Boltz Hired as Executive Director of Challenge Alaska
The Challenge Alaska Board of Directors is pleased to announce that J. Nathan Boltz has been selected as Executive Director. In his new role, Boltz will lead the operations of Challenge Alaska, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation opportunities for Alaskans living with disability.
A resident of Alaska for nearly all of his life, Boltz brings more than twenty years of professional experience, including more than a decade of experience leading organizations dedicated to serving Alaskans with disabilities. David Hart, Challenge Alaska Board President, states, “We are extremely excited to have Nate lead Challenge Alaska into the future. He has a proven record of effective management, and a tireless passion for progressing our organization’s mission.”
Boltz will assume the role on September 3, ensuring a smooth transition coordinated with Elizabeth Edmands-Merritt’s retirement. Boltz explains, “It is truly an honor to be entrusted with the organization that Beth has dedicated over twenty years of her life to. I look forward to working with Challenge Alaska’s board, staff, donors, and clients to make sure that Alaska is at the forefront of inclusion in all aspects of sports and recreation.”
In This Issue
The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.