Team

The Arctic Domain Awareness Center has several staff members that make the operation of the center possible. The leadership and administrative staff ensure the center stays on track with its mission and serving the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



Portrait of Aaron Dotson

Dr. Aaron Dotson

Emeritus Center Principal Investigator and Principal Investigator


907.786.6041
addotson@alaska.edu

Dr. Dotson is the Vice Chancellor for Research and a Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage and an affiliate research faculty at the UA-Fairbanks Water Environment Research Center. He has served as a PI or co-PI on research funded by EPA, IRD, USDA and industry related to water/wastewater treatment, monitoring and industrial processing. His research focuses on advancing water/wastewater treatment and practices in small communities with a focus on the developing and cold regions. He serves on the board of directors for his local water utility and has 26 peer-reviewed journal article publications, 2 book chapters, and nearly 100 conference presentations.
Portrait of Jeffrey Libby

Jeffrey Libby

Emeritus Center Executive Director and Executive Director


907.786.0432
jllibby@alaska.edu

Jeff Libby serves as the Executive Director for the Arctic Domain Awareness Center. He also serves as the Director for the Center of Strategic Partnerships and Research (CSPR) and the Director for the Applied Environmental Research Center (AERC) which operates on a Cooperative Agreement with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Defense. He previously served as an Associate Dean for the University of Alaska Anchorage, Community and Technical College. Jeff holds an MBA and an M.S. in Project Management as well as an International Master of Business Administration. Jeff also has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences with a concentration in Environmental studies and a diploma in Expertise in Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Mr. Libby is passionate about the Arctic, environmental impacts and climate change. He has been instrumental with student engagement opportunities and is known for developing the first federally recognized and approved research technician apprenticeship program authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Portrait of Heather Paulsen

Heather Paulsen

Emeritus Center Finance Director and Finance Director


907.786.1663
hpaulsen@alaska.edu

Heather Paulsen is the Finance Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence. She joined the Center as the Authorized Official Representative of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in August 2014, following a 10 plus year career in Higher Education in Finance. In November 2015, Ms. Paulsen joined the team in a more direct role overseeing the fiscal operations and audit monitoring for the Center. In addition to Ms. Paulsen’s duties in the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, she is also the Director of Business Development and Grants and Contracts for the UAA Business Enterprise Institute and the Director of Finance for the UAA, Business Innovation Zone (a 501c3 affiliate of the University). Her responsibilities include: operational and financial management of the first 501c3 affiliate education and economic non-profit approved by the University of Alaska System Board of Regents from startup, the DHS CoE ADAC financial management, and the financial and operational management of the Business Enterprise Institute. She has a proven track record and experience of leading financial strategies to facilitate ambitious growth plans from the financial day to day operational aspects from oversight and delivery of annual budgets, to expenditure tracking, operating budgets, and long range financial planning, investing, and forecasting all while ensuring appropriate federal, state, and local compliance and arm’s length controls between the organizations to safeguard stakeholders. Ms. Paulsen holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Technology Management and a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics.
Portrait of Lindsy Glick

Lindsy Glick

Research Communications Specialist and Media Professional



lglick@alaska.edu

Lindsy Glick serves as a Research Communications Specialist and Media Professional for ADAC. She joined the team in May 2023, promoting the messaging and achievements of the Center through newsletters and social media. Glick also works closely with ADAC’s partners, such as the US Coast Guard, creating products and designs for Alaska’s Oil and Chemical Spill Planning Committees. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a Title IX and Civil Rights Investigator in Alaska and Idaho. Glick has also experienced Alaska through work in Denali National Park and Preserve, as well as a charter fishing vessel in Seward. She holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in Translation and Interpretation Studies.
Portrait of Jeffrey Kee

Jeffrey Kee

Media Specialist, ADAC Affiliate, Assigned to UAA Business Enterprise



jakee@alaska.edu

Jeffrey Kee is a Communications Specialist for UAA’s Business Enterprise Institute, who contributes to serve the mission of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center. Jeff has also worked in media production since 2013 and has been involved in almost every stage of production. He has a B.A. in Digital Media from Cedarville University, Cedarville Ohio and prior to working at UAA, he gained considerable media experience as a media specialist at KYUR Channel 13, Coastal Television Broadcasting Company This background has given him a wide range of skills to pull from in order to complete the various projects for ADAC and other UAA media needs. His regular production tasks include creating multiple media and communication products, ranging from video, animation, web, print, product design, and much more. To support the ever-expanding needs of ADAC, he has had to explore a wide variety of solutions to help support the Center’s mission and to accurately inform others of the complex projects being developed by its research teams.

