About Us - Director's Office

The Director's Office provides strategic planning for the Division's programs to ensure that DGGS is meeting the needs of the public under the guidelines of AS 41.08.020, manages the Division's fiscal affairs, and provides personnel and clerical services. The Director acts as a liaison between the Division and local, state, federal, and private agencies; seeks out and encourages cooperative geologic programs of value to the state; and advises the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources about geologic issues.

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Masterman, Steve S. - State Geologist/Director, (907)451-5007

Steve provides strategic planning for the Division's programs to ensure DGGS meets the needs of the public as defined by Alaska statute. He manages the Division's fiscal affairs, acting as a liaison between the division and local, state, federal, and private agencies; seeking out and encouraging cooperative geologic programs of value to the state; and advising the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources about geologic issues.

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Papp, Kenneth R. - Division Operations Manager, (907)451-5001

Ken Papp earned his B.S. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati, and his M.S. in Volcanology and Remote Sensing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has worked for the State for 10 years as a geologist with DGGS in Fairbanks, a project manager at the Alaska Energy Authority and, from 2009-2015, the Curator of the Geologic Materials Center. Ken enjoys outdoor adventures with his wife, Kristin, and changing the diapers on his infant son, Nolan.

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Showalter, Shelly L. - Administrative Officer, (907)451-5002

Responsible for budget development, accounting, and financial management for the division. Coordinates, performs, and supervises all aspects of the administrative functions for the division, including personnel, procurement, travel, inventory, policy and procedure development.

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Woolery, April M. - Administrative Assistant, (907)451-5015

Personnel, accounts payable, purchasing, and administrative support for the Geologic Mapping Advisory Board and Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission