The Speakers

Mason White & Lola Sheppard: Lateral Office

Founded in 2003 by Mason White and Lola Sheppard, Lateral Office is an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment,” engaging in the “wider context and climate of a project– social, ecological, or political.” LATERAL OFFICE is committed to an architecture that responds directly to the demands of the 21st century – and the subsequent new typologies made possible by an architecture that brazenly confronts today. Recent work and research focuses on powerful design relationships between public realm, infrastructure, and the environment.

Ellis Doeven: Photographer

Ellis Doeven is a photographer who studied at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague from 2006 to 2010. She currently lives in both Amsterdam and Point Hope. Her work is part of the exhibition Maktak & Gasoline: The People of Point Hope, which opens with the North x North Festival.

Chris McDonald: OECD

Chris works as a Policy Analyst in the Regional Development Policy Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which includes management of the Territorial Review of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) and thematic projects on Indigenous economic development (see – here), and mining and regional development (see – here). OECD recently completed a review of the northern sparsely populated areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland which included a focus on innovation in the Arctic (see – here) and reviews on regional innovation (here). Chris’s undergraduate qualification is in urban planning and he has a PhD in regional development. He has published on these subjects in peer review journals, and has undertaken teaching and lecturing roles in public policy, regional development and economic geography including as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Geography at Monash University.


Christian Wennecke: Greenland Business

Christian has a masters degree in public administration from the Univerity of Roskilde, Denmark, and a graduate diploma in Business Administration from the University of Greenland. He has published research on Innovation and Economic Development in Greenland. He is currently working as a deputy manager for Greenland Business, a government owned business development company that administrates a number of public innovation funds in Greenland, while also advising on and promoting entrepreneurship. He has previously worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Greenland, with ‘foreign trade’ and ‘international innovation programmes’ as his areas of expertise.

As part of his current position, Christian has participated in the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship project, which has been in touch with thousand of young people across (primarily) Greenland, Finland and Northern Ireland, but also other countries. The project has developed tools and methods for inspiring and promoting entrepreneurship in rural and peripheral areas. Beside his job, Christian has teached Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Greenland and Nuuk Business College.


Jérémie McGowan: Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum

Jérémie Michael McGowan has been director of Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Tromsø, Norway since March 2016. McGowan is an artist, designer and researcher with a PhD in art history and theory from the University of Edinburgh. He has previously been Associate Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Senior Curator at The National Museum (Norway) and Fulbright Grantee in the Creative and Performing Arts in Finland, and has exhibited, published, curated and taught internationally in art, architecture and design.


Bodil Kjelstrup: Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Norway

The job as administrative leader at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum lured Kjelstrup (46) back to the North, after spending 20 years on the west coast of Norway. She has a diverse background in web development, communication and project management, as well as being a Barista. Kjelstrup has always been engaged in volunteer work, with a focus on culture and festivals. Her educational background is sociology from the University of Bergen, Norway.


Krish Sankaran: Radical Innovations Group, Finland

Dr. Krish Sankaran is the CEO of Radical Innovations Group – RIG, an energy innovation company based in Finland. He has worked in all three sectors – government, civil and private – including the European Commission, World Economic Forum, ABB, Alstom. His past industrial engagements include senior management roles in business development and operations (50-60 Million EUR revenue) with profit and loss responsibilities in 8 countries and 3 continents. During 2011-2014, he was the Head of the Business Sector and Knowledge Partnerships at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and he was also selected as a Global Leadership Fellow. At the WEF, he advised governments on various public policy and governance challenges in energy and infrastructure sectors. He has visiting professorships at the Indian Institute of Technology – IIT Bombay and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He received doctorate degree in engineering science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and an executive master degree in organizational leadership jointly from the Wharton School, Columbia University, INSEAD, and London Business School in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. He has several years of training in Advaita Vedanta.


Graham Hogg: Lateral North

Lateral North is a research & design collective based in Glasgow, Scotland. As a principal, Hogg works with community groups, creative professionals and institutions at a local, national and international level. Their projects have looked to redefine Scotland and its relationships with Nordic and Arctic neighbors.

Saara Suurla: Sweco Finland

Development Manager Saara Suurla works for Sweco Finland with key qualifications in the fields of New Services, Innovation Management, Organizational Development and International Operations. Sweco is a Sweden-based engineering and consulting company that plans and designs the communities and cities of the future with 14,500 employees in Northern Europe. Saara has a background in sustainable future city development strategy program lead and change management. At the moment Saara works as Country Project Leader for Sweco Urban Insight sustainable cities strategy program

Christina Seely: Dartmouth University

Christina Seely, Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth University, is an artist and educator whose photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Interested in humans’ contemporary relationship to nature and time, Seely’s expedition based work finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and our contemporary relationship with the natural world. Her work has taken her to Alaska’s Arctic.

Joe Ravetz: Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy

Joe Ravetz is Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy  at the University of Manchester.  He has worked on strategic thinking for sustainable cities and regions, with interests in environment policy, urban development, new economics and governance, innovation and futures studies, systems and complexity science. With a background as an builder, architect and planner, he is also a foresight trainer / consultant, with a sideline as a creative graphic facilitator. His main publications include ‘City-Region 2020’: ‘Environment and City’ (co-authored), and the forthcoming ‘Urban 3.0: creative synergy and shared intelligence for the One Planet century’ (Routledge).  Joe serves on the editorial boards of Foresight Journal and Sustainable Mediterranean Construction; coordinator of the Greater Manchester Policy Exchange; Principal at the SAMI strategic management consultancy; acting as advisor to national / city governments currently in Mauritius, Naples (Italy) and Vellore (India); and delivering training, seminars, consultancy, keynotes and reviews in many countries. The over-arching theme is about inter-connection: Joe sees cities / regions not as boxes labeled ‘economics’ or ‘environment’, but rather as whole systems which evolve and interact – so it’s clear to him that we need new kinds of whole system thinking. His research programs in CURE have included spatial development, economic development, resource modeling, environmental policy, energy / climate change, land / landscape studies, policy studies, etc. But the higher agenda is on the inter-connections, which can be explored via complexity science, transition and innovation studies, futures and foresight methods. These and similar methods help to enable creative synergy and urban intelligence – a starting point for a new kind of journey for the 21st century.

Keith Gregory: Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority

Keith L. Gregory brings over 10 years of experience in affordable housing and over 15 years of experience in fiscal management to the Authority.  He comes from a distinguished and diverse public housing background, working or some of the largest and most progressive housing authorities in the nation including the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority of Cook County in metropolitan Chicago, the Housing Authority of Fulton County and most recently the Aurora Housing Authority in suburban Chicago. He also has experience developing new housing, being involved in the creation of nearly 2,500 units of housing during his career.  In the City of Aurora, Mr. Gregory was directly responsible for the creation of more than 300 new units of housing and an estimated $100 million in new housing development since 2013.  Several of the projects that Mr. Gregory has been involved in have gone on to win national and state awards.  He helped to create and serves as the President and CEO of the Northern Lights Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Aurora Housing Authority which engages in real estate development throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.  Since 2013, the Northern Lights Development Corporation has grown to have revenues in excess of $1 million per year and manages over 500 units of affordable and market rate housing.


Andreas Hoffman: Arctic Culture Lab

Andreas Hoffmann is the artistic director of the Arctic Culture Lab, Finnmark County, Norway.  He is also a curator, advisor, and lecturer.

