Originally From Oklahoma, Chris and his family moved to King Salmon Alaska in 2018. While there, his family got to experience life in bush Alaska at Katmai National Park; only having a few close encounters with bears and moose. They also were introduced to and educated on local native organizations and traditions, subsistence living and the importance of fishing in Bristol Bay.
After serving on the leadership team for Bristol Bay Borough, his family moved to Anchorage in February 2020. Despite their terrible timing, they survived the Covid-19 pandemic and found creative ways to learn about and experience Anchorage and surrounding communities. He and his family have fallen in love with Alaska and are excited to grow roots and develop relationships in their new home.
During his career, Chris has spent over 20 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has served as a Parks and Recreation Director for several communities and spent most of his career developing, implementing, and leading organizational operations. Additionally, he has led large and complex construction and renovation projects including splashpads, water parks, aquatic and recreation centers, and a 1200 seat historic WPA era theatre.
Chris cut his teeth into the non-profit sector working for the Boy Scouts of America at one of their summer camps at 14 years old. He credits becoming an Eagle Scout and his time working for the scouts as the reason he believes so passionately about communities and the environment.
He has participated in charity and philanthropic work by serving on the boards for Camai Community Health Center, as the President of The Oklahoma Recreation Society, President of the Pauls Valley and Purcell Oklahoma Lions Club chapters, and the National Parks & Recreation Association’s public policy team.
In his free time, he enjoys getting outdoors with his family and dog for hiking, camping, and swimming. When he’s not outdoors, you can catch him reading, cooking, or embarrassingly dancing at home and in public to horrify his wife and children.
Chris is a University of Oklahoma alumnus and will argue about why Oklahoma is better than Texas to the death, even though he doesn’t necessarily believe it.
- Environmental Conservation
- Arts & Culture
- Historical Preservation