All American Oilfield Appoints General Manager Shane Jolin

“Safe, efficient contract execution is our top priority for Chugach’s family of companies, and we are confident Shane will continue to uphold this standard for All American Oilfield,” said Gwen Welch, CCH’s Vice President of Operations. “His extensive leadership and Alaska operations experience will continue to position our customers for success and create future growth opportunities for the company.”

Jolin has more than two decades of petroleum experience including work with Schlumberger and CH2MHill, where he served as their Operations Manager for the North Slope and managed more than 500 employees. Additionally, his certification as a Project Management Professional allowed him to successfully lead large business units in support of Alaska’s oil and gas efforts, managing projects that surpassed $100 million in annual expenditures. Prior to entering Alaska’s oil and gas industry, Jolin served in the U.S. Marine Corp.

“As a lifelong Alaskan, I’m passionate about supporting the oil and gas industry that drives our state’s economy,” Jolin stated. “I’m proud to represent a true Alaskan company that is built on the foundation of an extremely talented, homegrown team.”

About All American Oilfield:

All American Oilfield, LLC (AAO) is a subsidiary of Chugach Alaska Corporation (Chugach), an Alaska Native Corporation owned by more than 2,900 shareholders. AAO provides drilling and professional services to Alaska’s oil and gas industry, with operations primarily focused on the Cook Inlet and North Slope. The company is guided by a skilled, diverse team of employees who are committed to helping customers reach their objectives while upholding the highest standards of efficiency, transparency, and safety. Learn more at

Happy Holidays from Chugach!


As we reflect on our blessings this holiday season, we are especially thankful for the support of our Chugach community, from our shareholders and employees to our customers and community partners.

Together, you have played an important hand in our corporation’s success this year, and enabled us to continue creating benefits and opportunities for our shareholders and region.

May this holiday season fill your hearts with joy, your homes with warmth, and your lives with love.

On behalf of the Board and the entire Chugach team, we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, a joyous holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

Chugach Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Chugach President Josie Hickel has announced that she will retire in early 2024. During her nearly eight-year tenure with Chugach, Hickel served the employees and shareholders of Chugach in numerous leadership roles and as President since 2022.

Hickel has been a vital team member of Chugach’s leadership team, overseeing Chugach’s lands and land resources, community and regional development, and cultural resources. Her drive and determination were instrumental in advancing many strategic initiatives that created lasting and meaningful value for the Chugach shareholders.

“Chugach is a better and stronger company today thanks to Josie’s many contributions,” said Chugach’s Chairman Sheri Buretta. “We want to celebrate with Josie the exciting news of her well-deserved retirement, and we express our gratitude for her amazing leadership and the profound impact she has had during her time with Chugach. With an executive tenure that spans more than 30 years, Josie is now ready to spend more time with her family, and we are blessed that Josie has given us ample time for her transition.”

President Josie Hickel will retire in March 2024 after eight years of distinguished service.

Prior to her departure at the end of first quarter in 2024, Hickel will work with Chugach’s Executive Team and Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition of her duties to others that will position Chugach for future success. One of those individuals is Chugach Shareholder Katherine Carlton, who was recently promoted to Chugach’s Vice President of Operations for Chugach Commercial Holdings (CCH).

Carlton will assume the new role of Vice President of ANCSA and Community Affairs, which will encompass many of the president’s former responsibilities. “Katherine is a talented, nimble leader with a passion for Chugach’s mission, shareholders, and cultural heritage,” Buretta stated. “She is a staunch advocate of Chugach’s rights as an Alaska Native Corporation and currently represents Chugach as a co-chair of the Native American Contractors Association.”

Buretta continued, “Katherine possesses many leadership skills which can be utilized in various areas of the organization, making her the right leader to assume the responsibilities for Chugach’s important community and cultural initiatives. Her appointment to VP of ANCSA and Community Affairs, along with Josie’s extended transition period, will make for a seamless transition that will continue the critical work of advancing community development within the Chugach region.”

 Katherine Carlton has been appointed VP, ANCSA & Community Affairs.

