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.

Dan Cannon, Tongass Forest Program Manager

Dan grew up in Ohio and discovered the beauty of our National Forests at the age of eight while backpacking in the Allegheny National Forest.  In college, his passion for wilderness found activism when he joined his classmates to save the campus campground from being paved.

With over ten years of grassroots and digital organizing experience, Dan has mobilized hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Early in his organizing career, Dan spent most of his time in the field, organizing communities to pass the ACES Act through the House and pressuring colleges to embrace renewable energy. Before coming to SEACC, Dan spent the last seven years at Greenpeace USA exploring the intersection of data, digital mobilization, and on the ground organizing to scale people power. Some of Dan’s work at Greenpeace included building power to pressure Asia Pulp and Paper to source pulp from sustainably managed forests and protecting the Arctic from Shell Oil’s drilling plans.           

Dan fell in love with Southeast and the Tongass while visiting a friend living on Prince of Wales Island. He is a graduate of Green Corps – The Field School for Environmental Organizing and holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Slippery Rock University.  Dan is an avid backpacker who enjoys skiing (water and snow), collecting old maps, and local beer.

 

Buck Lindekugel, Grassroots Attorney

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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.

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.

Guy Archibald, Staff Scientist

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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. 

Heather Evoy, Indigenous Engagement Lead

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Heather is a native Alaskan, born and raised in Ketchikan, and an Alaska Native, Tsimshian, and Tlingit. She graduated with a BLA from UAS with focus areas of Anthropology and Environmental Sciences. The locally focused interdisciplinary training and knowledge she gained throughout her undergraduate career included topics such as: environmental economics, glaciology, hydrology and geomorphology of the 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. 

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. Heather is also the Alaska Indigenous Representative to the Western Mining Action Network (WMAN).

Shannon.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.

Conor Lendrum, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Born and raised in Juneau, Conor is a sincere and enthusiastic lover of the landscape in which he was born. Son of an Oregonian landscape architect and a Californian horticulturalist, Conor was raised to always be watching the world around him; to appreciate what human hands had labored to create and to see the intricate and elegant beauty that none could replicate. Growing up in Auke Bay he was raised in the nursery beneath the boughs of the Tongass, his playmates the salmon in the creek by his house and the bears that traveled through his yard to eat them, the bats that bedded in his attic and the great blue herons that nested in the broken Sitka spruce outside his window.

Graduating from the University of Oregon with a BA in English and having completed the Kidd Tutorial in creative writing, Conor returned home for a few years where he worked at Kindred Post and volunteered as the secretary of the board for Woosh Kinaadeiyí. He then worked for two years in grassroots field marketing and small business advocacy in Philadelphia, PA, traveling and working all over the mid-Atlantic.

Conor returned home in December 2019, and has found his dream job at SEACC, crafting messages and organizing events in the cause of protecting the home he has always loved.

 


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