USPA Committees

USPA Committees are voluntary groups of permafrost engineers and scientists that help keep this organization running. Each committee works on a number of tasks related to their committee area, and their efforts have made many of the USPA's activities, resources and publications possible. If you're a USPA member and you're interested in joining a USPA committee, please contact the respective committee chair for more information.

Membership Committee

Jerry Brown (Chair)
Ben Jones
Emma Lathrop
Michael Lilly
Molly McGraw
James Rooney
Ming Xiao

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Julian Dann (Co-Chair), Shannon Dillard (Co-Chair)
Christian Andresen
Helena Bergstedt
Bob Bolton
Katie Braun
Jessica Ernakovich
Anna Wagner
Cathy Wilson

To contact this committee please reach out to Julian Dann ([email protected]).
You can also connect with us on our Slack workspace.

USPA-PYRN Educational Fund (UPEF) {PYRN = Permafrost Young Researchers Network}

Emma Lathrop (Chair)
Jennifer Watts
Anna Wagner
Melissa Ward Jones
Matthew Whitley

Permafrost Engineering Education Program (PEEP)

Ming Xiao (Chair) and President-Elect
Helena Bergstedt
Kevin Bjella
Heather Brooks
Michael Lilly
Torsten Mayrberger
Yuri Shur
Amy Steiner
Anna Wagner
Austen Whitney
John Zarling
Jason Zottola


Michael Lilly (Chair)
Yirlen Arias
Jerry Brown
Mary Ann Eitler
Leyton Fu
Elizabeth Kubacki
Kristina Levine
Sharon Tahirkheli
Ming Xiao (President-Elect)

Public Relations

Cathy Wilson
Julian Dann
Kevin Schaefer

Presidents' Council

Ed Yarmak (Chair)
Jerry Brown (Honorary Past President)
Doug Kane (2002, First USPA President)
Larry Hinzman (2003)
Bucky Tart (2004)
Vladimir Romanovsky (2005)
Fritz Nelson (2006)
Jon Zufelt (2007)
Ken Hinkel (2008)
Yuri Shur (2009)
James Rooney (2010)
Torre Jorgenson (2011)
Oliver Frauenfeld (2012)
Michael Lilly (2013)
Ed Yarmak (2014)
Thomas Krzewinski (2015)
Mark Waldrop (2016)
Tom Douglas (2017)
Anna Liljedahl (2018)
Dmitry (Dima) Streletskiy (2019)
John Zarling (2020)
Cathy Wilson (2021)
John Thornley (2022)