Stacey Simmons, Director of Operations
Stacey Simmons is the Director of Operations for the Kodiak Brown Bear Center. She also serves as the Senior Director of Shareholder Service at Koniag, Inc., the parent company of the KBBC.
Stacey is currently the President of Discover Kodiak, the Convention & Visitors Bureau for Kodiak and the Katmai Coast. She has served on the Discover Kodiak Board since 2015. During this time her responsibilities have included serving on the hiring committee for an Executive Director, hosting the annual 2017 Alaska Tourism Industry Association Convention in Kodiak (which drew over 300 people from the tourism community across Alaska) and approving a substantial building remodel for the Visitor Information Center. Today she serves on the Finance, Executive, and Fundraising Committees.
Simmons is a Koniag and Afognak Native Corporation Shareholder and the daughter of Olga Rowland of Afognak and Mitchell “Buddy” Pestrikoff of Old Harbor. She is a member of the Native Village of Afognak. She has five sisters and one brother. Stacey spent her youth in Anchorage, Sitka and on Kodiak in the village of Old Harbor, where her father was a commercial fisherman.
Nina Gronn, Reservations
Nina Gronn is the new Reservationist for the Kodiak Brown Bear Center and the On-Island Administrative Assistant for Koniag Inc., the parent company to KBBC. Before she joined our team in February of 2020, Nina worked for the Native Village of Afognak as the Executive Assistant to the Tribal Administrator and Camp Manager in training for the Dig Afognak Youth Culture Camps. She is excited to be working with our KBBC clients, travel partners, and our Koniag Inc. Shareholders and descendants. Nina was born in Naknek, AK and was raised on Kodiak Island where she resides today. Her family is deeply rooted in commercial fishing. Nina is a Koniag Inc. and Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholder and an enrolled tribal member with the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak. She enjoys spending time enjoying our beautiful lands, water and culture that Kodiak Island has to offer with her family, friends and fur babies.
VIC BARNES, KBBC Guide Emeritus
Vic was raised in Colorado, attended Colorado State University, and then spent 32 years as a research wildlife biologist. The last 16 years of his career was with the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) where he conducted numerous studies on Kodiak Bear ecology, habitat use and bear viewing. Vic’s renowned research and studies included black bears, polar bears, brown and grizzly bears. Vic has collaborated on many Kodiak bear research and management studies.
Vic currently manages the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust (KBBT). A non-profit organization to support the conservation of the Kodiak brown bears and protection of their wilderness habitats throughout the Kodiak Archipelago. KBBT operations are made possible through public and private funding which supports their research, management, habitat protection and educational outreach programs and projects.