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, labor and workforce development, and large project construction management.

Warren Christian

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.

Janet WeissJanet Weiss
Vice Chair

Ms. Weiss has more than 35 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry in numerous engineering and leadership roles for ARCO and BP, with most of that time being in Alaska. From 2013 to 2020, Ms. Weiss was the President of BP Alaska. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and has been active in organizations in Alaska including United Way and Covenant House and currently is on the board of First National Bank of Alaska.

Ryan F. Anderson, P.E.

Ryan Anderson, P.E. currently serves as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF). In this role, he leads the Department in initiatives that connect people and cultures through sound transportation investments that improve economic vitality.

Anderson moved to Alaska in 1993 to attend the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Geological Engineering. His career has spanned both mining and transportation, where he earned his Professional Civil Engineering license in 2003 working for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Throughout his career he has taken lead roles in the development of large capital works projects, operations of multi modal transportation networks, and working with culturally diverse communities throughout Alaska.

Mike Chenault

Mr. Chenault is a former member of the Alaska House of Representatives, serving from 2001 to 2019, representing areas of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. During that time, he served as the body’s longest-serving Speaker of the House, from 2009 to 2017. Mike was extensively involved in the legislation that created Alaska Gasline Development Corporation as a result of declining Cook Inlet gas supplies. Mr. Chenault began his career in construction and later became vice president of Qwick Construction Company, Inc. His professional experience led to a tenure as president of the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Chenault is a lifelong Alaskan and resides in Nikiski, where he has lived most of his life.

Dennis Michel

Dennis “Denny” Michel, of Fairbanks, a lifelong Alaskan moved back to Fairbanks in 2012 after completing his MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Denver.  Upon returning he became the Finance Manager for American Mechanical, Inc., an industrial construction company.  In 2016 he became the President of Omni Logistics, Inc., an aircraft ground handling company at Fairbanks International Airport.

Julie Sande

Ms. Sande currently serves as the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED). She is a lifelong Alaskan and brings extensive experience in both the public and private sectors to the Board and is focused on building stronger, more resilient communities and growing Alaska’s economy for the benefit of Alaskans. She was appointed to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board and the Alaska Energy Authority board in 2019 and was elected Vice Chairman in 2021. Commissioner Sande is also a business owner, whose companies provide services across a range of industries including engineering, construction, tourism, retail, and mariculture.

Doug Tansy

Mr. Tansy is a lifelong Alaskan and currently serves as the Business Manager of IBEW Local 1574. He has more than 24 years of construction experience, including holding a State of Alaska Electrical Administrators License for Unlimited Commercial Wiring. His public service includes serving as a member of the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center Trust, Alaska Workforce Investment Board, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, former Alaska Governor’s Safety Advisory Council member, as well as volunteering at various local charities.


frank-richards-photo-218x300Frank Richards, P.E.
Mr. Richards is a registered professional civil engineer with more than 32 years of experience developing large-scale infrastructure, power, mining, and oil development projects. He oversees development and execution of all AGDC projects. He came to AGDC after serving as the deputy federal coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maine.