Board of Directors

AGDC is governed by a seven-member board of directors — five public members and two principal department heads of the State of Alaska. Board members are appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the legislature. Public members serve staggered five-year terms. Individuals are selected for their experience in disciplines critical to the corporation’s success including finance, pipeline construction and operations, gas marketing, and large project construction management.

Dave Cruz
Chairman
Mr. Cruz, of Palmer, is president of Cruz Companies, specializing in oil field services, heavy civil construction, remote camp construction, tug and barge operations, and a variety of other construction support activities. He has served on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Port Commission, and is a past president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. Currently, he serves on the board of the Resource Development Council of Alaska and is a member of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. Term Expires: 9/13/2020.

Hugh-ShortHugh S. Short
Vice Chairman
Mr. Short, of Girdwood, is co-founder and chairman/CEO of Pt Capital, an investment firm based in Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to Pt Capital, he was president and CEO of Alaska Growth Capital, an Arctic Slope Regional Corporation subsidiary. He served as chairman of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and as a member of the Alaska Energy Authority. He was mayor of Bethel, Alaska from 2002 to 2004. Currently, Mr. Short is on the board of Rural Energy Enterprises and United Utilities, Inc. Term Expires: 9/19/2021.

Joey-MerrickJoey Merrick
Secretary-Treasurer
Mr. Merrick, of Eagle River, is secretary-treasurer for Laborers’ Local 341. He has served as a general foreman, business agent, and president. Merrick has more than 15 years of construction management experience in the pipeline industry. He is active with the Alaska Military Youth Academy, Resource Development Council of Alaska, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, and Commonwealth North. Mr. Merrick has also served on the Alaska Workforce Investment board. Term Expires: 9/13/2020.

Heidi-DrygasHeidi Drygas
Director – Commissioner of Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Ms. Drygas, of Juneau, was appointed labor commissioner in December 2014. Prior to being named commissioner, Ms. Drygas spent nearly a decade as general counsel to the Alaska District Council of Laborers. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Marc-LuikenMarc Luiken
Director – Commissioner of Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Mr. Luiken, of Anchorage, was appointed transportation commissioner in January 2015. Previously, he served as commissioner from December 2010 to October 2012. Mr. Luiken also has experience as a senior project manager with RLG International supporting the oil industry in Alaska. Prior to his service with the State of Alaska, Mr. Luiken served 29 years as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

David Wight
Director
Mr. Wight, of Anchorage, served as president and CEO of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that he was the president and chairman of BP Amoco Energy Company Trinidad and Tobago from 1992 to 2000, playing an integral role in the development and construction of an LNG facility. He is a past member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association board and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines board. Term Expires: 9/19/2021.

Warren-ChristianWarren Christian
Director
Mr. Christian, of North Pole, is the current president of Doyon Associated, LLC. Previously, he served as the president and general manager of ASRC Energy Services’ Houston Contracting Company. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the construction and oil field services industries on the North Slope and across Alaska. Mr. Christian’s expertise spans the entirety of pipeline projects. He received his welder and pipefitter apprenticeship training through the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 375 in 1983. Term Expires: 9/19/2018.