Advisory and Development Council

CEMADC Overview


(October 2017)

Chantal Walsh Bio

The most recent recipient of the 2016 UAF Distinguished Alumna Award, Ms. Walsh obtained her B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1985, and has gone on to utilize her education to further the oil and gas industry successes in Alaska, as well as encouraging young engineers to follow her lead. When she isn’t busy in this realm, she is actively involved in her community, including her continuing role in the PTA (even after her children left the nest).

Chantal’s work history is impressive, and she continues to provide exemplary professional expertise in her chosen field as well as in her community and state. She has worked with the major oil producers in the state providing her expertise to provide professional evaluation, as well as implement strategies for enhancement of production, flow and depletion mechanisms, storage, and complicated permitting on oil and gas projects dealing with Alaska’s Trans Alaska pipeline. As she worked through the various projects and challenges, she also voluntarily mentored young engineers just starting out in the profession.

Most recently, Ms. Walsh has wholeheartedly plunged into providing guidance and support to the UAF College of Engineering and Mines to support the funding to complete the Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility (ELIF), as well as the UAA Engineering Facility. She has worked with the UAA College of Engineering Advisory Board to consider collaborations between both colleges to provide the best education for engineering students statewide. She is a champion for engineering education in Alaska.

As the Vice-Chair for the UAF College of Engineering and Mines Advisory Council, Chantal has spent countless hours actively advocating for the completion of the CEM ELIF, traveling to Juneau to personally meet with legislators and staff and share her support for this important facility. She opened her home this year to Anchorage area leaders to provide them with a two-way dialogue about the importance of continuing the necessary upward momentum of engineering education in Alaska. Although Chantal lives in Anchorage, her support is felt statewide.

Corri Feige
  • Corri Feige (Vice-Chair)
  • Castle Mountain Group Inc.

Corri Feige is a geophysicist and engineer with more than two decades of management-level experience in the energy industry. During her past 17 years in Alaska, she has worked for and on behalf of small and mid-size independents advancing conventional and non-conventional energy projects on the North Slope, Cook Inlet and Southwest Alaska.

She has held positions as a Geophysicist since 1991 for the Western Mining Corporation (Nevada) and the owner of Aurora Geophysical Services (Alaska), served as Manager for Governmental Affairs and Public Relations for Pioneer Natural Resources (Alaska), and as President and Principal Consultant for The Castle Mountain Group, Inc., and General Manager of Linc Energy Operations. Most recently, she has held the position of Director of the Division of Oil and Gas for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Her skills include project management, permitting, government and regulatory affairs, stakeholder relations and remote Alaska logistics. She has a degree in geophysical engineering from the Montana School of Mines.

Michelle Malerich Bio

Michelle Malerich is a lifelong Alaskan and holds a BS degree in Chemistry from UAF in 2006. She also holds an MS in Forensics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Michelle is the Drills and Training Coordinator for ConocoPhillips Alaska, and previously held positions at Shell in communications, and ASRC in oil and gas permitting.

Michelle loves Alaska and everything it represents. She states: “I can’t imagine being anywhere else. The people are friendly, the background is second to none, and fishing isn’t just a hobby it’s an Olympic Sporting Event!”

Steve Borell
  • Steve Borell, PE
  • Borell Consulting Services, LLC


January 2012 to Present – Owner, Borell Consulting Services LLC, Anchorage, AK. Primary focus is to help owners of mineral properties obtain financing for early and mid-stage exploration and mining.

November 1989 to December 2011 - Executive Director, Alaska Miners Association*, Anchorage, AK.  Representative and spokesman for the mining industry to the public, Alaska State Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Testified before State and Congressional Committees. Managed Association activities which included monitoring and in some cases drafting state and federal legislation and regulations; coordinated with state and federal agencies; responsible for association committees, public education, conventions, short courses, local & international mining tours. Registered lobbyist in Alaska.  

