Chris Gunderson, CEO, named ‘Top 40 Under 40’

February 9, 2017

Chris Gunderson, CEO of Denali family Services, was recently named by the  Alaska Journal of Commerce as one of the 2017 ‘Top 40 Under 40″.  Full article below.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce is pleased to announce the members of our 2017 Top Forty Under 40.

“With this being my fifth year involved with selecting the Top Forty Under 40 I can say without hesitation it gets harder every year to narrow down the group,” said Journal Managing Editor Andrew Jensen. “We had 115 extremely qualified nominees from across the state that generated more than 650 pages of supporting information.

“The state of Alaska’s greatest resource is its people, and in these challenging economic times it is always inspiring to read about so many of our fellow citizens making such a positive impact on the lives of others.”

The 2017 Top Forty Under 40 will be honored at an awards dinner on April 28 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner and award event starting at 7 p.m.

The keynote address will be delivered by 2003 Top Forty alum Joe Everhart, who was promoted late last year from Wells Fargo Alaska Region president to Pacific Northwest Business Banking division manager.

The 2017 Top Forty Under 40

Aurora Agee, 37, First National Bank Alaska, Branch Manager/Loan Officer, Healy

Ariane Aramburo, 34, KTUU, Executive Producer/Morning Edition co-anchor, Anchorage

Chrissy Bell, 37, Credit Union 1, Senior Vice President of Communications and Culture

Sabrina Binkley, 39, Spruce Tree Montessori School, Founder and Head, Fairbanks

Kate Blair, 37, Tesoro Corp., Government and Public Affairs Manager, Anchorage

Nancy Boyce, 39, PowerTech, Owner, Juneau

Esther Cetina, 35, Southcentral Foundation, Administrator, Anchorage

Ryan Cropper, 37, Able Body Shop, Owner, Anchorage

Yatibaey Evans, 36, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Alaska Native Education Coordinator

Bill Falsey, 36, Municipality of Anchorage, Municipal Attorney

Ana Fisk, 29, Afognak Leasing LLC, Vice President of Operations, Anchorage

Michael Fredericks, 39, RIM First People LLC, President, Anchorage

Chris Gunderson, 38, Denali Family Services Inc, CEO/President, Anchorage

Andrea Gusty, 34, The Kuskokwim Corp., Vice President of Corporate Affairs

Jess Gutzwiler, 33, American Cancer Society, Senior Market Manager

Haven Harris, 37, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, Director of Strategic Development, Anchorage

Corey Hester, 25, Alaska Airmen Association, Executive Director, Anchorage

Ross Johnston, 37, Fine Point, Owner, Anchorage

Rebekah Lewing, 30, Great Land Events, Lewing Photography, The Vault, Owner, Anchorage

Jake Libbey, 39, Crystal Clear Creative, Owner, Wasilla

Bill Lierman IV, 39, Alaska Permanent Capital Management, CIO, Fixed Income

Karli Lopez, 33, Alaska Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium, Executive Director, Anchorage

Candice McDonald Kotyk, 39, Salmon Berry Travel and Tours, President/Owner, Anchorage

Dr. Emily McMahan, 30, Alaska Hearing and Tinnitus Center, Owner, Anchorage

Cycelia McMorris, 38, Crossroads High School, Teacher/Counselor, Anchorage

Amy Mestas, 34, PDC Engineers, Senior Associate, Anchorage Structural Dept. Manager; South Anchorage High School, Head Volleyball Coach

Jeff Miller, 38, Cruz Companies, Executive Vice President of Operations, Palmer

Travis Million, 37, Copper Valley Electric Association, Glenallen

Dan Newman, 30, KTUU, Account Executive, Anchorage

Laura Norton-Cruz, 34, Alaska Children’s Trust, Program Director of the Alaska Resilience Initiative, Anchorage

Lael Oldmixon, 39, UA College Savings and UA Scholars Program, Executive Director, Fairbanks

Jocelyn Pemberton, 39, The Alaska Hospitalist Group, Executive Director, Anchorage

Loren Peterson, 39, Azachorok Inc., Chairman/CEO, Anchorage

Victoria Roberts, 33, Vicinity Commercial Management, President/Owner, Anchorage

Lori Rucksdahel, 39, Anchorage School District, Director, Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education

Trish Skoglund, 36, BP, Performance Analyst, Global Operations Organization, Anchorage

Jasmin Smith, 31, The Business Boutique, Owner, Anchorage

Mariajose Stewart, 33, Yuit Communications, Art Director/Partner, Anchorage

Greg Stuckey, 39, USDA Rural Development, Director of Single Family Housing, Palmer

Scott Woodland, 39, Snow White Linen, CEO/Owner