"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.


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.


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.   


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.