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Sierra Callis

Sierra Callis began her career in shipbuilding and repair following completion of her technical training in welding and fitting at Alaska Vocation Technical Institute (AVTEC) in Seward.  Sierra earned her journey status while helping fabricate the new ferry M/V Tazlina at the Ketchikan Shipyard.  In January of 2017, Sierra was selected to lead Vigor’s skill building program at the Ketchikan Shipyard.

Anthony Mallott: President and CEO, Sealaska

Anthony Mallott was named Sealaska president and CEO in May 2014. Mallott earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University. He came to Sealaska in 2006 to serve as Sealaska’s chief investment officer and treasurer. As a result he has deep experience in financial and investment management. As chief investment officer, he was responsible for the direction of treasury activities of the company and the management of corporate investment funds.

James "Jim" L. Bates

Jim Bates is the President and CEO of Business Improvement Group, Inc. (BIG) and an Adjunct Professor in several schools at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jim also serves as an advisory board member to the Project Management Institute Alaska Chapter (PMIAK) and as an Executive Advisor for the Texas Technology Consortium. Jim has a vast career spanning 36 years with proficiencies in Business Management and Information Technology.

Lt. Governor Byron Mallott

Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott took office in December of 2014 as the first non-partisan administration in Alaska history. They are also the first Alaska-born Governor and Lt. Governor to serve together. Byron Mallott was born in Yakutat, the ancestral home of his mother’s Tlingit clan. Yakutat remains the voting residence of the Lt. Governor and his wife Toni. Together they have raised their blended family of five children.

Senator Bert Stedman

Senator Bert Stedman is a fourth-generation Alaskan. In 1908, the Stedman family homesteaded in Kake, where Bert's great-grandfather operated a fox farm and worked as a hunting guide and shipwright. Senator Bert Stedman attended Sitka High School, where he was a founding member of the Sitka swim team. He long-lined and seined throughout Southeast Alaska. After graduating in 1974, he worked in the heavy construction industry and continued to fish commercially for several years. Senator Stedman graduated from the University of  Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Robert Venables: Southeast Conference Executive Director

Robert’s involvement with Southeast Conference began in 2001 and continued for 7 years as a member of the SEC Board of Directors, including one year as president before stepping down in 2008 to take the role of SEC Energy Coordinator. Robert was previously employed by the Haines Borough for nearly 8 years, the first half as Economic Development Director and the last half as Borough Manager. Before his work with the municipality, Robert was the local manager for a SE Alaska regional wholesale distributor and served 7 years on the local chamber of commerce with 2 terms as President.

Bob Deering: Renewable Energy Coordinator for the Alaska Region of the U.S. Forest Service

Bob Deering has been the Forest Service's Regional Renewable Energy Coordinator in Alaska since 2015. As the Renewable Energy Coordinator, Deering facilitates the utilizatoin of forest renewable energy resources for the communities throughout Alaska. He works closely with the regiona's diverse stakeholders and communities. Deering has worked in engineering and energy roles within the Federal sector for more than 28 years. His experience collaborating with both the public and private sectors makes him well qualified for his renewable energy role.

Karen Petersen: Southeast Alaska Biomass Coordinator for Southeast Conference

Karen has recently begun work for SE Conference as the Biomass Outreach Coordinator.  She is the facilitator for the Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group, and organizer for the Alaska Wood Energy Conference.  Her position at SE Conference involves outreach for all things biomass.  Karen lives and works from Thorne Bay Alaska.
 

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