CHANTAL WALSH, Director
Chantal Walsh has 30 years of private-sector experience in Alaska's petroleum industry on matters including strategic planning, commercial analysis, litigation, well work operations, production optimization, completions, and drilling design and coordination. Chantal started her oil and gas career in 1985 at Standard AK Production Company working on Prudhoe Bay projects. She continued to work on Prudhoe Bay projects with British Petroleum (BP) and then Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Alaska, where she held a variety of positions in commercial analysis, reservoir management, litigation, and field operations. While affiliated with Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska, a consulting firm she cofounded in 1997, she worked with major oil and gas producing companies, exploration firms, native oil and gas entities as well as government agencies. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alaska. She is currently chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Engineering and Mines' Advisory and Development Council and actively involved with United Way and other charities. Chantal is a third-generation Alaskan and, with her husband Tom, has raised their three children here. Chantal loves the outdoors and is particularly fond of getting out on the ocean in the summer and enjoying snow sports in the winter.
JAMES BECKHAM, Deputy Director
James B. Beckham is a graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science. His U. S. Coast Guard career included postings in Drug Interdiction, Search and Rescue, Communications and Aids to Navigation in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, with a special assignment to the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm. He served aboard four buoy tenders, closing with a Commanding Officer assignment in Cordova, Alaska and remains a licensed Captain today. For nearly a decade thereafter, Jim served as Harbormaster for the City of Seward. He left public service to become Vice President, Operations of Harbor Enterprises Inc, one of the largest privately owned fuel distribution companies in Alaska. He was responsible for shore facilities, marine operations and regulatory compliance from Ketchikan to Kodiak and in the Yukon Territory. He served in that capacity for over ten years. Later, Jim managed planning and support services for the startup of the non-profit Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. He has served on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council’s Port Operations & Vessel Traffic Systems committee, as Vice Chair of the Planning Commission in Cordova, Alaska and as President of the Alaska Fuel Storage and Handlers Alliance. He currently serves on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Petroleum Engineering Department’s Industry Advisory Board. Jim and his wife Cheryl have one daughter, born and raised in Alaska and currently an engineering major in college. He is an avid outdoors man and enjoys hunting all over Alaska.