March 1988 to April 1989 - Maintenance Superintendent, Valdez Creek Mining Co., Cantwell, AK

August 1986 to March 1988 & April 1989 to October 1989 - Consulting Engineer, Owner, Borell
Mining & Engineering Services, Anchorage, AK

September 1984 to July 1986 - Project Manager, Arch Mineral Corporation, Captain Mine, Percy, IL

April 1974 to August 1984 - Consolidation Coal Company:

  • Oct 1981 to Aug 1984 - Technical Assistant to Vice President, Englewood, CO
  • Jan 1980 to Oct 1981 - Manager of Exploration - Bogota, Colombia, S.A.
  • Jan 1978 to Dec 1979 - Technical Assistant to Vice President, Englewood, CO
  • Jan 1976 to Dec 1977 - Mine Superintendent - Velva Mine, Velva, ND
  • Apr 1975 to Dec 1975 - Safety Director for North Dakota, Glenharold Mine, Stanton, ND
  • Apr 1974 to Apr 1975 - Pit Foreman, Velva Mine, Velva, ND

June 1968 to August 1972 – Captain USAF, Facilities Maintenance and Construction Officer, stationed at Laredo AFB, Laredo, Texas; Galena AFS, Galena, Alaska; Duluth AFB, Duluth, Minnesota.   


B.S. Industrial Engineering, 1968, Kansas State University
M.S. Industrial Engineering, 1974, Kansas State University
Registered as Professional Engineer in Alaska, Colorado and North Dakota
Project Management Professional (PMP), previous certification, not current.  

* The Alaska Miners Association, founded in 1939, is an industry support organization with approximately 1,400 members throughout Alaska, Canada and elsewhere. The purposes of the AMA are to encourage and support responsible mineral development; increase public awareness of the mineral industry and its benefits to the state and nation; monitor political and agency activities that affect the industry; ensure that restrictions to use of land and water are scientifically sound, economically realistic; ensure a balance that includes resource utilization.

Bryan Clemenz
  • Bryan Clemenz, PE (Honorary Member)
  • SVP Client Solutions


Born in Texas, raised in South Carolina, Bryan Clemenz now calls Alaska home. Bryan is the son of a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who served as a physician before and during the Vietnam War. His father, Dr. Fred Clemenz, grew up on a farm and was no stranger to hard work. He taught Bryan the meaning and significance of a good work ethic from an early age both at home and in school. While pursing his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina – Columbia, Mr. Clemenz focused his studies on Wave-Guides and Antenna Theory as well as High-Voltage Power Distribution Systems. Upon his successful graduation, he worked as a professional engineer with a number of firms such as Johnson Controls, Bechtel Corporation, GE Capital IT Solutions, Day & Zimmerman, NANA/Colt Engineering, and CH2M. Bryan is now a Senior Vice President of Client Solutions for Bristol Bay Industrial (BBI), a Bristol Bay Native Corporation Company.

With three decades in the petroleum and petrochemical industry in various roles including Discipline Engineer, Project Engineer, Engineering Manager, EPC Site Manager, Program Manager, Alliance Manager, and Program/Project Development Manager, Bryan has experience in the unique characteristics found in Alaska’s resource and infrastructure development projects and programs. He is regularly engaged in finding the right partners to engineer, procure, construct, operate and maintain resource developments with an eye towards minimizing total cost of ownership and maximizing value for all stakeholders.

As President of the International Society of Automation (ISA) Alaska Section, Bryan Continues to stay connected within his discipline of experience while sharpening the saw for skills to maintain his Professional Engineering Registrations for both South Carolina and Alaska. He currently serves on the Government Affairs committee and chairs the Industry Relations Committees for the Alaska Industry Support Alliance, a non-profit trade association that strives to promote responsible exploration, development and production of oil, gas and mineral resources for the benefit of all Alaskans. In addition, he understands that BBI does not make widgets or gadgets but instead rely on their most important asset, their people. He strives to support and celebrate the work of people in the industry and contributes to workforce development by serving as Chair on the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Engineering and Mining Advisory and Development Council (UAF CEMADC). His commitment to BBI, Alaska and Peoples is strong; and he is well equipped to support the initiatives that provide Alaskans with meaningful work in responsible resource development for generations to come ensuring continued economic diversity and prosperity for Alaska.

Bryan Clemenz is married to Olana and is the father to four daughters and a son. Rhyan is studying Marketing at the Paris Sorbonne University in France, Kendall is studying Biochemistry at the University of North Florida, Natasha is attending ABC Northern Lights in Anchorage and Ana, not yet in school, is solving the world’s problems. Zachary is the newest edition to the family, keeping everyone on their toes!

As SVP of Client Solutions with BBI, Bryan manages marketing, branding and business development, while formulating new innovative integrated solutions for BBI customers. Bryan also assists in strategic planning and the implementation of new systems and tools in support of our continued growth and more importantly ensuring BBI’s member companies remain a fun place to work.

