Staff at APICDA

Executive Management

Larry Cotter, Chief Executive Officer

WACDALarry Cotter is the Chief Executive Officer of APICDA and its subsidiary companies. He has lived in Alaska since 1974 and has worked in the commercial fishing industry since moving to the state. Larry spent over four years as a seafood processing worker in Juneau, and eight years as a labor organizer and representative for seafood processing workers and longshoremen. He served on the Advisory Panel to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for six years and as a voting member of the Council for an additional six years. This was during the transition years when foreign fishing was being phased out and domestic allocation issues were first coming to the forefront. During that time he was Chair of several committees including the Bycatch Committee and Crab Management Committee. Larry continues to volunteer time for fishery management issues and currently serves as Chair of the Council’s Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee.

Larry has also been active in his community, and served as a board member of Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau (including two years as Chair). He was a member of the Fish & Game Transition Team for both Governor Palin and Former Governor Murkowski. Larry currently chair’s the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Responsible Fisheries Management committee.

Grant Mirick, Chief Operating Officer

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Grant Mirick is our 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 and Asian value added product development.

Gary Chythlook, Chief Administrative Officer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGary Chythlook is the Chief Administrative Officer for APICDA. Gary grew up commercial fishing out of Bristol Bay and still has many ties to the fishery. He has a broad range of experience in business ownership, marketing, management and project management. He has a Bachelor’s in elementary education and psychology and an MBA. Having grown up in rural Alaska, he is personally very passionate about APICDA’s purpose of creating stable local economies in each of our member communities. In the past, he has volunteered for many boards and committees that worked to fulfill a similar purpose.


Luke Fanning, Chief Financial Officer

Luke Fanning is the Chief Financial Officer for APICDA and its subsidiaries. He is a lifelong Alaskan whose seafood industry experience began in the 1990’s 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 he 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 fishing industry. In his spare time, he captains the F/V Triton, a 32’ commercial fishing vessel, gillnetting for salmon and longlining for halibut.

Laura Delgado, Chief Program Officer

Laura 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 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.



Brett Weaver
General Manager Tourism

Loren Abbey
Director Human Resources

Angel Drobnica
Government Relations and Community Projects

Ellen Lawlor Krsnak
Director Communications and Media

Chris Mierzejek
Director Administration

Luci Roberts
Quota Manager

Jake Carpenter
Director Technology Services

Sean Hislop
Safety Manager

Merle Brandell
Nelson Lagoon Storage

Cannon Fish Company

Bob O’Bryant