President’s Letter, November 2020

Now that the craziness of election season is over and we know who the players are in Juneau and DC, we have started to shift our attention to the Legislative Fly-In. While it won’t look the same as it has in years’ past, we are confident we can proceed with a solid legislative outreach season to advance those issues important to our members. We are looking at a multi-tier approach for outreach that may include multiple forms of communication from letters to white papers to possible video meetings. In fact, we have already started our outreach with letters to the Governor on issues we felt important to bring to his attention before the budget is released in mid-December.

Colin Maynard is leading our Legislative Committee and we’re excited to have him in the position! He brings a lot of historical and applicable knowledge from not only his time at APDC but also on the AELS board. Thank you Colin for leading us in our outreach! Our Legislative Committee will begin to meet in full force soon and if you are interested in being a part of that committee, please email me at and I’ll forward it to Colin.

R&M Hires Vanessa Crandell-Beck

R&M Is pleased to announced the hiring of Vanessa Crandell-Beck, as an Environmental Geologist, in the firm’s Earth Sciences Department. Vanessa will use her expertise to support contaminated site and geotechnical investigation work, which include several subcategories of investigation and assessments. To read the full press release on Vanessa’s position and and role with R&M, please click the link below.

R&M Fairbanks Welcomes Erica Betts

R&M Consultants, Inc. has expanded their service lines to include Environmental Services in their Fairbanks office, with the hiring of Erica Betts, CESCL. Erica’s expertise as an Environmental Specialist includes a focus on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. To read the full press release on Erica’s position, click the link below.

Ahtna Wins the 2020 SAME Small Business Award

Ahtna is please to announce they are the recipient of the 2020 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Award. This award recognizes SAME sustaining member firms that “achieve outstanding results in support of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Navy as well as company support for the professional development of its employees through participation in SAME education and activities.”

Ahtna will be honored with this award during the SAME small business conference, held virtually from November 4th through 6th. To read the full press release, click the link below.