Commissioner Cora Campbell has filled two leadership positions for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Hazel Nelson was appointed director of the Division of Subsistence. Monica Wellard has been appointed executive director of the Board of Fisheries.
“I’m pleased that Hazel Nelson and Monica Wellard have joined the department’s leadership team. Both are highly respected professionals with excellent leadership skills and experience,” Campbell said in a release. “I look forward to their contributions to the department and the public.”
Nelson come with many years of experience with state and federal resource regulatory processes, local governments and economic development bodies. She has worked with the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Lake and Peninsula Borough, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, U.S.-Russia Inter-Governmental Consultative Committee and the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference. She will be stationed in the Anchorage office.
Wellard has 18 years of service with ADF&G, during which she has held several positions of responsibility and authority. Prior to this appointment, she served 5 years as assistant director with the Division of Sport Fish. He was previously the administrative operations manager position with the Division of Commercial Fisheries. She will be stationed in the Juneau headquarters office.
Nelson takes over the lead position in the Division of Subsistence from Jim Simon, Subsistence Program Manager, who has been serving as acting director for the last few months. Wellard replaces Jim Marcotte, who is retiring next week after 28 years with the department.