Alaska Sports Hall of Fame
11901 Industry Way, STE A-9
Anchorage, AK 99515
Harlow Robinson, Executive Director
Founding member of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Has been been involved with Healthy Futures since 2006, initially serving as an advisory board member. Prior to his current position Harlow worked with at-risk youth for 15 years as a direct care staff, supervisor and manager. Has served on numerous boards and commissions and is currently on the Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Commission. An accomplished mountain runner, Harlow is involved in organizing numerous Alaska sporting events. Harlow@alaskasportshall.org
Previous to joining Healthy Futures team she was the Program and Marketing Director of Alaska Cancer Care Alliance and over the past decade she has built a strong resume in planning and business development. Shelley grew up in both rural and urban Alaska being active/enjoying the great outdoors (especially rock climbing, skiing, running and hiking). Being healthy and enjoying our amazing state, especially rock climbing, skiing, running and hiking, is very important to her and she feels very passionate about the Healthy Future’s cause! firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyse Loran, Healthy Futures Coordinator
Alyse has worked in program management, operations, and grants administration for various Anchorage nonprofits focusing on community development and youth issues around the state. A lifelong Alaskan, Alyse returned home after completing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Washington in 2014. An avid skier, runner, and lover of the mountains, she is passionate about helping people discover the outdoors and explore new ways to be active.
Matias Saari, Healthy Futures Event Coordinator
Matias loves many forms of outdoor recreation and has organized and coordinated a variety of running events in Fairbanks and Southcentral Alaska. He has extensive experience as a newspaper reporter and has worked at the Winter Olympics, the World Cup soccer championships and the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships. An accomplished runner, Matias is also a board member for Alaska Mountain Runners and leads an annual safety tour at the Mount Marathon Race.
Board of Directors
Jim Balamaci, President
President/CEO Special Olympics Alaska. Former Chairman of Kodiak Parks and Recreation and Anchorage Parks and Recreation. Recipient of the State of Alaska First Lady’s Volunteer Award.
Jason Metrokin, Vice President
President/CEO Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Former state champion varsity hockey play at Robert Service H.S., graduated in 1990. Former starting defenseman; co-captain and senior year MVP, Massachusetts College. Also serves on Alaska Regional Hospital as well as Alaska Pacific University boards of directors.
Chris Myers, Secretary & Treasurer
Vice President of Investments at Wedbush Morgan Securities. Tenth American finisher in 100th anniversary running of Boston Marathon. Multiple All-Conference and All-Western Region honors for Chico State University Track and Cross Country teams.
Alaska Native Program Director, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and previously the Internal Communications Director for BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. Lifelong Alaskan who grew up in the southeast Alaska community of Hydaburg. He played basketball for the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1997-2000. Selected by the National Center for the American Indian Enterprise Development’s 2015 “Native American 40 Under 40” Award. Matt played in three state championship games during his high school career for Hydaburg and Juneau-Douglas High School, respectively. In his four years of high school hoops, Carle was named to the Alaska All-State Teams three times.
Charter Member and past President of Benton Bay Athletics Lions Club and UAA Blueliners Hockey Boosters. Former Anchorage Hockey Association Coach. Winner of the UAA Blueliners Brush Christiansen Trailblazer Award. University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Hall of Fame Member.
CEO of The Alaska Community Foundation. A four-time Olympian in Cross-Country Skiing, Nina claimed a record 18 U.S. National Championships in Cross Country Skiing. She won the Seward’s Mount Marathon race nine times and was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Serves as a Member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors.
Former External Affairs Specialist, Philanthropy & Community Services, ConocoPhillips Alaska. Board Member of Juneau Jazz & Classics. Past President, former Board Member of Alaska Junior Theater. Life-long outdoor enthusiast and sports fan.
Owner, American Multiplex Properties. Former Mayor of Anchorage. Former Chairman of Anchorage Bid Committee for Olympic Winter Games. Former Chairman Anchorage Municipal Assembly. Winner of Alaska Small Business Person of the Year, Alaska Elected Official of the Year and Denali Award for Alaskan of the Year. Author of My Wonderful Life with Diabetes.
Former Board Members:
- Brad Precosky (2006-2011)
- Reggie Joule (2006- 2014)
- Rosie Fletcher (2007)
Bob Eley, Panel Chair
Former sportswriter/ sports editor for Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 1979 – 2013. Fairbanks City Council Member 1991-1995. Past Chair Yukon Quest Board of Directors. President, Fairbanks Community Museum. Six-time Winner, NSSA Alaska Sportswriter of the Year. Winner, Spirit of the Equinox Award. Fairbanks Hockey Hall of Fame member.
Sports Editor, Alaska Dispatch News. Sports reporter, sports editor for Alaska Dispatch News (previously Anchorage Daily News) 1986-present. Winner of multiple awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Northwest Society for Professional Journalists and Alaska Press Club. Covered four Winter Olympics.
Author of nearly 70 books on Alaska and sports. Sports reporter, sports columnist and sports editor for Anchorage Daily News for 17 years. Winner of more than 250 journalism awards, including multiple honors from the Alaska Press Club, the Northwest Society for Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the U.S. Basketball Writers and the Best Sports Stories series. Has recently become sports editor of the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming.
Coached Juneau Douglas-High School boys basketball for 32 years – 14 as head coach. Won a state championship as a player for JDHS in 1969 and as a coach for JDHS in 1996 and 1997 . Named Alaska Coach of the Year three times. Former UAF basketball player. Highly regarded as positive youth mentor throughout his career.
Longtime sports administrator, organizer and running coach in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Michael’s varied interests have nurtured a career involving education, politics, technology, sports, and Alaska’s wilderness. Michael’s passion for sports was seeded playing hockey and baseball with his neighborhood friends in Spenard, AK.
Sports Editor, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Former Anchorage Daily News sportswriter.
Owner, Sleep Comfort by Nerlands. President, Alliance for American Legion Baseball. Coach, Service High School Baseball. Board Member, UAA Seawolf Hall of Fame, Tournament Advisor, Alaska School Activities Association. Past President Anchorage Rotary Club, Past Chair Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. Past President UAA Booster Club, Past Chair Service Cougar Tip-Off Tournament.
Coached basketball, volleyball, flag football and track over the past 20 years at Kodiak High School and Dimond High School and has guided multiple teams to State Championships. Former Athletic Director at Kodiak High School. Currently the head coach for Dimond Flag Football and Girls Track and Field. Event director for numerous local and statewide high school sporting events. Born and raised in Kenai, Alaska
Former Selection Panel Members:
- Joe Floyd (2006-2007)
- Dennis Egan (2006-2011)