Board of Directors
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
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.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Longacre is responsible for the overall management of all lending and loan-related functions as well as branch operations in and outside of Anchorage. He works closely with Betsy Lawer to ensure customers gain access to innovative banking solutions that will help them succeed in the Great Land. Longacre’s grandparents mined the gold fields north of Fairbanks in 1902 and were original First National shareholders. Longacre continues that tradition today by mining the potential of Alaskans and Alaska businesses. The West Anchorage High graduate worked his way through college doing construction work before joining the bank in 1974.
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
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company President Tom 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 he commanded Coast Guard operations in Alaska and the North Pacific. Other tours included Kodiak and Juneau.
Lead Director and Artist
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.
Business Community Member
Business Community Member Johnson’s decades of hard work have established her as 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. Johnson was named Outstanding Alaskan of the Year in 2013 by Alaska State Chamber.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Alaska Regional Hospital
Alaska Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Julie Taylor’s years of leadership and knowledge of the rapidly-growing healthcare industry offers the bank and its customers an invaluable viewpoint. She arrived at Alaska Regional in December 2013. Prior to that, she was the Chief Executive Officer of West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho, and the Chief Operating Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora in Denver, Colo. Taylor has held a number of leadership positions, including Director of Case Management and Admissions, Interim Vice President of Human Resources, Associate Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
Owner, Major Marine Tours
Tougas started his career in tourism as a tour bus driver while studying in college. Today, this longtime Alaska businessman owns Seward-based businesses Major Marine Tours, Harbor 360 Hotel and Hertz Rent-a-Car. A teacher of small-business classes in Seward, he has helped manage numerous companies since he started in the tourism industry in the 1970s and remains active in the community, having won many accolades for his efforts.