Gwen Welch, who has risen through the ranks of Chugach during the last 20 years, will step into the role of CCH’s Vice President of Operations. “Gwen has served the last three years as the finance leader for CCH. She is a versatile leader whose skills both in finance and operations are a perfect combination to take on this important leadership role. Moreover, she is very respected throughout the organization, and I look forward to her leadership as we continue to build momentum and grow CCH,” stated Angie Astle, Chugach’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Astle concluded, “We want to express our deep appreciation for Josie’s service and commitment as a valued member of the executive team. We are blessed to have strong, talented leaders within our organization that have the experience and capabilities to keep Chugach on the path toward continued success and who are committed to creating prosperity for the Chugach region and its people.”

Gwen Welch has been appointed VP of Operations, Chugach Commercial Holdings.

Chugach Alaska Corporation Ranks Seventh On 2023 Top 49er List

Chugach achieved $745 million in revenue in 2022, maintaining the corporation’s position of strength and stability despite challenges related to lingering effects of the global pandemic and economic volatility.

“Ranking on the Top 49er list is a testament to our team’s dedication and hard work,” said Chugach Chairman Sheri Buretta. “I am grateful that Chugach’s original founders instilled a spirit of fortitude into the DNA of our corporation, and proud that our current leaders and employees continue to carry that legacy forward to create success and progress for the corporation – not only measured by financials, but by our positive impact on our shareholders.”

Alaska Business began the Top 49er list in 1985, which ranks the top 49 local businesses ranked by gross revenue, and Chugach has made the list 33 times. While Chugach’s inaugural appearances on the list were closer to the 49th position, growth and diversification in business lines has allowed

Chugach to rise to the top of the list, consistently ranking in the top 10 positions.

For more on the Alaska Business Top 49ers visit their website.

Chugach Appoints Vice President & General Counsel Pamela Keeler

In this critical role, Keeler will provide counsel and leadership regarding all legal and risk matters, and will report to Chief Operating Officer (COO) Peter Andersen to support the corporation’s mission and growth initiatives. With an extensive background in corporate law and a deep commitment to the values and vision of Alaska Native Corporations (ANC), Keeler is an ideal fit for this position.

“We are thrilled to welcome Pamela as a key member of the executive leadership team,” said Interim CEO Angie Astle. “Her legal acumen, combined with a deep understanding of risk management, operations, and Alaska Native issues, will be invaluable as we continue to chart a course for sustainable, long-term growth for the corporation.”

Keeler brings a wealth of experience to Chugach, having most recently served as Compliance Senior Legal Counsel for First National Bank Alaska where she oversaw the compliance department for the bank that holds a portfolio of nearly $6 billion in assets. Before that, she served as Vice President & General Counsel for North Wind Group, a Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) subsidiary and government contractor specializing in environmental remediation. Keeler originally joined CIRI as its Director of Risk Management, managing risk and insurance for CIRI’s interests ranging from travel and property management to its wind-farm operations. Prior to that, Keeler was Assistant General Counsel, Risk Management for Alutiiq LLC.

Keeler’s legal background also includes private practice trust and business legal representation and insurance defense litigation, and a judicial clerkship with the Federal District of Alaska Judge Honorable H. Russell Holland. She holds multiple degrees in political science-public service, education and law from the University of California, Davis, Western Washington University and University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

CYBER Express Wash Closes on New Supercenter Location in Midtown

CYBER’s new midtown property includes 35,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art indoor, climate-controlled design promising complete indoor wash and detail services year-round. “Alaskans understand the unique fears of having car doors frozen shut or having to vacuum in frigid temperatures; we’re eliminating these concerns altogether and taking it one step further–– consumers can now fully vacuum their vehicles, wash their mats, and more from the comfort of our fully indoor heated facilities,” says Paul Horstkoetter, Co-Founder of CYBER Express Wash.

CYBER’s Supercenter will be the first of its kind in the state, conveniently located in the heart of Anchorage. On average CYBER’s Supercenter promises an output of 350 exterior car washes per hour, with up to 60 fully detailed vehicles (interior and exterior) each hour. Average wait times for wash and full-service detail clock in at under 15 minutes, with an exterior only wash in just three minutes. CYBER’s time-sensitive and efficient cleaning, coupled with their strategic real estate positioning, guarantees convenience for busy Alaskans who are on-the-go.

