John Binkley. Born and raised in Fairbanks, John is a third-generation Alaskan whose grandfather arrived in the territory during the 1898 Gold Rush as a riverboat pilot. In 1950, John’s parents started a small tour business in Interior Alaska, hosting visitors aboard the Riverboat Discovery. John served as chairman and CEO of the Riverboat Discovery for 14 years and as president of the El Dorado Gold Mine for 12 years. He represented the Bethel region in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1985 to 1986. John ran for the Alaska State Senate in 1986 and represented District M until 1990. John has an extensive record of civic service, including serving as chairman of the Alaska Railroad Corporation from 1997 to 2011. He serves on many other corporate and nonprofit boards and has been president of CLIA Alaska since 2007.
Camille Ferguson. Camille Ferguson is the Economic Development Executive Director for Sitka Tribes, responsible for developing new projects for Sitka Tribal Enterprises, as well as overseeing the Tribes’ tourism program, gaming operations, tribal tannery, Community House convention facility, expanding the tribe's destination marketing and researching opportunities for new innovative economic ventures. For six years prior to returning home to Sitka, Camille led the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association helping expand its international marketing and outreach program. She was instrumental in gaining national support for the passage of the Native American Improving Visitors Experience( NATIVE) Act, along with the advocacy needed to support the appropriation to implement the unfunded mandate that required all federal agencies with tourism authority to include Native Americans, Alaska natives and native Hawaiians into their tourism planning process. Fulfilling her mission, her work as Executive Director for AIANTA was completed in March 2019, with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Interior and securing a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs that will stabilize the organization’s funding stream until 2024.
Mark Preiss. As director of the Zion National Park Foundation, Mark Preiss is also a member of the management team of Zion Natural History Association. He brings many years of practice and success in nonprofit, public-private partnership, with particular experience in building philanthropic support for some of America’s most beloved public lands. Prior to Zion, Mark was president of the Glacier Conservancy in Glacier National Park, were he pioneered the merger of the park’s friends group and its traditional cooperating association. As founding president of the Glacier Conservancy he navigated the successful merger of the park’s non-profit partners into one strong and viable organization, established a best practice partnership model, and increased grant funding to the park by 48 percent over three years. During his tenure as manager of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, one of the most non-traditional units of the National Park Service, Mark facilitated community and partner engagement essential to park preservation including establishing an historic preservation field school, a grants program for owners of historic properties and farmsteads listed on the National Register, managed agricultural easements on 1850’s Donation Land Claim farms, and facilitated a county/town collaborative design review program.
Ricky Gease. Director Alaska State Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Ricky started his outdoor career with the U.S. Park Service in Kenai Fjords National Park in 1992, where he worked as a park ranger for six years. He managed the museum of the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center and was executive director of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has led the Kenai River Sportfishing Association since 2004.
James King. Former Alaska State Parks Director James King now serves as the US Forest Service Director of Recreation, Lands and Minerals for Region 10/Alaska. Additional biographical information to follow.
Stephen Nofield. A veteran of numerous Alaska National Park Service units, Stephan Nofield is the National Lead for the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Additional biographical information to follow.
Full biographies and additional speakers will be updated frequently until finalized Aug. 1.