One current Kodiakan and three former Kodiakans are on the 2015 Top 40 Under 40 list by the Alaska Journal of Commerce for their accomplishments.
The Top 40 Under 40 list “recognizes the state’s top young professionals younger than age 40 who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to their community,” according to the nomination form.
Current Kodiakan Anna Stevens along with former residents Clare Fulp, Nolan Klouda and Charlie Kozak made the list.
Fulp, the principal of Ravenwood Elementary in Eagle River, grew up in Kodiak and graduated from Kodiak High School, she said.
She attended college in California and worked at the Alutiiq Museum afterward before moving to Anchorage.
“It was a great place to grow up,” Fulp said. “It was interesting to me to see so many of the award winners from Kodiak. I wasn’t surprised because I think that you get a sense of really hard work and there’s a lot of ambitious young people that are born and raised in Kodiak.”
Kozak, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, was born, raised and graduated from high school in Kodiak and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks before settling in Anchorage.
He cites Lake Rose Tead at Pasagshak as his favorite place in Alaska with memories there of fishing for silvers with his family, some of whom still live in Kodiak.
He said he was nominated by current and former co-workers for the Top 40 list.
“It has been a very humbling experience when I found out how the nomination process works,” Kozak said. “It was very unexpected.”
Stevens, a clinical psychologist at Kodiak Area Native Association, and Klouda, the executive director of the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development who spent part of his childhood in Kodiak, did not respond to phone calls.
In the Top 40 Under 40 pamphlet, Klouda said his first job was as a fisherman in Kodiak on his stepfather’s boat both jigging commercially for black bass and helping charter clients.
Now, he seeks to create jobs and help diversify Kodiak’s economy.
In the pamphlet, he said he wasn’t sure he would return to Alaska after finishing college, “but the state called me back. There’s just no place like it, and we’ve had a great job market too.”
In the pamphlet, Stevens said her favorite pastime was walking in Kodiak and picking salmonberries during the summer.
She also said, “I am happy to be in Kodiak working at my Alaska Native health care organization. It makes me feel like I am doing something valuable for my community.”
According to the Alaska Journal of Commerce, there were more than 160 candidates and 230 nominations for the 2015 Top 40 list.
Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.