Current Board Members

Board members are appointed by their member entity to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors.


Ian Angaiak

Ian Angaiak

Ian Angaiak, Chenega Corporation & Chenega IRA Council: Ian represents both the Chenega IRA Council and Chenega Corporation. Ian was raised in both Chenega Bay and Anchorage, graduating from the Chenega Bay Community School in 2008. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Alaska Anchorage where he graduated with an Associates of Arts; he is currently pursuing a bachelors in accounting. After several internships, he landed a full time job at the Chenega Corporation. Soon after he was asked to be a council member for the Chenega IRA.


Robert Archibald

Robert Archibald

Robert Archibald, City of Homer: Robert represents the City of Homer where he and his wife Roberta have lived for 31 years. Prior to Homer he lived in Girdwood and Anchorage. He grew up in Santa Barbara California and first traveled to Alaska in 1965 to work on vessels in Cook Inlet. He spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard and upon discharged found employment in the engine department on the Drilling Vessel Glomar Challenger traveling globally. In 1978, he returned to Alaska to live and worked as a chief engineer on various vessels. The last 24 years, he worked on Crowley Vessels as a chief engineer, state wide and in Valdez. He retired in April 2014 after 46 years in the maritime industry. Robert is active on several non-profit boards and is on the Homer Parks and Recreation Commission. He is co-chair of the steering committee that developed the 125 mile Kachemak Bay Water Trail. Robert was seated in May 2015. Photo coming soon.


Amanda Bauer

Amanda Bauer

Amanda Bauer, City of Valdez: Amanda was born and raised in Independence, Kansas. In 1995, two weeks after graduating from high school, she packed up her truck and drove to Valdez, where she has lived ever since. Her first summer in Valdez she began working for Stan Stephens Cruises and has been a year round employee since 1996. In 2007, she acquired her 100 Ton Masters License and is now a captain. Amanda currently serves as the commercial tourism representative on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee, the City of Valdez representative on the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Board of Directors and is on the Valdez Marine Safety Committee. She loves the outdoors and is an avid birdwatcher in her free time.


Robert Beedle

Robert Beedle

Robert Beedle, City of Cordova: Robert represents the City of Cordova on the PWSRCAC Board of Directors. Robert was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, and graduated from Cordova High School. He lives in Cordova with his wife of twenty six years where they have raised four children. He had the pleasure of being an assistant Scout Master for five years. Robert started commercial fishing in summer of 1975 and currently gillnets and long-line fishes in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound. He also owns and operates a small business called Columbia Refrigeration. He is a member of the Cordova City Council, and serves on the Cordova Telephone Company Board, Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation Board, Cordova District Fisherman United Board and Harbor Commission. He is a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Moose Lodge, and a member of the Little Chapel Church.


Melissa Berns

Melissa Berns

Melissa Berns, Kodiak Village Mayors Association: Seated May 2015. Photo and bio coming soon.


Al Burch

Al Burch

Al Burch, Kodiak Island Borough: Al represents the Kodiak Island Borough on the council’s board.  Al has fished Alaskan waters for more than 40 years and serves on numerous national and international fishing boards. Al is currently the executive director of the Alaska Draggers Association, a non-profit group representing approximately 40 bottom-fish vessels that fish out of Kodiak. The Alaska Draggers has worked for 30 years to preserve the rights of Kodiak’s fishing fleets and to keep fishermen informed of new complex fishing regulations. Al decided to accept the council board seat because he believes it’s important to have an active fisherman to represent fishing interests on the board. Al doesn’t like the idea of regulating an industry to death, but feels it is appropriate to require certain reasonable measures from any industry that could have serious repercussions on other industries and people and ways of life. Al would like to ensure that fisheries are protected, but also that regulations are not unduly draconian. He prefers to focus on the “big picture” and make decisions based on good science and what’s best for the long term. He thinks it’s important to have a balance between all the varying interests groups and not lean heavily in favor of one or the other.


Wayne Donaldson

Wayne Donaldson

Wayne Donaldson, City of Kodiak: Wayne represents the City of Kodiak and has lived and worked in the oil spill region since 1985. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is employed as a fisheries management biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. During his 35-year career he managed groundfish, shellfish, salmon and herring fisheries in Prince William Sound, Kodiak, Chignik, Alaska Peninsula, Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea areas.

