numerous local boards. She serves as Treasurer on the Girl Scouts of Alaska Board of Directors.

Appointed: 10/17/2015. Reappointed 07/01/2016
Expires: 6/30/2018