Board of Directors; Mat-Su Sea Hawkers, Inc.
Thomas is the founder and current president of Mat-Su Sea Hawkers, Inc., his volunteerism focuses on organizational fundraising and providing grant assistance opportunities for youth-based health, wellness, and leadership skill activities, primarily in the Mat-Su Valley.
Thomas is the volunteer liaison and agenda coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks and Sea Hawkers Alaska Community Outreach activities that take place each summer throughout urban and rural communities in the state of Alaska. He helps coordinate and implement volunteer Seahawk player and Sea Gal cheerleader visits for among but not limited to Children’s Hospital, Alaska Native Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House Alaska, as well as arranges Seahawks interactions for youth-based events in conjunction with local Alaska charity organizations, such as but not limited to Special Olympics Alaska, and United Way of Mat-Su.
Thomas is an Eagle Scout; attended the University of Montana and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Thomas is a career-long Security Professional & Emergency Medical Technician 3 / Advanced Life Support Technician and is employed by Purcell Security since 1988. Thomas was voted Sea Hawker Booster of the Year at the national level in 2009.
Founder/President; Community Outreach: 2006-present
Al is a strong community and youth advocate. He is active in helping youth with health, wellness, and leadership development in the community through volunteerism, personal and corporate philanthropy. Al owns and operates many businesses throughout Alaska and was an ownership partner in the Alaska Aces Hockey organization. Al serves as the Finance Officer for the Son’s of the American Legion Post #35. He is a past President of Palmer Rotary (1996-1997) and Rotary past Assistant District Governor (2000-2001); he served on the Palmer Chamber of Commerce (1995-1999. Al also served on the Board of Directors for MTA Wireless (1996-2001), and he was on the Point McKenzie Port Commission (1996-2001) serving as its chairman (1999-2001.) Al was selected by the Governor of Alaska to serve as Deputy Treasury for a business alliance group, which makes Alaska the most business friendly state in the US.
Vice President: 2018 - present
Mr. Kennedy’s accounting firm, Kennedy & Co., LLC, merged with Swalling & Associates in 2006. He brings over 30 years of management, finance, and accounting expertise to the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers. He is also an adjunct business law instructor at UAA’s Mat-Su College. He maintains the important non-profit entity status for the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers club.
Mr. Kennedy holds a master's degree from Alaska Pacific University, as well as a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Montana. His public service credentials include serving on the ethics boards for both the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Alaska Society of Public Accountants. He is also an active community volunteer and leadership in many organizations such as: youth related entities/projects, chamber of commerce and Rotary.
The Kennedy family are all Seahawk Fans. Dan’s favorite off the field Club experience has been hosting players, Sea Gals, and coaches at his home in Wasilla, and meeting Dr. Dan Doornink (retired Seahawk running back) at the Kennedy daughter’s induction ceremony into medical school.
Dan Kennedy CPA/MBA
Kris Perry is the former Marketing Manager at MTA. Prior to MTA, Kris served as Director of the Governor’s Office for the State of Alaska as well as Development Director for Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. She has volunteered for many non-profit organizations over the years, most recently serving as President of the Wasilla Soccer Booster Club for three years and Vice President prior to that. Kris is a born and raised Alaskan and Seahawks’ fan. One of her most prized possessions is a personalized Jack Patera autograph given to her by her dad. Most importantly, Kris is the wife to Clark – an equally zealous Seahawks’ fan – and the mother of two awesome young men who thankfully are also Seahawks’ fans. A steadfast supporter in developing our youth, Kris is honored to serve on the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers' Board of Directors.
Michael moved to Alaska from Montana is 1992 where he was a Seahawks fan “way back then”. Michael resides in Anchorage and has worked as a private security professional from 1992-2001. He then joined the Transportation Security Administration in 2001 and currently provides oversight of all passenger and baggage screening operations at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport as a Senior Security Manager.
His hobbies include hunting, ATV riding, fishing, camping, and supporting the Alaska Aces hockey team and players.
Michael joined the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers Booster Club in 2006 as a member when it was initially organized and participated in many fundraiser activities to include Relay for Life. In 2012 he was nominated as an At Large Board Member.
Although hosting Seahawks staff, players and cheerleaders during summer event visits is a highlight Michael looks forward to each year, it is the engaged involvement with the kids during Play60 and the financial support provided to the youth of our community to assist them in accomplishing their dreams or goals that motivates Michael. Go Seahawks!
At-Large; Outreach / Fan Development
Donna was born in Akron, Ohio and moved to Alaska in 1976 and was raised in Deering. She was raised with strong family values and the willingness to help others, which she has passed on to her 2 children. Donna had spent much of her childhood and early adult years on a basketball court and knows the value of teamwork. She believes sports really helps pull kids together. It truly provides them with essential tools for developing health, wellness, and leadership skills that they will continue to use throughout their lives. Donna lived several years in Eastern Washington where she volunteered for 3-years as a basketball coach for her son’s Boys and Girls Club team. Donna enjoys the experience of passing on her knowledge of basketball to the younger generation. Donna’s education background includes a Certificate of Accounting, coursework in computers, and an AA in Electronics. She has a strong background in business payroll, accounts payable and receivable, having worked for large Alaska-based companies Cominco, and NANA. Donna also has previous management experiencing in a Washington based gaming organization. She is an active volunteer, donating hundreds of hours to the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers organization, before joining the board.
At-Large; Membership / Outreach
Sam moved to Alaska in 2018 from Utah (where he was born and raised). He also lived in Missouri for 6 years where he served as a relationship manager for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. Sam loves working with kids including volunteering with the YMCA “Try-Atholon”, youth sports and Boy Scouts of America. He has been with the Federal Government since 2012 and currently oversees communications and data collection for his agency.
Sam has always been a HUGE sports fan - Football, basketball, cycling, outdoors sports, it does not matter. He LOVES the Seahawks and tries to convince everyone to love them just as much. GO HAWKS!!!
At-Large; Game Day Operation / Fan Development