ARCTIC ENCOUNTER SYMPOSIUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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JOE SPRAGUE

ceo, WINGS airways in juneau, alaska

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Joe began his career in Alaska over 30 years ago, starting with a Juneau-based airline.  After serving as a pilot in Alaska, Joe received experience flying for an east coast-based company and handling policy for the DC-based National Air Transportation Association.

Joe returned to Alaska and joined Alaska Airlines as regional sales director.  Working from Anchorage, Joe traveled throughout Alaska for the airline.

Joe then opened Alaska Airlines’ government affairs office in DC, before landing in Alaska’s corporate office in Seattle as staff vice president of public and government affairs.  He remained at the corporate HQ until his retirement from Alaska in 2017.  During that time, he held several positions of increasing responsibility including head of the Alaska cargo unit and Alaska vice president of marketing.  He concluded his career at Alaska as senior vice president of external relations.

Joe departed Alaska to lead the Washington State Catholic Conference, the public policy voice for the Catholic Church in Washington.

Joe has a degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from the University of Washington.  He has served on the boards of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and the Resource Development Council.


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Kellye y. testy

president & Ceo, law school admission council (lsac)

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Kellye Y. Testy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Law School Admission Council, a 350-employee nonprofit organization that serves as the leading assessment, data, and technology hub for law schools and their candidates in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world.

Named the nation's second most influential leader in legal education in 2017, Dean Testy joined LSAC after leading the University of Washington School of Law for eight years as the school’s 14th dean and the first women to hold that post.

Dean Testy served as president of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) in 2016. She is a first-generation college graduate who is proud to have obtained both her undergraduate degree (Journalism) and her law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, her hometown.

Kellye became involved in the Arctic as a speaker and sponsor during the first annual symposia in 2014, and then as the lead host partner of the 2015 and 2016 Arctic Encounter Seattle symposia in addition to lead sponsor of the 2015 Arctic Encounter Paris during the United Nations Convention on Climate (COP-21).


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MEGHAN GAVIN, TREASURER

attorney, cascadia law group

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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.


JENNY GORE DWYER, VICE PRESIDENT & SECRETARY

owner & PRESIDENT, ST. GEORGE MARINE, INC. 

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Jenny Gore Dwyer was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. She has been involved in 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 and Jenny became a committed advocate for the ALS cause.

Jenny has serves on Board of Directors of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world’s largest ALS research lab. She has 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.

St. George Marine’s three vessels are involved in the Alaska winter crab and cod fishery, and the summer tender season. 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.


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john garner

retired seafood executive and northern fisheries professional; alaska, washington & japan

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John Garner is a retired seafood executive with 50 years involvement in the regulating, harvesting, processing and marketing of Alaska seafood.  His career encompassed all coastal management areas in Alaska from Southeast to the Norton Sound, and major federal fisheries offshore of Alaska.  He also served in fisheries related government capacities as a Commissioner of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and a Board member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.  John was also heavily involved in the effort to rationalize the Bering Sea crab fisheries, which resulted in federal legislation to grant individual fishing and processing quotas.

John is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and was admitted to practice in the State of Alaska.  He lived in Alaska from birth for nearly 40 years, now residing in Seattle, Washington. John has been heavily involved in a variety of non-profit organizations throughout his career, including being a Board member and past President of SeaShare, the seafood community’s response for hunger relief. Learn more at seashare.org.