State of Alaska

Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board

Meet the Board


Commissioner Mark Myers, Department of Natural Resources

Mark Myers was appointed Natural Resources Commissioner by Governor Bill Walker and he was confirmed by the Alaska Legislature on April 19, 2015.

Myers is a geologist with broad expertise in natural resource management, scientific research and petroleum geology. He has held senior positions in state and federal government and academia, including director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2006 to 2009.

Prior to his current appointment, Myers was the vice chancellor of research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, starting in that position in 2011. In this role he was the chief research officer for the university, which included supervising UAF’s Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center and the Institute of Arctic Biology.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Myers worked as a geologist with ARCO, Phillips Petroleum, and the State of Alaska. In 2001, he was appointed to lead DNR’s Division of Oil and Gas, and in 2005, his position at DNR expanded to include State Geologist and director of the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.

From 2009 to 2011, Myers led state efforts under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act to commercialize the North Slope’s world-class natural gas resources.

Myers is a member of both the National Petroleum Council and the Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee, both of which advise the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He also serves as a U.S. delegate to the Arctic Council’s Scientific Cooperation Task Force and was a committee member and coauthor of the National Academy of Sciences’ 2014 report on U.S. Arctic oil spill response.

Myers earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in geology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Starting in 1977, Myers served in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve as a pilot and intelligence officer, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 2003.


Robert Bartholomew, City/Borough of Juneau, Finance Director
Robert “Bob” Bartholomew has been the Finance Director for the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) since June 2012.

Bob began his career in the private sector in Anchorage, as a CPA with a national accounting firm. From there, he moved to Juneau for senior management roles with the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Department of Revenue, and the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Additionally, Bob was the initial project manager on City’s transition from its antiquated computer information system to two updated, more modern, enterprise-wide systems.

Bob is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration - emphasis in accounting, bringing over 24 years of finance and management experience to the City. He is also a graduate of East Anchorage High School.

Bob and his wife, Kaye Kanne, have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Deputy Commissioner Fred Parady, Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development

Fred Parady joined the Department of Commerce as Deputy Commissioner in the summer of 2014. Prior to his appointment, he lived in Barrow for over six years, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the North Slope Borough School District and Chief of Staff of the North Slope Borough during that time. A highly successful minerals executive with an environmental and safety background, Mr. Parady won two national reclamation awards and twice earned recognition from the Mine Safety and Health Administration for operating the safest mine in the United States.

Mr. Parady served over a decade in the Wyoming House of Representatives, culminating as Speaker of the House. His leadership posts included Majority Floor Leader, Chairman of the Labor Health and Social Services Committee, Chairman of Rules Committee and Chairman of Management Council.  He chaired the Select Committee on Capital Investment and Finance which rewrote the investment policies of the state.  He also carried the legislation to create the Wyoming Business Council.

He is a life-long United Way volunteer, and chaired the State of Alaska’s 2014 SHARE campaign, which successfully reached 102% of its goal to raise $415,000. While residing in Wyoming, he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Sweetwater County Youth Home, building a new 15 bed Youth Crisis Shelter, as well as President of the Young at Heart Foundation, during which time they successfully built a new senior center.

Mr. Parady holds both an M.S. degree in Land Rehabilitation from Montana State University and a B.S. degree in Range Resources from the University of Idaho. He is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He is a Past President of the American Society of Surface Mining and Reclamation and a graduate of Leadership Wyoming with the Class of 2006.


Mayor Charlotte Brower, North Slope Borough
Charlotte Brower has served as the Mayor of the North Slope Borough since November 2011. Prior to her election, she was the Director of Human Resources for the North Slope Borough. Her career in public service has also included election to the North Slope Borough Assembly, the North Slope Borough School District Board of Education, and appointments to the Ilisagvik College Board of Trustees and the Alaska Rural Law Enforcement & Justice Commission. She has also served as the Barrow Magistrate for the Alaska Court System.

Mayor Brower is a graduate of Chemawa High School and she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from Alaska Pacific University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration degree.

She has been married to her husband Eugene, President of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association, for the last 40 years. They have six children and 23 grandchildren.


Mayor Vern Halter, Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Bio Coming Soon!


Mayor Karl Kassel, Fairbanks North Star Borough
Karl W. Kassel was elected as Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in October 2015 and has lived in Fairbanks since 1975. Originally from New York, Kassel has received his B.S. in Physical Education with Teaching Certification from the State University of New York at Brockport. Kassel worked for the FNSB as the Parks Superintendent from 1988 to 2002 and was the Director of Parks and Recreation from 2002 to 2008. Kassel has served on the FNSB Assembly since 2010 and was the Presiding Officer from 2013 to 2015. Kassel has owned his own construction business and has worked as a construction consultant. He was also a student activities advisor and a canoeing instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mayor Kassel has actively participated in a variety of service organizations, including the Yukon Quest, the Tanana Valley Youth Sports Foundation, the Blind Outdoor Leisure Development, Goldstream Valley Trail Users and Alaska Trails. Kassel has also served as the public address “voice” for the Alaska Dog Mushers Association during the springtime dog races in Fairbanks since 1980. Kassel is serving his first term as Mayor.


Seat Vacant


Mayor Mike Navarre, Kenai Peninsula Borough
Mike Navarre, of Soldotna, is the mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1984-1996. Navarre earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Eastern Washington University.


Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck, Department of Revenue, Board Chair
Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck was appointed the Revenue Commissioner by Governor Bill Walker on December 16, 2014. Commissioner Hoffbeck has 30+ years of experience in tax administration, valuation, and appraisal of real estate.  The majority of that time being spent in the administration and valuation of property for taxation purposes for government entities.  The last 20 years he has either been directly involved in, or has assisted the Department of Revenue and the North Slope Borough in, the administration and valuation of North Slope properties.  As a contractor to the Tax Division from 1999-2001, and then as Petroleum Property Assessor for the State of Alaska from 2001-2006, he was the lead appraiser in the valuation and administration of tax assessments on all oil and gas properties in the State of Alaska. From 2006-2011 Commissioner Hoffbeck served as the Director of Administration and Finance and CFO for the North Slope Borough before being appointed Chief of Staff in 2012.  In late 2012, he retired from Government service to focus on finishing a Master of Divinity Degree which he completed in October 2014.  Mr. Hoffbeck is honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue and assist Governor Walker in bringing his vision for the future of Alaska into reality.


Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, City of Anchorage
Bio Coming Soon!

Robert Venables, Southeast Conference, Energy Coordinator
Robert Venables, of Haines, is the energy coordinator for Southeast Conference. He previously served as the Haines Borough manager, as the economic development director for the City of Haines, and on the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.


Mayor Clay Walker, Denali Borough
Clay Walker has lived and worked in the Denali Borough for more than 20 years and was elected mayor in 2013. He served on the Denali Borough Assembly for more than six years, and previously served on the board of directors for the local affiliate of the Teamsters labor union for 10 years.