The Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) is a professional trade association whose mission is to foster the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry for the benefit of all Alaskans. We represent the majority of companies that are exploring, developing, producing, transporting, refining, or marketing oil and gas on the North Slope, in the Cook Inlet, and in the offshore areas of Alaska.
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 and been the head of the association since 2012. She is a member of the Athena Society, a 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 Lumen Christi School Board and 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.
Regulatory & Legal Affairs Manager
Patrick attended the universities of Oregon and Southern Oregon where he studied criminal justice and played football for the University of Oregon Ducks. Patrick worked for Senator Frank Murkowski and helped coach high school sports before attending law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. After almost 10 years outside, in 2010, Patrick returned to Alaska and accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney. During his time with the State of Alaska, Patrick prosecuted a variety of matters including violent crime, drug crime, white collar crime, and property crime. Patrick also managed rural caseloads for Saint Paul and Whittier. As a prosecutor, Patrick tried more than 20 cases to verdict. In 2013, Patrick went into private practice with the Law Office of Brent R. Cole, P.C. There, Patrick worked for big game guides, pilots, commercial fishermen, sport fishermen, and businesses in a variety of matters unique to Alaskans. Patrick’s practice allowed him to travel across the state and represent clients in fish and game defense, licensing actions before the Big Game Commercial Services Board, civil litigation, and FAA administrative actions before the NTSB. In 2017, Patrick joined Guess & Rudd P.C. focusing primarily on white-collar criminal defense, and insurance defense including personal injury, property damage, professional malpractice and employment law matters.
External Affairs Manager
A third generation Alaskan, Brooke was born and raised in Anchorage, attended A.J. Dimond High School, and is a product of the city’s Japanese Partial Immersion Program. She graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon as a Mark O. Hatfield Scholar with a degree in Japanese Studies, and later went to live and work in Japan. Before joining the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Brooke served four years as staff in the Alaska State Legislature with a focus on natural resources and oil and gas tax policy. Her prior work experience includes roles as a campaign manager; Assistant Director of Visions Meeting & Event Management; certified resource specialist for United Way’s 2-1-1 program; and grants administrator for Covenant House Alaska. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and co-founder of the Jewel Lake Farmers Market.
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.