MEGHAN KELLY, Reservations and Guest Services

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.

 

MEGHAN KELLY, Reservations and Guest Services

Melissa Borton, Reservationist

Melissa Borton is the Reservationist for the Kodiak Brown Bear Center. She also serves as an independent consultant and owner/operator of Macanguq Consulting. Melissa is Alutiiq, born and raised on Kodiak Island with ties to Chignik Lagoon in the Bristol Bay Region. She is the daughter of Bertha Nielsen and Laszlo Marton and the granddaughter of Helen Pedersen and Harold Nielsen. She has two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth (21) and Amber (16). 

Melissa has spent the past 25 years working in the Koniag region for her people primarily in Tribal Administration. She currently holds the Kodiak Villages representative seat on the Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors and recently held the language and culture seat on the Governors Tribal Advisory Council for the State of Alaska.

 

 

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.

 

 

JON PANAMAROFF, CEO

Jon Panamaroff had the honor of being born on Kodiak and raised there & on the Kenai Peninsula. Prior to joining the corporate ranks, Jon worked as a commercial fisherman & logger throughout Alaska. He is an enrolled member of the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak and a Shareholder of Koniag, Inc. On top of his work at the KBBC, Jon also served as the Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President of Koniag Government Services. When not working with his teammates at the KBBC and supporting his Kodiak community, you will find him having fun with his Alutiiq children, Katelyn & Trevor, and his high school sweetheart, Kelly.