Wayne says that the council, by promoting the safe transportation of oil, is an important organization for coastal Alaska and helps ensure Alaska’s seafood reaches the world marketplace in pristine condition.

Wayne has been a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Crab Plan Team, and Steller sea lion RPA committee; member of the State’s Subsistence Policy Advisory Group; Board member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association and received the Department of Fish and Game’s Fisheries Management Award in 1995, and Meritorious Service Award in 2009.


Pat Duffy

Pat Duffy

Patrick Duffy, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce: Patrick has lived in Valdez since 1993 and has over 20 years experience in the marine transportation, supply, and distribution industry in Alaska. This former retail sales business owner currently works at Petro Star’s terminal in Valdez. Patrick joined the citizen’s council board in 2007, but his volunteer efforts extend beyond the council. He has also served on the board of the Alaska Chadux Corp. since 2003.


Patience Andersen Faulkner

Patience Andersen Faulkner

Patience Andersen Faulkner, Cordova District Fishermen United: Patience is an Alaska Native, born in Cordova. Her interests include teaching Alaska Native crafts and studying the uses of herbal plants. She worked as a legal technician/para legal with the litigation team for the Exxon Valdez oil spill lawsuit. She earned a BA in justice and sociology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. As a former military wife, her travels have been extensive throughout the United States and Europe. Patience serves on several Cordova community boards and commissions. Special council projects have included the Peer Listener program as well as other committees. Travel to remote Alaska areas continues to be a favorite pursuit. Patience joined the council board in November 1998.


Mako Haggerty

Mako Haggerty

Mako Haggerty, Kenai Peninsula Borough: Mako is a commercial fisherman by trade. He worked on the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, both in Prince William Sound and along the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula. He is presently a water taxi owner/operator in Homer. Mako serves as an assemblyman for district 9 of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Mako is the father of twin boys, Max and Lance, 31 years old. He is curious about all things related to the ocean environment. Mako was seated in May 2015. Photo coming soon.


Andrea Korbe

Andrea Korbe

Andrea Korbe, City of Whittier: Andrea Korbe moved to Whittier from Yacolt, Washington in 2009 with her husband Scott and daughters Kelsey and Stacy. Both girls are students at Whittier Community School. Andrea is the vice president of the Chugach School Board and is the treasurer of the Greater Whittier Chamber of Commerce.  Andrea’s background is in education where she holds degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in reading. Andrea enjoys sewing, cooking, and exploring Alaska with her family.


John Johnson

John Johnson

John Johnson, Chugach Alaska Corporation


James Labelle, Jr, Port Graham Corporation: James represents the Port Graham Corporation whose lands were heavily oiled during the Exxon Valdez oil spill. James was raised both in Anchorage and Port Graham. He is of Inupiaq and Sugpiat descent and has maintained close ties to his mothers village of Port Graham. James has worked in areas of community development, leadership, education and training; he also has served on various non-profit and profit making boards of directors and has served on the Port Graham board since 1998. More recently James has worked in the Alaska Child Welfare system, working with the state and tribes to help reduce the number of children and families involved in the system. After raising two adult children, Cody and Anthony, James along with his his wife Rhonda and daughter Suzanne decided to move to Port Graham to be closer to his community and his culture.


Thane Miller

Thane Miller

Thane Miller, Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation: Thane came to Alaska in 1969 and grew up in Anchorage and Eagle River. His family acquired a boat and spent lots of time on the water in Seward and Whittier, and in the late 1970s they began commercial fishing. He started his first job as a commercial fisherman at the age of 13 and has made his living from commercial fishing since 1985. Fishing is a full time job for Thane and when he’s not busy working on his house and volunteering with various groups.  Thane now lives in Valdez with his wife Sharry and daughter Rowan.  Thane is currently Chair of the Valdez Advisory Committee, board member of the Valdez Fisheries Development Association, and board member of the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation.


