AMA Staff

The Alaska Miners Association has a knowledgable staff ready to help members. As an AMA member you have access to a staff of experts, working hard to represent the industry. Learn more below about the staff’s experience and commitment to the mining industry.

Deantha Crockett, Executive Director | Alicia Amberg, Deputy Director

Amanda Voshell, Publications and Fundraising Director | Darlene Strickland, Bookkeeper and Membership Coordination

Deantha Crockett, Executive Director


Deantha-C-primary400pxDeantha was born and raised in Anchorage and Big Lake, Alaska and is a graduate of the University of Alaska.  She is excited to have a career that will ensure she spends a lifetime in Alaska.

She came to AMA from the Resource Development Council, where she worked as projects coordinator for seven years.  In that role, she led issues and policy for the mining and tourism industries.  She managed RDC’s efforts on the cruise ship head tax and mining shutdown ballot initiative campaigns, and administered the Alaska Alliance for Cruise Travel, an organization promoting Alaskan-owned tourism businesses.

Deantha is a Board Member for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska and volunteers for the Alaska Resource Education program as well as the American Cancer Society.  In 2006 she was one of 55 delegates to the first-ever Conference of Young Alaskans.  She plays soccer and enjoys fishing, hunting, snowmachining, and all that Alaska’s outdoors has to offer.

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 Alicia Siira, Deputy Director


Alicia-A-Primary-200pxAlicia Siira joined the AMA team in April 2013 as Projects Manager and was quickly promoted to Deputy Director in January 2014. She works closely with the Executive Director to help achieve AMA’s mission, acting as the staff lead on the Workforce Development Committee and Small Scale Miners Committee.

Born and raised in Alaska, Alicia received her undergraduate degrees at the University of Idaho in both Public Relations and Communication, and recently completed the MBA Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Growing up around placer mines, small scale mining operations are particularly near and dear to her heart. As a 3rd generation AMA member, Alicia understands the importance of serving as an advocate and a voice for large and small operations and projects alike.

Outside of the office, Alicia volunteers in her community and enjoys fishing, hunting, snowmachining and spending time with her husband and two yellow labs.

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 Darlene Strickland, Bookkeeper and Membership Coordinator



Like many Alaskans, Darlene was born outside of Alaska, but she is proud to call Alaska home. She grew up in Southeast Alaska and Palmer, attending high school in Kenai and receiving her BA from Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. Every summer break, Darlene would return and work in the fish processing plants in Soldotna and Kenai.

Darlene started at Alaska Miners Association in July of 2007. Like everyone at AMA, Darlene has a cherished rock story to share. As a child in Wrangell, she went to Garnet ledge twice to dig garnets; she still has a tin of them today. And be sure to ask her about her gold panning exploits.

Darlene is a proud Navy mom, very active in home, community, and her church, she volunteers for children’s programs, and assists on the mobile food pantry affiliated with the Anchorage Food Bank.

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