Former Colleagues

Portrait of Randy

Maj Gen Randy "Church" Kee

United States Air Force (ret)

Former Executive Director


907.786.0708

Maj Gen Randy “Church” Kee, United States Air Force (ret) serves as the Senior Advisor, Arctic Security Affairs, to assist with establishing the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, the Department of Defense’s sixth and newest regional center located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, near Anchorage Alaska. Kee is responsible for supporting the establishment and early operations of the new DoD institution, with the mission to engage in regional and global security issues through research, communication, and education. The goal of the center is to build strong, sustainable, international networks of security leaders to advance U.S. national security priorities in the Arctic region. Kee is also working with partner nations to ensure a stable, rules-based order in the Arctic that will benefit the United States and all Arctic nations. In 2020, the President of the U.S. appointed Kee as a Commissioner to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, and from 4 January 2016 to 22 August 2021 he served as the Executive Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence in Maritime Research, hosted by the University of Alaska. During his tenure in leading ADAC, a DHS Science and Technology Office of University Programs, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Arctic Research Community recognized the Center for contributions to “operator relevant” Arctic science and technology innovations, education and convergence events specifically oriented to address the challenges and to “enable the decision maker” in Arctic maritime crisis response. In volunteer “pro-bono” capacities, Kee serves a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Polar Institute; Network member of the Canadian Hosted North American and Arctic Defense and Security Network; he is the designated U.S. lead for a technology working group hosted by the Chief of Naval Research in support of the International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research; and serves as the Co-chair of the Alaska Civilian Armed Services Team, a State of Alaska Advisory Board to the Governor. During his 30-year military career, Kee led at the squadron, group, wing, and Air Operations Center levels. General Kee’s staff assignments include U.S. Transportation Command, HQ USAF, and the U.S. Joint Staff in both Operations plus Strategic Plans and Policy Directorates. He is a command pilot and prior qualified navigator, and logged 4,700 flying hours, 700 of which were in combat (Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan). While in uniform he contributed to U.S. Arctic Strategy, supported domain awareness technology development, and Defense Support to Arctic crisis response. He culminated his military service as Director of Strategy, Policy, Planning and Capabilities for U.S. European Command (ECJ5/8) in Stuttgart, Germany. He holds three master’s degrees: Organizational Leadership, Air Mobility/Logistics Management and Strategic Studies.

USAF Biography
Portrait of Jason “Olaf” Roe

Jason “Olaf” Roe

Petty Officer, USCG (Ret)

TSC/ACT-1 Media and Comms Specialist


907.786.0427

Jason “Olaf” Roe, USCG (Ret), is the Associate Director and Senior Research Professional for the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska, a DHS Center of Excellence. As Senior Research Professional, Mr. Roe’s mission is to provide USCG operator focused coordination, guidance, and support to ADAC research and guide project development to maximize CG operational relevance. Mr. Roe’s skill and experience with GIS systems, environmental models, and mission planning tools provides ADAC with valuable insight into CG operations. During his 12 years of service in Alaska, working with a wide range of Arctic stakeholders, Mr. Roe developed a respect and admiration for Arctic and rural Alaska, and is committed to increasing the safety and security of the Arctic Region through Community engagement and Operationally relevant research in support of the public good.
Portrait of Elizabeth Matthews

Elizabeth Matthews

TSC Research Associate for Arctic Awareness


907.786.7279

Elizabeth “Ellee” Parry is a Research Analyst specializing in Arctic Awareness at the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies. Ellee’s research areas include One Health, health security, and the impacts of climate change on the interactions between humans, animals, and their shared environment in the Arctic. Ellee is also a current PhD student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where her research is focused on food security and One Health in Alaska. Prior to joining TSC, Ellee worked at the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) as the Education & Administrative Manager. Ellee has an MSc. in Environment & Development from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University. A born and raised Alaskan, Ellee currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and two dogs.
Portrait of Kelsey Frazier

Kelsey Frazier

TSC Research Associate for Operations Research Analysis


907.602.6543

Kelsey Frazier is a lifelong Alaskan with a passion for snow and ice. In her daily work, she pursues this passion as a Research Analyst focused on Operations for the Ted Stevens Center of Arctic Security Studies, a U.S. Department of Defense Research Center. Her role includes organizing Arctic-focused operational research programs, executing new research projects, and reporting on those findings in support of OSD(Policy), CCDR, and military service mission needs. Kelsey’s formal training is in mechanical engineering, and her research focuses on thermal-fluid behavior impacted by extreme Arctic conditions, boundary layer structure, interactions and phenomena at the ocean and sea ice interface, and climate science in the Arctic region. When not engaged with research at work, Kelsey is finishing a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she investigates sea ice structure and models the complex subsurface of the ice. Her singular pursuit of all things snow and ice earned her the call sign “Doc Freeze,” a badge of honor she aspires to live up to in her career.
Portrait of Nettie La Belle-Hamer

