Press Release 2016-2
April 19, 2016
Jerry McCune, President – Cell (907) 200-0240
Mark Vinsel, Executive Administrator
UFA Office – (907) 586-2820
United Fishermen of Alaska announces Executive Committee changes
United Fishermen of Alaska announces changes to its Executive Committee, effective Friday April 15. UFA’s officers remain unchanged as Jerry McCune will continue to serve as UFA President, joined by Matt Alward as Vice President and Chad See as Secretary.
On the UFA Executive Committee Megan O’Neil of Petersburg Vessel Owners Association replaces Kathy Hansen as Statewide Chair. Hansen will continue to serve on the Executive Committee (EC), replacing Ian Pitzman of UCIDA in the at-large Executive Committee seat. Megan was formerly UFA’s PR & membership committee chair. Bob Thorstenson of Southeast Alaska Seiners rejoins the UFA Executive Committee as PR & Membership Chair.
Zach Hill joins the UFA EC as co-chair of Administrative committee, serving along with Bob Kehoe. UFA thanks longtime EC member Duncan Fields who is stepping down as Admin Co-Chair after fourteen years continuous service on the UFA EC as UFA Secretary or Admin chair.
The UFA Executive Committee after this year’s changes includes:
President Jerry McCune, Cordova District Fishermen United; Vice President Matt Alward, North Pacific Fisheries Association;
Secretary/Treasurer Chad See, Freezer Longline Coalition; At-Large EC member Kathy Hansen, Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance;
Administrative Co-Chair Zach Hill (at-large board member);
Administrative Co-Chair Bob Kehoe, Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association; Enhancement Chair Gary Fandrei, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association; Fish Farm & Environmental Chair Chip Treinen, Southeast Alaska Herring Conservation Alliance; Marketing Chair, Bruce Schactler (at large board member); National Co-Chair Stephanie Madsen and Mark Gleason; PR & Membership Chair, Bob Thorstenson; Statewide Chair, Megan O’Neil; Subsistence Chair, Steve Reifenstuhl.
United Fishermen of Alaska is the statewide commercial fishing trade association, representing 34 Alaska commercial fishing organizations participating in fisheries throughout the state and its offshore federal waters.