Our Team

The Seward Chamber of Commerce & CVB staff works daily to bring the Chamber’s mission and vision to life.

Samantha Allen Executive Director

Originally from New Jersey, Samantha spent her college years in Michigan and found Seward in 2019. After coaching The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club for three seasons, she transitioned into her role as Membership Coordinator with the Seward Chamber of Commerce in 2022. In 2023, Samantha has accepted the position of Executive Director. Samantha is an enthusiastic and community-minded person and excited to impact Seward in a positive way.

Ally Burdett Communications Coordinator

Ally is from the Pacific Northwest town of Edmonds, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations at Western Washington University. Shortly after, she moved to Seward with her partner who was born and raised here. Ally has a passion for storytelling and creativity. She is excited to share all the wonderful things Seward has to offer. When out of the office, you can find Ally going on adventures with her dog, Winnie, gardening, kayaking and enjoying the variety of live music Alaska has to share!

Hunter Kratz Member & Visitor Services Coordinator

Hunter grew up here in Seward where he found a love for all things outdoors. After studying business administration and running track and field at Eastern Oregon University, Hunter returned home to Alaska where he looks forward to getting back to all of his favorite things; running, skiing and traveling the state. He is passionate about promoting Seward as a destination to travel, work and live!

Kelly Ann Cavaretta Seward Small Business Advisor | Alaska SBDC Kenai Peninsula Center

Kelly Ann Cavaretta lives and breathes small business. Her past 7 years have been predominantly defined in marine tourism – managing a push-the-limits seasonal small business explosion that Seward summers know best. An entrepreneur herself, Kelly Ann comes from a footing of shared experiences as SBDC’s newest Seward Business Advisor. From working as an environmental consultant in San Diego, to managing 60 seasonal employees and a seasonal boat tour company in Seward, to starting her own small yoga studio and own nightly rental business, Salted Roots Cabins, to buying an existing downtown restaurant and long-term rental business, Thorns, Kelly Ann hopes to bring real time experience to her community clients. To say Seward is her home is an understatement – She’s a proud resident of Seward, a community volunteer and board member, an avid recreationist in these coastal mountains, and a new mom. Kelly Ann has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.

Matias Saari Mount Marathon Race Director

Visitor Center & Information
Phone: (907) 224-8051
Fax: (907) 224-5353