AGI Executive Committee

Scott W. Tinker, President
Jean M. Bahr, President Elect
Charlene Sundermann, Treasurer
William J. Siok, Secretary
Katharine Lee Avary, Member at Large
Paul M. Bertsch, Member at Large
Diane R. Smith, Member at Large
Eric M. Riggs, Past President

Richard M. Powers, AGI Foundation Chair

P. Patrick Leahy, Executive Director
American Geosciences Institute
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AGI's Past Leadership


Scott W. Tinker, President
Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Scott Tinker was the 2013 AGI Awardee for Outstanding Contributions to the Understanding for Geoscience, namely for his work on the documentary Switch, co-produced with Harry Lynch as part of the Switch Energy Project. Tinker is actively engaged in building bridges between academia, industry, and government. In 2000, after 17 years in the oil and gas industry, Tinker joined the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences. He has given more than 500 invited and keynote lectures and visited nearly 50 countries. Dr. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas, and a past President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of American State Geologists.

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Jean M. Bahr, President Elect
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jean M. Bahr is currently a professor at University of Wisconsin at Madison, and holds degrees from Stanford and Yale. She is a fellow and was the President of GSA from 2009-2010. She currently is an editor of the AGU journal Water Resources Research. In 2012 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Under her leadership at GSA, position statements were finalized on Climate Change, Public Investment in Earth Science Research, Role of Government in Mineral and Energy Resources Research, Expanding and Improving Geoscience in Higher Education, the Importance of Teaching Earth Science and Diversity in the Geoscience Community. She also played a key role in strengthening the relationship between GSA and the GSA Foundation.

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Charlene Sundermann, Treasurer
Freshwater Society
Charlene Sundermann was lauded for her basic skills in non-profit financial management that she honed while serving as the President for the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) from 2009-2010 and then as President of AWG Foundation from 2011 to 2013. While at AWG, she is credited with establishing awareness of specific financial controls required for a fiducially stable organization. She also increased partnerships with other geoscience organizations such as the GSA Women in Geology Mentoring Program.Following several years working in the private and government sectors, she received a graduate degree in science and environmental public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and currently pursueing a law degree from the University of St. Thomas. She continues contributing to the geoscience community through service to organizations like AWG and AGI.

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William J. Siok, Secretary
Mahawie Consultants LLC
Mr. William Siok recently retired as the Executive Director of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, a position he held since 1999. His role as Executive Director had him organizing, running and maintaining records of Executive Committee and Advisory Board meetings. Prior to being the executive director he was in hydrogeology, environmental engineering and waste management for over 40 years. Siok then pursued non-profit management which included fiduciary, personnel, technical, training, and regulatory responsibilities for the geosciences and the profession.

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Katharine Lee Avary, Member at Large
Katharine Lee Avary has spent her distinguished career working in the Appalachian basin, and has worked closely with AAPG. In 2011 she was the first woman to receive the John T. Galey Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Eastern Section AAPG. Avary is affiliated with AAPG, GSA, the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), Society of Petroleum Engineers, National Speleological Society, the Appalachian Geological Society, the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Pittsburgh Geological Society. She has also volunteered numerous hours to education and outreach, and mentoring and encouraging students to consider a career in the geosciences.

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Paul M. Bertsch, Member at Large
CISRO
Dr. Paul Bertsch has experience with many AGI Member Organizations including the Clay Minerals Society, a Past-President of the Soil Science Society of America, the Geochemical Society, and the American Geophysical Union. He also has volunteered directly with the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.  He is a noted scholar in soil and environmental chemistry, but is the Director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at the University of Kentucky.

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Diane R. Smith, Member at Large
Trinity University
Diane R. Smith, currently the Associate Vice-President at Trinity University, has led a career filled with service to geoscience organizations. She has been active in many organizations including GSA as well as the Council on Undergraduate Research. She has served on many committees helping organize meetings, scholarships, awards and research in addition to maintaining her own research program in Igneous Petrology and Volcanology at Trinity University. Her peers recognize her for her stalwart service to the geoscience community, and noted that she will carry this level of enthusiasm and commitment to AGI.

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Eric M. Riggs, Past President
College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University
Eric Riggs has a career dedicated to geoscience education, both in research and through a multi-year leadership role at the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. He advocated increased AGI–NAGT involvement and the 2010 joint publication of Living with Earth. He is also a member of, or has also contributed to American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Geological Society of America (GSA), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and International Geoscience Education Organization and the International Geological Conference. He has held tenured faculty appointments at San Diego State University and Purdue University. Currently he serves as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Graduate Student Recruitment and Development in the Texas A&M University College of Geosciences, and is appointed as a Research Associate Professor of Geoscience Education in the Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Read: Why I Became a Geoscientist by Dr. Eric Riggs

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