Executive Team

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Bryan Butcher

CEO/Executive Director

Bryan rejoined the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) on August 7, 2013. Prior to his appointment as chief executive officer/executive director, he served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue from January 2011 to August 2013, as AHFC’s director of governmental relations and public affairs from 2003 to 2011, and as a senior aide to the House and Senate Finance Committees of the Alaska Legislature for the previous 12 years.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon. He sits on the board of directors for the Foraker Group and the Governor’s Alaska Council on the Homeless.

Bryan enjoys watching the Oregon Ducks and other sports, reading, and spending time with his wife and two children.


Akis Gialopsos

Deputy Executive Director

Vasilios “Akis” Gialopsos was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Akis grew up in his family’s restaurant business, going to school, playing sports, participating in the Boy Scouts, Greek dancing, and Greek Church events such as the annual Alaska Greek Festival. After completing his high schooling at the American Community Schools in Athens, Greece, Akis attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he was part of the nationally ranked and internationally awarded debate program. Akis worked in the Alaska Legislature for nearly a decade in diverse roles including an aide in the House of Representatives to Chief of Staff for the Senate President. For four years, Akis was the Committee Aide to the Senate Resources Committee. He then served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director in the Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy. Following the retirement of Commissioner Corri Feige, from July 2022 until January 2023, Akis served as the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources overseeing the largest non-federal land management portfolio in the United States.

Akis joined Alaska Housing Finance Corporation in January 2023 as Deputy Executive Director. With his wife Allison, Akis volunteers for events in the Greek community, and occasionally gets to hunt, fish, and hike in their lifelong home.

Candice Cheshire

Candice Cheshire

Director, Human Resources

Candice joined Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) in May of 2020. Candice has led Human Resource teams in Alaska for 20+ years. Her work in HR has allowed her the opportunity to partner with Alaskans across the state from Prudhoe Bay to Scammon Bay. She has worked in HR leadership in a variety of industries for companies like BP and Coastal Villages Region Fund. The one common thread is that she has enjoyed having a role in developing people, who truly are the key resource for all corporations, our communities and state. 

Candice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Alaska Pacific University. 

Outside of work Candice and her family enjoy much of the outdoor fun that Alaska has to offer, especially anything on the water. 

Catherine Stone

Catherine Stone

Director, Public Housing

Cathy started with Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) in 2008 as director of housing operations where she was responsible for the statewide operations of the public housing division. Since 2012, she has directed the department where she oversees the HUD Moving to Work program and administration of 1,750 public housing units and expansion of the statewide housing choice voucher program. In that time, she has overseen the development of Rent Reform, the Jumpstart Family Self-Sufficiency program, and several set aside housing programs that provide direct rental assistance to vulnerable Alaskans. Prior to coming to AHFC, Cathy was with the State of Alaska department of law as an assistant attorney general in the commercial and fair business section.

After graduating from Willamette University with a major in political science and American history, Cathy then received her law degree from Gonzaga University.  Cathy has lived in Alaska since the age of 10. In her free time, she stays active with family, exploring Alaska on hikes, playing tennis and keeping up with her three sons, two dogs and husband. She is passionate about the work she does helping Alaska families meet their affordable housing needs.


Aireen Amad-Antes


Aireen Amad-Antes joined Alaska Housing Finance Corporation in December 2021 by way of the Philippines, Canada, and Utah.  Her accounting experience ranges from the service industry, to construction, manufacturing, municipal public works and finally as the Chief Financial Officer in the North Slope’s regional housing authority. In her role as Controller, she is directly responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the Corporation’s financial statements and certain other reports related to externally funded programs.

Aireen is a Certified Public Accountant. She also holds a Charted Professional Accountant designation in Canada, and a CPA in the Philippines. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from University of Mindanao, Philippines and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Weber State University in Utah.

Outside of work, Aireen and her husband enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time with their three dogs. 

Daniel Delfino

Daniel Delfino

Director, Planning & Program Development

Daniel Delfino is director of the planning and program development department that manages several statewide rental development, homeownership and supportive housing programs.  In addition to program management, the department performs research and analysis of housing market dynamics throughout the state.  Prior to joining AHFC in 2008, Daniel supervised a multi-site Money-Out team for Fidelity Investments in Salt Lake City.

Daniel received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Portland State University and holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of New Mexico.

Outside of work, Daniel spends time with his wife and two dogs or is out training for fringe endurance events where finishing is possible, but unlikely.

Greg Rochon

Gregory Rochon

Director, Administrative Services

Greg has worked for Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) in several capacities, starting as a contract compliance officer for the administrative services department in 2010. He currently serves as director of administrative services managing corporate policies and procedures with respect to procurement, asset and inventory control, record retention, risk management and administrative support functions.

Greg has over 20 years of experience in program management, contract administration and project management. Prior to his role at AHFC, he worked for the North Slope Borough, Arctic Slope Consulting Group, and for the Municipality of Anchorage. Greg has extensive knowledge of arctic construction administering multimillion-dollar contracts on the North Slope and was contract administrator for the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center and Egan Center remodel.

Greg grew up in Barrow, Alaska and has lived in Anchorage since 2004. He enjoys fishing, camping, hunting and spending time with his five grandchildren.

James Wiedle

James Wiedle

Director, Budget

James started with AHFC as a research analyst in 1997. He has held several positions in both the planning and budget departments. As director for the budget department he is responsible for development, implementation, and maintenance of AHFC’s operating and capital budgets.

