SEACC Staff

Staff

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meredith!-2_(1).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.

 

IMG_8640.jpgMaggie 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 using her fundraising and nonprofit management experience in furtherance of her passion for environmental conservation.

 

IMG_8632.jpgBuck Lindekugel, Grassroots Attorney

Buck’s love of wild Southeast Alaska began on the rolling deck of a purse seiner near Noyes Island, Alaska. There he gained a deep appreciation and respect for the amazing wild places and people of Southeast. After graduating from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, he chose to use his law degree to protect what he loves and started his own law firm. In 1989 Buck won a landmark case that led directly to Congress imposing minimum buffer requirements along all salmon and fish streams in the Tongass National Forest. The landmark 1990 Tongass Timber Reform Act (TTRA) also designated Noyes Island for perpetual protection as one of 12 special areas, the Outside Islands Land Use Designation II (“LUD II”) area.  Congress selected this, and 11 other special areas, for special LUD II management because of their critical importance for fish and wildlife habitat and high value to tourism and recreation.

In 1990, he joined SEACC as a grassroots attorney. Since then, he has overseen 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 Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions. He has reviewed seven different Tongass Land Management Plan amendments and revisions, helped local residents safeguard dozens of watersheds from clearcut logging, worked to enforce the Clean Water Act, and stopped approved spraying of herbicides from helicopters that threatened customary and traditional resources and uses.

IMG_8648.jpgGuy 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. 

IMG_9064.jpgCrystal 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 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.jpgSarah Davidson, Inside Passage Waters Program Manager

Sarah grew up at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in the San Francisco Bay Watershed. Having originated from a place surrounded by water, she has been drawn to it for as long as she can remember. Her work has focused on water resource management, transboundary water sharing, and community governance. It is informed by many years of living and working internationally and is driven by a belief that water has the power to build and strengthen communities. Sarah holds a double MA in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development, and International Affairs from UN-affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica and American University in Washington, DC. She wrote her MA thesis on Nile Basin Governance and studied Middle East history, politics, and conflict at American University in Cairo. She received her BS in Marine Biology from the University of California in Santa Cruz. 

Prior to joining the SEACC team, Sarah worked with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, where she coordinated residential stormwater projects and opportunities for community engagement throughout Washington, DC for the RiverSmart Homes Program.  Sarah also served as the Water Program Manager for the Nile Project, which uses music to bring people together across political boundaries to overcome conflict, create solutions for a sustainable Nile Basin, and nurture a shared Nile Basin identity.   

Sarah is a community organizer, scientist, and photographer.  She enjoys exploring and immersing herself in the Juneau community where she can pursue her passions for participatory processes, systems thinking, social justice, and all things water. 

Irene_(1).jpgIrene Dundas, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator

Irene is Tlingit from the Tsaagweidi clan of, “The House that Anchored the Village,” in Kake, Alaska. Born in Ketchikan and raised between Saxman and Kake, Irene’s career and life have been dedicated to serving the native community. She has served full-time in a dual role as an elected position as the Tribal President of Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) and was assigned to conduct the Tribal Administrator role, responsible for one of the largest Indian Tribes in SE Alaska, with a focus on preserving self-governance for KIC Tribal Members. Irene has served as KIC’s Tribal President for the last 6 years. In her leadership capacity, she’s been instrumental in fostering communication, advocating and asserting KIC’s authority as a Tribal government. Irene has an extensive background working with the Forest Service, State of Alaska, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service to ensure a meaningful consultation platform is established to conduct an ongoing government to government relationship for a wide range of issues that impact, effect, and benefit KIC’s Tribal Members.

Irene worked for Cape Fox Corporation for 17 years where she interviewed elder’s, initiated formal Native American Graves Protection Repatriation Act consultation, and reviewed petitions for potential clan artifacts belonging to the Tlingit people of Ketchikan and Saxman areas held by museums. She has researched clan lineage, determining artifact clan property ownership, and created 221 Family Genealogical charts dating back to 1550. Additionally, she has researched human remains, burials, and exhuming, identifying cultural sacred sites for appropriate burial, and place name clan identification, and conducted research on cultural sacred sites, clan property, clan identification, migration, and clan history for the traditional Tlingit of Ketchikan and Saxman area. 

Irene is very excited to work for SEACC as an Indigenous Outreach Coordinator where she can use her cultural knowledge, resources, and her widespread network to engage the native community to become actively involved in the transboundary issues.

Heather_(1).jpgHeather Evoy, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator

Heather is a native Alaskan, born and raised in Ketchikan, and an Alaska Native, Tsimshian, and Tlingit.  Heather graduated with a BLA from UAS with focus areas of Anthropology and Environmental Sciences.  The locally focused interdisciplinary training and knowledge Heather gained throughout her undergraduate career included topics such as: environmental economics; glaciology, hydrology and geomorphology of Southeast landscape in context/relation to ancient human occupation; tribal and local governance and politics; museum/archival experience; and countless hours of independent study based on ethnographic interviews and archival research regarding her family’s home community of Metlakatla.  Heather will be starting graduate studies in the fall of 2018, through UAF’s Northern Studies program. 

Some of Heather’s fondest childhood memories took place in Metlakatla with her grandmother when they went out in darkness at minus tides to dig for clams and when they would spend long summer hours together berry picking.  Heather has taken notice of the many environmental changes experienced in her region, both in her personal life and academic work.  She seeks to understand those changes through an indigenous lens while strengthening and uniting forces for those most afflicted by the ongoing changes. Heather has been living in Juneau since 2012 where she and her two children have continued to enjoy being members of two intertribal dance groups and learning their Tsimshian ancestral language of S’malgyax.

Shannon_in_Shungnak.jpgShannon Donahue, Chilkat Watershed Organizer

Shannon Donahue spent eight years exploring the state of Alaska from the Interior to the Aleutians before choosing Haines as her home in 2010. She loves the dramatic beauty, abundant wildlife, strong communities, and deciduous trees of the Chilkat Valley. After dividing her time between Alaska and Montana for graduate school, she was awarded a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 2010, with a focus in bear conservation and education. She has worked for the Great Bear Foundation, Alaska Arts Confluence, Alaska State Parks, and the US Forest Service (Tongass and Chugach National Forests). Shannon co-directed and produced the documentary film, Walking Bear Comes Home: the life and work of Chuck Jonkel, featuring archival footage of Jonkel’s groundbreaking polar bear field research in the 1960s, that premiered at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana in 2017. Shannon now organizes around mining and water quality issues in the Chilkat Valley.

In addition to her environmental work, Shannon spends her time practicing greenwood carving and woodturning, foraging from the land and sea, cooking delicious meals with friends, and slowly finishing her house.

IMG_8643.jpgThomasina 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. 

 

IMG_8636.jpgBryn Fluharty, Communications and Online Coordinator

Originally from Seattle, Bryn 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, and has worked with a variety of environmental organizations. When she is not working Bryn enjoys climbing, art, photography, writing, and reading. 

 




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