LEADERSHIP

BOARD

MEMBERS 

 

JEFF SAVAGE

(Board Chair)

General Manager

Offshore Systems, Inc

 

MIKE MOORE

(Board Vice Chair)

Vice President

Pacific Maritime Shipping Association

 

WALT TAGUE

Director, Commercial Operations

Marine Crowley Fuels, LLC

 

MIKE INMAN

Senior Director, Marine, Safety & Environmental Operations

Windstar Cruises

 

MATT SWEETSIR

President

Ruby Marine, Inc

 

FRANK VARGAS

Director, Fleet Compliance & Regulatory

American Seafoods Company

 

WYATT MORGAN

Director, Supply Chain Management

Delta Western Petroleum

 

CHRIS GRAFF

Director, Response Services

Gallagher Marine Systems, LLC

 

MARK SMITH

Chief Strategic Officer

Vitus Energy

 

RYAN MUSPRATT

Chief Financial Officer

Petro Star, Inc

 

JOHN CRONIN

Vessel Manager

Matson Navigation Company, Inc

STAFF

BUDDY CUSTARD

PRESIDENT & CEO

Buddy Custard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Chadux Network (ACN). He possess extensive knowledge and expertise working maritime operations from both the public and private sectors, including serving with the U.S. Coast Guard for over 30 years attaining the rank of Captain and as a senior manager for an oil exploration and production company operating in the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf for over 3 years.

Buddy holds broad knowledge on Arctic and Alaska maritime issues from both the industry’s and government’s perspective, ranging from search and rescue, oil spill prevention and response, offshore oil and gas exploration, law enforcement, fisheries management, domain awareness, and the significant challenges of working and supporting operations in both the Arctic and the waters of Alaska.

He served aboard seven Coast Guard cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific regions, commanding four of the cutters while accumulating over 12 years of sea duty. Buddy further helped guide the Coast Guard’s efforts during many significant natural disaster relief efforts caused by earthquakes, flooding and hurricanes in saving lives, protecting the environment, and restoring the marine transportation system. Prior to leading ACN, Buddy served as President and CEO of the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network, as well as General Manager of Alaska Chadux Corporation, guiding the consolidation of both organizations into ACN.

Buddy is a graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology with a minor in criminology. He earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and is also a graduate of the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.

JESSICA WRIGHT

BUSINESS MANAGER

Jessica Wright was the business manager of the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network since 2016 prior to assuming this position for the Alaska Chadux Network. A native to Alaska, Jessica was raised on lakes, snow, and the Northern Lights, and has a deep love for the state she plans to call home indefinitely. In the summer, you can find her on a hiking trail, playing volleyball, and dunking her dog into any available body of water. Jessica recently left Shell Exploration Alaska where she had enjoyed her career in Emergency Response; traveling North America and gaining experience in large scale exercises, completing comprehensive software and ICS trainings, and partnering with local regulatory agencies and the US Coast Guard for the success of the Shell Alaska Venture. Prior to this, she worked with BP Exploration Alaska as an Administrative Assistant in the Procurement & Supply Chain Management team. Jessica hopes to further her knowledge and career by continuing to pursue a degree in Business Administration and Project Management at University of Alaska, Anchorage.

MATT GREEN

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Matt Green joined the Alaska Chadux Network in 2020. He brings over 16 years wealth of Alaska oil drilling and production experience and managing incident responses. Matt is very familiar with oil spill contingency plans, acting as the Planning Section Chief for BP Alaska for over 11 years and participating in numerous ICS training and oil spill response exercises.

Matt possesses a PhD in Chemical Engineering and oversaw and lead many BP drilling projects in the North Slope regions, such as Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk, and at Milne Point Field. He is a certified Project Manager and also has experience creating and operating a small business.

Additionally, Matt is a member of the Alaska Mountain Rescues Group based in Anchorage. In this role, he oversees and participates in mountain rescues and acts as an Incident Commander during mass-casualty avalanche search and rescue drills involving over 100 personnel from multiple agencies.

MATT ODUM

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Matt joined the Alaska Chadux Network team as the Operations Manager in 2020. He possesses extensive oil spill response experience in Alaska and his in depth knowledge of the issues and concerns related to the discharge of oil and/or hazardous substances within Alaska is noteworthy.

Matt possesses over 20 years wealth of oil spill response knowledge and experience, predominately in Alaska. Matt was previously the U.S. Coast Guard Alaska District Response Advisory Team (DRAT) Supervisor. In that leadership role, he oversaw all oil spill responses within the Coast Guard’s jurisdiction, which was is basically every marine oil spill incident in Alaska. Upon retiring from the USCG in 2011, predominately conducting oil spill response as a Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representative, Matt worked for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for a few years as a Scientific Support Coordinator before assuming the USCG DRAT supervisor position.

