About the Tanana Valley Watershed Board of Directors
The Tanana Valley Watershed Board of Directors is made up of volunteers that live throughout the watershed. Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies. They also make sure the nonprofit organization has adequate resources to advance its mission and keep it relevant to the needs of our community. The board meets every other month, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the TVWA office and start at 5:30pm.
2018 BOD schedule is as follows:
- Feb 14
- April 11
- June 13
- August 8
- October 10
- December 12
These are open to the public.
If you would like to attend – please contact us to confirm: 907.374.8890 or email@example.com
Christy Everett, Chair
Christy has been a resident of North Pole since 1987, and has been involved with the Chena Slough Restoration Neighborhood Committee, the Chena Slough Technical Committee, and TVWA from the beginning. She is very interested in educating residents about the values and vulnerabilities of our local waterways. She has a M.S. in Range Science, and has worked for Natural Resource Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Corps of Engineers, both at the Chena River Flood Control Project and the Regulatory Fairbanks Field Office. She is currently self-employed as an environmental consultant.
Royce Conlon, Vice Chair
Royce received her BSCE from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1987 and is registered to practice Civil Engineering in Alaska. Royce she is a key Project Engineer in projects ranging from preparation of environmental assessments, environmental site audits, locations studies, design study reports, assembly of construction plans, specifications, as well as construction administration and negotiations. Along with solid engineering skills, one of Royce’s key strengths is her ability to work with public involvement facets of environmentally sensitive project. Royce is a key member of PDC’s Transportation Team.
Janet Kidd, Secretary
Janet is a Certified Wetland Scientist and restoration ecologist that worked for the environmental consulting firm ABR, Inc. - Environmental Research & Services (ABR) in Fairbanks for 27 years before retiring in 2017. She has a M.S. in botany from UAF and spent most of her time at ABR researching effective techniques for rehabilitating land disturbed by resource extraction in the Arctic and Subarctic. She also has expertise in classifying and mapping wildlife habitat and wetlands using GIS.
In her spare time, Janet is an avid gardener and enjoys skiing, hiking, canoeing, and camping.
Ian Olson, Treasurer
Ian came to Fairbanks in 1992 to attend college at UAF from where he graduated in 1997 with BS degrees in economic geology and applied mathematics. Ian grew up in Anchorage where he developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors and public recreation space. Today, Ian works for UAF as the Director of Institutional Research where he analyzes institutional data to report on the university's performance and highlight operational issues to university leadership. Ian recently graduated with an MBA in which he concentrated his studies on entrepreneurship and sustainability. He is a downtown homeowner and a regular user of and advocate for the Chena River and the broader Interior Alaska environment.
Gale Vick, Director
Gale is a 45 year resident of Alaska. She is a former post-secondary school administrator, log home construction business partner, and has, for the last 20 years, been the owner of a business specializing in research and analysis for fisheries regulatory issues. She has traveled extensively all over the state. Her background includes over 20 years of dog mushing, 25 years of commercial fishing, 45 years of raising children and grandchildren, 50 years of gardening and small animal management, and over 50 years writing. She is semi-retired to spend time with her extensive family.
Doug Sims, Director
Doug has lived in Fairbanks for the past 33 years and recently retired from the Fairbanks North Star Borough where he worked as a community planner and most recently as floodplain administrator. He received a MS Land Planning from UAA in 1989 and a BS in Community Service from Eastern Oregon State College in 1982. Doug is a recently appointed member of the FNSB Planning Commission and worked extensively with the Chena Riverfront Commission as staff during the commission’s initial startup and formation of the Chena Riverfront Plan in 1992. He now spends free time rafting rivers across the state and Pacific Northwest and enjoys his potter’s wheel in his downtown ceramics studio.
Ben Kennedy, Ex-Efficio
For the past 19 years Ben has worked as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geologic Survey and Bureau of Land Management in interior Alaska. He has served as project lead for water quality, stream restoration, and climate change projects, working in the central Yukon, Forty-mile, Tanana, and Birch Creek watersheds as well as local water-quality projects on Chena Slough and Noyes Slough. His M.S. thesis included evaluating glacier response to inter-annual and decadal variations in climate for south central Alaska. He is a member of the Chena Slough Technical Committee and is dedicated to maintaining healthy waterways in the Tanana Valley.