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2020-2021 Board of Directors
PAST PRESIDENT - JILL MCLEOD
Jill is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and has more than 20 years of U.S. and international legal experience, including extensive work in oil and gas, mining, telecommunications, transportation, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, environmental, employment and real estate law.
Jill was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and holds a law degree from the University of Natal, Durban. After living in South Africa and practicing maritime law for nearly 10 years, Jill returned Anchorage with her husband and son in 2000.
In her free time, is also an avid triathlete and runner, and enjoys all Alaskan activities.
SECRETARY - ASHLEE ADOKO
Ashlee is the Associate Director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting (OPMP) within the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Ashlee oversees OPMP’s oil and gas interagency coordination program and leads and coordinates review and authorization of OPMP-coordinated oil and gas and mining projects and engagement and response on federal actions and rulemaking. Prior to joining OPMP, Ashlee held positions in DNR, drafting position papers and analyses on proposed legislation and regulations, and leading land acquisitions.
Ashlee has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics at the University of Alaska in Anchorage (UAA), and has held positions at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., General Communication Inc. (GCI), Nana Construction, Richmond & Quinn P.C., and a California County Counsel. Ashlee graduated from California Western School of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), passed the Alaska and California bar exams, and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy.
Outside of work, Ashlee enjoys spending time in beautiful Alaska with her husband, daughters, friends, and coffee.
PRESIDENT -MICHAEL SCHOETZ, CPL
Michael is a Senior Landman with Hilcorp Alaska, LLC. Michael joined Hilcorp as a Landman in 2013, overseeing its operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In 2017 he transferred from Houston, Texas to Anchorage, and currently manages Hilcorp’s offshore operations in the Cook Inlet and a portion of its North Slope assets. Prior to joining Hilcorp, Michael held Land positions with BG Group working the Marcellus and Utica Shales in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and HighMount Exploration and Production working the Antrim Shale in Michigan and Black Warrior Basin in Alabama.
Michael graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Energy Management. He has been a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen since 2007 and obtained his CPL certification in 2018.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys basking in the Alaskan outdoors with his wife and three children. He is a Galloneer Donor to the Blood Bank of Alaska and a member of Hilcorp's Polar Plunge Team.
NATIONAL DIRECTOR - JASON LYONS
Jason is a Staff Landman with ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. and is primarily responsible for Land matters related to Colville River Unit and Greater Mooses Tooth Unit. Jason has lived in Alaska since November 2016. Prior to moving to Alaska, Jason spent time in Houston, TX working the Permian Basin and Gulf of Mexico and in Farmington, NM working the San Juan Basin. He has been with ConocoPhillips for 10 years.
When not at work Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter fishing, camping, biking, running, and exploring all of the great things that Alaska has to offer.
NATIONAL DIRECTOR - RAMONA MONROE
Ramona is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP. She represents oil and gas and mining companies in matters involving title examination, leasing, transactions, financing, and compliance with state and local government requirements. She also represents renewable energy developers with real estate matters, including leasing and clearing title. Ramona has served as vice president, president, and past president of AAPL and is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen. She also serves as a trustee-at-large of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is on the board of the Alaska Miners Association. She has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Oil & Gas Law), 2018. Ramona earned her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Washington and her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.
Ramona enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, friends, and hanging out with her dog, Decker.
VICE PRESIDENT - ALLEN EDDY
Allen is a Natural Resource Specialist with the DNR Division of Oil and Gas in the Leasing Section, overseeing the Lease Administration and Best Interest Finding teams. A life-long Alaskan, he grew up in North Pole and moved to Anchorage in 2005. He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in History and from the University of Alaska Southeast with a Master of Public Administration.
He has been employed with the State of Alaska for 15 years, working in the Recorder’s Office, the Division of Mining, Land & Water managing the Statehood Entitlement team, and the Division of Oil and Gas with both the Lease Sales team and the Lease Administration and Best Interest Finding teams. He has been a member of the Alaska Association of Professional Landmen since 2009.
Away from work, Allen enjoys spending time with his wife and son, enjoying the outdoors with hikes and walking their two dogs Bristol and Juno, watching their son play soccer, and working on house projects.
TREASURER - KIM CUNNINGHAM
Kim Cunningham is currently the Vice President of Finance at NANA Regional Corporation (NANA). Kim joined NANA in 2012 and works directly with the Vice President of Resources to promote responsible resource exploration and development within the NANA Region. She enjoys the challenge of working in the natural resource industry because “there is always a unique set of circumstances associated with every opportunity.” Kim also supports NANA’s senior leadership and employees with financial management, oversees the accounting team and internal control systems, and provides financial oversight of the company’s natural resource income portfolio.
Kim moved to Alaska in 2001 when she transferred to Anchorage as an Audit Senior for KPMG, LLP, a global audit, tax, and advisory services firm. She traveled throughout Alaska and worked on a variety of industry and not-for-profit audit engagements.
In 2003, she joined the Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) accounting department and was responsible for the tax department and ANCSA 7(i) accounting and reporting. After a few years she was promoted to Director of the company’s land and natural resource department. As the Senior Director of Resources, she managed CIRI’s oil and gas portfolio as well as other land, ANCSA entitlement, and natural resource activities.
Kim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds undergraduate degrees in both accounting and finance as well as a Master of Science in Information Processing and Communication from Montana State University. She loves a wide variety of outdoor activities, especially those involving snow, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.