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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

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. Deantha was named to The Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top Forty Under 40” for 2015. She plays soccer and enjoys fishing, hunting, snowmachining, and all that Alaska’s outdoors has to offer.

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JENNIFER LUITEN | Membership and Fundraising Director

Jennifer was born and raised in Seward, Alaska and is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Business Management. She joined AMA in October 2017 and is excited to have a career that has a positive and influential impact on Alaska.

She comes to AMA from an oilfield contracting company, where she worked in both accounting and human resources. Jennifer spent time working in Prudhoe Bay, and understands the importance of Alaska’s resource development.

Out of the office, you’ll find her spending the weekends in Seward or Big Lake. She enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with her family.



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LACI MICHAUD | Projects Manager

Laci is a life-long Alaskan, originally from Valdez. She holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication from Washington State University and two Bachelor Degrees (Business Administration and Marketing) from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

She joined AMA in January 2019 and has a background in non-profits, healthcare and the oil & gas industry. She specializes in strategic communications, employee and membership engagement, and graphic design, all of which will be a perfect fit for our team and AMA membership needs.

Laci currently serves on the board of directors for the Alaska Humanities Forum and is the Publicity Chair for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Alaska chapter. Laci was named to The Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top Forty Under 40” for 2018.

If she isn’t at work or volunteering with local non-profit boards, she spends her time crafting and creating custom home décor, and snuggling with her three rescued puppies.

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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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