Royce Conlon Bio

Royce Conlon, a longtime Fairbanks resident and UAF alumna (BSCE ‘87), has worked for PDC Inc. Engineers since 1991. She started as one of the firm’s youngest (and only female) engineer and worked her way up to principal in 2004 and company president in 2012. Today, PDC is a 90-person firm with offices in Fairbanks and Anchorage, along with employees working remotely from Washington, Hawaii, and the Netherlands.

Royce’s projects are spread throughout the state, from Atka in the Aleutians up through the Interior and on to Barrow on the Arctic coast. Her work has focused on improving transportation facilities, whether for rural communities whose airports are their only year-round connection to the outside world; in urban settings where streets coexist with bike paths; or at large airports and on military sites with multiple runways supported by passenger terminals, hangars, and fuel hydrant systems.

Outside the office, Royce has raised two children (and a husband). While her children were growing up, she was active in numerous community organizations focused on their interests. More recently, she has been able to follow her own interests, serving as executive director of the Tanana Valley Watershed Association and helping to establish the Fairbanks branch of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Chris Darrah Bio

Chris began his career with Shannon & Wilson in 1987, starting in the Seattle office before moving to Fairbanks in 1992. Chris has managed Shannon & Wilson’s Fairbanks office since 2012. In his role as Office Manager, he is responsible for the overall performance of the Fairbanks office. His primary duties are to win projects and complete them profitably, but also include recruiting, staff professional development, business development, and community involvement. In addition to supporting the Fairbanks office environmental, engineering, and materials laboratory supervisors, he remains involved in the technical aspects of a variety of projects.

Chris’s work experiences span a range of engineering, hydrologic, and contaminated-site projects. Hired as a field technician during construction of twin bus tunnels under downtown Seattle, he monitored the effects of tunneling machine progress on soil and adjacent structures such as office buildings and tunnels. He later worked on railroad-tunnel enlargement projects throughout the western United States to facilitate changing freight container configurations. Upon moving to Alaska, Chris began focusing on environmental assessments and regulatory compliance at contaminated sites.

Chris’s environmental experience has encompassed contaminated site assessments and remediation, stormwater management and compliance, fuel-storage regulatory compliance, and regulatory research for a range of clients. These clients include both public and private organizations, with projects ranging in size from one-day consulting assignments to multi-year, multi-million dollar assessments. Over the course of his tenure in Shannon & Wilson’s Fairbanks office, Chris has managed or participated in projects throughout the state. As a result, he has gained valuable experience on the challenges posed by performing projects in remote locations and various seasonal conditions.

Shannon & Wilson’s services are directly tied to engineering-design and construction projects, as well as contaminated-site restoration and redevelopment. As manager of Shannon & Wilson’s Fairbanks office, Chris has a vested interest in the strength and success of these markets in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska, as well as having a qualified work force. As such, Chris has worked to establish meaningful relationships with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to promote the engineering community and disciplines related to geology and geotechnical engineering.

Tim Flynn
  • Tim Flynn, PE
  • Maketime Solutions (Repsol)


Tim is a consultant in the Alaskan petroleum industry, currently serving as a Consultant Senior Drilling Engineer for Repsol developing plans, costs and schedules for a number of wells drilled in Alaska’s North Slope, focusing on data, programs, monitoring, safety and maintenance, permitting and regulatory approvals. He has consulted in this capacity for a number of large companies, including ASRC Energy Services, Chevron and Sperry-Sun Drilling Services .

Tim holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from UAF (May 1995), as well as numerous certifications in his fields of expertise.

Chidi Igbokwe
  • Chidi Igbokwe
  • BP


Chidiebere (“Chidi”) Igbokwe is currently the Executive Assistant (EA) to the President of BP Alaska. He previously worked as a Lead Petroleum Engineer for Greater Prudhoe Bay East Area Flow Station 3 with responsibilities for well management and surface debottlenecking identification. Chidi joined BP and the Alaska Region 2006 as a petroleum engineer and has worked in a variety of technical roles across a number of reservoirs in Greater Prudhoe Bay. Highlights include serving as the production engineer at Milne Point on viscous oil development and rotating to the Slope as a well site petroleum engineer in Wells Team. He has also served as the forum leader for the BP’s PE Technical Network and is a lead recruiter for BP at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Additionally, Chidi was a proud member of the 2011 winning BP Helios Award entry for Innovation in ESP technology. Since moving to Anchorage, Chidi has been an active volunteer in a number of community and local professional organizations and has served on several boards, including the Alaska Society of Petroleum Engineers, the University of Alaska Petroleum Advisory Board and the Anchorage International Rotary Club; he is also a Paul Harris Fellow. Chidi earned a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alaska (’06), Fairbanks, and a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Nigeria.

