Task Force Executive Members

Larry Hartig Commissioner, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Larry Hartig
Alaska Department
of Environmental Conservation

Commissioner Larry Hartig of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation represents the Department on the Oil Spill Task Force. Hartig is an attorney with more than 20 years experience in environmental law, regulations, permits and land use issues. Prior to his appointment in 2007 by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, he was in private practice as an attorney with the Anchorage law firm of Hartig Rhodes Hoge & Lekisch, PC. Joining the firm in 1983, Mr. Hartig worked primarily on environmental, natural resources, and commercial matters.

Phone:(907) 465-5065
Fax: (907) 465-5070

Mailing Address:
Department of
Environmental Conservation
410 Willoughby Ave.
Juneau, AK 99811-1800

PO Box 111800
Juneau, AK 99811-1800

Wes Shoemaker Deputy Minister, British Columbia

Wes Shoemaker
Deputy Minister,
British Columbia

Wes Shoemaker was appointed Deputy Minister for Environment on October 2, 2012. Previously, he held the role of Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Lands, and Deputy Minister for Public Safety and Solicitor General where he led the government’s emergency management, road safety, and consumer protection programs on behalf of the Province of BC. He began his career with the BC Public Service on December 4, 2006 as the Associate Deputy Minister for Emergency Management BC (EMBC) which administers the integrated strategic planning, mitigation, response and recovery activities for the Province.

Prior to joining the BC Public Service, Wes was the City of Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Chief since 1998 where he led a major service integration of the former fire and ambulance departments. During his 25 years in emergency services, Shoemaker was a firefighter/emergency medical technician, fire investigator, emergency medical and fire dispatcher, Deputy Fire Chief in both Edmonton and St. Albert and Fire Chief and Regional Fire Coordinator in the City of Hamilton.

Shoemaker is a Harvard fellow, has an MBA, and has participated on many community and professional boards and associations.

Phone: (250) 387-5429
Fax: (250) 387-6003

Mailing Address:
BC Ministry of Environment
P. O. Box 9339, Stn. Prov. Govt
Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 9M1

Thomas M. Cullen Jr. Administrator Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR) California Department of Fish & Game

Thomas Cullen, Jr.
Office of Spill Prevention &
Response (OSPR)
California Department
of Fish & Wildlife

Thomas M. Cullen Jr. was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Administrator of the California Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR) in June 2012. He also serves as one of two Chief Deputy Directors of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Mr. Cullen directs a team of scientists, environmental specialists, game wardens, and support personnel in protecting and preserving 3,427 miles of shoreline and 7,734 square miles of State waters from oil and other deleterious substances as well as invasive, non-indigenous marine species.

Phone: (916)445-9326
Cell: (916)599-6988
Fax: (916)324-9786

Mailing Address:
Department of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

1700 K Street, Ste. 250
Sacramento, CA 95811


Keith Kawaoka
Deputy Director for
Environmental Health
Hawaii Department of Health 

Keith Kawaoka, D.Env., who has been with the Hawaii Department of Health for more than 15 years, has been appointed Deputy Director of Environmental Health. Gov. David Ige confirmed his appointment in April, 2015.

Dr. Kawaoka has extensive environmental health expertise. He brings to the position more than 35 years of experience in the environmental protection field from both the public sector and private industry. Most recently, he has been the program manager with the Department of Health’s Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Office. In that role, Kawaoka was instrumental in evaluating risks of hazardous materials to protect the health of the people of Hawaii and our fragile environment.

He will direct the Department’s Environmental Health Administration, which includes the Environmental Management Division, Environmental Health Services Division, and State Laboratories Division, and the HEER Office.

Prior to joining the Hawaii Department of Health, he held various senior level positions in both national and local environmental consulting firms.

Kawaoka holds a master’s degree in public and environmental health and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering, both from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Phone: (808) 586-4249
Fax: (808) 586-4368

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Health
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801-3378


Manager, Cleanup and Emergency Response Program

Bruce Gilles
Cleanup and Emergency
Response Program

Bruce Gilles, is the Emergency Response and Environmental Cleanup Manager for the Department of Environmental Quality within the Department’s Headquarters Operations Division. Bruce has managed emergency response and environmental cleanup for the past eleven years. Bruce serves as a member of the Region 10 Regional Response Team for oil and hazardous material planning, preparedness and response and DEQ’s liaison to the Oregon Emergency Response Council that the State’s disaster recovery planning, preparedness, response, recovery, and restoration.

Phone: (503) 229-5300
Fax: (503) 229-6762

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Environmental Quality
811 SW Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR 97204-1390

Dale Jensen Program Manager, Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response Program

Dale Jensen
Program Manager,
Washington Department of
Ecology Spill Prevention,
Preparedness & Response Program

Program Manager Dale Jensen, Department of Ecology Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response Program, represents the Department of Ecology on the Oil Spill Task Force. Previous to joining the Spills Program, Dale served as manager in the Department of Ecology’s Air Quality and Toxics Cleanup programs. Prior to state service, Dale was a small business owner/operator in retail, agriculture, and environmental consulting.

Phone: (360) 407-7450
Cell: (360) 790-8143
Fax: (360) 407-7288

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Ecology
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

300 Desmond Dr.
Lacey, WA 98503