Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of well-respected and highly experienced members of the maritime community. Responsible for providing advice to MXAK's Executive Director, the Board meets annually to review the organization's finances and discuss new initiatives.

Captain Hans Antonsen
President
Southeast Alaska Pilots Association
Captain Hans H. Antonsen is the President of the Marine Exchange of Alaska’s Board of Directors. A third-generation resident of Ketchikan, he has worked on the waters of Alaska for nearly 45 years and currently an active Marine Pilot for Southeast Alaska He began working on family-owned tugs at the age of 15, got his first captain’s license at 21 and began piloting at age 29. He has been a Marine Pilot in Southeast Alaska for over 30 years and has served as president of Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association, on the Alaska Board of Marine pilots and as the Chair of the Marine Safety Task Force. He served on the Marine Exchange of Alaska Board of Directors for 15 years prior to be elected to serve as Board President in November 2018. Hans is also a founding Trustee of the William A. Lund Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards over $120,000 per year to candidates pursuing careers in the maritime industry. When he is not working on the water, he and his wife Laura enjoy fishing on HER BOAT, a 28’ Kingfisher.
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Captain Mike O'Hara
VICE PRESIDENT
Southwest Alaska Pilots' Association

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Bryan Hawkins
Secretary/Treasurer
Harbormaster/Port Director of Homer

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Captain Lawson Brigham
Member
University of Alaska

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Captain Bill Gillespie
Member
Alaska Marine Pilots

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Don Reid
Member
Alaska Marine Lines


Judge Peter Froelich
Member
Member at Large

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Captain Vic Scheibert
Member
Trident Seafoods

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Harold Whittlesy
Member
Satellite Technical Services


Bal Dreyfus
Member

Matson Inc.


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Captain Dan Blanchard
Member
UnCruise Adventures

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Captain Rick Olson
Member
Olson Marine
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Captain Keith Austin
Member
Alaska Marine Pilots