Friends of the STORIS,
It has never been more crucial than now to consider contributing to the STORIS MUSEUM. From membership and financial donations to contacting your United States Senators to ask them to pass Senate Bill 1665, Sec. 601, we need all the support we can get in order to make preserve this ship's wonderful legacy once and for all. Thanks for visiting our website and Semper Paratus!
David Benton, Member.
Mr. Benton has over 25 years experience in national and international oceans governance issues. For roughly 14 of those years, Mr. Benton represented the State of Alaska in international negotiations and on national fisheries issues. Mr. Benton served 9 years, the last 3 years as Chair, on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. He also served as the first Chair of the North Pacific Research Board and was instrumental in establishing the Northern Boundary Fund, a $75- million bi-national endowment that funds fishery science and restoration projects in northern British Columbia and Alaska. Mr. Benton is currently serving as the Executive Director for the Marine Conservation Alliance, a coalition of harvesters, processors, and coastal communities involved in Alaska’s groundfish and crab fisheries. He is also President of the Alaska Lighthouse Association, and is deeply involved in restoring Point Retreat Lighthouse on Admiralty Island located in Southeast Alaska.
Joe Geldhof, Attorney, Member.
Joe Geldhof has worked as an attorney in Juneau, Alaska since 1982. His legal work includes over eleven years as an Assistant Attorney General, as well as work for various commercial enterprises, municipalities and Native Tribal entities, and as the Chief Counsel for a national maritime union. Mr. Geldhof is one of the founding members of the Juneau Chapter of the Navy League of the United States and has participated in numerous non-profit and civic activities, including work related to the design, financing and construction of the Treadwell Arena in Douglas, Alaska.
Captain Tom Gemmell, USCG (Ret), Member.
Captain Gemmell is a 1971 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and served sixteen years of his active duty in Alaska, including command of the Cutters CAPE CORAL (95301) and YOCONA (WMEC 168), deck officer in CONFIDENCE (WMEC 619), Executive Officer of the buoy tenders CITRUS (WLB 300) and FIREBUSH (WLB 393). He also served on the staff of the Commander, 17th Coast Guard District as Chief of Intelligence and Law Enforcement, District Inspector, and Chief of Readiness at various times between 1971 and 1997.
Jim Loback, CW3, AUS (Ret), Member.
Jim Loback served six years active duty in in the U.S. Coast Guard including several Bering Sea Patrols in the Coast Guard Cutters NORTHWIND (in 1951) and in STORIS (in 1956-57). Mr. Loback is an Honor Graduate of the Army Artillery Radar Officers School, and an Honor Graduate of the Army Marine Deck Officers School. Following his retirement from the U.S. Army, he established a second career in computer peripherals manufacturing as served as a test and production engineer after which he was promoted to a position in upper management.
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