Alaska Marine Safety

Education Association









PHONE: 907-747-3287
FAX: 907-747-3259
MAIL: AMSEA 2924 Halibut Point Road Sitka, Alaska 99835

Jerry Dzugan

Jerry Dzugan
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Executive Director

Jerry develops marine and boating safety curricula, manages grants, advocates for marine and boating safety, trains commercial fishermen, and is involved with marine safety instructor training. He oversees the commercial fishing safety program.

Jerry has worked in the commercial fishing industry and lived on a small island for many years. He also messes around in many types of small boats.

Becky MartelloBecky Martello
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Development Director

As Development Director Becky works to build new, and strengthen existing, partnerships with other organizations involved in marine industries to increase the availability of marine safety education and training. She also assists in managing grants and is responsible for seeking out and securing new funding for injury prevention in the marine environment through safety training and education.

Becky has recently taken over marketing for AMSEA including managing membership, national advertising design and placement, newsletter design and distribution and developing other in-house publications like our Annual Report and informational brochures.

Becky grew up boating and setnetting in Naknek, AK. When not working, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and spending time outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking and trail running.

Jeff Pearson
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Office & Promotion Manager / Computer Technician

Jeff promotes AMSEA courses, keeps the IT infrastructure tuned up, maintains the AMSEA store, and ensures that staff have the supplies they need. He comes to AMSEA from the seafood processing industry where he has over twenty-five years experience in production and management. Away from work, Jeff enjoys boating, hiking, travel, and time with his family.

Amy Blair

Amy Blair
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Finance Manager

Amy handles finance-related tasks, data management and other administrative tasks.

When Amy spends time on the water it is in her skiff or kayak. She also enjoys hiking and gardening.

Mary Chambers

Mary Chambers
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Course Coordinator

Mary organizes much of AMSEA's training in Alaska and beyond. She finds instructors, arranges for classroom and pool use, negotiates contracts, handles paperwork, and much, much more.

Mary has more boats than anybody else at AMSEA, uses them to commute back and forth from her island house, and plays on the water whenever she can.

Rick Petersen

Rick Petersen
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Training Coordinator

When Rick isn't on the road teaching commercial fisherman, marine safety instructors or school children, he's in the Sitka office working with Mary to organize new courses. He also assists with gear.

Rick has fished commercially, owned a sailboat and skiffs, but finds his marine passion in kayaking. He is a board member of the Greater Sitka Arts Council, and he raises a son and a daughter in Sitka.

Hope MerrittHope Merritt
Gear Manager
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Hope began her career at AMSEA with a temporary stint during the Spring of 2011 filling in for a permanent staff member who was on leave. In September of 2011 we were pleased to welcome her aboard as the permanant Gear Manager.


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Mike Morris
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Marine Safety Trainer

Mike is on staff part-time primarily to provide AMSEA training to young people and schoolteachers in Southeast Alaska.

Mike is a retired public school teacher, an avid outdoor enthusiast, a member of the USCG Auxilary, and a Boy Scout leader.