Things are changing here at the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition: we have a new Executive Director, new offices, new Chairman, Vice-chairman, and Treasurer. With all these changes comes a new energy and renewed commitment to the core mission of GOAC3: To support, enhance, and protect the fishing villages of the Gulf of Alaska; and to promote the education and capacity of resident fishermen and their communities to adapt to the challenges created by environmental, legal, financial, business, political, and regulatory change.
Chuck McCallum, the incoming executive director, has served on the GOAC3 Board of directors since 2005, is the Fishery Advisor for Lake and Peninsula Borough, and holds a seat on the Advisory Panel of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Gale Vick, who served as executive director for many years, has retired and lives in Fairbanks near her extended family. We are thankful for her long service to GOAC3 and our member organizations around the Gulf of Alaska and we wish her the best in all her future endeavors.
The new Chairman, Robert Sanderson Jr., lives in Ketchikan and is the representative of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He replaces long serving Freddie Christiansen who graciously stood down as chairman in order to give a member of the younger generation an opportunity to bring new energy to the position. Freddie continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
Another younger man with a new position is Darren Muller who has taken on the role of Vice-chairman vacated by Chuck McCallum when he resigned to take the executive director position. Darren hails from Ouzinkie and is currently residing in Anchorage. He is also a new director and the new member representative for Koniag.
Ole Olsen, another long standing board member, resigned as representative of Koniag, and has also resigned from the board of directors. When Koniag lost Ole as their representative to GOAC3 they appointed Darren Muller as his replacement. Ole Olsen was the Treasurer for GOAC3 and that office is now held by Robert Henrichs who also holds the office of Secretary. Ole continues to serve GOAC3 as a technical advisor.
When Gale Vick moved to Fairbanks in the summer of 2010 the Anchorage office was closed and moved to Fairbanks. When Gale Vick retired the office was moved back to Anchorage and, at least temporarily, the GOAC3 is sharing office space with Old Harbor Native Corporation at 2702 Denali Street, Suite 100. GOAC3 is very pleased with its new home.
When the Anchorage office was closed and moved to Fairbanks we also lost our long serving office manager, Miranda Christiansen. With the re-opening of our office in Anchorage we are delighted to have been able to re-hire Miranda and she has been back on the job now for just over a month.
With many changes we have experienced a renewed excitement, determination, passion, and hope for pursuing the mission and goals of the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition.
We look forward to helping your community meet the challenges of our times.
Executive Director, GOAC3