CYBER’S Supercenter model is centered around the complementary intersection of technology and quality, says Horstkoetter. “Although our system is heavily automated, expertly trained staff are always on hand, allowing our customers to choose between an interactive or fully automated contactless experience. Our goal is two-fold: a top-notch best-in-class wash and the absolute best in customer service.”

With their added supercenter opening February 2024, CYBER provides additional value and services complimentary to future sites including Highway 1. At CYBER’s Supercenter, self-service interior vacuums are included with every car wash, even if washing at another site, pending CYBER membership.

CYBER’s Supercenter is a welcome addition to Anchorage’s midtown architecture and will serve to bolster the local economy, providing 70+ ongoing jobs in addition to facility construction and development.

CYBER’s business model is focused on increasing public access to high-quality car washing while fostering a culture of brand integrity from their state-of-the-art design and technology, to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) responsibility. “We see our Supercenter as the solution to Alaska’s year-round car washing needs, with environmental and quality assurances sure to make every car owner proud,” says Horstkoetter.

About CYBER Express Wash
Cyber Express is a pioneering company in the car wash industry. With a diverse team of experts and a commitment to innovation, Cyber Express sets new standards for quality, efficiency, and eco-friendly car washing. Through their cutting-edge technology and diverse expertise spanning real estate, retail, and automotive, Cyber Express brings an unwavering commitment to excellence delivering a customer experience unmatched in the industry. Learn more at

Chugach Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Peter Andersen has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Chugach. In his role as COO, Andersen will oversee growth strategy and operations for Chugach’s operating companies and investment portfolio, as well as the corporate Business Enterprise functions that support them.

Katherine Carlton is transitioning to Vice President of Operations for Chugach Commercial Holdings (CCH), wherein she will drive operational performance for Chugach’s commercial businesses.

Both Andersen and Carlton will serve as key members of Chugach’s executive leadership team to advance the corporation’s overarching strategic plan, supported by a deep bench of leadership with Interim CEO and EVP/CFO Angie Astle, President Josie Hickel, and Chugach Government Solutions (CGS) President, Scott Davis.

“Sustainable, long-term growth and stability remain our top priority for Chugach, and our recent appointments of Peter and Katherine underpin our pursuit of this,” said Chairman of the Board Sheri Buretta. “Together, they bring a 40-year combined tenure with Chugach. We believe their leadership and operations experience within our federal and commercial business lines will position our businesses to capitalize on future growth opportunities.”

Interim CEO Angie Astle stated, “If there’s one thing that the past several years has taught us, it is that change is inevitable – and necessary – in order to thrive. Both of these newly created roles will help drive operational efficiencies, leverage the strengths of our leaders, and enable quick decision-making at a pivotal time for our company.”

With more than two-and-a-half decades of leadership experience, Andersen most recently served as President of CCH. Prior to that, he held the position of President at Chugach Alaska Services and senior leadership positions at UIC Arctic Response Services and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. During that time, he led a dedicated workforce of professionals and subject matter experts in operations, maintenance, training, and safety to provide services to large, complex client organizations. A lifelong Alaskan and Chugach shareholder born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, Andersen spent many years as a commercial fisherman in Prince William Sound, Kodiak Island, and the Bering Sea. Andersen has found many ways over the years of giving back and building community from serving on the board of the Providence Foundation to his current board role on the Prince William Sounds Science Center.

“These are exciting times to be a Chugach shareholder, a partner, an employee; and it has always been a great honor to be a leader at Chugach. I’m eager to be working to drive our Business Enterprise functions forward, working closely with our commercial, federal and investment leaders toward intergenerational prosperity,” said Andersen.

Originally from Cordova and a Chugach shareholder, Carlton started her Chugach career supporting its federal division, CGS, in 2005. She started in an entry level finance role and moved her way up to President and General Manager for the Education Division subsidiaries. Her leadership throughout her growth journey has been an asset within our federal division, and it is a natural progression for her to bring her experience and leadership to support our commercial division. Carlton currently serves as co-chair of Native American Contractors Association (NACA) and as the local board member of the Selective Service System for the State of Alaska.