Klaus Mayer: Snowhaus

Klaus Mayer is sole proprietor of the Snowhaus a design firm in Anchorage and Berlin. He is a registered architect in Berlin and member of the Danish Association of Architects.  He is an adjunct professor at University of Alaska Anchorage where he teaches sustainability in the build environment to construction management students. He studied architecture and received his degree at the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart, Germany. He has lived and worked in Alaska since 1995. From 2001-2013 he was co-founder and partner of Mayer Sattler-Smith. Since in Alaska he was appointed trustee of the Alaska Design Forum in 1998 and from 1999 to 2012 was president of the board. Klaus was named a LOEB fellow at Harvard University graduate school of design for the academic year 2004-2005.

Karina Moeller: Greenland

Karina was born in Qaqortoq, Greenland, a small town in South Greenland. She has worked and toured as a singer, dancer, actress and director in various productions, member of Pamyua and as a solo artist all over the world. As a member of Pamyua, Karina has received several awards, including Record of The Year at Native American Music Awards, Indigenous Music Award in Canada, Alaska Governor Award and as a singer/actress in the production Nalusuunerup Taarnerani (During the Darkness of Ignorance) at the International Prize I1 Teatro Nudo di Teresa Pomodoro in Italy. Karina is very passionate about the traditional Inuit culture, spirituality and subsistence lifestyle. She is a mother of 3: Tun’aqi, Ivalu and Inuk.

Matthew Jull: Arctic Design Group

Matthew Jull is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, a founding partner of the design practices KUTONOTUK and TempAgency, Director of the Arctic Design Group (with Leena Cho), and he is a registered architect in the Netherlands. With a PhD in geophysics from Cambridge and M. Arch in architecture from the Harvard GSD, Jull’s research explores the intersection of architecture and urban design with the processes that shape the natural environment. Prior to becoming an architect, his expertise in earth systems and computational techniques in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics led to new discoveries on links between the coupling of climate induced glacial cycles and volcanic activity in Iceland, as well as the fundamental process that form the continental land masses. Currently, his research focuses on exploring the potential of architecture and urban design within the frame of extreme climates and the increasing friction between the built environment and the forces shaping our planet. Supported by grants from the Graham Foundation, the Jefferson Trust, the Rotch Foundation, the Center for Global Inquiry and innovation, and most recently the National Science Foundation, his research is pioneering the development of new approaches to the design of cities and buildings in the rapidly changing Arctic. Jull’s work has led to studies of settlements in Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Norway, and Russia, with collaborators from a wide range of disciplines. He has also written extensively on the work of architect Ralph Erskine and the design and construction of Arctic cities in the former Soviet Union. At the School of Architecture at the University of Virgina, Jull teaches architecture design studios at both graduate and undergraduate levels, leads the development of the design research curriculum and thesis preparation course Design Research Methods and Strategies, and teaches seminars on the fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and continuum mechanics. His design studios emphasize an architecture that operates at multiple scales – from the detail, to the building, to the city, and to the continent, foregrounding cultural optimization within a frame of rigorous analysis and design research. Recent studios have focused on the development of resilient architectural design strategies in coastal cities of the United States under threat from seal level rise.

Bosco Hooper: AVCP Regional Housing Authority

Bosco Hooper is married to Jennifer Hooper for 18 years and has two wonderful daughters, Delen 16 and Gracie 8. Hooper was born and raised on Nelson Island in the village of Tununeq located on the west side of the island facing towards Russia adjacent to Nunavak Island, most of the time the wind is blowing from different directions with the changing seasons. For more than 30 years Hooper practiced the way his ancestors lived, gathering food, hunting, and fishing for his parents, family and friends. The concept of the survival skills taught by his father is used every day, and it is very much valuable on the tundra, the ocean, and in the office setting as well. Bosco has worked for AVCP Regional Housing Authority since November 1999 as a seasonal carpenter, Maintenance Counselor, Maintenance Supervisor, Quality Control, Maintenance Manager and Director of Facilities and Special Projects delivering services to the people of the region.  With all the positions he has seen the problems that need improvements in order for the home to be healthy.

Nathan Morrison: Sustainable Now Technologies

Nathan Morrison serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Research and Development for Sustainable Now Technologies, Inc., a Biotech firm located in Southern California.  Nathan additionally designs living interiors and closed cycle respiration systems for Starships for Project Persephone, under Icarus Interstellar.  He is a published author and public speaker, and a strong advocate for carbon capture implementation strategies.  Nathan has spent most of the last decade developing innovative bio-reactor technologies that utilize algae as a living internal component to capture carbon, and to produce organic biomass and hydrocarbons.  Examples of his work include the development of the Helix Bio-Reactor in collaboration with the late inventor, Steven Shigematsu, the Algae Research Module for the University of Greenwich’s School of Architecture and Landscape in London, and the Mark IX Bio-Reactor modules for carbon sequestration, and the Greenstone Device for carbon capture.

Marika Morris: Carleton University, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies

Marika Morris, Ph.D., is a research, evaluation and training consultant in Ottawa, Canada. She has worked on projects with Inuit organizations such as Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. Her postdoctoral fellowship funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research was a partnership with Pauktuutit to do research with Inuit youth on violence prevention through social media (the Makilirit – Rise Up project). Marika is an Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her work with Inuit has been published in academic journals including Aboriginal Policy Studies, Journal of Social Work Practice, Inuit Art Quarterly and Études Inuit Studies.

Catherine Lafferty: Dechinta University

Catherine Lafferty grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories where she was primarily raised by her grandparents who taught her to be respectful of the land and to practice and appreciate her culture and traditions. Catherine honours her First Nation background through her position as a Council Member for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) where she is responsible for supporting the community of Ndilo with a portfolio in Justice, Housing and Heritage where she answers to over 1500 member concerns.

In May 2016 Catherine established her own consulting business, Northern Enterprises, where she assisted with the advancement of Dechinta University, a northern based University led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors. During that time, Catherine has gained full support from many Indigenous leaders in the north partly due to her good standing partnerships and contacts with key stakeholders. Catherine has also gained support at the Parliamentary level in the request for Dechinta University expansion funding through her networking capabilities. Catherine is now the Director of Community Development and Indigenous Education.

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Brendan Babb:

Brendan is a creative problem solver focusing on improving government through civic tech, open data and innovation. Brendan is the co-captain of Code for Anchorage, where he originally started collaborating with the Muni of Anchorage 5 years ago on civic tech projects, which led to him becoming the first Chief Innovation Officer for Anchorage. Anchorage was fortunate to get a Bloomberg Philanthropy 3 yr. Innovation Grant for i-team, of which Brendan is the director. I-teams help city leaders drive bold innovation, change culture, and create an ongoing ability to tackle big problems and deliver better results for residents. He has a background in mathematics and programming and has worked as a software developer for many Anchorage companies. He has specialized in optimizing processes which has led to 4 computer chip patents and a recently filed 5th patent based on research at University of Alaska, Anchorage on Mars Rover image compression. He has acted and directed local theater and enjoys soccer and DJing.



Frances Ball: Launch Alaska

Frances is the Operations and Outreach Manager at Launch Alaska, where she works to build the energy innovation ecosystem in Alaska by deepening our relationships with stakeholders. She facilitates innovation sprints and stakeholder workshops, seeks out high quality startups for our program, and collects and analyzes performance data. Frances previously worked at Google, where she helped design their new headquarters in California with an eye to innovation and efficiency. She also led the company’s effort to improve the way water is consumed and recycled in buildings throughout the Bay Area. She holds a B.S. in Atmosphere and Energy Engineering from Stanford University, and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. Frances spends her free time volunteering with local farms, and exploring the beautiful outdoors: skiing, hiking, and road tripping across the state to catch the best live music shows.



