ARCTIC ENCOUNTER SYMPOSIUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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CASEY PAPE, PRESIDENT

OPERATIONS MANAGER, PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND AQUACULTURE CORPORATION

A scientist and commercial fisherman, Pape joined Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation in 2018, as manager of operations. A passionate advocate for mariner culture in Alaska, Pape founded Viking Marine Supply in 2017, which serves the Central Gulf region of Alaska with safe and responsible fishing and boatyard equipment. In 2016, Pape coordinated logistics and science efforts for 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. Pape diverse background includes work in fisheries management, carbon cycling and power generation. With over ten 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. Pape has led collaborative research 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.


JENNY GORE DWYER, VICE PRESIDENT & 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.


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MEGHAN GAVIN, TREASURER

attorney, cascadia law group

Meghan is an associate at Cascadia Law Group PLLC, where she handles complex environmental and natural resource matters. She offers her clients litigation, regulatory, and counseling services. Prior to joining the firm, Meghan worked as a two-year term law clerk for the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton, District Judge for the Western District of Washington. She also worked as an extern for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Meghan’s work with the Arctic Encounter Symposium began in 2014, in preparation for the second-annual symposium. She assisted with all
logistical operations and personnel management, which contributed to AES's winning the American Bar Association's 2015 national Law Student Program of the Year Award. Meghan looks forward to helping AES grow into a leading advocate, worldwide, for the Arctic and the people who live there.