Advisory Committee

Group photo of 8 women and 4 men in coats

The Alaska Sea Grant advisory committee meeting in Anchorage, November 2018.

Alaska Sea Grant created a dedicated Advisory Committee in 2003, composed of individuals from an array of stakeholder groups representing all regions of the state. The Advisory Committee:

  • provides valuable guidance in identifying state priorities for research, education, and extension within the subset of National Sea Grant focus areas
  • participates in strategic planning efforts
  • plays an integral part in the review of research proposals


Chair: Lea Klingert, President, Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank

Assistant Chair: Jeff Kauffman, Vice President, Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association

  • Barb Amarok, Director, University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus
  • Kaja Brix, Arctic Program Director, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region (Alternate for Jon Kurland)
  • Michael Brubaker, Director for Community Environment and Health, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Diana Evans, Deputy Director, North Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • Nicole Kimball, Vice President, Pacific Seafood Processors Association
  • Michael Kohan, Science and Policy Director, Sitka Salmon Shares
  • Jon Kurland, Alaska Regional Administrator, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Scott Lindsey, Acting Regional Director, NOAA National Weather Service
  • Vera Metcalf, Director, Eskimo Walrus Commission at Kawerak, Inc.
  • Hazel Nelson, Board of Directors, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Kris Norosz, Petersburg
  • Pete Pinney, Acting Director, UAF Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension
  • Dave Reggiani, aquaculture expert, Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
  • Ralph Samuels, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Princess Cruises/Holland America
  • Chris Siddon, Marine Fisheries Scientist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Dee Williams, Deputy Regional Director, US Geological Survey
  • Sheyna Wisdom, Executive Director, Alaska Ocean Observing System

Past members

James Balsiger
Steve Borell
Bruce Bustamante
Dorothy Childers
Peggy Cowan
Steve Davis
Gary Edwards
Pete Esquiro
Mark Fina
Robert Forgit
Terry Gardiner
John Garner
John Goering
Kelly Harrell
Rick Harris
Geoff Haskett
John Hilsinger
Dan Hull
Jennifer Keith
Ken Lawrenson
Jennifer Lincoln
Denby Lloyd
Molly McCammon
Henry Mitchell
Dan O’Hara
Amanda Painter
Mary Pete
Alice Ruby
Fred Schlutt, Jr.
Carven Scott
Milan Shipka
John Shively
Greg Siekaniec
Orson Smith
Bill Streever
Jeff Stephan
Stan Stephens
Arliss Sturgulewski
Joe Thomas
Eric Volk
Bob Waldrop
David Wigglesworth
Robert Winfree
David Witherell