Kenneth Johnson: Stantec

Ken knows the infrastructure of Canada’s north like few others.After almost 30 years working and occasionally living in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, Ken’s work in water, sanitation, and community planning helps communities flourish from Baffin Island to Dawson City. He has helped communities with landfill problems, planned areas for new neighbourhoods, engineered wastewater systems, and much more.Ken’s experience gives him more than a solid grasp on the considerable challenges the north presents to project construction. It also gives him connections—to people, to the land, and the history of both. His understanding of the region and its inhabitants lets him anticipate and proactively solve client needs.Ken is also a prolific writer on the North’s history and infrastructure, with over 60 conference papers and magazines publications to his credit. A former chair of the cold regions engineering division of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, he currently leads the publication of the Journal of the Northern Territories Water and Waste Association.



William Gagnon: Ecology North

William is building a center for the promotion of the sustainable development goals (sdgs) in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. His expertise is in sustainable development in the built environment: he holds a building engineering degree, has two LEED professional accreditations, is an Eco Canada ept and is currently pursuing graduate studies on carbon management. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.He is the official ambassador for the Northwest Territories Living Building Challenge Collaborative. William dreams of forests in cities .



Cayley Eller: ANTHC

Cayley Eller is the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Representative for the Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University. Through APU’s departments of Sustainability Studies, and Marine and Environmental Sciences she has been engaged in research and directed studies relating to food security and crop management in northern latitudes. Cayley is currently conducting a pilot project which aims to determine the feasibility of creating a food system map for the state of Alaska. The mapping project, which she anticipates continuing through a graduate level program, would serve to identify and address the barriers to food sovereignty in both rural and urban areas by providing a comprehensive visual analysis of statewide food system infrastructure.



Jan Alexander: Agron-LED

Jan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Agron-LED, Scotland’s leading company designing innovative lighting solutions for the horticultural market.   Jan grew up in the remote Scottish highlands at 57.33 degrees north on the banks of Loch Ness in an area of mountains, forests and hill farms.     He has worked in the lighting industry for the last ten years establishing Agron-LED in 2014 to provide a focus on robust solutions for the challenging unique requirements in remote areas.   Jan has established a wide network of partnerships these include the National Farmers Union and Resource Efficient Scotland along with world leading technology companies.  Previously Jan was an Educational officer with Powys Development Education Centre delivering education programmes on Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Wales.


Andrew Unsworth: Agron-LED

Andrew is Chief Strategy Officer to Agron-LED designing and executing corporate initiatives, business planning and market development.   Andrew has 25 years experience of developing and implementing technology innovation for communities and public sector organisations across Scotland.  Before working with Agron LED, Andrew was with the Scottish Government designing and establishing a £12m programme of smart technology pilots in communities across Scotland.  Andrew has also served as Chief Information Officer for Edinburgh City Council responsible for delivering technology in the city for a wide range of services from health, education, transport to tax collection.  He has an extensive network of relationships across the European Union and with academic and private sector partners. He has presented at conferences in Europe, Asia and North America.  Andrew studied at the Universities of Strathclyde, Iowa and Lancaster.


Douglas Cost: UAF

Douglas Cost is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the School of Education (SOE). He finished his Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Education and Futures Studies as a National Science Foundation and IGERT Fellow in Resilience and Adaptation at UAF. He also has a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He has lived in Fairbanks for the past eleven years while earning an M.F.A. in Poetry and completing his Ph.D. Additionally, in Spring 2011 he received a six-month TUNDRA graduate fellowship to work with scientists at The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø to incorporate educators and students in research projects across the Arctic. Currently, he teaches Teaching Methods, Multiculturalism, and Developing Literacy in the Content Areas courses to student teacher candidates in the SOE. 


Esther Combs:

Esther Marcell Combs, Athabascan Indian, was born in Mountain Village, Alaska to the late Lillian Marcell, Deg Xit’an Athabascan of Holikachuk, Alaska and her father Edward Barge, Inupiat Eskimo of St. Michaels village in northwestern Alaska.  Her grandmother is the late Ukgaikic Vasili of Bonisila, Alaska and her grandfather is the late Innoko Charlie of Holikachuk, Alaska.

Her volunteer work on the Remote Communities Committee, part of a large statewide recovery organization, has helped to bridge the geographical distances of primarily Alaskan Native villages to create linkages with the available recovery support groups in the larger hub areas.  Some of the activities include creation of teleconference meetings and setting up telecommunications using cyber programs such as Skype or private systems.   The latter requires tremendous amounts of cooperation with large health provider organizations in hub areas who have established telecommunications systems that they often share with resource entities such as the Remote Communities Committee to provide health support services to their constituents.

Ms. Combs’ background is well suited for this type of rural communication development with 35 years of management of large tribal organizations and development of residential housing statewide in conjunction with tribal governments in the last 18 years.  She received her BA degree in 1998 from the Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, and a Masters of Arts in 2003 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Rural Development.

Janelle Hardy:

Janelle Hardy grew up in the feral northwest of Canada on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün and Ta’an Kwäch’än First Nations in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. It is a land of small trees, rocky mountains and wild beauty and she loves it with a heart-wrenching and wildly internal yearning. In the summers, under the endless midnight sun, she spent her time as naked as possible, playing in the dirt, climbing trees and claycliffs and walking river edges with her similarly barefoot barely-clad siblings. In the winters they lived their lives in varying states of layers – bundled up for the severe cold and snow, then stripping off near the woodstove, in and out, encouraged, nourished, and tumbling about with an assortment of pets, cousins, friends and family.Janelle’s work is mythopoetic healing work. She believes the pain, trauma and rifts in our current cultural landscapes can be transformed when we approach healing from a body-based intergenerational perspective, rooting it within individual, family, community and cultural layers while also tapping into the innate wisdom of our bodies, our creativity and our ancient cultural teachings (stories.)Most of all, she believes that we can reconcile and heal our stories about ourselves by examining and working with our personal, familial and cultural mythologies, and that doing this work is what gives us the strength to live vibrantly while contributing to and building resilient communities.Janelle’s work braids together her studies in Anthropology (BA, with distinction), Dance (MA) and Hellerwork Structural Integration with life as a practicing artist (writing and painting) single mother, tied together with a deep reverence for the power of grief, rage, and lived experience.


Jessie Huff: USDA Rural Development

Jessie Huff, works as Alaska’s Energy Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, headquartered in Palmer. USDA Rural Development provides financing and technical assistance for economic development, housing and infrastructure projects in rural Alaska.Jessie holds a M.S. in Applied Resource Economics from UAF, the focus of her master’s work was super-efficient building and community design for northern climates, her Bachelors of Science is titled Renewable Energy for Alaska’s Rural Communities.  Her education also includes Associate degrees and study in digital media, technical theatre, fine art and permaculture. She has been working within Alaska’s renewable and energy efficiency sector for the last 7 years. Prior to focusing on energy, Jessie spent 13 years working seasonally in remote off grid locations within the National Park, outdoor education and eco-tourism industries.

