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    Paul Melovidov, St. Paul Island

    Paul Melovidov, St. Paul Island Sentinel


    Paul Melovidov joined the St. Paul ECO as a Sentinel in 2008. Before joining ECO, he managed and operated the Tanadgusix Corporation wind turbines on St. Paul Island for 10 years. He is a long time subsistence hunter on St. Paul Island with a deep appreciation of the natural environment of the Bering Sea. Paul is an avid photographer with a keen eye for capturing wildlife and landscapes throughout the islands.

    907-546-3226 (Voice)





    Aaron Lestenkof, St. Paul Island

    Aaron Lestenkof, St. Paul Island Sentinel

    Aaron Lestenkof, St. Paul Island Sentinel

    Aaron was raised on St. Paul Island and has worked various jobs from disentangling northern fur seals as a youth summer hire for ECO to heavy equipment operator to fiber optic technician. He has spent the last 9 years as a halibut fisherman in the Bering Sea. He became a Sentinel for Tribal ECO in February 2015. Aaron enjoys hunting, fishing, working outdoors and observing our wildlife we have on beautiful St. Paul Island.

    907-546-3241 (Voice)






    Pamela Lestenkof, St. Paul Island

    Pamela Lestenkof, ACSPI ECO Co-Director

    Pamela Lestenkof, ACSPI ECO Co-Director


    Pamela Lestenkof was born and raised on St. Paul Island and began her career as a biologist working with the Pribilof Islands Stewardship Program in 2000 where she assisted researchers from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory with northern fur seal pup population studies. In 2002 Pamela received a Bachelor of Science Degree in fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was a Master of Science Candidate in Zoology from 2004-2008 at the University of British Columbia where she conducted research using satellite telemetry to study the at-sea foraging behavior of northern fur seal females. Pamela currently serves as Co-Director of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government Ecosystem Conservation Office. She is based on St. Paul Island where she is responsible for managing ECO’s Subsistence Resources and Environmental Management/Services Divisions and associated programs and projects.

    907-546-3238 (Voice)




    Lauren Divine, St. Paul Island

    Lauren Divine, ACSPI ECO Co-Director

    Lauren Divine, ACSPI ECO Co-Director

    As ECO Co-Director, Dr. Divine is responsible for managing ECO’s Ecological Sustainability and Fishery Resources Divisions and associated programs and projects. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M University in 2007 in Wildlife and Fisheries and received a Master of Science Degree in Biology working on corals from Georgia Southern University in 2011. She received a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016 and spends time in both St. Paul and Anchorage. Lauren enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking St. Paul’s peaks.

    907-257-2636 (Voice)



    Phillip A. Zavadil, St. Paul Island

    Phillip A. Zavadil, Former Director of Operations for the Tribal Government, and Director for the Department of Community Safety and Peace. Currently  City Manager for St. Paul.

    Phillip A. Zavadil was born and raised in Southern California. He has been living on St. Paul Island since 1998. Phil graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Economics. He also attended Irvine Valley Community College in California and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. Phil has continued his education in an informal institutional setting within the community of St. Paul Island where he has learned more about the land, sea, sky, life, and culture in this island and surrounding system through observation and active participation in a traditional way of life.

    Phil was the co-director for the Ecosystem Conservation Office for 10 years. As an ECO Co-Director, Phil — along with his wife, Aquilina Lestenkof – administered environmental and natural resource programs and projects ranging from waste management to wildlife research and subsistence harvest monitoring. Phil currently serves as the City Manager for St. Paul.

    His interests and hobbies include cooking, hiking, hunting, home repair, kayaking, and running.

    907-546-3113 (Voice)




    Cosette Nielsen, King Cove



    Cosette Nielsen, Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove Sentinel Coordinator

    Cosette Nielsen was born and raised in Sand Point, Alaska and lived there until she graduated from Sand Point School in 1999. She is of Aleut descent and belongs to the Pauloff Harbor Tribe which was once located on Sanak Island but is now located in Sand Point, Alaska. She spent most of her adult life working and living in Oregon. Cosette moved to King Cove, Alaska with her daughter, Emma, and they both enjoy being here. Cosette is a certified volunteer EMT for the King Cove community. Cosette has been employed as a Sentinel Assistant since 2016 and has recently taken over the Sentinel Coordinator position.

    907-497-2648 (Voice)




    Melissa Good, UnalaskaMGood_BW page

    Melissa Good was born and raised in Ninilchik, AK where she spent 14 seasons commercial fishing with her family in the Cook Inlet. She received her B.S. (Honors) in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2008 and earned an M.S. in Marine Biology from UAF in 2010. Melissa has nearly four years managing the shellfish fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and has conducted marine and estuary research via SCUBA for seven years. She is currently the Marine Advisory Program agent for Alaska Sea Grant in Unalaska, AK.

    Her interests are diving, kayaking, subsistence harvesting and fishing, skiing.

    907-581-1876 (Voice)

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