ARCTIC ENCOUNTER SYMPOSIUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CASEY PAPE, PRESIDENT
business manager, viking marine alaska
A scientist and commercial fisherman, Pape joined Viking Marine Alaska in 2017 as business manager prior to the launch of their flagship store in Cordova. Prior to joining Viking, he worked for Fairweather, LLC as part of the Shell anchor removal project. Pape is a USCG-licensed captain, and pilots fishing vessels for research and oil-spill response, in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Casey’s diverse background includes work in fisheries management, carbon cycling and power generation. He has served as a research scientist, engineer and analyst for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), as well as tribal governments, native corporations and the United States Senate. Casey has over nine years of marine experience operating in Alaskan waters and the Arctic. Pape has worked extensively with federal and state departments, including the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Casey has participated in and led collaborative research operations at Toolik Research Station on Alaska’s North Slope, the Northeastern Science Station in Chersky, Siberia, and in the Gulf of Alaska. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Chemical Society.
STEVE WACKOWSKI, VICE PRESIDENT & TREASURER
operations manager, tulugaq llc
Steve Wackowski split his time growing up in Alaska between Anchorage and Ninilchik. Steve most recently served as campaign manager for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s successful 2016 reelection bid. Steve is also an Air Force Reserve officer assigned to the Pentagon for the Air Force Intelligence Directorate’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Innovations Office. He is a cyberspace operations officer and Small UAS operator. He has served in contingency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti. He also deployed to assist in firefighting operations for the 2007 California wildfires.
Steve’s graduate school research focused on National Security Impacts of an Ice-free Arctic with a focus on ISR capabilities in the Arctic Domain. To conduct research, he deployed on the joint US/Canadian 2011 Extended Continental Shelf Mapping mission onboard the Icebreakers HEALY and LOUIS S St-LAURENT and conducted the first ever SUAS flights from underway icebreakers in the high Arctic.
In his civilian career, Steve served as a professional staff member on the US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. His issue portfolio included oceans, atmosphere, and maritime policy. He also served as Senator Ted Stevens’ Press Secretary. In 2005, Steve graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Political Science. He played 4 years of Division 1-AA football there and obtained a commission in the Air Force Reserve through U.C. Berkley’s ROTC program.
JENNY GORE DWYER, SECRETARY
owner & PRESIDENT, ST. GEORGE MARINE, INC.
Jenny was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. A third-generation Alaskan, she has been involved in various forms of commercial fishing since she was a teenager, working on cannery “slime lines,” on fishing boats and fishing tenders.
In 1986 Jenny and her husband, Pat Dwyer, formed St. George Marine, Inc. They built their company from the ground up, working together on Alaska's fishing grounds and becoming involved in fish politics. Together, they lobbied state and federal officials on issues related to the Alaska seafood industry. In 2005, Pat was diagnosed with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease for which there is no treatment or cure. Pat passed away in June 2013, and Jenny became a committed advocate for the ALS cause. She and her family worked extensively in Washington, D.C., to ensure passage of the ALS Registry, which was signed into law in 2008.
In October 2013, Jenny was elected to the Board of Directors of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world’s largest ALS research lab. She has also met with senior members of both the U.S. House and Senate to bring attention to the need for increased federal support for ALS translational drug research.
Currently, Jenny is Owner and President of St. George Marine. The company’s two vessels are actively involved in the Alaska crab fishery, and tender salmon in Bristol Bay and Ketchikan. Jenny is also involved with the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC), which works to help continue sustainable fisheries through scientific research, policy development and marketing.
While Jenny resides in Seattle, she will always consider Alaska her home. She has two children. Brenna is a massage therapist and trains horses in Montana. Sean is captain of the F/V Brenna A, fishing king, bairdi and snow crab and tendering salmon.