Current Board Members

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


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


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.


Emil Christiansen

Emil Christiansen

Emil Christiansen, Kodiak Village Mayors Association


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.


Jane Eisemann

Jane Eisemann

Jane Eisemann, City of Kodiak: Jane has been a resident of Kodiak for more than 35 years, working as a commercial fisherman for 23 of those years. She put herself through college by fishing salmon and herring, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in Maritime Education and Training. She currently teaches Maritime Science and Technology as well as Natural Resources at Kodiak High School. Eisemann feels that as a consumer of oil products she must contribute to the safe transportation of oil, particularly being a resident of a “downstream” community. She joined the board in February 2001.


Ian Angaiak

Ian Angaiak

Ian Angaiak, Chenega Corporation & Chenega IRA Council


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.


Nick Garay

Nick Garay

Nick Garay, City of Homer: Nick grew up in Homer and was an active part of the maritime community early on. He commercial fished throughout south-central Alaska since grade school, and currently owns a permit for the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery.  Nick graduated from the California Maritime Academy with a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation, an unlimited third mate’s license, and a minor in law. His current licenses include a 1600 ton master oceans and unlimited second mate and he is in the process of upgrading to unlimited chief mate.He has worked for both Seabulk Tankers and Alaska Tanker Company in the west coast crude transport. He has also sailed as mate aboard various offshore vessels in the Alaskan Arctic. He currently sails with the International Union of Masters Mates and Pilots aboard the container ships servicing the ports of Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor.


Cathy Hart

Cathy Hart

Cathy Hart, Alaska Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association: Cathy is an Anchorage-based freelance tourism professional. Her father brought the family to Alaska from Midland, TX, in 1966 to work for ARCO in the Cook Inlet oil fields and then Prudhoe Bay. Cathy is retired from a 32-year tenure in sales and marketing with the Alaska Marine Highway, where she focused on serving local, commercial, military, group tour, and tourism customers who pursued their lifelong dreams in Prince William Sound and Southwest Alaska ports. She served in positions of responsibility with the Alaska Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association, Prince William Sound Tourism Coalition, Alaska Sea Kayaking Symposium, and the Alaska Society of Outdoor & Nature Photographers. She is an avid sea kayaker, rafter, skier, and photographer. She lives in Anchorage with her husband Eric Downey and their dog Niki. Cathy joined the board in 2008.


Jim Herbert

Jim Herbert

Jim Herbert, City of Seward:  Jim first came to the Kenai Peninsula in 1971 and has lived in Homer and Seward since then. As a career mariner and commercial fisherman he has sailed and fished Alaska’s coast from Ketchikan to Barrow. He also taught in the Maritime Department of Alaska Vocational Technical Center for 15 years. He is an active volunteer in numerous Seward and statewide organizations. While an advocate for protecting our natural environment, he works to build consensus. He is married to Jill and has two children in college.


Blake Johnson

Blake Johnson

Blake Johnson, Kenai Peninsula Borough: Blake, from Nikiski, is retired from Laborers’ Union Local 341. He is married to Rosi Johnson and has two children and two grandchildren. Johnson and his wife are enjoying retirement with along with a little land developing in Nikiski. A lifelong Alaskan, he has lived in Nikiski, Alaska for over 30 years. Johnson joined the council board in 1993.


Andrea Korbe - City of WhittierAndrea Korbe, City of Whittier:  (Photo coming soon)  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.


Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis, City of Seldovia: Steve holds a BS in petroleum engineering with a minor in oceanography. He has experience with offshore operations, environmental protection, scientific studies, governmental relations, and public relations. His marine experience ranges from operating the world’s largest mobile offshore drilling units in extreme conditions to ocean kayaking in Prince William Sound. Lewis was seated on the board in March 1999.


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, Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition. 


Diane Selanoff

Diane Selanoff

Diane Selanoff, Port Graham Corporation: Diane was seated as the representative of the Port Graham Corporation in January 2010, when the organization was voted in as the first new member entity since 1992. Selanoff was born in Seldovia, raised in Port Graham, and now lives in Valdez. She works there as a timekeeper for Tatitlek-Chenega-Chugach (TCC), a joint venture of three Alaska Native corporations that provides oil spill cleanup services under contract to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. She and her husband, Patrick Selanoff, have five children and four grandchildren. Her interests include hunting, fishing, camping, fur sewing, and teaching family traditions and culture to young people.


John Johnson

John Johnson

John Johnson, Chugach Alaska Corporation


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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