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Tetlin to Fort Knox Corridor: Committee

What is the role of the Transportation Advisory Committee?

The Transportation Advisory Committee is tasked with participating in the analysis, reviewing the work, and making recommendations. The committee consists of representatives from a wide variety of viewpoints to include those critical of the mining plan, mine advocates, leadership from Alaska Native villages along the route, other local government representatives, emergency fire and rescue personnel, tourism companies, local school districts, government agencies, including the Depeartment of Environmental Conservation, Department of Public Safety, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Group. DOT&PF will support the group by providing resources as requested and educate the committee on regulatory processes. Click here to engage with the committee, and review meeting materials here.

Safety, Infrastructure, Partnerships


Local Representatives

Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning
Bryce Ward, Mayor, Chair of FAST Planning Policy Board
Bio coming soon.

City of Fairbanks
Crystal Tidwell, City Council Member
Bio coming soon.

City of North Pole
Michael Welch, Mayor
Bio coming soon.

Fairbanks North Star Borough
Don Galligan, Transportation Planning, FNSB
Bio coming soon.

Tanana Chiefs Conference
Marina Evans, Transportation Coordinator, TCC
Bio coming soon.

Mary Leith, City Administrator, Delta Junction
Mary Leith is a lifelong Alaskan, who grew up along the Alaska Highway.  She holds a BA from Florida State University and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of British Columbia.  She was a librarian for Delta Greely School District for 35 years and has served as a City Council member for 27 years.  Currently she is the City Administrator for Delta.

Darrel VandeWeg, Chief, Salcha Fire and Rescue
Bio coming soon.

John Rusyniak, President, Tok Chamber
John Rusyniak has lived in Alaska since 1980, and is the owner and operator of Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge in Tok.  He is also the President of the Tok Chamber of Commerce, where he serves the intersts of Tok business owners and community members.

Tetlin Village
Michael Sam
Bio coming soon.

Eielson Air Force Base
Alexa Green
Bio coming soon.

Fort Wainwright 
Bio coming soon.

Federal Representatives

Safety Administration
Bruce Holmes, Program Manager, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Program manager, Bruce Holmes, represents the Alaskan region for FMCSA. FMCSA’s goal is to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large motor vehicles.

Federal Highway Administration
Sandra Garcia Aline
Bio coming soon.

State of Alaska

Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Pam Golden, TSMO, DOT&PF or
Judy Chapman, TSMO, DOT&PF
Bio coming soon.

Department of Environmental Conservation
Emma Pokon, Deputy Commissioner, DEC
Emma Pokon joined DEC in February 2020 from the Alaska Department of Law where she had most recently served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General assigned to support DEC. In her time with the Department of Law, she also worked with the Department of Natural Resources and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General. Previously, Ms. Pokon represented the North Slope Borough in natural resource and environmental matters and served as a law clerk for the Fairbanks Superior Court. She has bachelor's degree in history with a minor in chemistry from Hamilton College and a JD and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Department of Public Safety
James Cockrell
Bio coming soon.

Alaska Railroad
Brian Lindamood  Vice President, Chief Engineer, AARC
Brian Lindamood has 17 years’ experience at the Alaska Railroad, where he has served in various roles, such as Project Manager, Director of Capital Projects and currently, as VP and Chief Engineer.   He holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University, is a licensed professional structural and civil engineer.

Technical Transportation
Jackson Fox, Executive Director, FAST Planning
Jackson Fox is the Director of Fairbanks Area Surface Transportation Planning, also known as “FAST Planning.”  His organization brings together local elected and appointed officials from the City of Fairbanks, City of North Pole, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and Alaska DOT Northern Region to make transportation planning and funding decisions for the road system in Fairbanks and North Pole. He has lived in Fairbanks since 1999, is a graduate of UAF, and has over 20 years of transportation planning experience from work in private consulting and local government. 

Advocacy Groups

Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways
Dave Waldo, Spokesperson, ASAH or
Jennifer Campbell, ASAH
Dave Waldo is a lifelong Alaskan, from Delta Junction.  He attended University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is recently retired from the Department of Transportation’s Research and Technology Transfer section, where he worked for 19 years as a training manager and applied research project manager. 

Anna Atchison, External Affairs Manager, Kinross
Anna Atchison represents Kinross Gold Corporation, where she has worked for the last decade.  She has extensive experience in risk-based strategic planning and development, is a trained facilitator, and has technical knowledge of Alaska’s legislative process.  Anna’s focus is on Corporate Social Responsibility and community outreach.

Scott McCrea, CEO,  Explore Fairbanks
Scott McCrea began serving as President and CEO of Explore Fairbanks in 2021.  He has more than 25 years’ experience working in public relations and marketing.  He represents Explore Fairbanks, a non-profit destination marketing and management organization whose goal is to attract tourism to the Northern Region of Alaska.

Trucking Industry
Joe Michel, Executive Director, Alaska Trucking Association
Joe Michel is the Executive Director of the Alaska Trucking Association, chairs the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) Freight Advisory Committee, and is on the State of Alaska’s Long Range Transportation Fright Advisory Committee. Joe was raised in Fairbanks, attended Austin E. Lathrop High School and California State Fullerton. He worked for the Alaska Legislature for 12 years and coordinated 6 DOT&PF Operating Budgets as well as 5 Capital budgets for the House of Representatives.