Chris Kennedy Bio

Chris Kennedy began his mining career in 1976 at the Sunny Side Mine in Silverton, Colorado. Since beginning his career in 1976 in the mining industry, Chris has worked for a variety of companies including Standard Metals, Echo Bay, ASARCO, Cyprus Amax, Kinross, Rio Tinto, Teck Cominco and now Sumitomo. His experience spans underground and surface mining, ore processing, maintenance, Environmental Health and Safety. Chris is the General Manager for Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC.

Chris moved to Alaska in 1995 to help design and build the Fort Knox mill and subsequently worked as Mill Maintenance Manager. In 2001 he took became the Maintenance Manager at Greens Creek. In 2005 Chris joined the team at Pogo to help design and build the mill. At Pogo, he has worked as Maintenance Manager, Health, Safety & Environmental Manager, and has been General Manager since June 2011.

In 2014, Chris received the Distinguished Service Award by the UAF College of Engineering and Mines for his tireless support of the university and engineering education. He was instrumental in securing over $2 million+ in industry contributions to the mining engineering research endowment at CEM. He has also supported engineering education in other ways including hosting multiple mind visits, providing in-kind support to the CEM’s Silver Fox Mine and providing his technical expertise on relevant topics. Sept. 2015

Jake Loud Bio

Jake Loud is the Refinery Manager for Petro Star, Inc North Pole Refinery. His 29 years of petroleum refining experience includes management of process unit operation, quality control laboratory, oil movement and construction.

Prior to starting his position at Petro Star, Inc. in 2010, Jake worked for 24 years for Flint Hills Resources, Inc. (formerly Mapco and Williams) as a member of the Refinery Leadership Team, Terminal Manager, Oil Movements Manager, Construction Manager and Operations Shift Supervisor. In addition to his refinery job duties, Jake spent 11 years on the North Pole Refinery Emergency Response Team (served as a Team Captain the last 5 years).

Jake is a 30 year resident of Alaska from Bemidji, Minnesota.

Marc Luiken Bio

Marc Luiken serves as the Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Under his direction, the department is responsible for the planning, design and construction, as well as the maintenance and operation of Alaska’s transportation system, public buildings and facilities.

He previously served as the department’s Commissioner from December 2010 to October 2012; a position he took after serving as DOT’s Deputy Commissioner for Aviation. Most recently, Commissioner Luiken was employed as a project manager and performance coach with RLG international, a consulting firm supporting the oil industry in Alaska with ConocoPhillips and BP Exploration Alaska.

Prior to his public service to the State of Alaska, Luiken served 29 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring June 1, 2010. His career as an Air Force fighter pilot spanned the globe with multiple assignments in the United Kingdom and Germany, and an assignment in Japan. He is combat veteran with service in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Joint Forge and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Commissioner Luiken holds a bachelor’s in Human Factor’s Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy; a master’s degree in Management from Troy State University and a master’s in Strategic Studies from Air University in Alabama. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a member of the Air Force Association.

He lives in Anchorage with his wife Suzanne. They have five children; each of whom are Alaska residents.

Jim Mendenhall
  • Jim Mendenhall, PE
  • Mendenhall and Associates


Jim, a 1979 graduate from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, brings to UAF’s Advisory Committee over 35 years of Alaska, US and global perspective. He has spent the majority of his career in the civil engineering world, starting his career working on a survey crew for his father William Mendenhall, and rising to the senior ranks of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of a $150MM construction holding company. Most of his career has been with the ANCs, NANA Development Corporation and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, or companies acquired by ANCs, focused on profitable business development. He cites his engineering degree as providing him with fundamentals to look strategically and with a results-driven focus at ventures ranging from Red Dog Mine to oilfield support services in Venezuela and construction projects located across Alaska, including remote locations on the North Slope. He sees his skills as readily transferrable to industries not directly involved in engineering, currently working in an area of special interest – aviation.

