Mindy Lawn Caudle
Mindy is the daughter of AFER's secretary, Dan Lawn. She grew up in Valdez and left when she graduated High School in 1988.
She returned to Valdez with her two children in December of 2000. She is currently enrolled at Prince William Sound Community College, earning her
Associates Degree in Office Management and Technology. Mindy has been doing computer graphics and web design for 5 years now. Her area of expertise lies in Computer graphics and printable media.
She has done extensive work in this field in Southern Oregon and Northern California and will be returning to that area after college.
Billie Pirner Garde, JD
Alaska Forum Legal Counsel
Billie assists the Alaska Forum, pro bono, in its advocacy work on behalf of pipeline workers and improving the quality control crisis on the pipeline. A former whistleblower herself, Billie is now one of the leading whistleblower attorneys in the nation.
For the last fifteen years, Billie has been actively involved in developing whistleblower case law and establishing credible employee concerns programs in the nuclear industry. For example, she was instrumental in challenging the NRC license of Commanche Peak power plant in Texas, relying primarily on employee allegations of poor quality control. Billie sits in the whistleblower seat on the Hanford Joint Council, a unique industry-federal agency-affected public effort to resolve employee concerns at the US Department of Energy's Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State.
Billie currently represents several pipeline whistleblowers in on-going Department of Labor proceedings, played an active role in numerous previous cases that have been resolved, and is providing professional training to Alyeska and contract managers. Billie was also part of the litigation team which won the lawsuit against Wackenhut Security Corporation and Alyeska for spying on Stan, Riki, Dan, and others. Billie is a former Government Accountability Project staff attorney and now practices from Washington, DC.
Dr. Jonathan Wills
Jonathan Wills (52) is a writer and freelance environmental consultant who has specialized in the oil
industry for over 25 years. He is the author of "A Place In The Sun" - a study of the development of
the oil terminal at Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands of Scotland - and "Innocent Passage" - a
detailed account of the loss of the tanker “Braer” in 1973. A frequent speaker at conferences on oil
and the environment, he has also written and broadcast extensively about oil in Alaska. In his 1990
British TV documentary, "Slick Operators", he revealed that the “Exxon Valdez” disaster could not have
happened if the oil companies had implemented in Alaska the tanker surveillance scheme they had helped
to set up in Shetland 10 years earlier. Dr Wills also operates a wildlife tourism business at Shetland
's seabird and seal colonies during the summer months and is an honorary warden of the Noss Island
National Nature Reserve. He holds MA Honors and PhD degrees in Geography from the University of
Edinburgh. He is a member of the Shetland Marine Safety Sub-committee for the UK Department of
Transport and has a UK Boatmaster's License. He is chairman of the Shetland Labour Party.
His web site can be found at: