Senior Management

The President and all Senior Vice Presidents each certify to the Board of Directors of First National Bank Alaska that in discharging their duties they adhere to and advocate the principles and responsibilities governing professional and ethical conduct (75 KB PDF).

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 economics 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.

Doug Longacre

Executive Vice President
Longacre's grandparents mined the gold fields north of Fairbanks in 1902. Today, Longacre continues that tradition by mining the potential of Alaskan businesses. The West Anchorage High graduate worked his way through college doing construction work before joining the bank in 1974.

CINDI BUZITIS

Senior Vice President
Nearly four decades of work in almost all areas of banking at First National gives Buzitis the breadth and depth of experience vital to successful leadership. In addition to serving on the executive management team, she is also the Bank Secrecy Act and Bank Operations Support Manager and oversees the bank's Corporate Compliance, Customer Support, Deposit Services, Manual and Review units.

Cheri Gillian

Senior Vice President and Board Secretary
An Alaskan for forty-plus years, Gillian has spent most of those years marketing and promoting Alaska products and services, including the last two decades at First National, presently as Director of Corporate Communications and External Affairs. Her understanding of the unique needs of Alaska businesses is invaluable in helping the bank develop and make available services that meet those needs.

Phil Griffin

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Griffin began his banking career in the early 1980s after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He arrived in Alaska after holding Chief Information Officer positions in California and Nevada. In his role as CIO, Griffin is responsible for the bank's information technology strategic planning, implementation and security, core and item processing systems, network services, software solutions and support, online banking and business continuity planning.

Bill Inscho

Senior Vice President
Soon after he completed his college education in business, Inscho joined the financial industry and has been a banker for nearly 30 years. He is now a member of the First National's Senior Loan Committee, and currently heads the Corporate Lending Division in Anchorage.

Bill Renfrew

Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Interior Alaska
Working a gold mine in the 1970s taught Alaska-born Renfrew things about banking he couldn't learn in school or behind a desk. The experience of making payroll and borrowing money during his stint as a miner helped Renfrew understand his customer's needs. Today he uses that experience and the relationships he's built from more than 30 years in Fairbanks to serve as Interior regional manager.

Michele Schuh

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
A third-generation banker, Schuh brings more than 25 years of finance and accounting experience to the Chief Financial Officer position. She held a Certified Public Accountant license in Oregon and maintains membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Schuh is a graduate of Anchorage's Dimond High School, the University of Washington and the Pacific Coast Banking School.

David Stringer

Senior Vice President
This third generation native of Juneau and University of Alaska graduate worked his way through the bank's management associate program in the 1970s while serving in the Alaska National Guard. Stringer is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. He has served in various areas of the bank, including the Kodiak and Seward branches.

Ryan Strong

Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
Strong began his financial services career as a management trainee at First National. He soon moved up to Commercial Loan Officer and then to manager of bank branches in Palmer and Fairbanks. His strong leadership skills and real estate knowledge led him to the position of president and CEO of an Alaska title guaranty agency, expanding it into new markets and within existing ones. First National customers again benefit from Strong's know-how in his position as Retail and Cash Management Director.

Craig Thorn

Senior Vice President
A lifelong Alaskan, Thorn is heavily involved in the local community. His volunteer and leadership experience with various organizations in the Matanuska Valley area helps him in his current position as he oversees bank operations in Eagle River, Palmer and Wasilla.

Charles Weimer

Senior Vice President and Branch Lending Administrator
Weimer worked in Alaska's canneries, the Yukon River fishery and Interior construction to earn his way through college. Upon graduation, Weimer joined the bank's management associate program, working in Anchorage before finding a permanent home on the Kenai Peninsula in 1984, where he serves as regional manager.