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Captain John Falvey Jr.: General Manager of the Alaska Marine Highway

Captain John Falvey is a graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy. After graduation Captain Falvey spent 25 years operating offshore deep sea oil tankers for the Union Oil Company of California, the majority of those years were spent sailing as a Captain. Captain Falvey retired from UNOCAL Corporation and went on to operate fast ferries for 5 years as a High Speed Code Type Rated Captain in both New England and South American waters.

Commissioner Marc Luiken: Alaska Department of Transportation

Marc Luiken serves as the Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. 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.

Alana Peterson: Program Director for Spruce Root, Inc. & Sustainable Southeast Partnership

Alana Peterson grew up and resides in Sitka, a small island community in Southeast Alaska. Professionally, Alana earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration at Charleston Southern University. After graduating from college she joined the Peace Corps where she served as a Small Business Development volunteer for two years on the southern coast of Peru. She obtained her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University. She continues work in economic development in her current role as Program Director at Spruce Root, Inc.  

Christopher Mertl: Corvus Design Landscape Architect

Mr. Mertl is a Landscape Architect with a strong background in the design of Alaskan coastal communities and environmental solutions for the region. He is the principal of the Southeast office of Corvus Design in Juneau. His work stretches from Ketchikan to Unalaska.

Governor Frank Murkowski

Frank Murkowski was Alaska's US Senator from 1981 until 2002, and the eighth Governor of Alaska from 2002 until 2006.

Liz Cornejo: Vice President, Community & External Affairs Constantine Mining

Liz Cornejo is a geologist who began her Southeast Alaska career at the Niblack Project on Prince of Wales Island. Liz has worked with Constantine at the Palmer Project since 2009 and now serves as the Company’s Manager of Exploration & Community. Liz travels frequently between the Vancouver office, the summer field office, and the Haines town office.