Dr. Nettie La Belle-Hamer

UAF Interim Vice Chancellor for Research


907.474.6167
nettie.labellehamer@alaska.edu

Dr. Nettie La Belle-Hamer is UAF’s Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and the Director of the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF). A lifelong Alaskan, Dr. La Belle-Hamer received her Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, her Master’s and Ph.D. in space physics at the UAF in 1988 and 1994, respectively. Following graduation, Dr. La Belle-Hamer first became involved with ASF working on the NASA development of a distributed Earth science data system. After managing the first two Antarctic Mapping Missions and the RADARSAT Geophysical Processor System project at ASF, she became the ASF Science Center Manager in 1999. As the ASF Science Center manager, she was responsible for product quality issues, user community interaction, user software tool development, advanced algorithm development, the RADARSAT Geophysical Processor System project, and science outreach activities. She implemented policies and procedures for the Science Center as well as forecasted research trends and directions for ASF user community. Under her direction since 2002, ASF has grown into a strong program with a bright future in remote-sensing data access. Dr. La Belle-Hamer has successfully developed new business opportunities and continue to keep ASF at the forefront of the satellite data industry by focusing on high-quality, on-time data delivery, exemplary customer service, and visionary new product development efforts. Developing and maintaining ASF’s relationships with the U.S. and foreign government research agencies as well as a wide array of domestic and international partners requires her to use an unusual combination of scientific, management, and leadership skills. As the UAF Interim Vice Chancellor, Dr. La Belle-Hamer works to build capacity and depth in the research and development interests of UAF.
Portrait of Connor Keesecker

Connor Keesecker

Deputy Registrar


907.786.0704

Connor Keesecker serves as the Communications and Research Associate for the Arctic Domain Awareness Center. In this role, Connor supports the development of ADAC reports and knowledge products as well as providing support for the Center's communications operations. Born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska, Connor discovered an interest in the Arctic while studying at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he earned a B.A. in International Studies with Minors in Political Science and History. Before ADAC, he worked on local community development issues in Anchorage, focusing on identifying and implementing best practices in northern placemaking at the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and later the Anchorage Park Foundation.
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LuAnn Piccard

Project Manager



lpiccard2@alaska.edu

LuAnn Piccard, PMP is the Director of Project Management of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence. She joined the University of Alaska Anchorage in September 2006 after an executive career in high-technology. As ADAC’s Director of Project Management, at the direction of the ADAC Executive Director, she leads processes to ensure successful planning, execution, tracking, and reporting of key Center projects and initiatives. LuAnn is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Engineering, Science and Project Management master’s programs and Program Chair for Project Management in the College of Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her academic focus includes project management and the development of future leaders in project, engineering and science management. She teaches academic courses in all aspects of project management as well as several modules in UAA’s project management professional training curriculum. She was the Principal Investigator for the State of Alaska Election Security Project. Her research interests include organizational development, collaboration with stakeholders, and risk assessment for polar and pacific rim projects as well as the application of project management methodologies in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining UAA in 2006, LuAnn spent 22 years in high-technology with Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Advanced Energy Industries. Her most recent assignments included Vice President and General Manager responsible for Agilent Technologies’ Communications Solutions Business Unit and Senior Vice President and General Manager /Co-Chief Operating Officer for Advanced Energy Industries. During her career, she has held positions with increasing responsibility starting with R&D, strategic marketing, alliance management. Additionally, she has held several other executive and general management positions. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center (GAC), Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, and Alaska Association of Figure Skaters. She holds a BS and MS in Engineering from Stanford University.
Portrait of Douglas Causey

Douglas Causey

PhD

Former Principal Investigator


907.786.1310
dcausey@alaska.edu

Douglas Causey is Principal Investigator of the Department of Homeland Security Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence and Professor of Biological Sciences at UAA. He also serves as Senior Advisor on Arctic Policy to the Chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He arrived to UAA in June 2005 from Harvard University where he was Senior Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government and Senior Biologist at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. From 1995 - 2000, Doug represented the National Science Foundation at organizational meetings leading to the formation of the Arctic Council and was NSF’s Arctic Representative during the Gore-Chernomyrdin negotiations on US-Russian Science Policy. An ecologist and evolutionary biologist by training, he has authored over one hundred ninety publications on topics as diverse as the biology of Arctic marine birds, high Arctic coastal systems, and bat-borne diseases. His research focuses on the environmental correlates of Arctic climate change, and he and his students are actively conducting research in the Aleutian Islands, the northern Bering Sea, and Northwestern Greenland. His Greenlandic research efforts are funded by the National Science Foundation and are components of the Piniariarneq and Pikialasorsuaq initiatives. He has published extensively on policy issues related to the Arctic environment, Arctic environmental security, and bioterrorism and public health. He and Maj Gen (ret.) Randy Kee jointly offer the policy course “Arctic Environmental Security” through the University of Alaska and the UArctic, and which is attended by students throughout the Arctic region.
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