LaMont Albertson is guide and owner of Wilderness Experiences, a fishing and naturalist guide service in the Aniak River valley in Aniak, Alaska. He also serves as charter member of the Kuskokwim River Fisheries User Group, serving as a representative of sportfishing interests. In his career as an educator, Mr. Albertson has served as both director and president of the Kuskokwim Community College, and he has served as classroom and distance education instructor, principal, and personnel director of Alaskan educational institutions. He received a B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.Ed. from the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. His postgraduate studies have been conducted through Cornell University and other academic institutions.
Elizabeth Andrews has over 25 years experience in policy analysis, project and program management, and analytical research, all pertaining to the conservation and management of fisheries and wildlife resources in Alaska. In recent years, she was an assistant director with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), and served as the department’s liaison with five federal agencies in Alaska for managing fisheries and wildlife in areas of overlapping management jurisdiction. Dr. Andrews is familiar with current relevant social science research in the AYK region and salmon management and has worked on the state’s response to the failure of salmon returns to the region. Throughout her career, Dr. Andrews worked in partnership with federal agencies as well as with fisheries organizations and other interested groups for the purposes of managing fisheries resources in Alaska. She has considerable experience working as a team member with various management entities and government resource managers in efforts to provide for multiple uses of fisheries resources in a balanced and meaningful way. Dr. Andrews left the committee in October 2005 to become director of the Subsistence Division of ADF&G.
Ronald K. Dearborn is the former director of Alaska Sea Grant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His past professional experience also includes positions with the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection and as sea grant director at the University of Maine. Mr. Dearborn earned an M.S. in ocean engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine. His professional interests include the impact of environmental change on marine resource populations and the challenges of resource management in a changing environment. Mr. Dearborn has served as president of the Sea Grant Association, 1987-1988 and 1997-1998.