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With over 95 individuals at the happy hour, we have a lot to share, and these updates won't cover everyone, but log onto the site and click on Who's Doing What to read more!

Upon arriving at the happy hour, Roger and Lorna Herrera were greeted by Pam Pope. Pam used to work for Roger in exploration and brought along a photo album from Roger's retirement party. Susie Holly is traveling, working at the school district and enjoying life!

David LaChance retired from BP after working in Kuwait, post-Alaska. "We've stayed in Alaska though have moved houses," posted David. 

Esther Fueg shared that she expected to live in Alaska for three years, and they have enjoyed their time so much they stayed. "We have lived here for 27 years; after BP, I thought I was semi retired, but I am enjoying retirement too much to work," said Esther. 
My career kept returning me to Alaska, and I retired there in 1999  - Harold Heinze

Harold Heinze joined Atlantic Richfield in 1965, and arrived in Alaska in 1969 when TAPS was put on hold for environmental review. "I left Alaska because the pipeline was put on hold, " said Harold. "Then I was among the first to move back when we were given the green light. When Harold retired from ARCO in 1999, he remained in Anchorage.

Also from ARCO was Gina Luckey who worked in external affairs 'spending the company's money' and enjoying a variety of responsibilities includign giving tours of the North Slope. Gina transitioned to ConocoPhillips Alaska, and retired in 2015. "I continue to live in Anchorage with my husband Ken. We're both enjoying retirement by spending time with family and friends, traveling, golf and gardening, to name a few." Patricia Lobel shared that she and Jed Chamberlain will vacation in Greece, celebrating Jed's retirement from COP Alaska. The couple enjoy a variety of activities including disc golf with David and Veronica Reem.

David had a good chuckle teasing Abhijeet Tambe about his sandals at the happy hour.

Mark shares that he is attempting to get started on this "retirement" thing after a 42-year working career. He caught up with a number of colleagues including Olga Fedorova who is working contract for Hilcorp, raising her son, finding time to exercise, even if it means a quick run up the hillside and back down, and agreeing to lead the Energy Alumni Club! John Hentges retired from COP Alaska and soon found himself employed with a Europen firm working in the carbon capture space. "Summers in Alaska are not to be wasted, and I let the company know I will be back in the fall," said John. With both of their children living in Anchorage, John and Christina are one of many alums staying in Anchorage.

After a 42 year career, I am attempting to get started on this 'retirement' thing  - Mark Pachak

Melissa and Brad Simpson are happy to be back in Anchorage with their two sons and their own activities keeping them busy. Melissa was with BP, working environmental and crisis management and Brad is with Hilcorp. Melissa shares that she worked for BP for 17 years between three different Business units; Alaska, Trinidad and Tobago, and Gulf of Mexico. "I now volunteer at my son's school, church, Catholic Social Services and I will start working at Providence Hospital as a volunteer in October. I am looking forward to reconnecting with former colleagues and make some new ones along the way."

I am looking forward to reconnecting with former colleagues and make some new ones 
- Melissa Simpson

We were sorry to miss a number of colleagues including Russ Doig and Linda Petrie who are traveling across Canada, Ken Elmore who was recovering from surgery, Janet and Troy Weiss who were river rafting, John Kurz who was on the Kenai, and Katria Kangas whose daugher was competing against the worlds top youth in a Spartan world champion race in Atlantis in the Bahamas. Katria was with BP Alaska from 2010 to 2018.


She is a Contracts Manager for developments and engineering for greenfield with Santos, and is also on the Board of Food Bank of Alaska. Katria's daughter, Zaylee Mullinax, won the World Spartan Youth Championship last year in Florida. 

New Members

We also welcome our newest members, including Cindy Bailey, Santos External Affairs; Brian Noel, Scharine Kirchoff, who is a fourth generation artist following her retirement; Joanne Jordan who shares she is spending her retirement between Wrangell St Elias Park, Maui, and Idaho; Renée Salvucci, Kitty Kincaid who is working an aviation contract as a Program Analyst, which she shares involves lots of Data Analysis and Scheduling in P6; Terri Norene, Conoco Phillips Alaska HR; and Karen Thomas.

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