Sally Andersen

Sally Andersen

Executive Director

Sally Andersen was recently hired as Executive Director for HEDC. She is a ten year resident of Haines and a lifelong resident of Alaska. She has a M.S. from the University of Vermont and has been a field biologist and owner of a wilderness guide service based in Fairbanks since 2007. She has served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations in Haines and is excited to learn more about the business community and help promote economic development in the Chilkat Valley.

Greg Schlachter

Board President

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Sue Chasen

Sue Chasen

Board VP

A Haines retiree, Sue has 30 years of experience managing energy and environmental projects at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Moving to Alaska in 2006 she worked on environment assessments statewide and worked for the Juneau Economic Development Council responsible for identifying Department of Defense technologies with potential for start ups in Alaska.

Jessica Edwards

Jessica Edwards

Board Secretary

Jessica Edwards owns and operates adventure travel business Haines Rafting Company with her family. She also works as a project administrator for a local construction company. Given her druthers, you’d find her camping on a south facing Lynn Canal beach with her husband Andy and daughter Sophia. 

Chip Lende

Board Treasurer

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Sean Gaffney

Sean Gaffney

Board Member

Sean has been involved in building businesses and economic development in the upper Lynn Canal for thirty years. He is a founding member of the Haines Economic Development Corporation. When he is not in his office or volunteering in the community you can find him with friends playing outside in this beautiful place we call home!

Darsie Culbeck

Darsie Culbeck

Board Member

Darsie has lived in Haines for 30 years and has experience working in local government, adventure tourism and mineral exploration. He is passionate about community development and believes that Haines has all the necessary assets to create a thriving, vibrant economy.

Scott Hansen

Board Member