James has more than 20 years experience in program development, housing market research, financial analysis and budget planning. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology.

When he is not working, James is often enjoying his hobbies that include, photography, astronomy, amateur radio and woodworking. Both James and his wife enjoy traveling throughout the United States and especially RVing through the Great State of Alaska during summer.


Michelle Graves

Director, Mortgage Operations

Michelle Graves brought 22 years of experience in the mortgage industry when she joined Alaska Housing Finance Corporation in May 2012. Since joining AHFC, she has continued to work with lending partners to provide Alaskans with AHFC mortgage options. Now the Director of Mortgage Operations, Michelle oversees the administration of single family and multifamily loans, homeownership education programs, servicing and other AHFC mortgage services.

Michelle attended the University of Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), double majoring in banking and finance and managerial finance with a minor in real estate. In her spare time, she enjoys golf and spending time with her two dogs.


Jimmy Ord

Director, Research & Rural Development

Originally from Pennsylvania, Jimmy fell in love with Alaska while working on his uncle’s fishing boat in Juneau during summer break from college. He moved to Juneau shortly after graduating from college where he worked in the construction, tourist, and fishing industries before moving to Anchorage in 2010.

Jimmy joined AHFC in 2011 as the program information manager in the Research and Rural Development Department. He served as the department manager for several years before becoming the director.

Jimmy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree from the University of Alaska Southeast in Public Administration.

In his free time, Jimmy enjoys spending time with his partner, Suzanne, traveling, cooking, and exploring Alaska’s wild places.

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Michael Singleton

Director, Operations and Facilities Management

Michael joined Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) in 2014 as facilities manager for the Public Housing department. In 2018, he was promoted to director of facilities management and he was assigned corporate property maintenance. He leads a team of 10 staff in support of statewide major and minor maintenance activities.

Michael began state service in 2004 with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Facilities Management Division where he provided major and minor maintenance services to Alaska Army National Guard and Alaska Court System facilities. His duties took him to more than 27 Alaskan communities from Little Diomede to Ketchikan and many points in between.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Michael holds a professional license for electrical administration and is a licensed journeyman electrician. Prior to state service Michael worked in the construction industry and inter- and intra-state shipping.

Born and raised in Southcentral Alaska, Michael and his family try to take every opportunity to enjoy all that the state has to offer.

Michael Strand

Mike Strand

Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director

Mike joined AHFC in 2001 and previously served as senior finance officer, finance officer and financial analyst. Mike manages the financial and accounting activities of the Corporation such that its business operations can be sustained, its assets properly preserved, and its credit positively upheld. He works closely with our banking contacts in New York and has helped manage the issuance of almost $10 billion in bonds.

Mike graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Finance and Economics. Originally from Anchorage, Mike has been playing or coaching hockey for over 40 years. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors hiking the mountains with his black labs or hanging out at the family lake cabin with his wife, Jeri Ann, and three children, Haley, Hunter and Hannah.

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R. Kevin Tune

Director, Internal Audit

Kevin joined Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) as an audit specialist in 1993. In his role as director of the internal audit department, he is responsible for overseeing the internal audit, grantee monitoring, and affordable housing compliance programs for AHFC. He manages a staff of three internal auditors and four compliance specialists. He reports functionally to AHFC’s audit committee and administratively to the chief executive officer.

Kevin holds a BA in business administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and is a graduate of the Bank Administration Institute Graduate School of Retail Bank Management internal audit program. Prior to joining AHFC he worked for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a regional audit manager, Alliance Bank as vice president/controller of the special asset division, and First National Bank of Alaska as an assistant auditor. In total, he has 42 years of internal audit experience. He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds certifications in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) and Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).

Kevin and his wife Janet have called Anchorage their home for the past 58 years. Despite the wintery conditions he remains an avid golfer and a Corvette enthusiast.

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Stacy Barnes

Director, Governmental Relations and Public Affairs

Stacy Barnes is director, governmental relations and public affairs. In her capacity Stacy interacts with local, state and federal officials, supports the initiatives of other departments and directors, and shares AHFC’s stories with media, both owned and earned. She has worked in this role since 2010, and previously worked in a similar role in the Anchorage Mayor’s office, and before that as the youngest president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

Stacy holds a B.A. in journalism and public communications with minors in history and psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Alaska Pacific University. Stacy has chaired the international Public Relations Society of America Financial Communications Section; has served as a board member at Providence Alaska Foundation and in the hospital as a Compassionate Care/No One Dies Alone volunteer, and she has served as an advisor to UAA’s department of journalism and communication. Stacy has been inducted as a member of the Anchorage ATHENA Society, recognized for her professional achievements, community service and commitment to advancing women; and recognized among the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top Forty Under 40 class of 2008.

Tom Remaklus

Tom Remaklus

Director, Information Technology

Tom has been with AHFC for over 12 years working in several capacities. Starting off as a temporary employee, Tom quickly attained a programming analyst position and has held the position of director of information technology for the past nine years. He is responsible for securing corporate data and infrastructure.

In conjunction with the Anchorage School District, Tom was involved with the development of the IT Summer Academy that offers high school students the opportunity to intern in IT/IS departments throughout the summer. He is involved with the honorary commanders program at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), the FBI Citizens Academy and the INFRAgard. Having lived in Alaska for most of his life, Tom headed for warmer weather to attain a Masters in Computer Science from Arizona State.

Tom and his family enjoy getting out in Alaska biking, hiking and skiing. They enjoy traveling to Mexico and Hawaii where Tom enjoys scuba diving.