"Fostering the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry for the benefit of Alaskans"

Staff Bios

Kara Moriarty - President/CEO Kara came to Alaska from her home state of South Dakota to teach elementary school in Atqasuk, an Inupiaq village in the North Slope Borough. After working in Washington, DC for then South Dakota Congressman, now U.S. Senator John Thune, she moved back to Alaska and lived in Fairbanks for seven years. She has served as legislative staff in Juneau to Senator Gary Wilken and was the President/CEO of the Fairbanks Chamber for four years. She joined the AOGA staff in April 2005. She became the fifth Executive Director of AOGA on January 1, 2012.  She became President/CEO December of 2013.  She is a 2003 recipient of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 Award and was the Honorary Iceman at Eielson Air Force Base. She is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Anchorage and serves on the Executive Committee of the Resource Development Council.  In her spare time she can be found serving as a taxi driver for her three children, Joseph, Maggie and Garrett to their many church, school and sporting events.  She and her husband Gerry, an Alaska Airlines pilot, also enjoy their personal plane and exploring Alaska with the kids.

 

Sarah Erkmann Ward, APR - External Affairs Manager Sarah is a lifelong Alaskan with years of experience in strategic communications and media relations.  Prior to joining AOGA, Sarah worked as the Communications Director for Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan. Earlier in her career, Sarah worked as a senior account manager for a local public relations agency, and was an award-winning pharmaceutical salesperson. Her first job after college was with KTUU-TV's Channel 2 News as a weekend producer. Sarah joined AOGA in 2012 and is responsible for managing the organization's media relations and external communications, as well as assisting with special events and legislative affairs. A graduate of Service High School, Sarah attended the University of Oregon in Eugene and earned a bachelor's degree in history. She has volunteered for many groups and organizations, including the Food Bank of Alaska, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, the Public Relations Society of America's Alaska Chapter, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage. In 2012, Sarah was named one of the state's Top 40 Under 40. Sarah is married to Jason, with whom she has three young children. The entire family enjoys camping, traveling, and cheering on the Oregon Ducks and the Tennessee Volunteers.


Joshua Kindred - Environmental Counsel Raised in Anchorage, Kindred is a seasoned legal professional with years of experience in the state, most recently as the Violent Crimes Supervisor for the Anchorage District Attorney's Office. Kindred also has prior experience in civil litigation and worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz of the Oregon Supreme Court. As AOGA's Environmental Counsel, Kindred is responsible for evaluating government actions and initiatives, and coordinating AOGA's review of and response to such initiatives, including preparing written and oral testimony at public hearings; managing litigation issues with outside counsel; and directing AOGA's committees, especially those dealing with regulatory and environmental issues. Kindred graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kindred went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law. He has been a member of the Alaska Bar Association since 2005. Josh is married to Tali Birch.  In his spare time, Kindred enjoys golfing and exploring Alaska.

 

Tamara Sheffield - Support Services Tamara moved to Alaska from Montana in 1972 with her family.  Alaska has been her home ever since.  Tamara attended West Anchorage High School, University of Alaska and Alaska Career College.  She came to work at AOGA in December 1980, where she has held various administrative positions.  She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Alaska Division and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).  She has volunteered her time to various organizations: American Diabetes Association-Alaska District, American Heart Association, Anchorage Chamber Citywide Cleanup, Anchorage Health Fair.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling with her husband Mike, gardening and the outdoors.  She and her husband have a grown son who resides in Alaska.