Colonel Melvin E. Maxwell Jr.
Air Force Co-Chair
Col Maxwell is currently the Commander, 60th Mission Support Group, Travis AFB California. He directs over 1,900 personnel in six squadrons responsible for civil engineer, communications, contracting, logistics readiness, personnel, security, and services, supporting a base community of 135,000 personnel. He controls an annual budget of over 100 million dollars and resources exceeding five billion dollars.
Col Maxwell received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1997. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Executive Officer to the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency Logistics Operations Directorate.
Remedial Project Manager U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region IX
Nadia has been a member of the Travis AFB Restoration Advisory Board since 2010. She is a remedial project manager for the EPA who provides federal oversight of the Travis AFB Environmental Restoration Program. Nadia graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelors degree in Environmental Science and from the University of Arizona with a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering, specializing in biotic and abiotic technologies for treating solvent-contaminated groundwater. She began her career with EPA in September 1997 as a Superfund remedial project manager for three private sites in Arizona.
Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Kimiye has been a member of the Travis AFB Restoration Advisory Board since January 2020. She is a remedial project manager for the DTSC who provides State of California oversight of the Travis AFB Environmental Restoration Program. She earned an Associate of Science degree from the City College of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis in Davis, California.
Her early interest in environmental work started when she worked as a lab technician for Stauffer Chemicals, performing bench-scale tests to find ways to clean up a number of pesticide waste streams at their research and development facility in Richmond, California. Later, as a student at UC Davis, she studied emissions from tertiary recovery ponds under an Air Resources Board grant at a Chevron facility in Bakersfield, California.
Prior to her work at Travis AFB, Kimiye worked as a consultant for over 30 years where she went from a staff level engineer to task leader/project manager for cleanup projects, where she was fortunate to get hands-on experience in the investigation, remediation, and closeout of groundwater and soil remediation projects for clients such as the Air Force and State of California.
Kimiye resides in Fair Oaks where she lives with her husband. She enjoys learning and participating in a few of the Japanese arts (e.g., iaido (sword work) and dance), good martial arts and action flicks (e.g., Iron Man), and learning about the workings of the body and brain together.
San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
Adriana is an RWQCB engineering geologist who has been a member of the Travis AFB Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) since October 2012. She brings to our RAB team extensive leadership skills and over 30 years of experience in government agencies on two continents and in the private sector in California. For the last 17 years, she worked at the RWQCB in the Department of Defense (DOD) and Site Cleanup programs. In the DOD section, she led collaborative efforts in major cleanup projects at Moffett Field, Lennar Mare Island, the former Oakland Army Base, Alameda Point, the Military Ocean Terminal at Concord, and Point Molate at Richmond. In Bucharest, Romania, she earned a Masters degree from the University of Bucharest and worked on several research projects at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics. She also completed certificate programs in Hazardous Material Management and Site Assessment and Remediation from the University of California, Berkeley.
Adriana is a world traveler who has visited four continents and over 50 countries. Her significant collection of travel photographs support her desire to understand the natural world and human creativity.
City of Fairfield Communications Manager
Gale became a member of the Travis AFB Restoration Advisory Board in 2016 after serving two years as a Travis AFB Honorary Commander in the Logistics Readiness Squadron. Gale is the communications manager for the City of Fairfield, and has been with the City since 2005. Her interest in RAB stems from working in the fuel and oil industry assisting stations with tank removals, clean up, evaluation, and rebuilding with new technology.
Gale is the vice-president of Solano Land Trust, and volunteers for the Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation and the Annual Wreath Project at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix, a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University, and is a fellow of the Sierra Health Foundation Leadership Program/USC Marshall School of Business. She is an avid baseball fan, enjoys traveling, and collecting wines.
Travis AFB Honorary Commander
Pat Shamansky joined the Travis RAB in 2018. Before assuming the leadership role of Travis AFB Honorary Commander in 2017, she was a trustee for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District from 2007 to 2016. During this timeframe, she served as the FSUSD President, Vice President, Clerk, Facilities Committee Chair, and a member of the California School Boards Association Legislative Committee. From 1992 to 2007, she was a FSUSD Parent/Community Volunteer and served as the Parent/Teacher Organization President, on the School Site Council, in the Band Boosters, and on several District committees.
Prior to her participation in local school activities, Pat was an engineer at the Chevron Richmond refinery and worked on several environmental cleanup projects. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the California State University in Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
Pat is a proud member of the Cordelia Rotary Club and was a past member of the Fairfield/Nirasaki Sister City Program. She continues to enjoy her marriage of over 35 years and the achievements of her two children.