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Senior Management Team Staff

President and CEO

Tara joined the Alaska SeaLife Center in 2003 and was named President and CEO effective July 10, 2012. Tara previously served the Center as Chief Operating Officer, Director of Research and Grant Operations, Grants and Contracts Manager, and Research Administrator. Prior to moving to Alaska, Tara worked as a strategic management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Boston and Auckland, New Zealand.

Tara received a B.S. in biomedical and electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Tara serves as a board member of the North Pacific Research Board, Alaska Ocean Observing System, Alaska State Chamber, and North American Marine Environment Protection Association. She is also an active volunteer for the National Panhellenic Conference, Alpha Phi Fraternity, and various local community groups in Seward, Alaska.

Husbandry Director

Brett joined ASLC in July of 2006 as the Mammal Curator.  He accepted the position of Husbandry Director in April of 2009.  Prior to joining the Center he was the Research Training Coordinator and Program Manager for the Marine Mammal Physiology Project at Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Brett is currently an active PADI and NAUI Dive Instructor, AAUS Scientific Diver, and chairs both the Diving Control Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at the Center.

Brett’s extensive field experience includes both captive and field studies of marine mammals and birds, and Scientific Diving and Boating along the Alaska and California coastlines.

Human Resource Director

Cindy returned to Seward to accept the position of Senior Human Resource Manager for the Alaska SeaLife Center in November 2006.  She had just spent three years in the Florida Keys working as City Clerk and HR Officer for a newly formed city; prior to that she worked for the City of Seward as HR Officer.

Cindy's thirty years in Seward provide her with a local knowledge of public and private sector business that assists her with the challenges involved in recruiting and retaining staff at the end of the road.

Cindy has a degree in Humanities she achieved while raising four children, working part-time and running a seasonal family business.  She is still involved in local grass roots government as a City of Seward Planning and Zoning Commissioner.

Operations Director

Chip is the Information Services Manager and joined the Alaska SeaLife Center in 2001. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Certified Trainer. In 2007 Chip also took on the duties of managing the Center’s Dive Department and serves as the Diving and Vessel Safety Officer.

Chip came to the Alaska SeaLife Center with a diverse background having attended the University of Utah and Brooks Institute of Photography where he studied underwater photo technology. He became a scuba instructor in1978 and spent the next 20 years as a commercial diver, scuba instructor, first aid/CPR/O2 instructor, dive store manager and store owner.

Senior Development Manager

Nancy moved to Seward from Juneau with her family in 1992.  She has worked at the Alaska SeaLife Center since April 2005, when she was hired as the Executive Assistant.  In this role she worked as the assistant to the President and CEO, as well as the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Committee.  Changes in staffing in June 2014 offered her an opportunity to shift into a new role, leveraging her enthusiasm for the Alaska SeaLife Center to cultivate donor relationships and seek funding opportunities. 

Science Director

Tuula is a research associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and in 2010 became the Interim Science Director for ASLC. Tuula joined the Alaska SeaLife Center in 2002 as a scientist and program manager. She has a DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Finland, and a Ph.D. in physiological ecology from the University of Helsinki.

Tuula has been working with sea ducks and other marine birds for almost 20 years. She worked with breeding ecology, toxicology, and diseases of eiders, alcids, and larids in the Baltic Sea through 1990ís, and continued laboratory studies on virus ecology and physiology of eiders and other marine species at the USGS-National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI, in 1997-2002. Since 2002, Tuula has focused on research projects relating to recovery of Stellerís and spectacled eiders in Alaska, and continued her national and international collaborations in the field of marine sciences.

Finance Director

Sylvia joined the Alaska SeaLife Center in 2012. Prior to joining the Center, Sylvia was a senior financial analyst for Safeco Insurance for four years and for the National Wildlife Federation for eight years. Sylvia also worked as a project director on an Army contract for five years. Sylvia has lived in Seward since 2011 and in Alaska since 2006 to include Kodiak, Larsen Bay and Homer.

Sylvia received a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and an M.B.A from George Washington University.

Senior Education Manager

Laurie joined the Alaska SeaLife Center team in 2008. As Senior Education Manager, Laurie is responsible for the Centerís education programs, interpretation development, and exhibits projects.

