Board of Directors

Betsy Lawer

Chair and President
As a third generation Alaskan banker, Lawer grew up with many of Alaska's business and community leaders. She learned the banking business literally at her father's knee, earned her degree from Duke University, and returned to work her way up to the leadership position she holds today. Lawer recently served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Board of Directors and their Audit Committee. She has served on the Smithsonian National Board since 2008.

Lucy Mahan

Vice Chair
Owner, Transitional Counseling
A licensed professional counselor, Mahan resides in Homer where her family fishes commercially. She graduated from Anchorage's West High and earned degrees from the University of Colorado and Alaska Pacific University. Mahan owns and facilitates Transitional Counseling LLC.

Admiral Tom Barrett, USCG (Ret.)

President, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
As president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Barrett focuses on building a high performance culture at Alyeska. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and the first Administrator of the U.S. Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration. Prior to that, he served 35 years in the U.S. Coast Guard where the commanded Coast Guard operations in Alaska and the North Pacific. Other tours included Kodiak and Juneau.

Dr. Maurice Coyle

Medical Consultant
Dr. Coyle graduated from St. Louis University Medical School in 1961, and seven years later came to Anchorage to join the staff of the Alaska Native Medical Center. He served as the director of radiology at Providence Alaska Health Systems until his retirement in 2000, and was Chief Medical Officer at Providence Imaging Center until 2004. Coyle is currently a medical consultant. He joined First National's board of directors in 1991.

Perry Eaton

Eaton was born in Kodiak and grew up working on his father's fishing boat. He lives in Anchorage and is a shareholder and director at Koniag, Inc. He worked as a commercial lender for First National Bank Alaska early in his professional career, which included serving as founder and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and as an officer in various capacities at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Eaton has also established his name as a talented artist, photographer and mask-maker.

Margy Johnson

Executive Vice President, Alaska Dispatch
Johnson worked her way up to become one of Alaska's most prominent business leaders. Active in Alaska's business, civic and political circles, she has served as Director of International Trade with the Office of the Governor. She was the first woman to serve as president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and, in 1993, became the first woman elected mayor of Cordova. Today, Johnson serves as Executive Vice President at Alaska Dispatch.

Jane Klopfer

Business Community Member
Klopfer, a lifelong Alaskan, is an active member in the local business community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Master of Business Administration in Finance and has extensive experience in investment management. Before joining the bank's board Klopfer worked for the investment firm, McMorgan and Company and the Alaska Permanent Capital Management Company as a senior vice president.

Loren H. Lounsbury

Chairman, International Management Group
An Alaskan since age 10, Lounsbury received his degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. Returning to Alaska in the late 1950s, he foresaw the coming economic boom in the new state and opened his own engineering and survey firm. A First National board member since 1976, he has served on the boards of numerous Alaska non-profit agencies.

Tom Tougas

Owner, Major Marine Tours
Tougas started his career in tourism as a tour bus driver while studying in college. Today, this long-time Alaska businessman owns Seward-based businesses Major Marine Tours and Harbor 360 Hotel. He has helped manage numerous companies since he started in the tourism industry in the 1970s.

Fran Ulmer

Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Not only is Fran Ulmer Alaska's former Lieutenant Governor, she's also served as mayor of Juneau and as a state representative. Ulmer previously worked as University of Alaska Anchorage chancellor, legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond, and Director of Policy Development for the state. She was the first chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. Ulmer is Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011.