Executive Management

Delbert Rexford

President & CEO

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.

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.

Jeevan Pokharel

Chief Financial Officer

Jeevan brings more than ten years of successful financial and accounting leadership. Jeevan is well versed in construction, oil field services, heavy-haul trucking, marine transportation, and the government contracting and service industry.

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.

Karlin Itchoak

Chief Administrative Officer

Karlin’s background includes positions such as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and the Deputy Magistrate for the Alaska Court System. In addition, he served as a Tribal Law Specialist for Kawerak, Inc., and as a Government Specialist for the Department of Commerce. Most recently, Karlin was the Alaska Arctic Rural & Indigenous Program Director for the Institute of the North. There he helped implement the "We The People of Alaska" program. This is the Alaska Social Studies program for the Anchorage School District. He also traveled to Iceland to assist with the organization and hosting of the Arctic Energy Summit.

Terry W. Moore

Sr. VP of Operations, UIC Government Services

Terry W. Moore is the Vice President of Operations of UIC Government Services. Mr. Moore directs all companies and contracts with the Federal Government through the UICGS and UICMM holding companies and their subsidiaries. Mr. Moore is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Moore is a 30 year veteran of the United States Navy with service in Viet Nam and Desert Storm. Following retirement from the United States Navy, Mr. Moore has been a member of the Dahlgren defense contractor community for the past 17 years. Since 2005, in support of the Bowhead family of companies, Mr. Moore has acted as the Vice President of the Dahlgren Division and, most recently, as the President of Program Management and Operations Group.

Clayton Arterburn

Sr. VP Commercial Operations

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.

Jennifer Reichelt

Sr. Director HR & Security

Jennifer brings more than 15 years of experience in Human Resource Management to include recruitment, employee relations, policy development, regulatory compliance, training and development, succession planning, government contracting, EEO/Affirmative action, compensation and benefits programs. Jennifer joined UIC in January 2012 leading the human resources and security group for UIC Government Services. She holds a master’s in Business Administration from Marymount University and a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Facility Security Officer (FSO).

Jennifer is currently the Government Contracting Special Interests Group (SIG) leader for the Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has served in various leadership roles for nonprofits helping the homeless community in the greater Washington D.C. area. She enjoys volunteering, hiking, watching ice hockey, and travelling.

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.

Sandra K. Stuermer

Interim Executive Secretary to UIC President & CEO and Board of Directors

Sandra is a senior corporate manager and officer with 25+ years of progressive responsibilities in financial reporting, corporate treasury and governance, contract management, banking relations, and service on boards of directors. Sandra was born in Barrow and has spent much of her life there as an employee of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation. She relocated to Anchorage to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Alaska (2009). Sandra is pleased to return to UIC to support the Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors and the executive staff.