MEET THE TEAM
Meet the faces behind the box.
Creative Manager & Business Interaction
I moved here 7 years ago from Northeastern Oregon when I fell in love with a born and raised Alaska guy. He is now my husband, and we have two beautiful daughters that we are raising together here in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska.
I've always been an entrepreneur from a very early age. I thrive on networking with people. The heartbeat behind communities really drives my work and always has. You might see me chatting up the cashier or meeting the new neighbors, because I'm always trying to connect people to people.
I'm very creative and full of ideas all the time (especially when I'm trying to sleep.) Most are fleeting. But after attending many vendor shows and taking time to talk to different vendors from all over Alaska, The Bear Box was an idea that wouldn't leave me alone. I called upon the group of amazing individuals that I now call my business partners and team to help me accomplish what I believe will start a fire in the hearts of many to support local.
I hope that my idea and our hard work brings something valuable to our great state of Alaska. I will work hard to share the beauty and culture of this place with people all over.
Blogger & Web Liaison
I'm Chad, and I'm super happy to be a part of The Bear Box! When I was asked to join, I was so stoked and grateful and you could just tell how excited the rest of the team was too.
I'm a born and raised Alaskan, though I did spend a few years living in Ohio and North Carolina. Despite that, I knew that I wanted to come back because Alaska has always felt like home.
I'm really excited to be a part of something that serves to connect and support our community and if you're reading this, I welcome you in sharing in that too. :)
Customer Service & Legal Representative
I was born in Oregon, but have lived in Alaska since 1996 and consider myself an Alaskan. I am married with 4 amazing children. We love everything about Alaska and have deemed ourselves "lifers" as we can't picture ever living anywhere else! I was a litigation paralegal for 17 years before having my youngest son, who has complex medical needs. I was unable to work after having him so I started looking into ways to generate income at home. I was THRILLED when I was asked to be a part of this project and I am so very excited to be a part of a team of individuals that truly want to promote that Alaskan culture of being a community where we always look out for each other. I am so proud to be an Alaskan helping Alaskan businesses!
Lead Accountant & Treasurer
I’m Monica and I am so excited to be part of the Bear Box Team!
I was born in Washington state, but have lived in Alaska since I was five, both on the Aleutians and in Anchorage. My husband works for the school district, we were foster parents for 5 years, and I have worked as a case manager for a local mental health agency. We have 3 boys who were born in Anchorage, and we have friends and family throughout the state. Having a sense of community is important to Alaskans, which is why I love the idea behind The Bear Box. It is a unique way to support our neighbors’ local businesses by sharing with the world their Alaskan-made products.
Product & Sales Analytics and Tracking
My name is Joella. You can call me “Jo.”
I was born and raised in Oregon and Washington, and went to college in Portland. I’d visited Anchorage a couple times before, and after my graduation I felt drawn to spend more time in this beautiful sanctuary of a city. I love how very serious Alaskans are about local business and entrepreneurship—how every product uniquely represents the pride & spirit of Alaska. I’m so excited to share more of what I discover out here with all of you.