Staff

Beth Nordlund, Executive Director
907.274.1004 | beth at anchorageparkfoundation dot org

A lifelong advocate for public spaces and civic engagement, Beth has served as Executive Director since Anchorage Park Foundation’s inception in 2004. Many of her greatest joys come from convening with community leaders and working with volunteers, working together to make something magical out of an idea.

Beth lives with her husband Jim and daughter Ella next to a great sledding hill at Balto Seppala Park.

 

Michelle LeBeau, Director of Philanthropy
907.249.6650 | michelle at anchorageparkfoundation dot org

Michelle is a non-profit professional with 18 years of experience strengthening organizations to advance environmental and social causes. She has roots in California where she developed a nonprofit coalition to advocate for eco-friendly landscaping practices. She later spent time teaching nonprofit leaders in Alaska, California, and Central America how to grow their fundraising programs, build an active board of directors, develop strategic plans, and increase efficiencies to encourage organizational growth. In Alaska, she served as Deputy Director of the Alaska state office of the National Audubon Society. There she expanded conservation efforts by inspiring people who care about birds to financially support Audubon’s important work.

When she is not working, she is often found outside exploring Anchorage and the great outdoors with her family.

Diana Rhoades, Director of Community Engagement
907.249.6652 | diana at anchorageparkfoundation dot org

Biking, hiking and advocating for parks and trails as a path to health and happiness has been a lifelong passion for Diana Rhoades.

Diana’s career has taken her to Capital Cities and City Halls from Juneau to Washington DC and Anchorage to Tucson, Arizona. She has worked on issues as diverse as downtown revitalization, active transportation, forest bathing, organic farming and wrestling a 58-pound King Salmon from the world-famous Kenai River. She is excited to focus on improving and growing Anchorage’s park and trail system and providing more opportunities for diversity and inclusion.

Meredith Gutierrez, Youth Engagement Coordinator
907.351.0055 | meredith at anchorageparkfoundation dot org

Working as a whitewater rafting guide in Washington, Meredith found a love for the outdoors. After a graduate degree in an experiential education format, Meredith taught in California, Washington, and eventually here in Alaska.

Meredith wants to help educators who also recognize the power of the outdoors and the benefits of getting kids outside.

Meredith can often be found at her favorite park, Abbott Loop Community Park, walking her dog Sadie with friends and discussing how to improve the world one idea at a time.

Peter Knape, Business Manager
907.274.1003 | peter at anchorageparkfoundation dot org

Peter originally comes from Michigan, and was drawn to Alaska by the mountains, snow and friendly people. With a deep passion for outdoor activities Peter spends his free time sailing, back-country skiing, and traveling. As a strong advocate for outdoor education and societal well being Peter has previously worked for The Great Land Trust, The Eyak Preservation Council and Standing Together Against Rape. He is thrilled to be working for the Anchorage Park Foundation where he can contribute to community parks and trails.

The Anchorage Park Foundation is eager to hear your ideas, to field your questions, and to facilitate your involvement with advocacy and volunteerism surrounding parks and trails in Anchorage. Please feel free reach out to staff individually, or to info@anchorageparkfoundation.org with ideas, questions, etc.