Raised in Alaska, Laurie funded her university years by tagging king salmon on the Kenai River for ADF&G. After receiving a B.A. in History from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in English from the University of Alaska, Laurie spent seven years abroad teaching and developing communication curriculums in Latvia, Japan, and Korea. In addition to nearly 20 years of education work, Laurie spent three years in Seattle as an interactive designer. Today, Laurie is dedicated to improving educational, textual, visual, and scientific communications that meaningfully connect people to our shared ocean.

Facilities Director

Darryl Schaefermeyer is a 60-year resident of Seward, Alaska. A graduate of Seward High School and Brigham Young University, he worked as a Staff Assistant for the late Senator Ted Stevens prior to working for the City of Seward where he was employed for 16-years including serving as city manager. He has been affiliated with the Seward Association for Advancement of Marine Science from its establishment in 1990 and has been employed with the Alaska SeaLife Center since 1993, holding the positions of project administrator, general manager, and operations manager.
Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Goertz did a two year aquatic animal internship at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut following graduation from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, she helped start a new stranding center for marine mammals, and at the University of Southern Maine, she developed marine mammal cell cultures and investigated the effects of heavy metals on those cells. Currently the Staff Veterinarian at the Alaska SeaLife Center, Carrie works with the preventative medicine program, research projects, and clinical care for birds, fish, and marine mammals including both captive and stranded animals.


ASLC Board of Directors

Stephen Grabacki, Chairman
FISHEYE Consulting
Anchorage, AK

Ryan A. Stuart, Vice-Chairman
Doherty & Stuart, P.C.
Anchorage, AK

Willard E. Dunham, Secretary
Seward, AK

Larry Cooper, Treasurer
Northrim Bank
Anchorage, AK

Dr. Michael Castellini, University of Alaska Designee
Associate Dean, Graduate School
Fairbanks, AK

Daniel White, University of Alaska Designee
Vice President, Academic Affairs and Research
Fairbanks, AK

James Hunt, City of Seward Designee
City Manager
Seward, AK

Tom Tougas
Major Marine Tours
Seward, AK

Ted Baran
HUB International Northwest, LLC
Anchorage, AK

Thomas Barrett
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Anchorage, AK

Don Bauermeister
Friedman and Rubin
Anchorage, AK

Bill Brophy
Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc.
Fairbanks, AK

Jason Brune
Think Globally Develop Locally, LLC
Anchorage, AK

Martin Cary
Anchorage, AK

Bret Chambers
Great Bear Petroleum
Anchorage, AK

Susan Childs
Shell Exploration & Production Company
Anchorage, AK

Dale Hoffman
Caelus Energy Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Maggie Kelly
Alaska Visitor Services
Anchorage, AK

Robin Kornfield
Piksik, LLC
Anchorage, AK

Wendy Lindskoog
Alaska Railroad Corporation
Anchorage, AK

Janet Platt
BP Exploration Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Marilyn Romano
Alaska Airlines
Anchorage, AK

Paul Rupple
Federal Express Corporation
Seward, AK

Glenn Reed
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Seattle, WA

Ed Graff
Anchorage School District
Anchorage, AK

Terry Lauck
ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.
Anchorage, AK

Dan Graham
PacRim Coal, LP
Anchorage, AK

Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Bill Wilson, Chair
North Pacific Fishery Management Council-Retired
Scott Mills, OR

Dr. Dirk Derksen
USGS Biological Services-Retired
Anchorage, AK

Dr. David Beauchamp
University of Washington
School of Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Seattle, WA

Dr. Tom Weingartner
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Institute of Marine Science
Fairbanks, AK

Dr. John Bengtson
National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Seattle, WA

Dr. Andrew Trites
University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Chris Harrold
Monterey Bay Aquarium - Retired
Monterey, CA

Dr. Michael Castellini
University of Alaska Fairbanks
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Fairbanks, AK

Dr. Ian Dutton
Rasmuson Foundation
Anchorage, AK

Dr. George Hunt
University of Washington
School of Aquatic
& Fisheries Sciences
Seattle, WA

Dr. Michael Macrander
Shell Exploration & Production Company
Anchorage, AK

Dr. Mike Murray
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, CA

Dr. Robert Suydam
North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management
Barrow, AK

Dr. Tahzay Jones
National Park Service
Anchorage, AK

Dr. Diana Stram
Anchorage, AK


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