Diane Hirschberg: Institute of Social and Economic Research, UAA

Diane Hirshberg is Professor of Education Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She also serves as Advisor to the UAA Chancellor on Arctic Research and Education. Her research interests include education policy analysis, indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and school change. She has studied the boarding school experiences of Alaska Native students, teacher supply, demand and turnover, including the cost of teacher turnover in Alaska, as well as school finance issues. She has served or is currently evaluator for a number of federally funded education reform initiatives in Alaska and beyond, and currently is the North America lead for the Arctic Youth-Sustainable Futures project, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Dr. Hirshberg sits on the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council and the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States Board. She also is part of the steering committee for the NSF-Funded Arctic FROST RCN, and a member of the “visionary group” for the Advancing Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project with the First Alaskans Institute. She teaches in the UAA Honors College and the College of Education. She has a PhD in Education from UCLA, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.

Mark Spafford: Department of Solid Waste Services, Municipality of Anchorage

Mark Spafford holds Bachelor (2000) and Master (2002) of Science Degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida.  He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Alaska (2005).  Mark has over 19 years of private and public agency experience with GeoSyntec Consultants, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, City of St. Cloud (FL), Denali Commission and the Municipality of Anchorage (Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility and Solid Waste Services [SWS]).  Mark thrives on challenges and not being bored and the more complicated an issue, situation or problem, the better.  He is a senior engineering and operations leader offering a record of success leading organizations, creating strategies and visions, and developing customer-oriented solutions to complex environmental infrastructure challenges.  Mark loves to leverage vision, innovation, creativity, technology and collaborative problem solving to consistently deliver practical solutions that meet or exceed targeted expectations and outcomes.  He is currently involved with developing a new energy efficiency and sustainability program at SWS for that Department and the MOA.       

Amy Coffman: Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz of Anchorage

Amy has spent the last two decades working and volunteering in public policy and political arenas, including the Alaska Legislature, Amnesty International, AARP and AFS Intercultural Programs and the American Federation of Teachers. She’s worked on various local and statewide candidate and issue campaigns, promoting people and measures that support equality, inclusion and justice. She carries these values with her today in her work in the Mayor’s office where she serves as lead staff for the Welcoming Anchorage initiative. Furthermore, she is responsible for policy and programmatic issues on international relationships, the Anchorage Sister Cities Commission, LGBTQ communities, and workers’ rights. Amy was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, and has been an Alaskan since 1995 when she moved to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and received a B.A. in Linguistics. 

Charis Gullickson: Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska she moved to Tromsø in 2004. Gullickson holds an MA in Art History from UiT The Arctic University of Norway and a BA in Art History from Montana State University in Bozeman. She specializes in contemporary art from the Circumpolar North and has curated several exhibitions on Sámi art and craft with accompanying publications, among others, I Craft, I Travel LightSámi Stories, Inger Johanne Grytting: Extensions, Tech-Stiles and Iver Jåks: Reconstructed. Her master’s thesis is a comparative study of artists Aslaug M. Juliussen and Ronald W. Senungetuk. 

Jonny Hayes: Anchorage Museum

With over a decade as a professional designer in private practice, Jonny joined the Anchorage Museum to advance exhibitions, installations and community projects through the design process as part of an internationally renowned art, science, history and culture museum in the heart of downtown Anchorage. As a Director with a keen interest in influencing behavior and developing experiences, Jonny engages and collaborates with curators, conservators, designers, fabricators, community members and artists to execute design that lends service to a specific story in a variety of formats and spaces. Mr. Hayes is humbled to be a landscape architect in a design leadership position and works beyond the walls of the Museum to advance projects and initiatives that increase access for residents and neighborhoods through community installations, interventions, and broader visioning exercises that engage residents in a range of topics, including: transportation, public art, food systems, interpretation, and social resilience, to name a few. 

JoAnne Northrup: Nevada Museum of Art

JoAnne Northrup, curatorial director and curator of contemporary art at the Nevada Museum of Art, organized the exhibition Unsettled, which explores the relationship between landscape and culture. Prior to her time in Nevada, Northrup was a Fulbright senior research scholar at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM, or Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe, Germany. As chief curator (2008-11) and senior curator (2001-08) at the San Jose Museum of Art, California, she curated the first nationally touring survey exhibitions and authored the respective monographs on contemporary media artists Jennifer Steinkamp (2006) and Leo Villareal (2010). 

Ingemar Mathiasson:

Originally from Sweden, born in 1959, Ingemar Mathiasson, has lived in Alaska 1987-2017. Prior to his arrival in Alaska, Ingemar lived in Michigan 1982-1986 operating a Telecommunication Company (R&R Communications in Kalamazoo.)He holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics & Telecommunications and graduated in 1980 in Sweden. He emigrated 1982 to USA. During the last 9 years I have been involved in multiple Energy Projects for The Northwest Arctic Borough and also been participating in the State wide effort to bring forth an Alaska Energy Plan through the Regional approach and collaboration.

Brian Holst: Juneau Economic Development Council

Innovation drives economic development and building our capacity to innovate is critical to sustainable and shared economic development. Since 2008, Brian Holst serves as the Executive Director of the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC). Prior to joining JEDC, Brian worked in international community and economic development for 20 years, mostly in Latin America and Eastern Europe. Brian’s experience includes micro-enterprise finance and home improvement lending, environmental planning, disaster mitigation and response, civil society development, and collaborating on regional economic and innovation ecosystem development.Brian is committed to the prosperity and wellbeing of Alaskans and is actively engaged in numerous local and statewide efforts. Brian is a staunch advocate for developing talent and currently serves as an elected member of the Juneau Board of Education. He is surrounded by an extended family, including his wife Estela and four children.  Brian has been a resident of Alaska since 1978.

Elizabeth Bella: AECOM

Elizabeth Bella leads a planning group for AECOM in Anchorage, AK, specializing in National Environmental Policy Act projects, climate adaptation planning, and public involvement processes. Climate change experience includes application of climate policy in NEPA, multi-agency vulnerability assessments, community planning workshop facilitation, collaborative on adaptation and resilience planning projects, and biogeoclimatic modeling applied to habitat and landscape type change. She is well-acquainted with the remote corners of Alaska through years of biological field work. She has previously served as an ecologist with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service; a wetland scientist with HDR, Alaska; and an ecologist with the USDA-Forest Service, Chugach National Forest. She has a Ph.D. in ecology from UC-Davis focusing on invasive species biology, an MS in forestry from the University of Montana, and a dual BS in forestry and biology from SUNY-ESF. As a postdoctoral scholar with the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University, NZ, she investigated historical plant invasion patterns in a changing landscape. She has lived in Alaska for 20 years.

Dave Messier: Tanana Chiefs Conference

Dave Messier, Rural Energy Coordinator, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Alaska. Tanana Chiefs Conference is the non-profit inter-tribal consortia that represents 42 tribes across interior Alaska. Since 2009, Dave has been working with rural Alaskan communities and small utilities on projects aimed at addressing and reducing the high cost of energy in Rural Alaska. Previous projects Dave has been involved with include small wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, hydrokinetics, energy efficiency and diesel power-plant upgrades. Dave has an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University, an MBA from UAF and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). In addition to his full time job Dave owns Daylight Energy Services, a small LED lighting and solar PV supply company, enjoys hunting and fishing in Alaska and has designed and built a personal home where he and his Wife Heidi live in Fairbanks.

