Berns Takes Place on PWSRCAC Board

Jay Barrett/KMXT

A Kodiak Island woman was elected to the executive committee of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council at its annual board meeting in Valdez last week.

Melissa Berns of Old Harbor represents the Kodiak Island Mayors Association. She’s new to the RCAC, replacing Emil Christiansen, according to RCAC spokesman Steve Rothchild. 

Berns holds one of three seats designated for the Kodiak area on the advisory council. Fish and Game biologist Wayne Donaldson replaced Jane Eiseman in January as the City of Kodiak representative, and Al Burch remains the long-time Kodiak Island Borough representative.

The newly elected executive committee includes; Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez, as president, Thane Miller of the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation as vice president, Orson Smith, from the City of Seward, as treasurer and Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition, as secretary.

Old Harbor’s Berns is one of three at-large members, which also includes Robert Archibald from Homer and Patience Andersen-Faulkner representing Cordova District Fisherman United.

The Prince William Sound RCAC was formed after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill to promote environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and the oil tankers that transit the area. Kodiak is also a member of the Cook Inlet RCAC, which has the same mission regarding the oil and gas industry there.

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