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Myrna Gardner: Manager of Business and Economic Development Department Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Myrna Gardner works for Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as the Manager of Business and Economic Development. The department supports economic self-sufficiency for the tribe and its citizens. Ms. Gardner is an Alaska Native, Tlingit and Haida. She belongs to the Taakwaaneidi Hit out of Klawock and she hails from Ketchikan. She has three children, is an avid fisher and lover of Seahaw

Patti Mackey: Ketchikan Visitors Bureau President, CEO, & Southeast Alaska Tourism Council

Patti Mackey is the President and CEO of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, and has directed the organization’s operations and destination marketing strategies for twenty-two years.  Mackey is past chair and one of three Southeast Alaska representatives to the Alaska Travel Industry Association board and past president of the Southeast Alaska Tourism Council. She chaired the ATIA Marketing committee- predating the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board, to which she was appointed in 2014 by Governor Sean Parnell.

Britteny Cioni Haywood: Director Division of Economic Development

Britteny A. Cioni-Haywood holds a Master of Science in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Arkansas. She has lived in Juneau since 2006, and was previously a professor of economics at the University of Alaska Southeast.  Ms. Cioni-Haywood has been with the State of Alaska since 2012 and currently serves as the Director for the Division of Economic Development.

Meilani Schijvens: Rain Coast Data

Meilani Schijvens is the owner and Director of Rain Coast Data, a Southeast Alaska-based research and consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, publications, socioeconomic impact studies, survey research, and public outreach. Meilani is also the Economic Development Director for Southeast Conference (and past Executive Director).

Micaela Fowler: Legislative Liaison for the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development

Micaela has served as the Legislative Liaison for the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for the last four years, and previously served in various capacities in the Office of the Governor for the prior four years. Her policy experience has centered on health insurance, licensing, municipal issues, and economic development. She holds a B.A. in Social Science from the University of Alaska Southeast. She is a fourth generation Juneau resident, grateful to be raising her web footed children in the alpine meadows and mountain ridges of her hometown.

Chelsea Goucher: Southeast Conference President

Chelsea Goucher was born and raised in Ketchikan and recently completed her B.A. in Social Sciences (Economics) through the University of Alaska Southeast. She is employed at Alaska Marine Lines as an Account Representative for businesses in Ketchikan, Wrangell and on Prince of Wales Island.