STEVEN GABELEIN

PLANNING & VESSEL SERVICES LEAD

Steven was originally the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network’s Planning & Technical Services Coordinator since 2016. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Gonzaga University and spent nearly five months of his college career circumnavigating the globe aboard the MV Explorer as a student studying oceanography, global studies, and human effects on coastal systems. Prior to joining the Network, Steven worked for the Marine Exchange of Alaska specializing in vessel tracking, marine safety, and oil spill prevention measures, and served as a deckhand aboard a fishing vessel in Southeast Alaska.

PAUL SHUART

HSE LEAD

Paul joined the Alaska Chadux Network team in 2014, assisting with the coordination and planning of all training and exercise activities and is cross-trained as a spill response technician.  Prior to joining the team, Paul served 11 years in the U.S. Army specializing in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and emergency management.  He holds an Associates in Occupational Health & Safety from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

DAN POWELL

RESPONSE SUPERVISOR

Dan is a fully qualified spill response technician and responds to pollution incidents across Alaska Chadux Network’s area of operations. Prior to joining the team in 2011, he served over 5 years as a wildland firefighter with the State of Alaska and oil spill responder with PENCO.  Dan holds a Bachelors of Forestry from Colorado State University.

CHRIS ELLIS

RESPONSE SUPERVISOR

Chris is a fully qualified spill response technician and responds to pollution incidents across Alaska Chadux Network’s area of operations. Prior to joining the team in 2012, he served 7 years as a North Slope and western Alaska oil spill responder and industrial firefighter with Alaska Clean Seas and PENCO based in Deadhorse, Alaska.

CORY NELSON

SPILL RESPONSE TECHNICIAN

Cory is a fully qualified spill response technician and operates and maintains Alaska Chadux Network’s Dutch Harbor office and associated response equipment. Prior to joining the team in 2014, he spent over 10 years in the maritime industry in western Alaska including commercial fishing, shipping logistics, and the port authority.  He holds a Bachelors in International Business from George Fox University.

JERITH ESKILIDA

SPILL RESPONSE TECHNICIAN

Jerith is a fully qualified spill response technician, joining the Alaska Chadux Network team in 2016. He served 5 years as a North Slope oil spill responder and emergency technician for PENCO based in Deadhorse, Alaska.

THOMAS POTTER

SPILL RESPONSE TECHNICIAN

Thomas joined the Alaska Chadux Network team in early 2019 and has a vast knowledge of mechanical and engineering skills, varying from 11 years as an aircraft mechanic to almost 20 years as a heavy equipment/automotive mechanic. Thomas obtained his 100-ton Masters License from the Coast Guard in 2013 and has spent time commercial fishing in Alaskan waters as well as being a jet boat captain in most of the main river systems throughout south-central Alaska.

JOSIAH SMITH

SPILL RESPONSE TECHNICIAN

Josiah joined the Alaska Chadux Network in early 2020. He has a broad-based background in petroleum operations and oil spill response capabilities. His extensive qualifications include in heavy equipment,  class A CDL with X endorsement, Highway Emergency Response Specialist, and a merchant mariner credential from the USCG with a person in charge (tankerman) endorsement.

JAIME SCHAUFF

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Jaime joined the Alaska Chadux Network team in 2013. She further serves as the Vessel of Opportunity (VOO) Coordinator where she assists with the training & administrative management of the VOO program. Prior to joining the team, she was active for over 10 years in the Kodiak commercial fishing industry.  Jaime holds an Associates in Applied Science from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

FRED CARAWAY

FINANACE LEAD ACCOUNTANT

He primarily works with all accounting and finance regulatory issues for the corporation. His 28 years of experience includes time as a Senior Tax Auditor for the Mississippi Department of Revenue and Accountant for the University of Mississippi. He is a military veteran, serving in the US Army before attending and graduating from the University of Mississippi Patterson School of Accountancy with a Bachelor of Accountancy. Fred is a newcomer, having moved to Alaska in 2018 after retiring from the University of Mississippi.

SAMANTHA RENFREW

FINANACE ASSOCIATE

Samantha assists with all of the accounting and bookkeeping functions for the company. She came to us in 2020 with 7 years’ experience in sales and accounting in the transportation industry. She also holds a BA in Business Management from the University of Anchorage Alaska and is an executive board member of Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue. Samantha is a lifelong Alaskan that grew up fishing in our oceans and she continues to take every chance she can to get out and explore our wonderful state.

JENNIFER SPENCER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jennifer joined the Alaska Chadux Network team in 2015. She assists with all office administrative and bookkeeping functions including both accounts payable and receivable. Prior to joining the team, Jennifer worked as an office assistant in the industrial safety products field.