"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 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.


Brandon Brefczynski - External Affairs Manager Brandon moved to Alaska from Wisconsin in 1993 with his family, where was raised in Fairbanks. Brandon graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2010 and began his career as legislative staff in the Alaska State Legislature for Representative Tammie Wilson - North Pole. Since then, he has worked in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Mat-Su, and Juneau for various legislative offices including Representative Doug Isaacson - North Pole, Senator Bill Stoltze - Chugiak/Palmer, and most recently as the finance aide for Representative Steve Thompson - Fairbanks.  In addition to his legislative experience, Brandon servied at the Department of Environmental Conservation as special assistant to Commissioner Larry Hartig from 2013-2014.  Joining AOGA in 2018, Brandon is responsible for legislative affairs, policy development, and strategic communication.  In his spare time, Brandon enjoys fishing, working on his family's peony farm, and spending time with his nephews.   


Peter Caltagirone - Regulatory & Legal Affairs Manager Peter grew up in San Diego, is an experienced trial lawyer licensed to practice in five states, and has handled litigation throughout Alaska and the Lower 48. After graduating from Villanova University School of Law in 2009, Peter began his legal career at the Philadelphia office of international law firm Cozen O’Connor. In 2016, Peter fulfilled a life-long dream of moving to Alaska, where he continued his legal practice as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska, specializing in oil and gas matters. In that capacity, Peter represented the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Revenue in oil and gas royalty, leasing, and tax litigation, served as counsel to DNR on development of the AlaskaLNG project, as well as providing advice on proposed legislation and regulations. Peter also represented the state in high-stakes matters involving abandoned and derelict vessels on State land. Before attending law school, Peter graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a dual major in government and economics, after which he served as a jury consultant in Los Angeles under the pioneer of jury selection science, Dr. Donald Vinson. In his spare time, Peter enjoys photography and exploring Alaska behind the controls of an airplane as a licensed private and float plane pilot.


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.