November 2019

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Dianna Whitney

Dianna Whitney, Director of Operations, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Wildlife center scene of great changes

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a lifelong Alaskan since 1973. My father was in the military, and we were stationed at Elemendorf Air Force Base. My dad loved Alaska and always chose to stay in Alaska, so unlike most military families, we were grounded here. He instilled that love of the outdoors in me and my twin sister. My father and mother were both pilots and we owned a plane, so we got to see a lot of Alaska growing up. I grew up in Anchorage and moved to Girdwood after college in 1994, where I still reside. I love Turnagain Arm and the Kenai Peninsula and am fortunate to call this area my home. I am married, with two kids and three dogs. Previous to working for the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), I worked at Alyeska Resort for over two decades and for the past nine years, was the Alyeska Resort mountain general manager and VP. I am very passionate about my family, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, the outdoors and animals.

Why did working at the Conservation Center interest you, and how did you get started?

I had recently resigned from Alyeska Resort and took the summer off to recharge my batteries. I was looking for something new and, for me, I have to be passionate about the work I do. It had to be something special. Read more