About Us

Denali Commission Act of 1998

The Denali Commission Act of 1998 established the Denali Commission (Commission) to deliver services of the federal government in the most cost-effective manner by reducing administrative and overhead costs. As part of the act, the Commission’s mission of providing job training and other economic development services in rural communities was established with a specific focus on promoting rural development, and providing power generation, transition facilities, modern communication systems, water and sewer systems and other infrastructure needs in rural Alaska. 

Since its inception, the Denali Commission Act of 1998 has been updated several times expanding its mission to include the planning and construction of health care facilities and the establishment of the Denali Access System Program for surface transportation infrastructure and waterfront transportation projects. 

Most recently, the Denali Commission Act was again expanded to include the authority for the Commission to accept funding from other federal agencies as well as gifts or donations for the purpose of carrying out the act. 

Read the Denali Commission Act of 1998 as amended. 

 

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Funding

The Denali Commission’s funding has traditionally included federal congressional appropriations through the Energy and Water appropriations committee.  In addition, the Commission also receives funds from sources such as the US Department of Agriculture and from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Liability trust fund for energy projects.  In recent legislation, the Commission acquired new authority within its statute that allows the Commission to accept gifts or donations of services, property or money, from non-federal entities; and the Commission is also able to accept transfers of funds from other Federal agencies to carry out any activities that are authorized in its mission.

For questions about the Commission’s funding please contact Corrine Eilo, CFO at 907-271-1424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Our Staff

  

Joel Neimeyer, federal co-chair, Denali Commission

Direct: 907-271-1440 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joel Neimeyer was appointed in January 2010 by the U.S. Commerce Secretary. As federal co-chair Mr. Neimeyer serves as the Commission’s Agency Head, acts as a tiebreaker in any Commission votes and accepts the Commission’s annual work plan. 

Jay Farmwald, director of programs

Direct:  907-271-1413 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jay Farmwald is responsible for directing and overseeing the programs of the Commission.  He supervises the program and grant staff.  Mr. Farmwald serves as a member of the senior management team.

Corrine Eilo, chief financial officer

 Direct:  907-271-1424- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Corrine Eilo is responsible for directing and overseeing the administrative, fiscal and human resource management of the Commission.  She supervises the administrative and financial staff and has oversight of contracted services that support the agency across all programs.  Ms. Eilo serves as a member of the senior management team.

John Whittington, general counsel 

Direct: 907-271-1640- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Whittington is the general counsel for the Commission. He is responsible for the agency’s ethics program and serves as the legal advisor to the agency on all matters. Mr. Whittington serves as a member of the senior management team.

Teresa Cortes, program assistant

 Direct: 907-271-1414 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Teresa Cortes is responsible for greeting visitors in the Anchorage office, answering and directing phone calls and correspondence, booking conference rooms, and providing general administrative support. 

Chris Allard, program manager

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Tom Wolf, program manager

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Don Antrobus, program manager

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Janet Davis, grants management officer

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Judy Herrick, contracting officer representative

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Beth Flowers, senior financial officer

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Molly Penney, financial officer 

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Anne Stanislowski, administrative specialist 

Direct: 907-271-3011- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Meet the Commissioners

The Denali Commission Act of 1998 establishes that the Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to create the proposed annual work plan for the Denali Commission. Many of these Commissioners additionally serve as part of the Commission’s Advisory Bodies. These Commissioners represent perspectives throughout Alaska and include the Governor of the State of Alaska; the Presidents of the University of Alaska, Alaska Municipal League, Alaska Federation of Natives, AFL-CIO Alaska, Associated General Contractors of Alaska; and the Federal Co-Chair of the Denali Commission.

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Joel Neimeyer, Federal Co-Chair, Denali Commission

Phone: 907-271-1414

Mr. Joel Neimeyer serves as the Federal Co-Chair for the Denali Commission and in that position acts as meeting chair during Commission meetings. Mr. Neimeyer also serves as Chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee.

