Managing Board Biographies

Senator Peter Micciche


Senator Micciche has lived around and been on the waters of Cook Inlet since 1982. He has served in many capacities around the water, including managing the ConocoPhillips Kenai LNG Waterfront Facility in Nikiski, being a Commercial Drift fisherman in Cook Inlet for the past 25 years, and currently serving on the Alaska Sea Life Center Board of Directors. Peter has served on the Area Maritime Security Committee for the USCG, as well as the Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection. He graduated with a BA from Alaska Pacific University with a focus on business. Peter served as the Mayor of Soldotna, Alaska from 2008 until 2013, and was elected to serve is the Alaska State Senate representing District O on the Kenai Peninsula in 2013. Peter holds several key positions in the Legislature, including Chair of Senate Transportation, Vice-Chair of Senate Finance and Co-Chair of Senate Energy. Peter is married to Erin Micciche and they have four daughters ranging in ages from 20 years to 15 months. Senator Micciche and his family enjoy the sustenance and bounty of the natural resources of Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay where they often recreate in the summer months.

Captain Ron Ward

Vice President

Captain Ward is four term past president of Southwest Alaska Pilots Association a current director of the SWAPA Board and has served on the Anchorage Port Commission.

SWAPA member pilots are examined, licensed and overseen by both the USCG and the State of Alaska Board of Marine Pilots. Alaska state pilots are required by law to “safely navigate vessels under the pilot’s direction and control and to protect life, property and the marine environment” SWAPA members take this charge very seriously and are justifiably proud of their fine safety record and of the time honored traditions of professional pilotage.

Captain Ward graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1980 and began his seagoing career on US flag tankers trans-shipping Alaskan North-slope crude oil through the Panama Canal to US gulf and east coast ports. Working his way up through the ranks to Unlimited Master he sailed into PWS for the first time in 1990 and became smitten with Alaska.

Ron and his wife Lori moved to Homer on Kachemak Bay in 1993 when he began the SWAPA training program. Completing his training in 1997 Ron retired after 17 years deep sea and became a SWAPA pilot. Graced with two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandkids, Ron and Lori split their time between Anchorage in the winter and Homer in the summer. 

Mike Munger


Michael Munger has been the Executive Director of Cook Inlet RCAC since 2003 after serving 2 years as CIRCAC’s Director of Operations. Mike brings over 39 years of experience working with the oil industry in Alaska both in Cook Inlet and the North Slope. Prior to Cook Inlet RCAC, he was with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation during which time he served as an Environmental Specialist responsible for regulatory oversight of all Cook Inlet exploration, production, and refining facilities.

Stephen Ribuffo

Chairman, Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee

Steve Ribuffo is the Director of the Port of Alaska. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business operations of the Port; and interacting as needed with tenants, the U.S. Coast Guard, the military and any new business prospects interested in operating out of the Port. He has been at the Port since August 2007, when he came aboard as Deputy Port Director.

Steve retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel, having served 30 years on active duty. Steve is a native New Yorker. He graduated from Manhattan College with a BS degree in Marketing. He also has an MBA from Golden Gate University, a MS degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and is a Certified Port Executive.

During his military service in Alaska, he was Director for Logistics at Headquarters Alaskan Command, Elmendorf Air Force Base. There he was heavily involved in numerous transportation initiatives with the United States Army Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage, the Port of Anchorage, the Alaska Railroad, and the Mat-Su Borough.

Steve is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska. He serves on the University of Alaska – Anchorage’s Global Supply Chain Management curriculum advisory committee, and is Chairman of Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee. 

Captain Mark Nielsen


Captain Nielsen is responsible for the day to day marine operations, marine assurance, and marine loss control for Andeavor. He is married with 3 children and 1 grandchild.

Captain Nielsen is a 1983 graduate of the SUNY Maritime College in Throgs Neck NY. He sailed as a deck officer in all ranks with Maritime Overseas Corporation and OSG Ship Management, Inc. on oil tankers and spent the final ten years of his 24-year career at sea as Master on product tankers before coming ashore with Tesoro/Andeavor in 2011. Prior to his sea going career, Captain Nielsen worked in the aerospace industry for just over 3 years.

In August 2011, Captain Nielsen joined Tesoro as Maine Superintendent in Long Beach, CA. Captain Nielsen has previously served on the LA/LB Harbor Safety Committee as Marine Oil Terminals Chair as well as Tank Vessel Operator Chair prior to becoming Director of Marine Operations for Andeavor and moving to San Antonio, TX.

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