Carlton added, “I’m so proud to be a Chugach shareholder and employee. I’ve been fortunate to build my career with the support of Chugach learning and growing all along the way. I’ve always tried to approach each new challenge with the questions, ‘How can I use my skills to be of service; and what do I need to learn so I can maximize my contribution?’ I’m honored and excited to serve Chugach and its shareholders in this new role.”

Chugach, TEC, and NVE Begin Developing Oil Spill Response Facility in Cordova

“Our people have served as stewards of the Prince William Sound region for thousands of years,” stated Sheri Buretta, Chairman of Chugach’s Board of Directors. “In the last three decades, Chugach, NVE, and TEC have advocated for the construction of a road and port facility at Shepard Point in Cordova to provide oil spill response services to better protect the lands, waters, and natural resources of our region.”

Since the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) in 1989, oil spill response efforts in PWS have improved and now meet the highest standards in the world. With state and federal regulations requiring response capabilities throughout the area, PWS is better protected than ever before; however, there has been one critical missing piece: Shepard Point.

The need for an oil spill response facility at Shepard Point was outlined in the EVOS Consent Decree, which established the necessity to have three oil spill response facilities located throughout PWS. The three proposed response facilities will ensure that all areas of the sound can be protected from oil spills. Without a third and final facility at Shepard Point, the eastern half of PWS – particularly the Copper River Basin –  is at greater risk for detrimental impacts from a major spill or marine accident.

“This is a historic development agreement that The Eyak Corporation has been involved in for decades. I am incredibly grateful for all the hard work by Chugach, NVE and TEC over many years to bring this important project to fruition,” TEC President and CEO Thomas Mack said.

A study of oceanic and meteorological conditions in the area around Cordova was conducted by the NVE to look at tides and water levels, sea-level trends, currents, winds, waves, and tsunamis. Results from this study identify Shepard Point as the optimal location for a response facility in the region, and the results of this study will be used to help in the design of the in-water facilities.

The official name for the facility is the Shepard Point Tribal Transportation Oil Spill Response and Marine Casualty Facility. The Facility will include a deep-water, all-tide dock, uplands facilities, and a road connecting the facility to the all-weather airport in Cordova, all of which are critical in transporting essential, out-of-region materials and personnel in the event of a significant spill.

“Our people are dependent on subsistence and commercial fishing, and improving critical rapid oil spill and marine casualty response capabilities in the area will help to safeguard our ancestral waters and the rich bounty these waters provide to our people and all Alaskans,” said Chugach President Josie Hickel. “The project will also enhance economic diversity in the area, and provide employment opportunities for Chugach shareholders, NVE tribal members, and locals.”

Construction of the Shepard Point Oil Spill Response Facility will begin in July 2023 and is expected to be completed in 2026.

About Chugach Alaska Corporation (Chugach):
Established in 1972 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Chugach Alaska Corporation exists to serve the interests of the Alaska Native people of the Chugach region with a focus on profitability, celebration of our heritage and ownership of our lands. Through responsible management of our lands, businesses and assets, we provide meaningful opportunities and benefits to our community of 2,900 shareholders. Chugach fulfills its mission through a range of investments and operating businesses that provide government, facilities and energy services. Learn more at

About The Eyak Corporation (TEC):
The Eyak Corporation is an Alaska Native Village Corporation formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement (ANCSA). The corporation’s mission is to return financial benefits to present and future shareholders through the development of economic opportunities and growth of assets while protecting the ownership of ANCSA lands and Native cultural heritage. More information can be found at

About the Native Village of Eyak (NVE):
The Native Village of Eyak is an Alaska Native Village mostly comprised of four distinct Alaska Native peoples (Eyak, Chugach Region People, Tlingit, and Athabaskan) who are organized together as a federally recognized tribe. The lands in this region have always been abundant lands and waters both for personal and commercial use through trading. Our traditional lands follow the boundaries set under ANCSA in 1971 and stretch across the Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound to encompass Middleton Island. There are many historical village sites across our lands, with the last traditional village annexed into the City of Cordova in the early 1900’s.  Today, ancient grave sites, longhouse remnants and culturally altered vegetation attest to the rich history of our homelands. NVE supports the revitalization of our traditional languages and culture through annual events and heritage preservation which includes subsistence activities, skin sewing, weaving and beading as well as exercising our sovereign rights to self-governance through self-determination. More information can be found at

PRESS RELEASE: Chugach Hosts Ceremony at AK Job Corps Center Honoring Congressman Don Young

Congressman Young’s career spanned five decades, during which he was a constant advocate for the State of Alaska, leading countless initiatives that have had an enduring and positive impact on residents and allowed the state to grow and prosper. The success story of the AKJCC is one of Young’s many accomplishments.