Byron Mallott, State Co-Chair, Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska 

Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott serves as the State Co-Chair for the Denali Commission.

 

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John MacKinnon, Executive Director, Associated General Contractors of Alaska

Phone: 907-561-5354

Mr. John MacKinnon serves as a Commissioner representing the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

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Julie E. Kitka, President, Alaska Federation of Natives

Phone: 907-274-3611

Ms. Julie Kitka serves as a Commissioner representing the Alaska Federation of Natives.

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Kathie Wasserman, Executive Director, Alaska Municipal League

Phone: 907-586-1325

Ms. Kathie Wasserman serves as a Commissioner representing the Alaska Municipal League.

Dr. Jim Johnsen, President, University of Alaska

Phone: 907-450-8009

Dr. Jim Johnsen serves as a Commissioner representing the University of Alaska.

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Vince Beltrami, Executive President, Alaska AFL-CIO

Phone: 907-258-6284

Mr. Vince Beltrami serves as a Commissioner representing the Alaska AFL-CIO. 

 Meeting Minutes

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Advisory Committees

Transportation Advisory Committee

Carvel Zimin, Jr. - Bristol Bay Borough Assembly

Chuck Pool, P.E., R.L.S. - Pool Engineering, Incorporated

Chuck Quinlan - K'oyitl'ots'ina, Limited

Joel Neimeyer (Chair) - Denali Commissioner

Mike Hoffman - Association of Village Council Presidents

Randy Romenesko, P.E. - Norton Sound Health Corporation

Ray Richards - Doyon Limited

Steve Ivanoff - Kawerak, Incorporated

Walter Sampson - NANA Regional Corporation

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Events

Mon Mar 05
Public Hearing

News

Mertarvik DEIS 2017

 

Mertarvik Draft Environmetnal Impact Statement

The Denali Commission announces the availability for review and comment of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Infrastructure Development at Mertarvik, Alaska. This notice of availability is being provided to agencies, organizations, and the interested public.

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Mertarvik DEIS 2017 (2)

 

Mertarvik Draft Environmetnal Impact Statement

The Denali Commission announces the availability for review and comment of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Infrastructure Development at Mertarvik, Alaska. This notice of availability is being provided to agencies, organizations, and the interested public.

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Denali Commission Lapse Plan 2018

 Denali Commission Government Shutdown Plan

The Denali Commission will only incur obligations that can lawfully be funded from prior no-year appropriations (remaining available until expended) as authorized by law.  Since all Denali Commission staff members are exempt employees, whose salaries may be paid through prior, no-year appropriations, they will continue to report to work.   Prior to the shutdown, the Denali Commission has 14 employees reporting to work; after the enactment of a shutdown, the Denali Commission will have 14 employees reporting to work.

The current balance of no year prior year appropriations is at a sufficient level to maintain the operations for fiscal year FY 2018. If all existing no-year funds are expended before new appropriations are enacted, the Denali Commission will furlough all employees until new funding is made available.

The agency head (Federal Co-Chair) is an employee of the Department of Commerce, funded through annual appropriations, and will not be reporting to work.

In the absence of the agency head, the office will be maintained except for all actions entrusted in the Denali Commission Act to the position of Federal Co-Chair.  These actions will not be executed during the furlough period.  Such actions are listed in the Denali Commission legislation under sections 303, 304, 305, 306, 309 and 310. 

The duties to conduct our mission, under these sections of the Denali Commission Act, which will not be executed, are:

 

  • Mandated Commission meetings
  • Work Plan publication in the Federal Register for public comment
  • Annual Work Plan submission to the Secretary of Commerce
  • New contract and cooperative agreements
  • New grant awards
  • Appointment of new personnel
  • Procurement of temporary and intermittent services

 

2017 Distressed/Non-Distressed List

The 2017 "Distressed" Community Criteria prepared by the Alaska Department of Labor for the Denali Commission is now available online. Please contact the Denali Commission at 907.271.1414 with any questions. 

 

 

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