Representing Akutan – Harvey McGlashan
Harvey has served on the APICDA board since 2013. Originally from Seattle, Harvey has lived in Akutan for 13 years. Harvey has been self-employed throughout his entire adult life and has fished all over Alaska. He is an active member of the Akutan Fisherman’s Association.
Representing Atka – Mark Snigaroff
In 2006 APICDA welcomed Mark back to the board; Mark first served on the board from 1992-1994. Mark was born and raised in the community of Atka and he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the late 1970s.
Mark served as president of the Axtam Corporation for 8 years and as president of the Atka Village Council for 10 years. He served many years on the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association board and served as Vice President of the Atka Fishermen’s Association in 1984. Mark also spent 4 years on the Aleut Marine Mammal Commission and also served on the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission in 2003.
Mark was honored by the Aleut Corporation in 2006 as Shareholder of the Year for his involvement, leadership and contributions to his community and region. In his free time, Mark enjoys subsistence hunting and fishing.
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 over ten years.
Nikki loves to be outdoors with her family, which includes her four children, two daughters (Hanna & Hazel) and two sons (Dayton & Kendrick). They love anything outdoorsy — from picking berries to halibut fishing to sledding.
Along with serving on the APICDA Board, Nikki’s other commitments include: City of False Pass Vice-Mayor, Aleutians East Borough School Board member, Isanotski Corporation Secretary/Treasurer and Aleutians East Borough Assembly member.
Nikki is grateful for the opportunity to represent False Pass on the APICDA Board.
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 migrating 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 also serves on the Aleutians East Borough Assembly, the local fishermen’s association, as well as various Nelson Lagoon advisory committees. Justine has now lived in the Lagoon for over 30 years, has been a commercial fisherwoman for that time, and is currently the Council Administrator for the Tribe and Corporation.
Justine is a painter and has had her work displayed in art shows in Seattle. She has also taught yoga and is a very strong advocate for the teaching of music and dance, and she loves to read.
Representing Nikolski – Andrew Lestenkof Jr.
Andrew is a full blooded Unangan (Aleut) with family ties in the Pribilofs as well as Nikolski. Andrew has resided in Nikolski for the majority of his life and takes part in all community events. He is currently employed through the Nikolski IRA working mostly with the local power plant, pump house and delivering fuel. Andrew loves to fish, hunt and explore! He loves to donate his time and help others in the village when needed. You can usually see Andrew out on the water, wandering the land or working on a four wheeler. Andrew is pleased and excited to serve as a Board of Director for the APICDA family.
Representing St. George – Mark Merculief
Mark Merculief is an active member of the St. George Fisherman’s Association and has lived in St. George the majority 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.
Mark played basketball for St. Paul in high school which took him all over the state and also attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Stika. When he isn’t fishing, Mark enjoys beaching combing, playing the guitar and reading.
Representing Unalaska – Bill Shaishnikoff
Bill was born and raised in Unalaska. He attended college in Everette, WA., before returning to Alaska. He took his family to Olympia WA. for a few years, so that his children could experience life on the “outside”. Mr. Shaishnikoff came to work for APICDA as Vessels manager in 2000. Upon returning to Unalaska, he worked for the city of Unalaska for two years, prior to starting his own rock and gravel business.
Bill owns and operates Bering Shai Rock and Gravel out of his property in front of the waterfront in Captain’s Bay. It is a family business, in which he is aided by his wife, Diane, and their two sons, Steven and Blaine.
Bill was elected to the APICDA Board of Directors in March 2012 by the Unalaska Fishermen Association. He says that he is extremely impressed with the board, management, projects and progress of APICDA. He says that he is privileged to be part of this governing entity for APICDA.
Financial Institution Representative – Pete Crandall
Pete is the financial representative on the APICDA Board of Directors. 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. Pete is now retired and is proud to be serving on the APICDA Board representing the communities of our region.
Fishing Industry Representative – Tim Meintz
Tim Meintz has been affiliated with APICDA from the very beginnings of the CDQ program in Alaska. He started out as a commercial fisherman and co-owner of Cascade Fishing Inc. from 1990 to 2011, fishing multi-species from his boat the F/V Seafisher as a partner with APICDA. Tim lives in Seattle and also serves on the board of directors of North Pacific Fisheries Foundation (NPFF). NPFF was founded in 2006 to provide funding and project support for research and education in fisheries and marine mammal science in the North Pacific.