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.
John O’Brien, Secretary
John is a Fisheries Biologist, River Guide and Environmental Consultant, has lived in Fairbanks for 14 years and been a member of TVWA since 2005. He received a Master of Science Degree from UAF in Fisheries Science in 2006 and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aquatic Biology from Northern Arizona University (1995). In his career as a Biologist and Consultant, he has worked throughout Alaska on projects focusing primarily on fisheries and aquatic habitat. He is also co-owner of a small business with his wife Kellie, offering hiking and river tours throughout the Fairbanks area. He has formerly served on the State of Alaska Community Forestry Council and the Tanana Valley State Forest Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
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.
Patricia (Pat) Thayer, Director
Pat has lived in Fairbanks her whole life. She grew up on Birch and Quartz Lake as well as the rivers throughout the interior. She is a Project Manager and specializes in Right of Way and Land Rights. She is a consultant working for HDR - which is a Global Engineering/Environmental/Cultural/Stakeholder Out Reach/Real Estate Services and Land Rights firm working in all aspects such as Transportation/Aviation/Rail/Ports/Utilities/Oil & Gas. Throughout her career as a Right of Way Agent, she has worked throughout the State of Alaska. Pat and her husband Brian, have raised two sons in Fairbanks. Pat currently serves on the FNSB Planning Commission, FNSB Land Management Advisory Committee, and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Board. She is also a member of 100+ Golden Heart Women Who Care.
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.