BOARD – EXECUTIVE STAFF
APICDA & AJV Board Members
APICDA & AJV boards are primarily comprised of local Fishermen's Association members; one representative per community in addition to a fishing industry, financial industry and legal community representative.
Hugh Pelkey – Akutan
Hugh comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and visionaries; his great grandfather Hugh McGlashan Sr. established the village of Akutan in its present location. Hugh owns and operates a fishing business, works as a pilot boat operator, serves as the President of Akutan’s Fishery Association, the Vice President of the Akutan Village Corporation, and is the Community Liaison for the Board of Fish, North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. In addition, Hugh is a traditional hunter-gatherer, culture bearer instructor, Indigenous rights activist, and an accomplished Unangan artisan craftsman, specializing in men’s weapons and tools.
Hugh ran a profitable dive service for 21 years as a commercial diver, is a 19-year International Longshore and Warehouse Union member and a 2011 red ribbon patent inventor. He attended school in Washington State and has served APICDA in a variety of different capacities from board member to a member of the management team. His vast knowledge about APICDA, commercial fishing, and the region is a great asset to the APICDA board.
Mark Snigaroff – Atka
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 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.
Nikki Hoblet – False Pass
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.
Justine Gundersen – Nelson Lagoon
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 lived in the lagoon for over 30 years and is currently the council administrator for the Tribe and Corporation.
Tanya Lestenkof – Nikolski
Tanya Lestenkof has lived up and down the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Chain, from Sand Point to Nikolski, for most of her life. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2001 with BA’s in both English and History. She is currently taking courses part-time to pursue a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis on accounting.
Tanya returned home to Nikolski in June of 2002, became Tribal Administrator for the Native Village of Nikolski in May of 2003, and has spent close to eighteen years in that position. She has served on various boards, including three terms with Aleutian Housing Authority. She has worked with several entities, such as APIA, AHA, and APICDA, to pursue funding for beneficial projects within Nikolski.
When Tanya’s not trapped in front of a computer for work, she spends a lot of her time with her husband, foster children, and dogs doing various subsistence hunting and fishing activities, enjoying the outdoors, and reading.
Mark Merculief – St. George
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.
Bill Shaishnikoff – Unalaska
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 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, aided by his wife, Diane, and their two sons, Steven and Blaine.
Pete Crandall – Financial Institution Representative
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.
Bob Nickinovich – Fishing Industry Representative
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.
Leslie was raised on Mt. Edgecumbe and in Sitka. After graduating from Vassar College, she worked for the Alaska Legislature and then attended the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She practiced law in Alaska for over 30 years, advising Alaska Native Corporations, small communities, and large nonprofits. Having served as APICDA’s General Counsel from 2005 to 2018, Leslie brings to the board familiarity with the organization's work and a firm commitment to its mission.