Alyse Daunis: Launch Alaska

Alyse Daunis is Program Manager at Launch Alaska, where she works with startups to rapidly iterate, find product-market fit, and connect to other founders, mentors and partners. She is a skilled ecosystem builder, organizing and acting as a mentor for startup weekends, hackathons, innovation sprints and other entrepreneurial development events in the state. Alyse has co-founded a startup and lead a team of 8 in distributing clean energy products in Uganda (1,100 cookstoves and 500+ solar lamps sold in initial 3 month pilot), helped run a university accelerator program, and worked with Factor(e) Ventures to identify energy solutions for micro-entrepreneurs in East Africa (download the report here). Alyse has an MBA in Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University and has a certificate in Human Centered Design from IDEO. She spends her free time enjoying all that Alaska’s wilderness has to offer: hiking up steep mountains, packrafting, rock climbing, and so much more!

Michael Y Brubaker: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Mike’s works on focuses on helping rural Alaska communities achieve healthy environmental conditions. He was born in Juneau and raised in Anchorage, where he still lives today. He earned a BS in Biology from St. Lawrence University and a MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco. He has worked in the Alaska Tribal Health System since 1997, having spent ten years at the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association and the past ten years at ANTHC. He is a co-founder of the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network, editor of the weekly e-journal, The Northern Climate Observer, and co-hosts the Alaska One Health Group. He is the Director of the Department of Community Environment and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC).

Robert Venables: Southeast Conference

Robert Venables is the Executive Director for Southeast Conference, Alaska’s Regional Development Organization for southeast Alaska. He has over 30 years of public service in Alaska, serving on many local, regional and state boards and commissions with a passion for sustainable communities and healthy economies.
Robert’s involvement with Southeast Conference began in 1997 through the Haines Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, he joined the board of directors and is a past president. Robert has been very involved in community energy planning, both in southeast and rural Alaska, working with utilities and community stakeholders to develop regional energy plans with a goal to displace imported fossil fuels with renewable resources to the greatest extent possible.
Robert lived and worked from Haines for over 30 years where he was previously employed as the Borough Manager and Economic Development Director, before moving to Juneau in 2016. He continues to serve on several boards, including the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board and is a member of the state’s Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board.

Jörgen Andersson: Nordic Savory Hub

Mr. Andersson is the leader of the Nordic Savory Hub, and is based in Östersund, Sweden. Jörgen is a part of the global movement for community supported regenerative agriculture. Mimicking nature inspires practices for agriculture as well as it does for crowd equity funding systems.

Pavel Cheshev: Business Finland Funding Agency for Innovation

Pavel Cheshev works as a Regional partner and Advisor to Business Finland Funding Agency for Innovation (former Tekes). In his work Pavel focuses on fostering innovation partnership between Finland and Russia, including development of joint startup funding and acceleration programs, consulting, arrangement of conferences and workshops, performing technology foresight research studies. His area of most recent interest is digital disruption of various public and private industries and markets, such as: healthcare, transport and logistics, energy and others.
Before joining Tekes in 2013, Pavel worked for International Foundation of Technology and Investment (Moscow) developing biotech startups funding program; Haldor Topsoe A/S (chemical engineering company) and earlier spent several years in R&D (chemistry) in research institutions of Russia and Europe.
Pavel Cheshev has received his M.Sc. (Chemistry) from Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Russia and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Russian Academy of Science, plus a management degree from LSE (UK).

Liza Mack: Aleut International Association

Liza Mack is Aleut, born and raised in the Aleutians and has over 20 years experience working in and around Native organizations and communities. She is a PhD Candidate in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her dissertation research focuses on natural resource management, knowledge transfer and engagement of Native communities in the regulatory process and how that may or may not affect the Native Cultures of Alaska. She has an A.A. in Liberal Arts from UAS Sitka, a B.A. and M.S. in Anthropology from Idaho State University and has been an adjunct professor at UAF, teaching Native Cultures of Alaska and Intro to Unangam Tunuu.Ms. Mack’s work is focused on cultural revitalization and community involvement in the regulatory process. She possesses knowledge of Alaska Native Cultures and is familiar with the local, regional, state, federal and international board processes that take place in Alaska and the Circumpolar North.  She values the importance of engaging Native people in these settings. In July 2017, her experience and dedication to community led to her appointment as the Interim Executive Director of Aleut International Association, one of the six Permanent Participants to the Arctic Council.

Laura Young: AECOM

As Alaska Operations Manager, Laura is responsible for contract compliance, project management improvement, business management and financial planning and coordination for offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, and Kingston, Washington with over 50 technical professionals. Laura has over 28 years of experience working extensively in mitigation, hazard identification, risk assessment, hazard mitigation and community planning and disaster response and recovery. Laura was the FEMA Task Order Manager responsible for developing new hazard mitigation planning training for FEMA Region X. The training focused on meeting 44 CFR mitigation planning requirements as well as practical methods of mitigation planning (not the legal requirements).She has extensive experience as a project manager with local hazard mitigation planning in rural Alaska communities, multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation planning in Washington, California and Oregon, tribal hazard mitigation planning in Alaska, Washington and Oregon and state level hazard mitigation plan development with Guam. She is well-versed in DMA2000 and FMA requirements and compliance criteria. Laura is an effective communicator, successfully facilitating and leading planning teams, public involvement, hazard mitigation plan development and mitigation strategy meetings.

Patrick McDonnell: Municipality of Anchorage

Patrick is an Urban Designer specializing in civic tech, service design, and visual design. He has worked in city government, non-profit, and the arts facilitating human-centered design and working with the community to solve civic problems. He previously worked at the Austin Innovation Office focusing on permitting for homeowners, and was a 2016 Code for America Fellow helping small business owners with permitting and licensing in Long Beach. Patrick hails from Carrollton, TX, holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Texas, and a dual Master’s in Urban Planning and Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Patrick loves traveling, believes that public spaces have power, and that government is sexy! 

Will Koeppen: Axiom Data Science

Will Koeppen has PhD in planetary science and has studied the composition and climate history of Mars, lava flows of the Hawaiian islands, and gas flares burning in the Gulf of Mexico oil fields. He’s currently the science lead at Axiom Data Science, an Anchorage-based tech company whose mission is to make scientific data public, discoverable, and accessible. With their partners at the Alaska Ocean Observing System, Axiom has spent the last ten years building cyberinfrastructure to manage and display huge volumes of data from Alaska and the Arctic. These openly-available tools can be used to interactively explore northern weather, climate, sea ice, oceanography, socioeconomics, subsistence harvesting, and more.

