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Council Participants

Ronan P. Nagle- Ronan P. Nagle, Producer

Executive Producer/Creator of the popular “Storm Chasers” for Discovery (2006-2011) and the IMAX feature film “Tornado Alley”, the second highest grossing IMAX of all time, Nagle is currently working on "Ultimate Survival Alaska 3” a TV series on the National Geographic Channel. Having already successfully completed the first two seasons “Ultimate Survival Alaska”, “Ultimate Survival Alaska 2”, Nagle’s resume reveals his talent as well as his passion for adventure production. Other producer credits include “On the Road With Judas” a feature film that played in the competition selection at Sundance in 2007. Nagle received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California in Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California in Santa Barbara. Nagle has surveyed much of Alaska and is a wealth of knowledge about how to film in the far north.

Maya Salganek- Maya Salganek, Director of the University of Alaska Film Program and an Assistant Professor of Film/Video Arts

Maya Salganek is the Director of the University of Alaska Film Program and an Assistant Professor of Film/Video Arts. Maya has been active with the UAF theatre department since 2001 she teaches a variety of courses and won the Interior Alaska Mayors’ Award for Arts and Leadership in 2012. Her courses include, "Previsualization and Pre-Production for Film", "Let's Make a Movie", "Fundamentals of Film Directing", "Movies and Film", Advanced Film Directing", and "Cross-Cultural Filmmaking". Feature-Film production credits include co-Producer for Chronic Town (2008) featured at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Associate Producer for  Dear Lemon Lima (2009), Producer for Alaskaland (2011)  Director of Photography for The Messenger, and executive producer of Mining for Ruby (2013).  The publication "Field Techniques for Sea Ice Research" manual and multimedia DVD features the video work of Salganek and her students. A long time Alaskan resident Salganek has a deep understanding of the cultural and natural history that defines Alaska.

Dave Selle- Dave Selle, Cinematographer, Location Scout

Dave Selle a cinematographer and producer is known for the films “Sudden Death!” (2010), “The Bill Collector” (2010) and “Gerald“ (2010). He also worked in various capacities on multiple television series including “Alaska: Ice Cold Killers” (2014),“Ice Road Truckers” (2013) and “Descending into Darkness” (2009). Selle has also taught Cinematography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Being Alaska grown, Selle has a comprehensive understanding of the region.

Amy Geiger- Amy Geiger, Director of Communications, Advertising and Public Relations

Amy Geiger is the Director of Communications and leads the Advertising and Public Relations Department for Explore Fairbanks. Geiger has a passion for promoting Fairbanks and the region and truly appreciates our top of the world location. Geiger previous served as the Manager of Visitor Services for the University of Alaska Museum of the North (1994-2009), as the Director of Community Development for the Downtown Association of Fairbanks (2009-2011) and taught for the School of Applied Business at the Community and Technical college. Geiger has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in American Studies, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii in Manoa. Geiger is keen for arts and culture and spent many years traveling the world. Embracing the gamut of Alaskan experiences Geiger built and lived in a dry cabin for a decade and enjoys exploring the far north. 

Jerry Evans- Jerry Evans, Public Relations Manager

Jerry Evans is the Public Relations Manager for Explore Fairbanks. A 35-year veteran of Alaska broadcasting, Jerry received his 3rd Class Radio Operators License at age 16. He has worked in both radio and television throughout the state and was recently inducted into The Alaska Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame.  Jerry started his media career as a military photographic specialist in the United States Marine Corp.   Most recently he served as the Programming and Operations manager at KUAC-FM, the Public Radio Station for interior Alaska. Jerry has not only had an extensive career behind the scenes, but in front of the camera and microphone as well. In 1993 he was nominated for the National Association of Broadcasting’s prestigious Marconi Award for Radio Personality of the Year. Jerry also makes a living as a stand-up comedian, hosting and producing shows for over 15 years featuring some of today’s most well-known comedians.

A little known fact is that Jerry is not only “Fairbanks’ Official Ambassador of Leisure,” he’ also “North Pole’s Official Ambassador of Humor and Goodwill.” Though he doesn’t get Diplomatic Immunity…… And yes, he’s tried.