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People & History

Senior Management


Senior Management Team

Steve Lundgren
President and CEO

Contact Information
Phone:  (907) 458-4257
Randy Weaver
EVP, Chief Financial Officer

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Phone:  (907) 458-4227
Aaron Pletnikoff
EVP, Chief Lending Officer

Contact Information
Phone:  (907) 458-4228
Andra Lozano
SVP, Chief Operations Officer

Contact Information
Phone:  (907) 458-4207
Aaron Hines
SVP, Commercial Loan Manager

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Phone:  (907) 458-4269



Steve Lundgren
President, Chief Executive Officer

Randy Weaver
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Aaron Pletnikoff
Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer

Aaron Hines
Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Manager

Andra Lozano
Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer


Karen Anderson
Vice President, Internal Auditor

Lisa Brawley
Vice President, Commercial Loan Processing Manager

Karen Clark
Vice President, Controller

Victoria Denning
Vice President, Human Resources Manager

Joshua Harrod
Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer

Lynne Heffner
Vice President, Compliance Officer

Kelly Port
Vice President, Project Manager


Kimberley Beuchaw
Assistant Vice President, Training & Development Officer

Mary Ann Boots
Assistant Vice President, Chena Pump Branch Manager

Betsy Campbell
Assistant Vice President, Golden Heart Branch Manager

Nicole Chance
Assistant Vice President, Lead Mortgage Loan Officer

Tarah Colburn
Assistant Vice President, Data Processing Manager

Vicky Erickson
Assistant Vice President, Tok Branch Manager

Lisa Foltz
Assistant Vice President, Main Office Branch Manager

Kelly Hanson
Assistant Vice President, BSA Coordinator

Gwen Hoskins
Assistant Vice President, Credit Administration Specialist

Songzhen Lang
Assistant Vice President, Senior Credit Analyst

Kim Mead
Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Loan Coordinator

Nigel Morton
Assistant Vice President, Construction & Consumer Loan Manager

Jennifer Poehls
Assistant Vice President, Van Horn Branch Manager

Delight Roberts
Assistant Vice President, Loan Servicing Manager

Kevin Secor
Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Manager

Lisa Severence
Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Operations Manager


  • Ronald R. Bergh
  • Dan Gavora
  • Jyotsna L. Heckman
  • R. Kent Karns
  • Margaret Cox Rich
  • Rick Schikora
  • David J. Thurman
  • Dan Thompson
  • David Hale
  • Jerome L. Krier, Director Emeritus
  • Harold Esmailka, Director Emeritus
  • James L. Thurman, Director Emeritus

Our History

Denali State Bank first opened its doors for business on February 3, 1986, with two goals: first, to serve the banking needs of the Golden Heart City with unbeatable customer service, and also to bring truly local banking back to the community.  The bank was founded by over 40 investors from Interior Alaska, and provides a full range of financial services.

The bank’s headquarters are located in a historical Fairbanks building, the “Old St. Joseph’s Hospital,” which holds a special place in the hearts of many, as it is still remembered as the birthplace of many Fairbanks residents.

The original hospital building was constructed in 1906 and, like the bank, was also financed by local citizens.  The building that exists today was constructed in 1951.  After the opening of the newer Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in 1973, the building was vacated.  Then, in 1985 the building underwent a complete renovation into a modern facility for the bank.
It has been noted that just as the St. Joseph’s hospital was known for being a place Fairbanksans could go to receive dedicated assistance—the bank, too—continues to retain its longstanding tradition of providing quality local service to the community. 
Denali State Bank has now expanded to 5 locations, including a branch in Tok.

Our Philosophy

Your Locally Owned Community Bank

We are an Interior-based bank. That means our directors and investors are all from Interior Alaska. Our staff and management live and work here. We are part of the community, and as such we want the community to be a part of us.   We conduct all our business locally-all decisions are made locally, and our loan servicing happens locally.  We are proud of our ability to deliver exemplary service to our customers.

Mission Statement


Our Goal:
To be the community bank of choice in Interior Alaska.

Core Values:

  • Conduct business with integrity and trust.
  • Support the communities where we live and work.
  • Commit to providing an exceptional customer experience.
  • Foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration.
  • Provide a reasonable return to our shareholders.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Denali State Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to achieve diversity in race, national origin, religion, disability, pregnancy, age, military status, marital status, sex, parenthood and color. By creating an inclusive culture that values diversity, we better serve our employees, customers, communities, suppliers, and markets.