Facilitation Team Members

The Facilitation Team worked collaboratively with the Management Team and Advisory Panel to ensure a successful outcome. The primary goal was to ensure that the Advisory Panel had adequate representation from the full range of stakeholders and adequate expertise in risk assessment and the local environment. The Facilitation Team worked with the Advisory Panel and Management Team to establish priorities regarding potential risk reductions measures during each phase of the risk assessment. The Facilitation Team also provided ongoing feedback on the risk assessment process and made recommendations to the Management Team on ways to improve the process and procedures.

The Aleutian Island Risk Assessment (AIRA) Facilitation Team consisted of the following four members at the conclusion of the project:



Tim Robertson : Tim Robertson of Nuka Research is ideally suited for his role as a facilitator for the AIRA project. Like many people involved in AIRA, Tim is an avid outdoorsman with a personal and professional interest in protecting Alaska’s natural beauty. He is a polite consensus builder who navigates contentious issues with grace and humor while producing high quality work under tight timelines and even tighter budgets. A Master’s degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Alaska (Southeast); 15 years of contingency planning, pollution prevention and response and regulatory compliance. Tim has participated in many major responses, such as the Exxon Valdez and the Selendang Ayu giving him sober and straightforward insight, and a pragmatic approach to problem solving.

Leslie Pearson : Leslie Pearson of Pearson Consulting is president and co-owner of a limited liability company that specializes in emergency and aviation management, planning, preparedness, policy research and regulatory compliance. Prior to that, Leslie spent six years as the Prevention and Emergency Response Program Manager for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). Leslie started her tenure with the department in 1989 during the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill. Her regulatory career focused specifically on issues associated with oil pollution, preparedness, response, damage assessment and technology. She had the opportunity to work on and managed a myriad of oil spills in Alaska. Leslie earned a Bachelor’s of Science from The Evergreen State College in Washington State and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University.

Amy Gilson : When it comes to living the Alaska dream, Amy Gilson talks the talk and walks the walk. Currently living building a home Seldovia, Amy also finds time to be Project Associate, Alaska Office Manager, Bookkeeper and all around lynch pin for Nuka Research. Originally from Minnesota, Amy came to Alaska in 1996 to work in a fish processing plant and more or less never left. She spent six years with the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game collecting commercial fishery and research data. She joined Nuka Research in 2006 and has made herself indispensable ever since.

Kathleen George : The often stunning and always beautiful photographs, graphic images, and artwork found on the AIRA website and associated documents are the work of graphic artist Kathleen George. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Animal Science she came to Alaska in 1991 while working for the Nature Conservancy. While pursuing her career as a watercolor artist, Kathleen lends her considerable expertise to Nuka Research as their resident Graphic Artist and Webmaster.

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