ADELHEID (Schmid) BECKER, "Micky"
ADELHEID (Schmid) BECKER, "Micky"
Micky is an active member of the Alaskan community. Both in her professional career as well as in philanthropic endeavors and civic involvement, she is and has been an effective participant in the many communities in which she lived. She has held leadership roles in office management, public and community relations, social services organizations, and arts and culture boards, commissions, and endowments.
She was born, raised and educated in Weil der Stadt, Germany, a beautiful town in the foothills of the Black Forest, whose history dates back to before the 10th Century AD. Much of the medieval history and infrastructure is still preserved, including the dominant 15th century late-Gothic catholic church that dominates the city center and was central to her upbringing in this small town. The city is also famous for being the birth city of Johannes Kepler (1571), the famous astronomer.
Born during World War II in a war-torn country inflicted many hardships on her family. Many nights during the first three years of her life were spent in the town air-raid shelter, and the post-war years brought shortages, not only in food and basic necessities, but also in housing. Many cities had been bombed, and an influx of millions of refugees forced out of their homes in eastern European countries had to be settled in a country that had lost so many buildings and homes to the war.
After graduating from business college, her early career in Germany included working for the United States Army as military family housing coordinator and translator/interpreter and language teacher. She married a young U.S. Army officer and their young family was constantly on the move, as the Army made sure all received maximum exposure to different life-styles, communities and cultures.
After emigrating to the United States in 1980, she worked in the resources extraction industry for 35 years including ARCO, ConocoPhillips and Shell Exploration. In addition to office management, she developed expertise in leading foreign government and industry officials during their visits to Alaska, ensuring international protocols were observed and briefing materials were prepared.
In 1985, when she worked for ARCO in Denver, she was offered a position in Anchorage, and she has lived here since then. She is described as the consummate professional. Her detail-oriented approach to business and non-profit challenges is superlatively successful. Her ability to see the big picture propelled her to serve in leadership roles. She prepared/edited briefing papers and prepared for meetings with high-level government and industry leaders around the globe. Her expertise in interacting multi-nationally and multi-culturally is well known. Some of the leaders she hosted and whose visits she planned included corporate boards of directors, national leaders of the oil and gas industry including from China, Indonesia, Qatar, and European countries. A few examples are: The son of former Chinese Chairman Deng Xiao Ping, Deng Pu Feng; the chairman of OPEC (Dr. Al Chalabi); energy ministers from several mid-eastern countries; Chairman of the Chinese National Offshore Oil and Gas Corporation; and members of government both nationally and internationally. She guided them through North Slope oil and gas operations and accompanied them on Alaska experiences throughout the state.
In addition to day-to-day office management, her career included preparing budgets, participating in strategic planning, managing philanthropic/social investment; preparing work-force development plans, preparing management reports and VIP briefing books and documents.
In her private life she became quickly immersed in the non-profit scene of Anchorage and Alaska, joining Anchorage’s endeavor to host the world-wide Olympic Winter Games shortly after arriving in the state, where she led the European IOC Ambassadors and managed the language bank. She quickly joined other organizations, being particularly passionate about the arts, especially the performing arts, and became well respected as a community activist. She is also active with social services organizations and served on the Catholic Social Services Charity Ball Committee for more than a decade, as well as volunteered at Providence Hospital in the Premie-Baby ICU. She currently serves as a trustee on the Alaska State Council on the Arts (since 2004) and the Anchorage Symphony Endowment board. She is a member of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts board of directors (since 2001; including two terms as chair); the Anchorage Senior Acitvity Center Board (currently treasurer and incoming chair); and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation Board of Directors. She is a member of the Athena Society and volunteers at the Holy Family Cathedral.
Past board of director memberships include the Anchorage Festival of Music, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Make A Wish Foundation, the Petroleum Club of Anchorage, and Breast Cancer Focus Inc. In Germany, she volunteered with the Red Cross, assisted in her children’s classrooms, chaired the German/American VIP Club in several communities, and was the winner of the Officers’ Wife of the Year Award–European Theater, U.S. Army (1970s).
Micky has two children: Michelle, an E.R. physician, and Mark, an electrical engineer. Her granddaughter, Grace, just graduated from college and is headed overseas for her master’s degree. Micky loves to travel and she and her late husband, Chuck, have traveled to dozens of countries around the world. They also loved down-hill skiing, and Micky and her two children have skied all over Colorado, Utah, and the Alps. Traveling the world is still one of her priorities as she continues to explore new places and particularly delights in the art and architecture wonders around the globe.