Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc.

Board Members
Board Members

Mary Leith (President)
City of Delta Junction Mayor Pro Tem
PO Box 322
Delta Junction, AK 99737
907.895.4434 home phone
momld@wildak.net
Seat G Term expires 2018

Mary LeithMary Leith (President) is a lifelong resident of the Delta area with a passion for books and youth. She holds a Master's in Library Science from the University of British Columbia, and has worked at Delta School Library for 30 years. She is the current mayor of Delta Junction and was an early supporter of the DCAC who encouraged the City's support for the facility's construction. Having been raised in an IBEW household and having a sibling who has worked in the trades, she is especially interested in providing area youth with training and education for career opportunities beyond a traditional college pathway. Her daughter and son both live in the Fairbanks area, both attending college.

Fred Schlutt (Vice President/Secretary)
Vice Provost for Extension and Outreach
Cooperative Extension Service Director
PO Box 756180
Fairbanks, AK 99775
907.474.7246 phone
fred.schlutt@alaska.edu
Website
Seat D Term expires 2018

Fred Schlutt is the director of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. A 32-year Extension veteran from Maine, Wyoming and Texas, Schlutt was hired to lead the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service Previously, he worked five years for the University Maine Cooperative Extension. He started his new job as CES director and vice provost for Extension and Outreach in May of 2009. He directs all Extension activities in Alaska.

Jon Dufendach (Treasurer)
CampWater Industries, President
PO Box 309
Delta Junction, AK 99737
907.895.4309 phone
jondufendach@gmail.com
Seat F Term expires 2017

Jon DufendachDelta business owner Jon Dufendach (treasurer) (far right) visits with Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Click Bishop (left) and Operating Engineer instructor Ken Assyd during the 2011 Heavy Equipment Operator Academy. Dufendach founded Delta Industrial Services, Inc. after a lengthy career in the oil industry. From pipe welding to wastewater treatment system design, heavy equipment operation and supplies and parts, his business serves clients all around the world. He's committed to Alaska, believes in Delta's future and wants area youth to be competitive for the jobs that are emerging in the region. He knows first-hand Delta is a happening place, and he recently started CampWater Industries to produce water filtration systems.

Fred Schlutt
Vice Provost for Extension & Outreach Cooperative Extension Service Director
University of Alaska
PO Box 756180
Fairbanks, AK 99775
907.474.7246 phone; 907.474.6971 fax
fred.schlutt@alaska.edu
Website
Term expires 2012

Fred Schlutt is the director of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. A 32-year Extension veteran from Maine, Wyoming and Texas, Schlutt was hired to lead the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service Previously, he worked five years for the University Maine Cooperative Extension. He started his new job as CES director and vice provost for Extension and Outreach in May of 2009. He directs all Extension activities in Alaska.

Eric Stewart
President, Copper Current Inc. DBA, Copper Current Electric
P.O. Box 1670
Delta Junction, Alaska 99737
907.460.0062 phone
ccelectric@wildak.net
Website
Seat C Term expires 2017

Eric Stewart was appointed to the board in July 2010. Stewart came to Alaska in 1992 as a hiking guide in the Denali National Park area. He has always enjoyed sharing with others his passion for exploration of the outdoors. In 2001, he moved to Delta Junction and started his business, Copper Current Electric, which has grown to support many major government projects throughout the Interior. Stewart firmly believes that investing in local talent is best for the community and the state overall. All of his employees are residents of Delta Junction. He holds a Master Electrical Administrator's License and is an alumnus of Boise State University. He and his family live in on a small hobby farm, where they grow giant pumpkins and enjoy the outdoors.


Above: Board member Eric Stewart left foreground listens as Partners for Progress in Delta President Mary Leith welcomes attendees for the Partners' annual Industry Roundtable.

Below: Board member Duncan Ware (far right) took the May 2011 Private Pilot Ground School class offered in Delta through UAF CTC.

May 2011 Private Pilot Ground School class
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