Micah Hahn: Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska-Anchorage

Dr. Hahn is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health within the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She is focused on applied environmental health research that improves the health of Alaskans. Dr. Hahn is committed to interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and community engagement. She utilizes a variety of methods in her work including geospatial analysis, remote sensing, human surveys, and ecological sampling. Prior to joining UAA, she spent time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developing ecological models related to West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Dr. Hahn received her joint PhD in Epidemiology / Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she assessed the impact of land use and forest composition on the disease ecology of Nipah virus in Bangladesh and malaria in the Brazilian Amazon.  She completed her MPH at Emory University where her research focused on designing a method for quantifying climate change vulnerability at the district level in Mozambique.  More information about Dr. Hahn can be viewed at 

Amy Fredeen: Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Amy Fredeen, CPA, CGMA serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), and Chief Operating Officer its for-profit subsidiary, CITC Enterprises Inc. (CEI).  Amy has served as the CFO and Executive Vice President of CITC since 2006, and grew the CITC’s unrestricted cash by over 1000% in a six year period. This strategic growth and the careful stewardship of program funding has allowed CITC to take a leadership role in fiscal excellence and established the cash asset base that needed to seed CEI and Upper One Games.  Most recently through CEI, Ms. Fredeen helped form a partnership with E-line Media, an industry leader educational games, that created the first video game made with an indigenous community called Never Alone and negotiated the transfer of  Upper One Games intellectual property into direct ownership in E-Line Media.  For this game Ms. Fredeen served as the lead cultural ambassador ensuring an inclusive development process that resulted in the sharing, celebrating of the Inupiaq culture and stories.  With 26 mini-documentaries imbedded in the game, Never Alone won a 2015 British Academy Award for Best Debt and has had 3 million downloads to date.  Ms. Fredeen currently also serves as E-Line Media’s Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Fredeen has an extensive knowledge of financial management and planning as well as extensive experience in resources alignment.  Amy Fredeen is of Inupiaq heritage and has held several other community roles, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Cook Inlet Native Head Start.

Scott Bell: Verus Corporation

Mr. Bell is president of two early-stage investing companies in Fairbanks; Nanook Tech Ventures, and Verus Corporation.  NTV is the for-profit company founded in 2013 by UAF to help launch companies based on university intellectual property.Verus Corporation is a privately-held, small, early-stage investing company whose vision is “investing in people, making a difference.”  It invests primarily in technology and software companies with management team excellence as the key determinant guiding investment.  Over the past 20 years Mr. Bell has invested in over 30 start-up companies including industrial design and engineering firms, software consultancies, food and agriculture companies, and energy efficiency and renewable generation companies. In addition, he is the UAF Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services, and has over 30 years of experience as a mechanical engineer, project manager, manager and company owner with various Alaska architecture and engineering firms.

Eric Solie: Attently

Eric is a born Alaskan and the CEO and co-founder of Attently, a cloud-based audience signal analytics company.  Attently helps speakers improve engagement, generate new insights and give more effective presentations through working as a digital coach that observes both the audience and the speaker to provide feedback. Unlike traditional training that focuses only on the presenter, Attently tracks the attention and emotion of each audience member, correlating them with the speaker’s own performance to provide personalized coaching and quantifiable results.  Attently has received multiple awards and competition prizes, including top spot in the Startup Weekend Fairbanks competition in 2016, first place in the Arctic Innovation Competition in 2016, and securing an investment from Launch Alaska.Eric has a Bachelor’s from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Maritime Archeaology from the University of Haifa, Israel.  Previous to Attently, he has also worked as a banker and started another business, Approach VR, LLC, a 3d modeling and high-end virtual tour business.

Paul Hackenmueller: Spruce Root, Inc

Paul Hackenmueller is the Business Development Manager at Spruce Root, Inc, a business capital and coaching organization headquartered in Juneau.  After growing up in Anchorage, Paul earned a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Colorado State University before heading to Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer to teach high school math in a village in central Ghana.  His continued interest in economic development prompted him to get a Masters degree in Economics from Boston University before returning to Alaska.Spruce Root provides local entrepreneurs with access to business development and financial resources in the form of loan capital, business coaching, workshops and competitions. Spruce Root programs support both new and existing businesses in Southeast Alaska and empower business owners through increased self-sufficiency.  Paul’s work includes administering the Path to Prosperity Sustainable Business Development Competition, providing business mentoring and economic development support, and facilitating community-centered workshops on business development and strategic planning.  Previously, Paul has worked as an Investment Officer for the State of Alaska. Paul lives in Juneau with his family.

Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas: Bambino’s Baby Food

Founder and CEO, Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas, received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Business from Baylor University where she also attended Baylor Medical School. Her medical rotations included neurosciences, geriatric, gynecological oncology with an emphasis on breast augmentation and reconstruction at the University of Washington, Baylor Medical School and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Zoi manufactures Bambino’s Baby Food in Anchorage, Alaska where she lives with her husband, Andreas and two small children.Born in Greece, Zoi grew up in a family of organic farmers and learned the importance of pure, healthy, fresh food. When the family moved to Alaska, they became successful restaurateurs continuing the healthy, organic food tradition. Zoi learned from a young age about the handling, manufacturing and delivery of quality foods. She was inspired by what she had learned. Working closely with leading allergists and pediatricians, Zoi used her medical training to develop a nutritionally superior baby food that would improve children’s health by establishing healthy eating habits at the earliest age. Her efforts to lead a healthier generations Zoi, often presents her personal research and business practices to national and worldly health and business conferences and summits. 

Brandon Howard: Amalga Distillery

Brandon Howard is the cofounder of Amalga Distillery, with his wife Maura Seleneck. Brandon studied chemistry at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and graduated from University of Alaska Southeast with a degree in Marine Biology.  Brandon and Maura were lifelong whiskey nerds, taking notes, creating homebrews, ciders, bottled cocktails and hosting friends for tastings at their home before they created Amalga Distillery. They’ve been proud to offer gin at their distillery in downtown Juneau and online, and look forward to releasing their first batch of Amalga single malt whiskey in 2019.

Adrianne Christensen: Pedro Bay Benefits Corporation

Executive Vice President of Administration, Pedro Bay Corporation; Executive Director of Pedro Bay Benefits Corporation; Captain of F/V Miss Adrianne. Adrianne is from Meshik/Port Heiden, Alaska and is the granddaughter of Orin and Jenny Seybert and John and Annie Christensen. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Adrianne is a lifelong fisherman and hunter, herds reindeer, explores the world, and is a pilot. She currently lives in Anchorage and fishes Bristol Bay.

Laura Delgado: Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association

Laura Delgado is the Chief Program Officer at the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA). APICDA is one of six Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups along the Bering Sea Coast of Alaska.  APICDA’s primary purpose is community development in the Aleutian/Pribilof Communities of Akutan, Atka, False Pass, Nelson Lagoon, Nikolski, St. George and Unalaska (ex-officio). Revenue from quota royalties are invested in each community by building infrastructure, funding training and education, providing community grants and other financial investments. Laura grew up in Unalaska and attended college with support of the APICDA scholarship program. Upon graduation, she began her career at APICDA and has held the positions of HR Assistant, HR Director, Quality Assurance Director and Operations General Manager. In her current position, Laura serves as a community advocate and oversees APICDA’s regional programs. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nevada Reno and Master of Arts in Consumer Industrial Psychology from Cleveland State University. Laura resides in Eagle River, Alaska and spends as much time as available traveling to work in the APICDA region.

Theresa Peterson: Alaska Marine Conservation Council

Theresa Peterson is an active fisherwoman and long-time resident of Kodiak, home to the nation’s largest fishing fleet. Theresa has a diverse fishing portfolio: setnetting for salmon, fishing for tanner crab, longlining for halibut, and jigging for cod. Fishing is a family business for Theresa, her husband Charlie and their three children; She is a tireless advocate for local fishermen. Theresa currently serves as one of 11 voting members on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, an important and influential body in Alaska’s fisheries management decisions.

Nicole Kimball: Pacific Seafood Processors Association

Nicole Kimball is the Vice President of Alaska operations for the Pacific Seafood Processors Association (PSPA) in Anchorage, Alaska. PSPA is a seafood industry trade association comprised of 9 seafood processing companies that operate 31 facilities in 18 coastal communities across Alaska and 3 floating processors. PSPA member companies purchase, process, and market hundreds of millions of pounds of salmon, pollock, crab, cod, halibut, and other species of Alaska seafood. Nicole previously served as Federal Fisheries Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, where she represented the state in regional, national, and international fisheries venues, and served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Previous to this she worked as a fisheries analyst for the Council for over 12 years. Nicole received a BS in natural resource management at the University of Maine, and a masters in environmental policy and renewable resource management from Tufts University. Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, she lives in Anchorage with her husband and daughter.

