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Campbell Announces Key Leadership Appointments
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Cora Campbell, Acting Commissioner
Nancy Long, Public Communications Section
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, Alaska 99811
Phone: (907) 465-6166 - Fax: (907) 465-2332


Press Release: No. 10-34, December 1, 2010

Contact: Gordy Williams, Special Assistant to the Commissioner (907) 465-6143

Campbell Announces Key Leadership Appointments

(Juneau) – Cora Campbell, Acting Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced her primary leadership team appointments today. Craig Fleener is appointed Deputy Commissioner and Kelly Hepler is appointed Assistant Commissioner.

“Craig and Kelly have outstanding credentials. I appreciate Craig’s diverse professional and public service background and welcome Kelly’s long service and proven leadership from within the department,” said Campbell. “They bring a good balance of experience, knowledge, and education to the commissioner’s office. I look forward to working with these seasoned fish and game employees in carrying out the department’s mission.”

Craig Fleener began working for ADF&G in 2008 as Director of the Division of Subsistence. His professional experience includes work with the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments in the capacity of Director of Natural Resources, regional biologist, and Chief Administrative Officer managing health care, education, and natural resources. Fleener has served on various boards and councils including the Board of Game, director and chair of Gwich’in Council International, and co-chair of the Yukon River Panel as part of his Division of Subsistence director duties. In addition, he has served more than 24 years in the military including four years with the U.S. Marine Corp and 20 years in the Alaska National Guard. Fleener holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska.

Kelly Hepler’s career with the department is long and distinguished. He began working at ADF&G in 1979 as a fisheries biologist and has held increasingly complex positions throughout his career. Kelly served as director of the Division of Sport Fish and most recently as a special assistant for the previous commissioner. He represents the department in numerous national forums and is presently chair of the National Fish Habitat Board. Kelly is a seasoned budget manager and has strong team and administrative skills that enable him to be a sound policy advisor. Kelly holds a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University.

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