BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Information from the JEDC Bylaws)

Section 1. The affairs of the JEDC shall be managed by its Board of Directors.

Section 2. Board of Directors.

A. The Board of Directors of the JEDC shall consist of eleven (11) members.

B. The eleven (11) members of the JEDC Board of Directors shall be comprised as follows:

  • i. The mayor of the City and Borough of Juneau or the mayor's designee from the CBJ Assembly;
    ii. The Chancellor of University of Alaska Southeast or the Chancellor's designee from UAS;
    iii. One member appointed by the CBJ Assembly representing organized labor;
    iv. One member appointed by the CBJ Assembly representing a nonprofit environmental organization;
    v. Seven (7) members appointed by the CBJ Assembly based upon their experience and expertise in fields relating to economic development, including but not limited to large and small business, entrepreneurship, natural resource development, tourism, banking and finance, engineering and construction, and government.

C. The term of each member of the JEDC Board of Director shall be staggered three (3) years.

D. No Director, except the Mayor and the Chancellor of UAS who hold permanent seats, may serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms.

E. The JEDC shall publish notice of vacancies on the JEDC Board of Directors. The JEDC Board or a recruitment committee will review and may interview candidates for the JEDC Board of Directors. The JEDC Board will forward the names of recommended candidates to the CBJ Assembly. The CBJ Assembly will appoint JEDC board members.

Board Members

Alec Mesdag, Chair

Alec Mesdag grew up in Juneau and holds a degree in environmental science from Oregon State University.  Prior to returning to Juneau in 2012, he worked as a project manager for a large electrical contractor in Portland, OR, managing healthcare, high tech, and solar construction projects, as well as developing non-regulated energy projects for tax equity investors.  As vice president and director of energy services at AEL&P, Alec works to influence how customers consume energy in order to maximize the value of electric infrastructure. Alec serves as the Co-Chair of JEDC’s Renewable Energy Cluster Working Group, focused on finding applications of renewable energy in our region’s economy. He spends his time away from work explaining how he is related to the other Mesdags in town.

Rick Caulfield, Vice Chair

Dr. Richard Caulfield serves as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast, providing strategic leadership in fulfilling UAS’ mission, including budget development, academic planning and program assessments, student and enrollment services, administrative services, and community relations. Within the University of Alaska Statewide system he has been a leader in advancing innovations in teacher education, Arctic social sciences, higher education leadership, Alaska Native and minority student education, and online programs.  Caulfield’s extensive university career includes teaching, research, and service that led to tenure and promotion to the rank of full professor at UAF. He served as a department chair, academic program leader, campus director and dean. He took the position of UAS Provost in 2010, and as Chancellor in 2015. 

Wade Bryson

Wade Bryson moved to Alaska one month after his 21st birthday. He spent his first career as an adventure guide for TEMSCO and ATA. He began working for Subway in 2001 as a clock in employee and his wife and he have been owners since April 2004. Wade and his wife have raised their five children through all levels of the JSD and their oldest is a senior at UAS. Wade has hosted problem corner since 2008. He has also been a host, M.C., and a speaker for numerous fundraisers and events around town like Gold Rush Days and Success Inside and Out.

Keith Comstock

Mr. Comstock has served on numerous technology boards and commissions. Keith also served as a member of the Governor’s cabinet and Chief Technology Officer for the State of West Virginia. Keith shares that he was blessed to participate in developing and implementing transformation computer – based technologies. As a participant and foot soldier in the computer revolution, he is confident that an even bigger revolution in clean energy is about to sweep our nation and the world. As an entrepreneur, Keith has been studying and investing in emerging energy technologies. As with his conservation efforts, Keith plans to think, act and invest locally in the solutions he believes will be locally, nationally and internationally transformational.

Brandon Cullum

Brandon Cullum and his wife Melissa moved to Southeast Alaska from Houston, Texas, nearly 15 years ago when his wife accepted a teaching position in Angoon. Four years later they moved to Juneau. They have two daughters, both born and raised Alaskans. Brandon is Chief Financial Officer at AEL&P and holds a bachelor’s in political science from University of Houston and a master’s in business administration from University of Alaska Southeast. A huge fan of the outdoors, Brandon spends much of his time running trails or with his family sailing, backpacking, and just generally exploring their Southeast home.

Nadine Lefebvre

Nadine Lefebvre is employed by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development at the Juneau Job Center. As a state employee in classified service, she is a member of the Alaska State Employees Association, the largest union in Alaska. Nadine is the Southeast Representative to the ASEA Executive Board, serves on: the ASEA Women's Issues Committee, the Contract Negotiating Committee, the Political Action Committee. Nadine is currently President of the Juneau Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO and represents Organized Labor on the Juneau Economic Development Council and the Alaska Development Corporation.

Lauren MacVay

Lauren M. MacVay has more than 23 years of banking experience and is currently the CEO of True North Federal Credit Union. She has held this position since 2004. Prior to her current role, she held various leadership and management roles after joining True North Federal Credit Union in 1995. Before relocating to Alaska and beginning her banking career, Ms. MacVay was a practicing attorney in Pennsylvania for several years. Ms. MacVay was elected to serve as Alaska’s Member Director on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines in 2017.  She serves on the Board of the Alaska Credit Union League after being Chair for 10 years, and serves on the Juneau Economic Development Council Board of Directors. Ms. MacVay is an active Rotarian and has been involved in numerous other community associations and endeavors.   

Marc Wheeler

Marc Wheeler is the co-owner of Coppa, with his wife, Jessica Paris. Marc is father to Celia (13) and Ferguson (9). Marc formerly served for five years on the Juneau Assembly and directed the Big Brothers Big Sisters program across Southeast Alaska for seven years. Marc won the AEDC Pitch on a Train competition in 2014 and Coppa was the winner of the 2015 Path to Prosperity People's Choice award.

Mayor Beth Weldon

Beth is a lifelong Juneauite and fourth generation Douglasite on her mother’s side. Beth is a graduate of Juneau Douglas High School and the University of Washington. For seven years she owned and operated the gillnetter F/V Seven Seas. She started with Capital City Fire/Rescue as a volunteer in Douglas and became part of the paid staff in 1992. Beth was the first female officer in the department and retired as a Division Chief. During her career, she received seven awards for service. Beth and her husband Greg and currently co-own Capitol Motor Supply/Glacier Auto Parts and are the proud parents of two very active teenagers. Beth has been very active within the Juneau community, including: CBJ Assembly member (2016 -2018) (Public Works, Lands, Human Resources, Finance committees, and the Mining Subcommittee); Glacier Valley Rotary Immediate Past President; Alaska State Firefighters Association; CBJ Aquatics Board; Juneau Ski Club Board; Juneau Site Council; Volunteer for JDHS Hockey; Volunteer for JDHS Track & Field; Volunteer for JDHS Wrestling; Volunteer for Glacier Swim Club.