BLM-Alaska Welcomes New Key Staff
Ronald Dunton, Authorized Officer
Ron became the Authorized Officer for the BLM-Alaska Office of Pipeline Monitoring last February. Ron describes his new work as a "challenge in an interagency setup to work with partners in multiple jurisdictions. We learn to see the other agencies viewpoints."
Ron worked previously for the BLM as BLM-Alaska Gas Pipelines Project Manager, National Acting Director for the Office of Wildland Fire, New Mexico Deputy State Director for Lands and Resources, National Fire Program Manager at the Interagency Fire Center, and Area Manager/Assistant Manager, and Fire Supervisor/Manager in Alaska and New Mexico.
Artealia Gilliard, Chief of Communications
Artealia says "It’s an exciting time to join BLM-Alaska. The current fiscal climate challenges us to spend wisely and communicate concisely, but it also gives us the opportunity to innovate and broaden our use of new technology. I look forward to both the challenge and the opportunity!" Artealia has worked for the Internal Revenue Service, Centers for Disease Control, DeKalb County Solicitor-General, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Borax, and Non Commissioned Officers Association. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a candidate for a Master of Science degree in Communications Management at Syracuse University.
Steven Hartmann, Fairbanks District Manager
Steve says he is "excited about working with BLM employees and constituents in Alaska. I’m looking forward to the changes, opportunities, and challenges Alaska offers." Steve previously served the BLM as a Field Manager for the Idaho Salmon Field Office. He was also a BLM-Montana Assistant Field Manager in Butte and held range conservationist positions in Utah and Montana. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Antioch McGregor University. Steve will begin in Fairbanks at the end of May.