Dorothy Moore

Dorothy Moore

Dorothy M. Moore, City of Valdez: Dorothy first came to Alaska in 1949 when her parents relocated from Bremerton, WA, to Valdez. She graduated from Alaska Methodist University and taught in Homer. After teaching as a missionary journeyman in the Dominican Republic she obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. She came home to Alaska and worked on the pipeline construction and operations until she returned to teaching social studies in the Valdez City School system. As a social studies teacher, Dorothy traveled during summer vacations and collected photos for use in her geography and history classes (Russia, Europe, and West Africa). She also broadened her social studies background with certification renewal classes in circumpolar studies, Alaska Geographic Alliance summer institutes, and developing/implementing a technology model congress program in Valdez government classes. She required her government classes to attend public meetings to learn firsthand the government process. She was instrumental in getting Valdez City Schools to require an Alaska history course for graduation in the early 1990s. She designed, implemented and taught Alaska History as a course that would allow students a solid background in dealing with tourists in their summer jobs. Dorothy has been elected to the Valdez City Council and the Valdez School Board. She has served on various local and state boards including the Valdez Heritage Board, the Valdez Regional Hospital Board, and the Alaska Historical Society Board. As a lifelong resident of Valdez and Alaska, Dorothy lived through the 1964 earthquake, the 1989 oil spill, and other yearly sagas. She retired from the public school system but remains an adjunct instructor at Prince William Sound Community College.


Bob Shavelson

Bob Shavelson

Bob Shavelson, Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition:  Bob has represented the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition (OSREC) on the council’s board since September 2014. He is a reformed attorney with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, and environmental sampling and compliance. He is currently the executive director of the Cook Inletkeeper, one of the member organizations of OSREC. He was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Oregon’s Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, and has considerable experience in toxics, the Clean Water Act, and Right-to-Know issues. Prior to joining Inletkeeper in 1996, Bob worked in the United States Senate, Oregon’s Senate Majority Office, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium, and the University of Oregon’s Ocean & Coastal Law Center. Bob is a leader in the Alaska conservation community, and in 2010, he received the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s highest award for professional achievement. He holds a BA in Biology & Chemistry from Boston University and a JD from the University of Oregon.


Orson Smith

Orson Smith

Orson Smith, City of SewardOrson came to Alaska in 1973 and worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Anchorage. He met his wife Sharon in Anchorage and they were married in 1978. Orson and Sharon moved to Mississippi in 1983 to work at the Corps’ Waterways Experiment Station. They move again in 1986 to North Carolina to continue graduate school. Their family of 5 moved back to Anchorage in 1991 and Orson again worked at the Corps’ Alaska District in planning and design of port, harbor, and coastal erosion works. Orson shifted to UAA’s College of Engineering in 1998, where he became Chair of the Civil Engineering Department and later Dean of the College. He retired from UAA in June 2014 and was awarded Professor Emeritus. Orson has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in civil engineering, a doctorate in physical oceanography, and an Alaska Professional Engineer license. He and Sharon have lived in Seward for the last 11 years, where Sharon is a mental health counselor. Their three children live in Anchorage and Girdwood where they all have public service careers. Orson was seated in May 2015. Photo coming soon.


Alisha Sughroue

Alisha Sughroue

Alisha Sughroue, City of Seldovia: As a member of the community of Seldovia Alisha understands the extreme importance of protecting the natural resources. Originally from Nebraska, Alisha came to Alaska at 18. She spent three years based out of Anchorage exploring Alaska. In 2005 she spent the summer in Seldovia and moved permanently the following season. For seven years she lead a wilderness program of backpacking, camping, rafting, and sea sports bringing her close to the families of Seldovia.

Alisha studied Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo for two years. Then graduated from Humboldt State University with an Environmental Resources Engineering Degree. Her household owns and operates a commercial set net fishery in the Lower Cook Inlet, along with Halibut IFQ quota in 3A. Her partner commercially fishes cod and halibut out of Seldovia during the winter months. Alisha’s favorite season is the fall, which is spent hunting, harvesting, and camping. Currently she is working in cooperation with Nuka Research based out of Seldovia.
Alisha was seated in May 2015. Photo coming soon.


Roy Totemoff

Roy Totemoff

Roy Totemoff, Community of Tatitlek: Roy represents the Tatitlek Corporation and the Tatitlek Village IRA Council on the council board. Roy has been the President & CEO of the Tatitlek Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation, since 2006 and he also sits on the boards of all of the Tatitlek Corporation’s subsidiary corporations. Prior to moving to Anchorage to head up the Tatitlek Corporation, Roy was the vice president of the Tatitlek IRA Council. Roy was the owner/operator of a commercial fishing boat in Prince William Sound, had training as a tribal court judge, was manager/maintenance for NPRHA Housing Authority, and was the foreman of several projects for the Tatitlek IRA Council.  Roy contributes to the community through support of foundations such as Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, American Indian Enterprise Development, and the Annual Salute to the Military, to name a few.

 

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