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The Alaska Miners Association has a knowledgable staff ready to help members.

Learn more about the staff’s experience and commitment to the mining industry.

Deantha Skibinski
Executive Director

Deantha was born and raised in Anchorage and Big Lake, Alaska.


Deantha is starting her 11th year at AMA.  Previously she served on the staff of the Resource Development Council, where she advocated for the mining and tourism industries and managed efforts on the cruise ship head tax and mining shutdown ballot initiative campaigns, and administered the Alaska Alliance for Cruise Travel, an organization promoting tourism businesses benefitting from visitors to our state.

Deantha serves on the Board of the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, an organization dedicated to supporting military members and their families.  She has served on past Governors’ Transition Teams, is a recipient of the Top Forty Under 40 award, and was a delegate to the first-ever Conference of Young Alaskans. 


Deantha is married to Mark, an Alaska Airlines pilot, and in their spare time they can be found involved in youth hockey or at their family home in Big Lake, where you can find Deantha snowmachining, boating, and running with her chocolate lab, Hank.

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Jennifer Luiten
Membership & Fundraising Director

Jennifer was born and raised in Seward and is proud to call Alaska home. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, with degrees in Business Management and Marketing. She joined AMA in October 2017 and is committed to promoting responsible mineral development in Alaska.


She came to AMA from an oilfield contracting company, where she worked in both accounting and human resources. Jennifer spent 2 years working in Prudhoe Bay and understands the importance of Alaska’s resources.


Jennifer is the Membership and Fundraising Director, please feel free to reach out to her regarding your AMA membership or any upcoming events. She is dedicated to ensuring that AMA members are satisfied with their membership and the association.


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


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Carin Currier
Projects & Communication Manager

Carin was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and left to play college soccer at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She graduated in May of 2023 with her Business Management degree. While in Minnesota, Carin was a photographer for her athletic department and managed her soccer team’s social media accounts. 


After graduating, Carin drove 3,500 miles back to Alaska where she spent the summer paving driveways for her dad’s company, Currier’s Asphalt Maintenance. She started at AMA in November of 2023, and she is so excited to learn more about Alaska’s mining industry while working as the Projects and Communications Manager. 


In her free time, Carin loves to hang out with her dog, Cooper, take photos of Alaska’s scenery, play soccer, and go to the cabin with her family.


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Darlene Strickland
Bookkeeper & 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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