Email any staff with their first name plus @seacc.org.
Meredith Trainor, Executive Director
Meredith Trainor joined SEACC as Executive Director in July 2016. She came to Southeast Alaska by way of The Pew Charitable Trust’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign, in Seattle. With the Boreal Campaign, Meredith sought to increase the amount of Canadian Boreal Forest under permanent protection from development by working with 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. Earlier in her career, Meredith worked and negotiated with stakeholders from the Forest Products Association of Canada on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, in which forest products industry members and environmental nonprofit representatives agreed to work together to identify lands with potential for conservation and jointly advocate to the Canadian government for long-term protection for forested lands despite preexisting harvesting agreements and forest leases. 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.
Emily Ferry, Deputy Director
Emily began working for SEACC in 2003 as a footloose and fancy-free 23-year-old psyched to roam the Tongass and work for a legendary grassroots conservation organization. A husband, a house, and three children later, Emily is back with SEACC helping to craft a long-term vision for our work in the region. Over the years Emily has helped bring Alaska’s notorious “Bridges to Nowhere” to national attention and spearheaded the campaign to curtail the proposed Juneau road extension. During her intermissions from SEACC Emily lived in Iceland where she orchestrated a study abroad program for the School for Renewable Energy Science and more recently has been trying to keep up with twin toddlers and their big brother. Emily is focused on finding ways to keep SEACC a strong, independent and local watchdog posed to protect Southeast Alaska’s clean water, healthy forests and the communities the depend on them.
Buck Lindekugel, Grassroots Attorney
From his time spent on the rolling deck of a purse seiner near Noyes Island, Buck grew to love Alaska’s wild salmon and wild places. Buck pursued a career in law with an eye toward combining his love of Alaska with his desire for purpose-driven work. A graduate of the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark in Portland, Buck started his own law practice before joining SEACC’s staff in 1990. To the betterment of seafood lovers everywhere, Buck won a landmark case in 1989 that led directly to requirements for meaningful buffer strips along all salmon and fish streams on the Tongass National Forest, found in the 1990 Tongass Timber Reform Act. In 2007, Buck received the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Olaus Murie Aware for Outstanding Professional Contributions. These days Buck oversees SEACC’s grassroots legal program.
Guy Archibald, Inside Passage Waterkeeper Program Coordinator
Guy was born and raised in a very small community in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, Colorado. It was a place of deep, dark forests, groves of golden aspen and huge herds of elk and deer in wide-open meadows. This place is gone now, replaced by a six-lane highway, strip malls and a suburb of 30,000 people where once there were 900. Guy first moved to Southeast Alaska (Wrangell) in the early 1980s, where he met his future wife. The couple moved south, where they raised three children and Guy earned degrees in biology and education and spent 20 years working as an environmental chemist. During this time, Guy witnessed how both government agencies and corporations circumvent water quality regulations designed to keep our communities and waters healthy. Guys is a skilled an avid carpenter, hunter fisherman, science educator and observer of the natural world. He works for SEACC because the only thing worth doing is leaving the world a better place from having been here.
Thomasina Andersen, Office and Operations Manager
Born in Cordova, Alaska and raised in a traditional fishing family, Thomasina first came to Southeast in 2000 to attend UAS. In Juneau, she learned to love the forests and waters of the Tongass as much as those of the Chugach. Bouncing around a bit in typical Alaskan fashion, she finally finished her BA in English Rhetoric at UAA in 2010, and worked as both an intern and later a Technical Writer/Editor for Chugach Alaska Corporation’s Business Development Unit in Anchorage. After some soul-searching, she eventually found her true calling defending Alaska’s wild places while working as Operations Manager for the Copper River Watershed project in Cordova. Following her heart back to Juneau, she worked recently as an assistant to the State of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development’s CTE Program before seeking out her current role. When she’s not supporting the staff at SEACC, she enjoys hiking, biking, reading, writing, and being a nerd.
Margaret Friedenauer, Online Organizer/Communications
Margaret lived in several states in the West and Midwest before moving to Alaska 16 years ago and graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She’s worked as a journalist for most of her career, including at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and as news director at KHNS public radio in the Upper Lynn Canal. During a few years break from Alaska, Margaret received a certificate in paralegal studies where she focused on environmental and tribal law. Margaret started with SEACC in 2015, focusing on data management and digital communications. She lives and works from Haines where her family operates a commercial gillnetter. She misses canoeing the lakes of the Midwest, but enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing in Southeast.
Board of Directors
Clay Frick, President, Juneau
Marian Allen, Secretary, Sitka
Steve Lewis, Tenakee Springs
Stephen Todd, Vice President, Wrangell
Bart Koehler, Juneau
Bob Schroeder, Juneau
Ray Sensmeier, Yakutat
Victoria McDonald, Ketchikan
Zach Brown, Gustavus
Wayne Weihing, Ketchikan
Eric Kocher, Treasurer, Haines