Jackie Schirmer
  • Jackie Schirmer, PE, STS
Bill Stamm Bio

Bill Stamm has been an employee of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative since 1994, and has been Manager of Engineering since 2012. He has extensive experience with designing and maintaining power generation and distribution facilities as well as many years of experience managing projects and people in the installation and repair of electrical facilities in rural Alaska.

Mr. Stamm coordinates the design and development of AVEC generation and distribution projects and develops and administers departmental operating policies and procedures. He serves as liaison with the Alaska Energy Authority, USDA Rural Utilities Service and other governmental authorities.

Mr. Stamm holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Alaska.

Ed Stevenson Bio

Ed Stevenson currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Doyon Utilities, LLC. He joined the Doyon team in 2011. Ed has held several leadership roles with Doyon, starting in Site Management at Ft. Wainwright, then progressing to the position of Vice President of Project Development. In 2013 Ed was appointed to his current position as the Vice President of Operations. He is focused on the development of Doyon capital improvements, safety and environmental compliance, as well as Doyon contract compliance for all site locations. As the Operations Vice President, his responsibilities include oversight of the Operation and Maintenance teams at three military installations throughout the state. Other supporting departments under his direction include Safety, Engineering, and the Project Development group. Prior to joining Doyon Utilities, Ed served as Operations Manager at Alaska’s North Pole Refinery where he gained 21 years experience in refinery operation and production. Management responsibilities included Operations, Process Engineering, Product Quality, and three product Distribution Terminals within Alaska.

Peter Stokes Bio

Peter J. Stokes, Honorary member of the College of Engineering and Mines Advisory and Development Council, is a licensed petroleum engineer and the managing director and commercial consultant for Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska. He is a 1977 graduate of UAF in Mechanical and Mining Engineering, and received his MBA from Duke University. He worked for UNOCAL in their Alaska, Lower 48 and overseas operations for over 25 years.

Stokes is now a consultant on oil and gas projects for regional Native corporations, Cook Inlet Utilities and oil and gas exploration companies that are new to Alaska.  As the Chair of the UAF College of Engineering and Mines Advisory and Development Council, he advises the College on strategic issues and provides industry perspective, as well as advocating for the College’s engineering programs and new facilities. He has taken a very active role in advocacy efforts to bring the UAA and UAF Engineering Facilities from a dream to reality, and has been instrumental in securing the funding for these two facilities. He is the recipient of the 2013 College of Engineering and Mines Outstanding Alumni Award.

Pete has taken a very active role in advocacy efforts, collaborating with the UAA School of Engineering Advisory Board and other supporters, to gain support for the new engineering facilities to address educational requirements in Arctic engineering and resource development into the future.

Jack Walker
  • Jack Walker (Honorary member)

Jack Walker held the position of the Production Engineering Supervisor, Western North Slope for ConocoPhillips Alaska until his retirement in 2015. Over more than thirty years, he has worked in petroleum engineering assignments involving fourteen oil pools within the Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk River, and Colville River Fields on the Alaska North Slope. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and former member of the UAF Petroleum Engineering Advisory Council.

Student Rep
  • Cody Keith (Student representative)
  • President, Tau Beta Pi Alaska Alpha Chapter
    CEM Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience double major


Cody Keith came to the University of Alaska Fairbanks from Eagle River, Alaska in the fall of 2015 as a National Merit Scholar finalist, Presidential Scholar semifinalist, and UA scholar. Since then, Cody has continued to develop his academic performance, taking aggressive coarse loads yet maintaining a 4.0 GPA in pursuit of a dual Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience, in addition to a mathematics minor.

Cody is also a member of the UAF Honors Program, and he recently took on the role of President of the Tau Beta Pi Alaska Alpha Chapter. He is currently in the second of his planned five years in undergraduate work. Cody ultimately hopes to serve as a reservoir engineer here in Alaska, helping to develop the bountiful energy resources of the North Slope. In the meantime, Cody is considering pursuing a graduate degree in petroleum engineering.

Outside of academics, Cody enjoys playing music on his Tenor Saxophone and is currently a member of the UAF Wind Symphony and the UAF Pep Band. Cody can also be found enjoying the great outdoors in this magnificent state, from fishing to picking blueberries (and the occasional fossil) in the Talkeetna Mountains to hunting.