Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association

Board and Executive Staff

APICDA’s board is primarily comprised of local Fishermen's Association members; one representative per community in addition to a fishing industry and financial industry representative.

Representing Akutan – Harvey McGlashan
Harvey has served on the APICDA Board since 2013. Originally from Seattle, Harvey has been self-employed throughout his entire adult life and has fished all over Alaska. He is an active member of the Akutan Fishermen’s Association.

Representing Atka – Mark Snigaroff
In 2006, APICDA welcomed Mark back to the board; he first served on the board from 1992-1994. Mark was born and raised in the community of Atka and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the late 1970s. He has served as president of both the Axtam Corporation and the Atka Village Council. Mark has also served many years on the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association board, the Atka Fishermen’s Association, the Aleut Marine Mammal Commission and the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission.

Representing False Pass – Nikki Hoblet
Nikki is a lifelong resident of False Pass. She comes from a family that relies on commercial fishing. Nikki works for Eastern Aleutian Tribes as a community health aide and has been serving her region in this capacity for many years. In addition to serving on the APICDA Board, Nikki’s other commitments include being the City of False Pass Mayor, Aleutians East Borough School Board member, Isanotski Corporation secretary/treasurer and Aleutians East Borough Assembly member.

Representing Nelson Lagoon – Justine Gundersen
Justine is the secretary/treasurer for the APICDA Board. She has served on the board since the inception of the group in 1992. Justine attended college in Minnesota and lived in New York, Iowa, California and Mexico City before moving to Alaska in the 1970s. Justine began her involvement in politics when she moved to the region. In addition to serving on the APICDA Board, Justine served on the Aleutians East Borough Assembly, the local fishermen’s association, and various Nelson Lagoon advisory committees. Justine has now lived in the Lagoon for over 30 years and is currently the council administrator for the Tribe and Corporation.

Representing Nikolski – Andrew Lestenkof Jr.
Andrew has resided in Nikolski for most of his life and is very involved in community activities; he enjoys donating his time to help others in the village when needed. He is currently employed by the Nikolski IRA working with the local power plant, pump house and delivering fuel.

Representing St. George – Mark Merculief 
Mark Merculief is an active member of the St. George Fishermen’s Association and has lived in St. George most of his life. He started commercial fishing on his father’s boat at the age of 13 and has worked for APICDA at both Bering Pacific Seafoods (BPS) and Atka Pride Seafoods (APS).  Mark served as an island sentinel in the environmental office at the St. George Tribal Council for three years and gained valuable experience working with state and federal agencies.

Representing Unalaska – Bill Shaishnikoff
Bill was born and raised in Unalaska. He attended college in Everette, Washington before returning to Alaska. He took his family to Olympia, Washington for a few years, so that his children could experience life on the “outside”. Upon returning to Unalaska, he worked for the city for two years before starting his own rock and gravel business. Bill owns and operates Bering Shai Rock and Gravel on his property in front of the waterfront in Captain’s Bay. It’s a family business, in which he is aided by his wife, Diane, and their two sons, Steven and Blaine.

Financial Institution Representative – Pete Crandall
Pete graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in history and English literature. He served as a captain in the United States Army, is a Vietnam veteran and has been awarded the bronze star. He is the former senior vice president and regional administrator for Southeast Alaska with National Bank of Alaska/Wells Fargo. He spent 30 years with NBA/Wells Fargo prior to his retirement.

Fishing Industry Representative – Bob Nickinovich
Bob Nickinovich has over 30 years of experience in marketing, sales and executive management, mainly in the Alaska seafood industry, working in both domestic and international markets. He has experience in production and processing configurations; broker network management; strategic planning; fresh, frozen and shelf-stable product development; budgeting and finance; trading and overseas reprocessing; and domestic/international marketing. Bob has extensive experience in corporate restructuring and creating a new corporate image for companies. He has also served as a director on both corporate and association boards including the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, North Pacific Seafoods and the Pacific Seafood Processors Association.

Executive Management

Luke Fanning, Chief Executive OfficerLuke Fanning, CEO
Luke Fanning is the chief executive officer for APICDA and its subsidiaries. He is a lifelong Alaskan whose seafood industry experience began in the 1990s as a crewman on a halibut longliner and salmon seiner. He first became acquainted with APICDA in 2007 when he served as APICDA and AJV’s banker while working for Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to joining APICDA in 2017, Luke served as the vice president and regional manager for First National Bank Alaska, where he managed a region including five bank branches and a portfolio of commercial loans and deposits.

Luke has a bachelor of science from the University of Portland, an MBA from the University of Alaska Southeast and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Luke is an active member of his community and has served on the board for the Juneau Rotary Club and the Healing Hand Foundation, which provides financial assistance for beneficiaries of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium who have unmet medical needs. Luke is very passionate about the seafood industry. In his spare time, he captains Triton, a 32-foot commercial fishing vessel, gillnetting for salmon and longlining for halibut.

Grant Mirick, Chief Operating Officer
Grant Mirick is the chief operating officer and oversees APICDA’s subsidiaries. Grant has been involved in the Alaska fishing and processing industries for more than 30 years with positions and activities in corporate management, production management, quality control, domestic and international seafood sales and commercial fishing. After working his way through college with fishing industry jobs in Unalaska and Kodiak, Grant moved to Kodiak full-time in the early 1980s to work for Ocean Beauty Seafoods. In 1993 he accepted a job managing the Kodiak Salmon Packers facility in Larsen Bay and worked between Seattle and the village of Larsen Bay for the next 13 years. Community outreach and joint projects with the community of Larsen Bay were some of the most memorable and rewarding parts of his job. He went to work for Snopac Products in 2007 as the director of sales and in 2010 was promoted to chief operating officer, which included overseeing operations in Dillingham and the M/V Snopac Innovator. After the sale of Snopac Products in 2013, Grant went to work for Welmar Pacific as their vice president of operations where he led the team for Alaska salmon sales.

Laura Delgado, Chief Program Officer

Laura Delgado, CPOLaura Delgado is our chief program officer and began her career with APICDA in 2002. Laura oversees a portfolio of programs including APICDA’s robust Training and Education Program. Laura grew up in Unalaska and attended college with the support of the APICDA scholarship program. Upon graduation, she began her career at APICDA and has held the positions of HR assistant, HR director, quality assurance director and operations general manager. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Nevada Reno and a Master of Arts in consumer/industrial research from Cleveland State University.