The Chamber Board of Directors

Suzan Hess, PAST President

Baranof Island Brewing Company, Owner

Richard Riggs, President

Silver Bay Seafoods, Chief Executive Officer

Richard Riggs is a lifelong Alaskan with 4 generations in his family that have called Sitka "home”. He grew up in Sitka and subsequently obtained a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to returning to Sitka in 2001, Richard and his family (wife Nicole, and children Lindsey, Sidney and Cole) resided in Soldotna, Alaska.

Richard has a diverse professional and business background. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Alaska, working in this capacity in the both the private and public sectors and designing and managing projects throughout the State of Alaska. Since 2007 and the Company’s inception, Richard has been the CEO of Silver Bay Seafoods - a predominantly Alaska fishermen owned company that has demonstrated substantial growth, with facilities in Sitka, Craig and Valdez Alaska, with the corporate offices being located in Sitka, Alaska.

John O'Brien, Treasurer

ALPS Federal Credit Union, Chief Executive Officer

John has served as the CEO of ALPS Federal Credit Union since January 2011. In addition to the Chamber Board, he serves on the board for Youth Advocates of Sitka.When not working or participating in one event or another, he enjoys the Sitka area with his wife and son.

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. Her 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.



Ptarmica McConnell, Past President

Shee Atiká Incorporated, Chief Operating Officer

Ptarmica McConnell Shee Atika COO and Sitka Chamber Past Board PresidentPtarmica McConnell was born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She currently lives in Sitka with her husband, Luke, a commercial fisherman. Ptarmicais the Chief Operating Officer for Shee Atiká, Incorporated and has worked for the company since 2007. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has over 20 years experience in accounting and operations. She has been on the Chamber board since 2010, holding the Board President seat for two of those years. She also serves on the Gary Paxton Industrial Park board. Ptarmica believes that helping to create a better economy is especially important in rural communities and is happy to do her part.

Daniel G. Jones

Daniel G. Jones, P.E., LLC, Consulting Civil Engineer & Construction/Project Manager Director

Dan Jones is a Consulting Civil Engineer and Construction/Project Manager for his own business, Daniel G. Jones, P.E., LLC. He is currently on the the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park Board in addition to the Sitka Chamber Board. Dan spent six years with the City and Borough of Sitka as the Engineering Manager, served on the Board of Directors for the Sitka Summer Music Festival and was on the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Board from 1994 to 2002.

Chris McGraw - Vice President & President Elect

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.

Mandy Odenheimer

Alaska Airlines

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.