Nicole Baker: Net Your Problem

Nicole Baker, a former North Pacific groundfish fisheries observer (2010-2015) has worked in Dutch Harbor, Akutan and Kodiak. While there, she noticed lots of old fishing nets lying around, and thought there had to be something that could be done with them, especially after reading about Parley for the Oceans’ collaboration with Adidas to make a sneaker out of confiscated fishing nets. Since 2015, Nicole has been working on generating partnerships to recycle fishing nets. She recently started Net Your Problem so she could allocate more of her time to generating novel ways of disposing of waste in remote fishing communities. The pilot location was Dutch Harbor. Current developing projects represent many communities in Alaska (Kodiak, St Paul, Egegik, Port Heiden, Homer, Anchorage and northern Gulf of Alaska), Seattle, the West and Northeast coasts of the United States, and the Gulf of Mexico. She is focused on expanding her footprint to other fishing ports, and is not restricted to working only in the United States. Currently Nicole works at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA as a research scientist. Having lived on multiple islands, she knows the limited options these types of communities have for waste disposal.

Peter Webley: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Peter Webley is a Research Associate Professor of Remote Sensing at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks and is the Associate Director of Research at ACUASI. Peter has a BSc in Geophysics and an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences, both from the University of East Anglia, UK and a PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Reading, UK. His research focuses on natural hazards, especially volcanic eruptions, the application of unmanned aircraft systems to hazard mapping, and the use of remote sensing data from the ground to space and back to develop change detection algorithms. Peter is a geoscientist, entrepreneur, and innovator. He was a 2017 inductee into the State of Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame, has patented his research on volcanic ash cloud modeling, and co-founded V-ADAPT, Inc. in 2013, the first start-up company developed from UAF intellectual property, that focuses providing real-time decision support tools for volcanic hazard mapping and ash dispersion

Antti Haase

Antti Haase (b. 1972) grew up in the neighborhood of Santa Claus in Finnish Lapland (Rovaniemi). In the late 1990s he studied and worked in Australian film industry and received Film Australia Documentary Award for his AFTRS graduation documentary Clown Doctors (2000). After migrating back to Finland Antti has directed documentary films set in his native Lapland. Portrait of Elli (2009) was nominated for Sheffield Innovation Award for pushing the boundaries of the documentary form and won the Main Prize at Luleå International Art Biennial. In 2009 Antti received Open Source Cinema Development Award at Nordisk Panorama for Storytent TV-series. At Docpoint 2011 he launched the book series Todentekoa, in which artists across different art forms write about their documentary based art practice. Monsterman (2014), a documentary feature film about the Finnish heavy metal monster band Lordi, won the Main Prize for documentary films at Austin Film Festival and the Finnish State Quality Award. Antti’s latest film The Illuminators (2017) tells the story of his grandfather Gunnar Haase, initially a refugee, who became the father of light to Lapland. Antti has worked on a wide variety of R&D projects at Lapland University of Applied Sciences, specialising in facilitating creative processes.

Mikko Leinonen

Mikko Leinonen is DP/ Camera Operator based in Rovaniemi, Finland. After working years with commercials and feature films in southern Finland he moved up north for beautiful skies and fresh air. Currently he´s occupied with documentaries and drama series shot in Lapland. If you have problems with two k´s in his name, just call him Miko. 

Erin Trochim: Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, UAF

Erin Trochim is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is part of the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP) at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC). She’s originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. Erin is an environmental scientist with a strong interest in decision making including effective translation of science and using team-based approaches to science and engineering. She received her interdisciplinary PhD from the UAF with a focus on Remote Sensing & Hydrology and was funded by the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program to characterize water tracks in headwater drainage basins of the Alaskan Arctic. Her work is currently focused on making permafrost information accessible for decision makers with the NSF SEARCH program. At home, she has a pack of Alaskan huskies that keep her out skijoring and exploring with her husband in the Arctic wilderness and a large garden that feeds the whole family year-round.

Cheryl Rosa: USARC

Dr. Cheryl Rosa is Deputy Director and Anchorage-based Alaska Director of the United States Arctic Research Commission (USARC), an independent federal agency of Presidential appointees that advises the White House and Congress on Arctic research matters and works with executive branch agencies to establish and execute a national Arctic research plan. The Commission also facilitates cooperation with local and state governments and recommends means for developing international scientific cooperation in the Arctic.Dr. Rosa is trained as a Wildlife Veterinarian and Wildlife Biologist and has worked with subsistence communities on the North Slope and in the Russian Far East on a wide range of studies involving wildlife health and zoonotic disease, marine mammal stranding response, subsistence food safety and oil spill/offshore discharge research. She is a member of the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee, as well as numerous other federal and non-federal boards and steering committees.Presently, she is involved in running USARC’s Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group, the Arctic Renewable Energy Working Group and the Arctic Mental and Behavioral Health Working Group. She received a PhD in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University and a BS in Animal Science and a BS in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Erica Betts: PDC Engineers

Erica Betts is the Lead Environmental Analyst at PDC Engineers. In this role, Erica has participated in numerous projects in Alaska where she helps design projects needed as a result of climate change impacts, or potentially impacted by climate change, as well as assesses the environmental impacts of proposed projects. Before working at PDC, she worked on a project funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, linking Arctic climate change to hydrology and fish migration. She also participated in the update to the Precipitation Frequency-Atlas for the State of Alaska in conjunction with NOAA-NWS. Prior to that work, Erica was a Community Planning Fellow for FEMA and the EPA, where she looked at the role of wetlands in mitigating coastal flooding in the southeastern United States. Throughout her work, Erica has utilized GIS and computer programming to assess large datasets. Erica obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Purdue University and dual Master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning and Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and is currently finishing her PhD in Civil Engineering at UAF.

Ronni Wilcock: Two Bears Environmental Consulting, LLC

Ronni L. Wilcock, Ph.D. has over 30 years of research in various global ecosystems developing techniques to reduce the potential risks to resource development and ecosystem services due to climate change, particularly subsistence lifestyles.  She has developed process-based models for climate impact and adaptation assessment to reduce the impacts of a changing climate on structures (pipelines, buildings, etc.), hydrology (e.g. stream flow and water quality), agriculture, and arctic, temperate, tropical and marine ecosystems. Dr. Wilcock is currently leading several global efforts that use potential climates (e.g., rainfall, temperature, wind, vapor pressure deficit) derived from IPCC carbon emission models, as the driving variables in established process models (e.g., terrestrial, marine, hydrological) to predict areas that may have increased sensitivities to climate change, such as from erosion, flooding, drought, wildfire, water quality, biomass shifts, etc. The models are also used to aid in determining effective adaptation strategies through a combination of scenario and sensitivity analysis, and to determine the cumulative effects of climate change given socio-economic influences. The primary goal is to reduce vulnerabilities and increase resilience across the impacted facility, site and/or environment. She has authored several papers and has given at both professional and public meetings.

