Jim McHale, Vice Chair, is a consultant providing professional, technical, and emergency management services to U.S. and foreign governmental agencies, local communities, cruise ships, commercial fishing, and oil industries. He is a retired Vietnam Veteran and has 35 years of experience working in various management capacities with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Alaska Clean Seas, and SEACOR Environmental Service International. With undergraduate studies in Business Administration at Troy State University, Chapman College, University of Alaska, Anchorage, and Alaska Methodist University, Jim is currently enrolled in an MBA Program at Chadwick University. He has participated in national and international studies on contingency planning, prevention, and response strategies and is published nationally and internationally in conference proceedings, magazines, and journals. Jim and his wife Mariane enjoy life on the Kenai River in the Funny River area.

Captain Bob Pawlowski is well-recognized throughout Alaska’s maritime community, having served as Navigation Advisor for Alaska, Commissioned Officer with NOAA, Port Advisor for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and General Manager of the St. George Chadux Corporation, among his many responsibilities. Throughout his years in Alaska, Captain Pawlowski has worked closely with Cook Inlet interests on port, harbor, and channel designs and dredge plans, improving navigation services, and promoting safe and efficient operations in Cook Inlet and communities that are dependent on commerce and oil and gas resources. Bob is committed to keeping an open dialog on how to continue development and maintain commerce in Cook Inlet while respecting the importance of the waters, living resources, and habitats.