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Swanson resigns from RCAC post group says

Donna Schantz will be acting director until new executive hired


Mark Swanson

The group that oversees oil transportation issues in Prince William Sound is looking for a new executive director.

Mark Swanson, who has overseen Prince William Sound Regional Advisory Council since 2010, resigned from the position last week according to a press release from the group's administrative deputy director, Steve Rothchild.

"His resignation was unanimously accepted by the council board November 24 during a telephonic meeting," he said.

Valdez woman Donna Schantz, the organization's long-time director of programs, will serve as acting executive director. The press release said Schantz will serve until a new executive director is hired.

Board president Amanda Bauer thanked Swanson for his service and wished him well in the future.

Swanson had been the council's executive director since April 2010, and was commander of the Coast Guard's Valdez Marine Safety Office from 2002 until he retired from the agency in 2005.

"Fortunately, after a number of careers and a lifetime of work, I have reached a point where I have the opportunity to stop working" Swanson said via email. "I look forward to enjoying the spectacular place I've brought my family to, and that we call home."

Her biography on the groups website says she was born and raised in New York and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island with a B.A. in fine arts.

"Donna was living in New York City and working at an advertising agency when she visited Alaska for the first time in 1990 and decided to stay," the biography says. "She was working in the environmental permitting division for a proposed gold mining operation in Southeast Alaska immediately prior to joining the council. Donna and her family enjoy spending time in Prince William Sound and at the cabin they built in Jack Bay on a 20-acre parcel they won through the Alaska State Land Lottery."


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