Executive Management

Delbert Rexford

President and Chief Executive Officer

Delbert Rexford brings more than 30 years of North Slope leadership to UIC. He is actively involved with the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS) Tribal Council and served as a Councilman for the City of Barrow for seven years and as a North Slope Borough Assemblyman for six years. He also served as a Gates of the Arctic National Park Subsistence Commission Member for nine years and as an Alaska Municipal League Director/ President.

Jeevan Pokharel

Chief Operations Officer

Jeevan brings nearly 15 years of successful financial and corporate leadership, and he is well versed in construction, oil field services, heavy-haul trucking, marine transportation, and the government contracting and service industries.

Mr. Pokharel has a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance, both from the University of Idaho. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor.

He is a member of the International Rotary Club here in Anchorage and participates in their community service and fundraising activities that benefit local, state, national and world-wide causes. In his spare time, he loves to hike, travel and fish.

Rick Owen

General Counsel

Mr. Owen received his Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Brigham Young University, his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Pepperdine University School of Law (Cum Laude), and is licensed to practice law in California, Alaska, and Alaska Federal District Court.

Rick’s work history includes Corporate/General Counsel/Concerns Resolution Program Director for ASRC from 2009-to-2016, General Counsel/Contracts Manager for ASRC from 2000-to-2009, Manager of Commercial Special Credits for the National Bank of Alaska from 1996-to-2000, and Private Practice Attorney for Groh, Eggers & Price from 1987-to-1996.

Mike Hundley

Sr. Vice President of Operations, UIC Government Services

Mr. Michael Hundley has over 30 years of industry experience participating as an active member of the Naval Surface Warfare Center contracting community supporting Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Computer Sciences Corporation since 1989. Mr. Hundley has a degree in Business Administration and his professional background includes a focus in engineering, information technology, business operations, and strategic planning. In previous positions with Bowhead, Mr. Hundley served as a Vice President, Director of Operations, and Business Development Director.

Clayton Arterburn

Sr. Vice President, UIC Commercial Services

Clayton was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Alaska in 1975 and was raised in Willow, his current home. After graduating from Central Washington University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Clayton worked and managed a wide range of construction projects all over the State of Alaska and Washington State. He has worked in the construction field in a wide variety of capacities, from laborer, carpenter and equipment operator. Clayton has been with UIC Construction since 2006.

Clayton involves himself in community support projects such as providing and maintaining the ice rink at the Willow Elementary School - for the community’s use through a 501(c)(3) company he and a friend started four years ago called - Willow Ice. He and a friend also started a skating and hockey program in association with the local PTA, where he participates as an assistant coach.

Jason Strickler

Vice President, UIC Government Construction

Jason has over 18 years of experience in Government Contracting working for and with Alaska Native Corporations (ANC’s). He has a proven track record of success in managing several government contracting companies. He is a strong communicator with effective interpersonal skills, building trust and rapport. Jason leads by example with a sound professional attitude, strong morals and ethics, and pride in personal performance. He leads others to create a shared sense of commitment and accountability to the success of objectives at hand. Jason has successfully led the completion of numerous multi-million-dollar projects through teaming partnerships and building positive rapport with clients, stakeholders, architects, engineers, local officials, and vendors.

Nagruk Harcharek

Director, UIC Lands

Nagruk Harcharek, is a lifelong Barrow resident, hunter, whaler and artist. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at Prescott, Arizona. His work experience includes serving as General Manager for UIC Science, LLC where he supervises and administratively manages the Barrow Arctic Research Center and the surrounding Charles Etok Edwardsen Jr. Environmental Observatory. He is a licensed pilot and has worked with IỊisaġvik College during its Iñupiat Land Use and Resources Camp as a guide and vessel operator.

Hazel Katuk Pebley

Director, UIC Stock Department

Katuk has developed a wide range of experiences and capabilities in the past with working for the Regional Corporation, ASRC in their Stock Department over several years, working from Stock Clerk and up the ladder to manage the stock department. She is a shareholder, born and raised in Barrow and has worked with the North Slope Borough in various capacities and has knowledge of their policies and procedures. Katuk has served on various boards and commissions including: Bowhead Transportation, BUECI, Top of the World, SKW, Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks, Barrow Taxi Cab Commission, Barrow Zoning Commission, Planning Commission, and the NSB Personnel Board.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, going out boating, Honda trips, camping, and her favorite past-time - FISHING. She is also an active member of the Panigeo whaling crew who successfully caught a whale this Spring!

Stephanie Gaff

Interim Corporate Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Stephanie started working with UIC Science in 2014 as a temporary employee and quickly grew into the fulltime role of Project Manager at the Barrow Arctic Research Center (BARC) at the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL) in Utqiaġvik, Alaska.

She is a graduate from Lake Superior State University in Michigan with a Bachelor's in Biology, Chemistry and an Associates in Chemical Technology. She has extensive experience in laboratory and science project management. Her previous job experience includes Lab Assistant at Lake Superior State University, Customer Service Manager at Spartan Stores in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and a Pharmacy Technician at Mercy Hospital in Grayling, Michigan.