Virginia Blakeman: Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Foreign Service

Virginia Blakeman joined the U.S. Foreign Service in September 2008. She currently serves as Special Advisor in the Bureau of International Information Programs, where she is responsible for the development of public diplomacy strategies to advance U.S. foreign policy priorities with audiences worldwide. She previously served as Special Assistant for Public Affairs to former Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall; as Deputy Press Attaché in Warsaw, Poland; and as a consular officer in Tijuana, Mexico, where she provided assistance to over 2,000 detained American citizens in Baja California. She received a Department of State Superior Honor Award in 2011 for “creativity and innovation in engaging young Polish audiences, and putting Embassy Warsaw on Poland’s social media map.” Virginia is also a novice sommelier, certified Advanced by the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust, a native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and is married with an 18-month old daughter.

Irina Karmanova: Office of Public Engagement, State Department

Irina Karmanova is currently a Public Affairs Specialist in the State Department’s Office of Public Engagement, which is tasked with connecting the Department with domestic audiences, and engaging the American people directly to advance foreign affairs work at home and abroad through a variety of outreach activities. Prior to joining the Bureau of Public Affairs, Irina worked at several other offices since joining the Department in 2009 – including the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Irina’s international experience includes stints in the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine and the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata, India. Irina obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs in 2010, and a Master’s degree in Global Communication in 2012, from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. In her spare time, Irina enjoys travel, photography, cultural events, and teaching acrylic painting part-time at a local DC-area business. 

Tina Pidgeon: GCI

Tina Pidgeon is the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs at GCI. She is the strategic leader for legal, regulatory, compliance, and policy initiatives across the company. She plays an instrumental role in GCI’s growth and development by guiding the company’s strategy and negotiations on business ventures, leads a department that is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the company’s legal, regulatory, and advocacy efforts, and manages all contract negotiations and dispute resolutions. Tina also oversees GCI’s compliance program, in accordance with the company’s commitment to honest, ethical, and lawful conduct. Tina previously served as GCI’s senior vice president, governmental affairs and senior counsel (2010-2011) and was vice president of federal regulatory affairs in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the company in 2003, she practiced law with the firm Drinker Biddle and represented telecommunications companies including GCI before the FCC and state regulatory commissions. She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications, the Federal Communications Bar Association, and Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers. Tina received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Leanna Mack: North Slope Borough

Leanna Mack is the Deputy Advisor to the North Slope Borough under the Honorable Mayor, Harry Brower II. Her intuitive understanding of environmental, technical, and cultural knowledge allows her to effectively communicate with, receive, and convey information on behalf of the North Slope Borough to its vast groups of stakeholders.  She also contributes her experience in international and federal policy advocating for the North Slope Borough and its Residents.As a lifelong resident of Utqiagvik, Leanna’s intuitive understanding of the District, and experience in community & public relations allow her to effectively represent its constituents.

Stephen Trimble: Arctic Solar Ventures

Stephen Trimble, CEO of Arctic Solar Ventures, is a born-and-raised Alaskan whose career has spanned multiple energy sectors across 15 years including oil & gas, mining, and renewable energy. He founded Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV), a socially driven business, in 2015, which focuses on building grid-connected home, business, and utility solar projects throughout Alaska. He has been a UAA Alumni of Achievement, Top 40 Under 40, and Gold Pan Award winner. He lives in Anchorage with his wife, Jackie (they also co-own and run ASV together) and their 2 young sons.

Randy “Church” Kee: ADAC Executive Director

Maj Gen Randy “Church’ Kee, USAF (ret) is the Executive Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence. He arrived to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in January 2016, following a 30-year career in the United States Air Force.
As ADAC’s Executive Director, General Kee serves as the ADAC’s primary manager. He provides day-to-day direction of all Center activities and ensures that ADAC’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence (COE) goals are met, milestones achieved, technology development is proceeding, and that the end users are appropriately satisfied with the results. He interfaces with the end users, and works with ADAC members to ensure the Center is in compliance with federal regulations and reporting. He represents ADAC at meetings required to support the needs of Department of Homeland Security management and the greater DHS enterprise. General Kee also works closely with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) stakeholders, to ensure U.S. Coast Guard expectations of the Center are achieved. 

Captain Sean C. MacKenzie: Commander Sector Anchorage, U. S. Coast Guard

CAPT Sean MacKenzie is currently serving as Commander, Sector Anchorage. His is responsible for marine safety, security, and environmental stewardship throughout Western Alaska, geographically the Service’s largest and northernmost Sector. He leads more than 600 active duty, civilian, reserve, and auxiliary personnel and exercises operational control of three 110-ft Patrol Boats, a Small Boat Station, an Aids to Navigation Team, a Sector Field Office, a Marine Safety Unit, and three Marine Safety Detachments. Other Senior Officer assignments include serving as Coast Guard Liaison to the European Union and NATO, Deputy Sector Commander, Sector Columbia River, Executive Officer of JARVIS, a 378’ Law Enforcement / Search and Rescue (LE / SAR) cutter, the Coast Guard representative to the Department of Defense European Command in Stuttgart, Germany and attending the Air Force War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
CAPT MacKenzie has ten years of sea time and has served on five Coast Guard ships. He completed tours of duty on USCGC SORREL, USCGC EDISTO, the Office of Financial Systems at the Coast Guard Headquarters, and as a Coast Guard fellow in the US Senate’s Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Committee.

Commissioner Mark Luiken: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Marc Luiken serves as the Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He brings extensive executive management experience in the transportation field to this position. Under his direction, the department is responsible for the planning, design and construction, as well as the maintenance and operation of Alaska’s transportation system, public buildings and facilities.
He previously served as the department’s Commissioner from December 2010 to October 2012; a position he took after serving as DOT’s Deputy Commissioner for Aviation. Most recently, Commissioner Luiken was employed as a project manager and performance coach with RLG international, supporting the oil industry in Alaska with ConocoPhillips and BP Exploration Alaska.
Prior to his public service to the State of Alaska, Luiken served 29 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring June 1, 2010 as the Vice Commander of the 11th Air Force. His career as an Air Force fighter pilot spanned the globe with multiple assignments in the United Kingdom and Germany, and an assignment in Japan. He is combat veteran with service in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Joint Forge and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Commissioner Luiken holds a bachelor’s in Human Factor’s Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy; a master’s degree in Management from Troy State University and a master’s in Strategic Studies from Air University in Alabama. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a member of the Air Force Association.
He lives in Anchorage with his wife Suzanne. They have five children; each of whom are Alaska residents.

David Martin: Plans, Policy, and Programs, Alaskan Command, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

David Martin is the Deputy Director for Plans, Policy, and Programs at Alaskan Command (ALCOM/J5D), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. ALCOM, in coordination with trusted partners, conducts homeland defense, civil support, mission assurance, and security cooperation within the ALCOM Joint Operations Area to defend and secure the U.S. and its interests. The Plans, Policy, and Programs Directorate supports Commander, ALCOM by recommending policy, facilitating military-to-military relations, and conducting joint operation and resource planning for requirements pertaining to Alaska.
David has been at ALCOM since 1999, serving first on active duty as the Deputy Director for Intelligence. He retired from the Navy in 2005, and subsequently served as a contractor in support of ALCOM’s Antiterrorism/Force Protection and Critical Infrastructure Protection Division, where he focused on DOD mission assurance. In November 2007, David assumed his current position as ALCOM/J5D. In addition to his deputy duties, David serves as an Arctic subject matter expert, providing long-term continuity and knowledge on this important region.