The former director of the Kenai Peninsula United Way has been named the advertising director of the Peninsula Clarion.
Evy Gebhardt assumed her duties Monday. In her new position, Gebhardt oversees a staff of seven and is directly responsible for all the Clarion's advertising, including classified, display and online ads.
"We're thrilled to get someone of Evy's caliber in our market to work with us," said Stan Pitlo, publisher of the Clarion and director of Alaska newspapers for Morris Communications Corp. "Her enthusiasm and integrity make her an outstanding person for this job."
Gebhardt served as director of the Kenai Peninsula United Way through three successful fund-raising campaigns. In that position, she was involved in generating and distributing funds on behalf of 27 nonprofit agencies across the peninsula.
Gebhardt is well known on the peninsula for her work in dog mushing and her efforts to reorganize the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.
"Beginning in 1995, I spent a number of years in the capacity of a volunteer, working to build this Kenai Peninsula Iditarod Qualifying 200-mile sled dog race to a new level," she said. "When I stepped down as the race coordinator, this race boasted the largest purse of any 200-mile event in the nation."
Gebhardt is married to Iditarod musher Paul Gebhardt. With their daughter Kristin, they operate a sled dog kennel of more than 50 huskies near Kasilof.
Certified through the University of Alaska Anchorage in nonprofit leadership, Gebhardt said her job at the Clarion opens doors to allow her to help the community in different ways.
"Through United Way, I had the privilege to learn a great deal about the multitude of volunteer opportunities that exist in our community. In moving from the nonprofit sector ... I am now able to pursue some of those opportunities," she said.
Originally from Minnesota, where she was a licensed Realtor, Gebhardt moved to Alaska in 1989. She has been involved with the commercial fishing industry and was a preschool teacher with Kenai Cooperative Preschool for several years.
Gebhardt describes herself as an avid gardener with an interest in writing.
She also serves as the field editor for the Taste of Home cooking magazine.
She succeeds Michelle Glaves, who recently took a job with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.
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