Staff and Board

Staff

Email any staff with their first name plus @seacc.org. 

resized_meredith!.jpgMeredith 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.

 

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Emily Ferry, Deputy Director

Drawn by the wild beauty of Southeast Alaska and desire to protect this unique place, Emily arrived in Juneau to work with SEACC in 2003.

Emily has been a strong voice in SEACC for over 10 years and has taken on a variety of roles. She spearheaded SEACC’s campaign to stop the Juneau Road extension, bringing to light many of the dangers and shortfalls of the proposed road. She is currently 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. While other adventures like living in Iceland, orchestrating a study abroad program for the School for Renewable Energy Science, or raising her three kids have periodically brought her away from SEACC, she has always returned.

Emily’s passion for Alaska began while studying Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire and continued through a cross-country bike ride and a number of other volunteer efforts that eventually lead to a paying gig helping to safeguard the best of the Tongass. She and her family can often be found on the ski slopes in the winter and on Juneau’s rocky beaches in the summer. 

 

Buck Lindekugel, Grassroots Attorney
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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-and-king-fish-768x1024.jpgGuy Archibald, Inside Passage Waterkeeper Program Coordinator

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 the Inside Passage Waterkeeper to safeguard clean water and wild salmon from threats such as mining and cruise ship dumping. 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.

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Darrin has over two decades of experience working in the non-profit and private sector on collaborative conservation solutions and is honored to be part of SEACC’s legacy of protecting the wild places of Southeast Alaska. His work included time in New England as an environmental educator and whale watching naturalist, lobbyist in Washington DC, winter seabird technician, outdoor retail manager, and as owner and Master Maine Guide for his sea kayaking ecotourism company specializing in voluntourism research expeditions with land trusts and public land agencies in Downeast, Maine. He has served on a variety of non-profit Boards for land trusts, state and regional tourism marketing organizations, and Chambers of Commerce. After graduate work at the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, he joined the Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger in the Tongass National Forest, Sitka Ranger District before moving into Special Uses in Juneau and large collaborative NEPA planning projects. Most recently he worked with as the Partnership Coordinator for the Monongahela National Forest out of Elkins, WV on landscape-scale restoration initiatives. Most importantly, he enjoys getting out to enjoy the redemptive power of Southeast Alaska’s wild places with his wife and two boys.   

 

Thomasina Andersen, Office and Operations Manager

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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

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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. 

 

Board of Directors

ClayFrick.jpgClay Frick, President, Juneau

MarianAllen.jpgMarian Allen, Secretary, Sitka

SteveLewis.jpgSteve Lewis, Tenakee Springs

Stephen.jpgStephen Todd, Vice President, Wrangell

BartKoehler.jpg Bart Koehler, Juneau

BobSchroeder.jpgBob Schroeder,Juneau

RaySensmeier.jpgRay Sensmeier, Yakutat

VictoriaMcDonald.jpgVictoria McDonald, Ketchikan 

Zach.jpgZach Brown, Gustavus

Not pictured:

Wayne Weihing, Ketchikan
Eric Kocher, Treasurer, Haines


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