Volunteer Spotlight: Patience Andersen Faulkner

A good neighbor reflects on the art of listening

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Patience Andersen Faulkner

Patience Andersen Faulkner creates beautiful beadwork, leatherwork, hand-knitted items, traditional drums, and baskets among other artistic endeavors.

But she is also a lifelong student of the art of conversation. Only a few minutes into a chat, and the listener feeling valued, respected, and entertained.

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Council announces election of Board officers

The Council held its annual Board meeting in Valdez, Alaska, on May 6-7, 2021. Among other business, the Board convened to elect officers who will serve from May 2021 to May 2022.

The elected executive committee is comprised of:

  • President: Robert Archibald, representing the City of Homer
  • Vice President: Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez
  • Treasurer: Wayne Donaldson, representing the City of Kodiak
  • Secretary: Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition
  • Three Members-at-Large:
    • Ben Cutrell, representing Chugach Alaska Corporation
    • Robert Beedle, representing the City of Cordova
    • Rebecca Skinner, representing the Kodiak Island Borough

“The Council’s work has never been more important,” said Archibald. “It is crucial we not forget the reasons that lead to the creation of this organization and continue to work together to maintain the record of safe, efficient transportation of crude oil through Prince William Sound. Memories of the Exxon Valdez oil spill run deep in our minds. Not since regulations were put in place as the result of that spill has the state been so challenged in maintaining these high standards. I am honored to lead our Board for another year as advocates of this mission. Citizen oversight remains a key component to maintaining robust spill prevention and response systems and benefits everyone – citizens, industry, and regulators alike.”

The Council is grateful to have the support of its many volunteers from all over the Exxon Valdez oil spill region. The new executive committee is an excellent representation of the Council.

Meet the officers

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Robert ArchibaldPresident
Amanda BauerVice-President
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Bob ShavelsonSecretary
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Wayne DonaldsonTreasurer
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Robert BeedleMember-at-large
Ben Cutrell
Ben CutrellMember-at-large
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Rebecca SkinnerMember-at-large

New members join Board of Directors

At its May meeting, the Board seated four new members:

  • Angela Totemoff replaced Roy Totemoff as the representative of the community of Tatitlek
  • Patrick Domitrovich replaced Rob Chadwell as the representative of the City of Seward
  • Nick Crump replaced Thane Miller as the representative of the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
  • Elijah Jackson filled a vacant seat representing the Kodiak Village Mayors Association

News release (PDF): 

Council Elects Officers For May 2021 To May 2022 (0.1 MB)

September 2020 Board of Directors Meeting – Virtual

Tanker in Prince William Sound

The Council held a virtual board meeting on Thursday and Friday, September 17-18, 2020. 

 Visual presentations given during the meeting can be accessed by download:

The Council conducted regular business during the meeting, including committee updates from Council ex-officio members, staff and committees. Other topics included on the agenda were:

  • An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on the Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort/Response Vessel System operations, including impacts to operations from COVID-19 and an update on the sump pump spill which occurred in April at the Valdez Marine Terminal.
  • An update from Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune regarding the oil spill prevention and response regulatory reform public scoping process initiated in October 2019.
  • A presentation by representatives of Hilcorp/Harvest Alaska on its Spill Response Organization.
  • A report on genetic analysis of 2018-2019 plankton samples from Prince William Sound to look for and potentially identify marine invasive species.
  • A virtual simulator demonstration by AVTEC staff.
  • A report of the Council’s monitoring of drills and exercises in 2019.

Council board meetings are routinely recorded and may be disseminated to the public by the Council or by the news media.


Both Council offices (Anchorage and Valdez) are currently closed as a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information: COVID-19 Updates


News release:

Prince William Sound RCAC Board Meeting Will Be Virtual, September 17-18 (0.3 MB)

PWSRCAC Board meeting scheduled for Seward in September will be virtual only

Update on COVID-19 impacts on Council activities

COVID19The Council is scheduled to hold a Board meeting on Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, 2020. The decision was made by the Board to hold the meeting through virtual attendance only, by video/teleconference.

The meeting schedule and agenda will be released the week prior as usual. Information on how to join the teleconference will be provided at that time.

Both Council offices (Anchorage and Valdez) are temporarily closed as a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Council staff are conducting business remotely. All other Council meetings are being offered via teleconference only. Information on how to join meetings can be found in individual meeting announcements or by contacting staff.

The health and safety of Council staff and volunteers are our top priority and will drive decisions as the situation evolves and more information becomes available.

Additional updates on COVID-19 impacts to Council activities and other information related to this situation can be found here: COVID-19: Effects on Council activities

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