Alaska Board of Fisheries Members

Group photo October 2022; board members at the Egan Center in Anchorage
The Board of Fisheries in October 2022. From left to right: John Wood, Märit Carlson-Van Dort, John Jensen, McKenzie Mitchell, Mike Heimbuch, Tom Carpenter, David Weisz.
Marit Carlson-Van Dort

Märit Carlson-Van Dort - Anchorage

Chair - Term expires 6/30/2024

Märit Carlson-Van Dort is Sugpiaq from the village of Chignik Bay. She was born in Alaska and raised in Southeast Alaska and the southern Alaska Peninsula where she commercial fished for nearly fifteen years. Marit has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate work in Fisheries Science and Secondary Education. Märit has spent the past several years working in both the public and private sectors in public and government affairs with an emphasis on state and federal regulation, environmental policy, permitting, resource development, and community outreach and engagement. Currently she is employed as the President & CEO of Far West, Inc. an Alaska Native village corporation formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). In addition to her work at Far West, she has served on the board of directors of STAR of Anchorage, a local non-profit providing advocacy and support services to victims of sexual trauma, and was a proud volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska.

Märit can be reached by email.


John Jensen

John Jensen - Petersburg

Vice Chair - Term expires 6/30/2023

John was first appointed to the Board of Fisheries by Governor Murkowski in 2003. John lives in Petersburg and participates in crab and halibut fisheries in Southeast Alaska, and owns Jensen's Boat Rentals. John attended Yakama Valley College and has over 45 years of fishing experience in a variety of areas of the state.

John can be reached by email.


McKenzie Mitchell

McKenzie Mitchell - Fairbanks

Term expires 6/30/2023

McKenzie Mitchell received her B.A. in Economics as well as her M.S. in Resource and Applied Economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Her graduate degree work was concentrated in fisheries management and she now teaches economics and recreation management courses at UAF. McKenzie has worked in Alaska’s hunting and fishing industry for 10 years doing the jobs of hunting guide, boat captain, and sport fishing guide. Her passion for fisheries and Alaska’s resources is supported by her industry work and education.

McKenzie can be reached by email.


Mike Heimbuch
Homer News file photo by Michael Armstrong. Used with permission of the Homer News.

Mike Heimbuch - Homer

Term expires 6/30/2023

Mike Heimbuch is a lifelong Alaskan who was raised in Anchorage and has lived in Homer since 1975. He studied music at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, homesteaded in Willow in 1960, and began commercial fishing with his folks in 1963. Over the decades he has participated in a wide array of fisheries across the state as well as holding local office and serving on various commissions and boards.

Mike can be reached by email.


John Wood

John Wood - Willow

Term expires 6/30/2024

After earning his Juris Doctorate from LSU in 1971, John immediately moved to Alaska. His first job was working for the Alaska Superior Court as a law clerk and standing master. In 1973 John opened the doors to his law firm and practiced through the mid 90s before retiring. He has served in numerous appointed and elected positions including over 9 years on the Anchorage Assembly. Currently lives in Willow nestled in Hatcher Pass between two salmon streams and can be seen frequently during the summer fishing Southcentral waters either floating, wading or on his riverboat. John became intrigued by the unique approach of the BOF while employed as legislative staff in the 2014 cycle and welcomes the opportunity to help find solutions to some of long standing issues that seem to divide our community year after year. John’s highest priority will be to protect and enhance the strength of our stocks both in the numbers and size of the returns and harvests.

John can be reached by email.


Tom Carpenter

Tom Carpenter - Cordova

Term expires 6/30/2025

Tom has lived in Cordova for 30 years. Tom attended Lincoln College and Baylor University, served 4 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, owned and operated a sporting goods business in Cordova and commercial fished Area E for over 20 years. Tom spent 22 years as the Co-Chair of the Copper River Prince William Sound Advisory Committee as well as many other local and regional boards.

Tom can be reached by email.


Board Committee Assignments 2022-2023 (PDF 146 kB)

Previous Board Members (Since 1975)

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