The Chamber Board of Directors

Chris McGraw, President

Halibut Point Marine Services

Born and raised in Sitka, graduated from Sitka High School. Earned Bachelors in Business Administration from University of Alaska Southeast. Chris is part owner of Halibut Point Marine Services where he helps oversee the marine haul out operations and lead the development and operation of the companies deep water dock.

MARKOS SCHEER, VICE-PRESIDENT

Williams Kastner and Gibbs

MARKOS SCHEER is a member in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner and part of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Transactions Practice Group. Mr. Scheer worked in the private sector in Alaska for 13 years before entering law school. In the 17 years practicing law, Mr. Scheer has represented businesses of all types from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. His practice encompasses a broad range of general business and civil litigation matters, including all types of business transactions, contracts, business formation and planning, insurance, premises liability, risk evaluation and mitigation and the purchase and sale of goods and real estate. Mr. Scheer values a responsive and open relationship with clients and emphasizes collaboration to fashion comprehensive legal planning and remedies for businesses large and small. All with the goal of providing cost effective legal solutions to the issues businesses face every day. Mr. Scheer shares time in the Washington and Alaska offices.

In addition to his general business practice, Mr. Scheer has been involved in the Bering Sea, North Pacific and Pacific seafood industry for nearly 30 years. Through his work, he became intimately familiar with the industry and the people within it. His Seafood Industry practice includes a broad range of commercial transactions, representing owners and operators of large fishing and fish processing vessels, shore-based seafood processing entities and seafood brokers and traders, both foreign and domestic. His extensive background in all facets of the seafood industry provides considerable expertise in negotiating and preparing sophisticated agreements peculiar to the seafood industry, including output sales and custom processing agreements. Mr. Scheer’s practice includes working with clients to navigate fisheries regulations, fisheries permitting, agency appeals and the representation of parties before the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Ashley Eisenbeisz, Secretary

Russell's, Owner

Ashley Eisenbeisz Owner of Russell's and Secretary of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Board of DirectorsAshley Eisenbeisz was born in Sitka, and raised both in Sitka and Everest, Kansas. She moved back to Sitka in 2008 and shortly began working at Russell's, which her family has owned and operated since 1956. She and her husband Steven purchased the business in May 2013.

Ashley is proud to be a part of the Sitka business community and has served on the Chamber board since 2013.



Travis Vaughan

Baranof Realty-Real Estate Agent & Property Manager

Travis Vaughan specializes in property management, income properties and commercial sales. He has 15 years management, sales and consulting experience working with a wide range of businesses from small startups to multinational Fortune 500 companies.

Travis joined Baranof Realty from Microsoft where he managed cloud computing customer experience and service programs. He began his career in sales and customer support at Dell, the world’s largest computer manufacturer at the time.

Travis moved to Sitka to raise a family in a small town setting with big adventure at his doorstep. Hobbies include sailing, scuba diving, hunting, fishing and mountaineering. Travis has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Texas State University where he played football for the Bobcats; a PMP certification from Villanova University; and is a licensed Realtor in the State of Alaska.

MANDY ODENHEIMER

Alaska Airlines

LILLIAN OWENS

Northrim Bank

ALANA PETERSON

The Backdoor Café-Owner

Alana’s Tlingit name is Gah Kith Tin, from Diginaa Hit, Luknahadi, Raven; granddaughter of Kin Toow, Cecilia Kunz; a child of the Wooshketaan, Eagle moiety, and daughter of Reginald Peterson Sr. and Gail Johansen Peterson. She grew up in Sitka, graduating from Sitka High in 2004. Alana earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish at Charleston Southern University. After graduating from college she joined the Peace Corps where she served as a Small Business Development volunteer for two years on the southern coast of Peru.

In 2013 she obtained her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University. Alana returned to Alaska in 2011 working in various capacities on economic development in the region, including in her current role as Program Director for Spruce Root, Inc. and the Sustainable Southeast Partnership. Alana and her husband took over ownership of the Backdoor Cafe in 2014 and became members of the Sitka Chamber at that time. Alana enjoys raising her two daughters in Sitka, spending time in the outdoors, and working with other entrepreneurs around SE Alaska.

JEFF PRATER

SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital- Administrator

Jeff Prater has served in healthcare for over 25 years with extensive experience in hospital and clinical settings. Currently, he serves as the Hospital Administrator at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Prior to his current role he was the Hospital Administrator at Samuel Simmons Memorial Hospital in Barrow, AK where he helped lead the opening of their new hospital and first Trauma Center above the Arctic Circle.

Jeff started his career in healthcare while serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. As a Corpsman he held positions as an EMT, Pre-Trauma Hospital Life Support Instructor, and Physical Therapy Assistant. He was also named “Sailor of the Year” during his deployment during Desert Storm.

Jeff received his Bachelors in Health Sciences from The Medical University of South Carolina and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Montana State University – Billings. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow with American College of Medical Practice Executives. He currently serves on the Alaska State Trauma System Review Committee appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services.

Jeff is married to Kama Blasing and they have 4 children and one grandson. Their daughter serves in the USMC, son in the US Army, son in USAF, and daughter who is attending engineering school at Portland State University.

Caitlin Way

Fisheye Coffee, Owner