Sonya Wellman

Events Manager

Phone: (907) 334- 0514


Sonya Wellman was born and raised in Anchorage, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. She began her career at Visit Anchorage, the convention and visitors’ bureau for the Municipality of Anchorage, before becoming the Promotions and Marketing Director for the Alaska nightclub Chilkoot Charlie’s. From there, Sonya jumped into the nonprofit sector and was the Executive Director of the United Way of Grays and Pacific Counties in Washington state. She continued fundraising and development for other nonprofits in Washington and Alaska before joining Alaska Public Media as the Director of Special Events and then the Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage as Sales and Marketing Manager.

Sonya’s community involvement includes Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis Silent Nights Starry Nights Gala, Anchorage Centennial Celebration events and the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Festival. She has served on the Board of Directors with Visit Anchorage and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Visit Anchorage Helping Anchorage, the charitable arm of Visit Anchorage.

Outside of work, Sonya enjoys spending time fishing, hiking, cooking, writing and traveling.


Roy Agloinga

Program Officer

Jeff Baird

Chief of Staff

Deborah Bitney

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Angela Cox

Vice President of External Affairs

Lisa Demer

Communications Manager

Laura Erickson

Office Manager

Alice Qannik Glenn

Program Fellow

Carmen Goodwin

Payroll and Benefits Administrator

Stephanie Hubers

Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents

Marian Hunter

Grants Manager

Diane Kaplan

President and CEO

Emily Kwon

External Affairs Assistant

Dick Mandsager

Senior Fellow

Alexandra McKay

Vice President of Programs

Jenny Miller

Program Fellow

Samona Norombaba

Administrative Assistant

Kris Palmatier

Finance Manager

Chris Perez

Senior Program Officer

Todd Shenk

Senior Program Officer

Sharity Sommer

Program Officer

Kelly Wagner

Grants Management Associate