In the late 1980s, the Department of Labor was working to establish a Job Corps Center in Alaska. However, Congress did not see the need for a center in a state with such a small population. Congressman Young knew a center would have a significant benefit to Alaska, and began championing the cause and working tirelessly to obtain the necessary funding to build and operate the center. After years of advocacy, the AKJCC finally opened in 1994.

Without Congressman Young’s commitment, the AKJCC would not exist. In December 2022, to honor the pivotal contributions he made to the creation and success of the AKJCC, the United States Congress approved the renaming of the center to the Don Young Alaska Job Corps Center.

“We are so proud to have this opportunity to honor the legacy of Don Young and his five decades of service to Alaska and our people,” said Sheri Buretta, Chairman of Chugach’s Board of Directors, during the event. “I want to thank the members of Don Young’s family for taking part in the re-dedication ceremony, and I want to thank Gov. Dunleavy, Sen. Murkowski, Sen. Sullivan, Rep. Peltola, and Job Corps Deputy Administrator Raquel Rimpola for being on hand to mark this occasion. I also want to thank Community Leader Janet Kinkaid for both attending this ribbon cutting and for being at the AKJCC almost 30 years ago when the first ribbon was cut that opened the doors to this incredible facility.”

Chugach has operated and maintained the AKJCC since its doors first opened three decades ago, and has consistently ranked as one of the top performing Job Corps Centers in the nation, especially in the area of placing graduates in the workforce. The Center is playing a large role in solving the workforce shortage in the State of Alaska.

“It has been Chugach’s honor to partner with the Department of Labor to fulfill Congressman Young’s commitment to Alaska’s youth. One of Chugach’s core behaviors is empowering people, and we are proud of the students supported by the AKJCC’s mission.”

Chugach Appoints Angie Astle Interim CEO

In her role as interim CEO, Astle will be responsible for leading Chugach’s federal and commercial business lines and the 4,500 employees who support them. She will continue to serve as a key member of Chugach’s executive leadership team and will work closely with Chairman of the Board Sheri Buretta and President Josie Hickel to advance the corporation’s overarching strategic plan.

“Not only does Angie bring an impressive breadth and depth of credentials and experience to this critical position, but she has a proven track record and a sense of urgency we believe will be impactful in this role,” said Buretta. “We’re grateful for her leadership during a crucial time in Chugach’s transformation. The Board is confident Angie will provide stability to our organization, while continuing to chart Chugach’s course in the direction of growth.”

Astle has been with Chugach for more than a quarter century, climbing the ranks from the accounting department to become an integral member of the executive team in 2010. Prior to joining Chugach, she worked at Deloitte and Touche as a senior auditor serving a variety of clients including Alaska Native Corporations, banking institutions, and other for-profit organizations.

“I’m honored to continue working alongside the Board, executive leadership team, employees, and partners focused on Chugach’s legacy of improving the lives of its shareholders,” said Astle. “I’ve witnessed the corporation evolve throughout my 25-year tenure, and although we continue to navigate a challenging business environment, I believe Chugach has the financial strength and operational agility to create a more efficient and profitable corporation that can create sustainable value for the long-term.”

Astle has called Alaska home for three decades, and is a committed advocate for local non-profits, including leading Chugach’s annual Alaska Run for Women campaign and serving as an ambassador for the American Heart Association’s local chapter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and a master’s in accounting from University of Montana. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in Alaska since 1997, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Financial Executives International (FEI).

During this interim period, the Board has commenced a search for a permanent CEO, and has partnered with an executive search firm to identify exceptional candidates from Alaska and around the country.