Skagway Development Corporation, Board of Directors


  • Acting President/Vice-President – Cori Giacomazzi
  • Treasurer — Paul Taylor
  • Secretary – Julene Brown
  • Member-at-Large – Chris Ellis

Executive Director

  • Juliene Miles
“Quality economic development programs are nothing if they are not consistent. The best programs have very little board or staff turnover, and are tenacious in remaining focused on the task at hand.” – International Economic Development Council


ACTING PRESIDENT/VICE-PRESIDENT:  Cori Giacomazzi, Former Business Owner, Wandering Wardrobe
Cori became a resident of Skagway in 2000.  She holds a BSC in Human Ecology and majored in Textiles, Clothing, and Culture.  She is currently the curator of the Red Onion Brothel Museum as well as the costume designer and head of wardrobe for the Red Onion.  Cori has also made costumes for the Days of 98 Show.  Since 2000 she has created and produced a bi-annual fundraising fashion show.  In 2007, Wandering Wardrobe, a ladies clothing boutique featuring one of a kind clothing, corsets, and jewelry as well as “pre-loved” and vintage clothing was launched.  She decided to close the doors to her shop last year as she looks to focus more on the creative aspects of her business and reorganize.

TREASURER:  M. Paul Taylor, P.E., Owner, Pacific Contract Company LLC
Paul Taylor is a registered professional civil engineer and business owner.  He has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is licensed to practice in Alaska and the Yukon.  He holds specialized education in the fields of labor negotiation and arbitration and finance from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Paul has provided exceptional professional engineering and project management services to clients throughout Alaska and the Yukon for the past thirty years on projects as diverse as conceptual planning of harbors and railroads; design of highways, airports and marine docks and railroad operation.  Pacific Contract Company specializes in project planning, permitting, design, budgeting and project construction management.

SECRETARY:  Julene Brown – Owner: You Say Tomato Natural Foods
Born and raised in Skagway, Julene has worked for the Municipality of Skagway as the Librarian for over 15 years.  In 2006, she bought You Say Tomato, a natural foods store, and moved the business to a larger building expanding the variety of inventory and services offered. Julene has served as an elected member of the Skagway School Board, member of the Skagway Child Care Council, officer positions in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, and currently on the Municipality’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

MEMBER AT LARGE:  Christine Ellis – Owner: Pine Country Yard & Garden, LLC.
Chris was born and raised in Skagway and ventured south to attend college for business.  She also raised three children in Skagway and is just now experiencing an empty nest.  She served as the Skagway School Board President for twelve years.  Chris is busy during the summer months with her landscaping and plant business, Pine Country Yard and Garden.

Juliene graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. In 2009 she received a Master’s degree in Education for Sustainable Development from Portland State University. Prior to coming to Skagway, Juliene worked in Educational Outreach for Recycling and Composting in the Portland and Seattle area.   She first came to visit Skagway in the summer of 2010 and instantly fell in love with the community, rich history and beauty of the region. From that moment, she and her now husband began plotting for a new life in Skagway. Come spring of 2011, they left Seattle and headed north, to Skagway. For her first year, she was a seasonal worker, but quickly became a year round resident. Prior to joining the Skagway Development Corporation, she worked at the Skagway Brewing Company, a year round establishment in Skagway, which provided the opportunity to get to know many of the local residents. Through the efforts of the SDC, she is excited to share her skills and knowledge with the community of Skagway, helping to benefit it economically, socially and environmentally.