Board of Directors

Nancy Bienvenue, BSN

Member

Nancy Bienvenue was transformed by Christ from a 20-year old nursing student who chose abortion in 1975 to the CEO of Carenet Pregnancy Center of Tanana Valley, a faith-based, life-affirming pregnancy center in Fairbanks. Nancy oversaw the transition of the pregnancy center into a medical clinic and was responsible for securing a Community-Based Abstinence Education Grant for the clinic. The Step Up Now to Healthy Relationships program has successfully served 12 to 18-year old youth in the Tanana Valley with the message of risk avoidance and healthy relationships.

Nancy and her husband Richard have five children and seven grandchildren, and are members of the Door of Hope Church in Fairbanks.

Chris Brown

Board Chair

Chris Brown has served on the board of Alaska Family Council since 2008. A nearly 40-year veteran of the telecommunication industry, he holds an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, as well as an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. He has served in executive capacities for international firms, large U.S. corporations, as well as the non-profit sector, and also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. He and his wife, Margaret, reside in Anchorage with their son, Matthew.

Fred Dyson

Member

Fred Dyson is a former member of both the state house and senate in Alaska. After fighting hard for decades to protect the family in Alaska, Mr. Dyson has extended his impeccable legacy by joining the Alaska Family Council Board in 2015. Outside of his distinguished career as a public servant, Mr. Dyson also spent 23 years as a commercial fisherman, as well as an editor, consultant, executive, and as an engineer with BP.

Mr. Dyson and his wife of 49 years, Jane, live in Eagle River.

Robert Flint

Member

Robert Flint practiced law in Alaska for 47 years before retiring in 2010. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in economics before attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. Flint is a founding board member of Covenant House Alaska and Alaska Family Council. He lives in Anchorage with his wife Letha and daughter Christine. They are parishioners at Holy Family Cathedral.

Dr. Grady Pennell

Member
Grady Pennell has served as the pastor of Eagle River Grace since March 2007, when he retired after 26 years as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. In the Navy, he served a tour of duty on a submarine, cruiser, aircraft carrier, Seabee Battalion, and with numerous U.S. Marine units, which included a combat tour in the first Gulf War. Pastor Pennell holds a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from Texas A&M. His active, diverse ministry and travels span four decades and over 30 countries. He has lived in Iceland, Spain, Korea, and Japan. Grady and his wife Pat are the parents of two adult children. His married son is a missionary and his daughter recently graduated from University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Richard (Clayton) Trotter, J.D.

Board Vice Chair
Richard “Clayton” Trotter is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He was one of the Founding Professors of Regent University School of Law and has served as Corporate Counsel for General Mills, Inc. and the Justice Foundation, a national law firm that seeks to mobilize citizens, through financial and service contributions to provide free legal representation in landmark cases to protect and restore justice. Trotter has addressed audiences at the University of Portugal in Lisbon and at the Norman Manley School of Law at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica for the Justice Foundation and was one of the hosts and producers of the Justice Foundation’s television program “Faces of Abortion,” now seen in 125 nations.Trotter, a member of the Civil Air Patrol, attends Muldoon Community Assembly Anchorage and has attended worship in churches of many denominations. Trotter is the father of 11 children and enjoys flying, cycling and camping with his family.Mr. Dyson and his wife of 49 years, Jane, live in Eagle River.

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