Email any staff with their first name plus @seacc.org.
Meredith Trainor, Executive Director
Meredith fell in love with the wild mountains and towering forests of the Pacific Northwest while working in Seattle for the Pew Charitable Trust’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign. It was this love of mountains and wild places that then drew her to SEACC, where she started as the executive director in 2016.
Early in her career, Meredith worked with stakeholders from the Forest Products Association of Canada on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. She successfully lead an effort to increase the amount of Canadian Boreal Forest under permanent protection from development, by working with forest products industry members, provincial and First Nations governments, Indigenous peoples, industry, the scientific community and community members, among others. She is looking forward to working with many of these same constituencies here in Southeast Alaska.
Meredith holds a Masters in Forest Ecology and Management from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In her personal life, Meredith is an alpine climber, a nordic skier, a rower, and a beginner backcountry skier and ice climber. Climbing has been a big part of Meredith's life: In 2015 she led a successful all woman climb of Denali’s West Buttress route and in 2016 led an attempt on the Sultana Ridge on Sultana (Mt. Foraker), in the Alaska Range.
Maggie Rabb, Director of Development and Operations
Maggie was born in Juneau but grew up in rural Northern Vermont where she developed a deep appreciation of nature. She jumped at the opportunity to travel to Alaska after high school working as a trolling deckhand out of Sitka for six summers. Maggie found her passion for Southeast during her summers on a troller delivering salmon to communities throughout Southeast. During that time, she met, and later married, a commercial fisherman and continued to spend time each year in Southeast.
She graduated with a BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University in Upstate New York where her studies focused on social movement organizations. Maggie spent time pursuing graduate studies in Sociology at Michigan State University and later spent a year as an international marine policy fellow at the State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C.
In 2013 Maggie followed her dream of relocating to Southeast Alaska by moving to Juneau. In Juneau, she worked at Perseverance Theatre as their Development Director for three years. She is now able to use her experience working in fundraising and non-profits in furtherance of her passion for environmental conservation.
Buck Lindekugel, Grassroots Attorney
Buck’s love of all things wild began on the rolling deck of a purse seiner near Noyes Island. There he gained a deep appreciation and respect for the amazing wild places and people of Southeast Alaska. After he graduated from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College he decided to put his law degree to work protecting what he loves and started his own law firm. In 1989 Buck won a landmark case that lead directly to requirements for meaningful buffer strips along all salmon and fish streams in the Tongass National Forest, found in the 1990 Tongass Timber Reform Act.
In 1990, he joined SEACC as a grassroots attorney. Now he oversees the grassroots legal program, putting his love of the law and the environment to work and advocating for stronger protections for the Tongass and Southeast Alaska. In 2007, Buck received the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Olaus Murie Aware for Outstanding Professional Contributions. He has reviewed seven different Tongass Land Management Plan amendments and revisions, helped local residents challenge dozens of timber sales, and worked to enforce the Clean Water Act.
Guy Archibald, Staff Scientist
Guy first discovered his love of nature as a young child growing up in the Rocky Mountains, just west of Denver. Over the years he watched as the area once filled with deep, dark forests, groves of golden aspen, and huge herds of elk and deer in wide-open meadows was replaced by a six-lane highway, strip malls and suburban sprawl of 30,000 people. This spurred his desire to work in the environmental field. Soon he was pursuing degrees in biology and education, leading to 20 years of work as an environmental chemist before coming to SEACC.
His work in environmental chemistry underscored the importance of protecting the clean water of the forest and seas and the communities that depend on them. He has seen first-hand how pressures to see the land only as a commodity, combined with a fractured regulatory system threaten the once pristine waters of Alaska.
He is now able to use his skills in science, as SEACC's staff scientist to safeguard clean water and wild salmon from threats such as mining. He believes in the work done at SEACC and that the only thing worth doing is leaving the world a better place. When not working at SEACC Guy enjoys spending time with his family. He is also a skilled and avid carpenter, hunter, fisherman, science teacher, and observer of the natural world.
Crystal Nelson, Tongass Forest Program Manager and Indigenous Engagement Lead
Crystal is Tlingit, from the Raven-Coho clan, and the Humpback Whale House in Dry Bay. Born and raised in Juneau, Crystal began her academic career in Portland, OR, where she received education and training in social systems, social justice, and community organizing. She graduated from UAS with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with an independent major entitled, “Indigenous and Western Societies of Alaska,” with a minor in the Tlingit language. She then traveled up and down the NW Coast as a Chilkat weaving apprentice, receiving some of her most important cultural teachings that continue to guide her life. Her mission to look for practical, innovative solutions for our region’s economic and environmental future is soon to be explored in her thesis for the Master’s in Rural Development program at UAF. She is looking forward to weaving all parts of her background—her mission-driven employment experiences, along with her research, culture, passions, and art—into the Tongass Program Manager role.
Sarah Davidson, Inside Passage Waters Program Manager
Sarah is originally from San Francisco and is looking forward to returning to the mighty Pacific from Washington DC, where she has been working on urban stormwater projects and community engagement with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Sarah obtained a dual master's degree from American University and the University for Peace in Costa Rica with a focus in water governance, peacebuilding, and community engagement. She is excited to get to know Southeast Alaska and continue to pursue her passions in participatory processes and all things water!
Thomasina Andersen, Office and Operations Manager
Thomasina was born and raised in a traditional fishing family in Cordova, AK. Much of her early life was spent exploring the Chugach, an area that she loves deeply. In 2000, she moved to Southeast to attend UAS. This move allowed her to explore Southeast’s wild places, falling in love with the forests and waters of the Tongass. She returned to Anchorage where she graduated from UAA with a BA in English Rhetoric. She has worked in a variety of places like the Chugach Alaska Corporation’s Business Development Unit and the State of Alaska’s Department of Education & Early Development.
It was her time as the Operations Manager for the Copper River Watershed Project in Cordova that she found her true calling, defending Alaska’s wild places. By 2016 she had followed her heart back to Juneau and found a home doing what she loves with SEACC. When she’s not protecting Southeast with SEACC, she enjoys hiking, biking, reading, writing, and being a nerd.
Bryn Fluharty, Communications and Online Coordinator
Bryn began working with SEACC at the end of 2016. Her drive to work in the environmental field stems from a life spent outside. Originally from Seattle, she fell in love with the amazing natural spaces of the Pacific Northwest at an early age. She has parlayed this love into a career starting with getting her MA in Environmental Policy from American University in DC, seeking out internships at home and abroad, and working with a variety of environmental organizations fighting to conserve our natural resources. Life in Southeast Alaska’s rainforest should suite Bryn well as she feels that Seattle has become too crowded and sunny. When she is not working Bryn enjoys climbing, art, photography, writing, yoga, and reading.