Carrie Irwin Brown Named Alyeska’s Alaska Native Program Director
Carrie Irwin Brown joined Alyeska Pipeline Service Company as its Alaska Native Program Director in August. Brown brings experience from a variety of Alaska organizations. She was most recently the director of the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; prior to that, she was the executive director for the Alaska Native Arts Foundation and the senior vice president/chief administrative officer at First Alaskans Institute. Brown is a lifelong Alaskan from Interior Alaska of Athabascan and Irish descent and a tribal member of the Nenana Native Tribe.
Alyeska’s Alaska Native Program was created in October 1995. Through the program, Alyeska supports recruitment, employment, mentoring, education, and training opportunities for Alaska Native people. The program helps fulfill commitments embodied in the TAPS Federal Agreement and Grant of Right-of-Way.
Brown has served on many Alaska nonprofit boards, including the Foraker Group, the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Alaska Chapter. She currently serves as board chair for Toghotthele Corporation, a for-profit ANCSA-village corporation, and on the Anchorage Library Foundation board.
Brown attended the University of Hawaii and Nagoya Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in management/international business from Alaska Pacific University. In 2016, she completed a master’s level Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program at APU and is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration at APU. In 2018, she received the Certified Fundraising Executive designation.
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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.