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Malena Marvin, Executive Director Katya Kirsch, Consultant | Buck Lindekugel, Grassroots Attorney | Danielle Redmond, Programs Coordinator | Daven Hafey, Communications Director | Guy Archibald, Mining and Clean Water Coordinator | Todd Bailey, Energy Coordinator | Will Elliot, Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator | Dan Lesh, Consultant

Contact: (907) 586-6942 | firstname@seacc.org

 

Malena Marvin, Executive Director

Malena Marvin bought her first pair of XtaTufs in 2005 as an Alaska Conservation Foundation intern supporting rural watershed councils in Haines, Yakutat and Skagway. She went on to spend three seasons riding the tides around Wrangell and Petersburg instructing college field courses by sea kayak on Tongass science and policy, and then 5 years as Communications Director with Klamath Riverkeeper in southern Oregon.

With Klamath Riverkeeper, she collaborated with tribal communities and commercial fishermen on a successful campaign to remove major dams on the third largest salmon-producing river in the Lower 48.  After earning a certificate in Sustainable Design/Build, Malena founded and ran a small business installing home-scale water recycling systems. She enjoys making sawdust in the woodshop; getting out into wild places via kayak, feet, and skis; and hopes to break ground on a timber frame cabin before too long.

Malena holds a BA in History from Reed College and an MS in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University.

Katya Kirsch, Consultant

A skilled facilitator, Katya has over 30 years of experience with Alaska conservation issues, including more than three years as SEACC's Executive Director and eight years as SEACC's Board President.

Katya helps with SEACC's fundraising, financial management, special projects, transboundary issues, meeting facilitation and more.

She is an avid sea kayaker, and can regularly be found enjoying the beauty of the Tongass on week-long trips to special areas like Misty Fjords, Sea Otter Sound, Port Houghton, Glacier Bay and Lynn Canal.

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 Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions. These days Buck oversees SEACC's grassroots legal program.

Danielle Redmond, Programs Coordinator

Danielle started working with SEACC in 2014. She has first-hand experience with environmental non-profits in Alaska, including the Copper River Watershed Project and the Interior Alaska Land Trust, as well as Alaska’s fishing and tourism industries. She holds an M.A. in Northern Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a B.A. in Political Science & Literature from Franklin College, Switzerland. Danielle and her family recently moved to Juneau from an off-the-grid cabin in Cordova.

 

Daven Hafey, Communications Director

Raised in a family of elk hunters, carpenters, and coal miners, Daven grew up learning the value of a hard day’s work with skilled hands. Following in his father’s footsteps, his first jobs included hauling lumber, hanging doors, and stocking cabinets on residential construction sites.

Daven was also raised to respect the importance of clean water and healthy habitat, and how both are essential in our daily lives and livelihoods. He ultimately went to work for the Tongass National Forest and later SEACC, focusing on issues of clean water.

Daven went to Creighton University on scholarship, where he played baseball for the Blue Jays. He earned a degree in political science.

 

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 6-lane highway, strips 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.

Guy is a skilled and 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.

Todd Bailey, Energy Coordinator

Todd has been working on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies for over five years, including work as a general contractor on Lummi Island, Washington.  Together with his partner, Angel Drobnica (SEACC's former Energy Coordinator) Todd is currently gutting, remodeling, and weatherizing a 1913 minor's cabin on Juneau's Starr Hill.  Where possible they are using local materials, including Sitka Spruce beams from Jesse Linhart in Juneau.

His experience with renewable energy installations includes solar projects with the organization Honor the Earth, solar and wind projects and training through Solar Energy International, and other private projects.  Todd has been extensively involved as a volunteer in SEACC's recent energy work, including maintaining the solar system from our Sustain Angoon project, helping with the new solar panels at the Organized Village of Kake offices, and participating extensively in SEACC's 2012 Electric Vehicle short-course through the University of Alaska Southeast.

Todd has also worked with Tlingit-Haida Housing Authority's Youth Build Program, a Juneau-based program that hired at-risk youth to construct new affordable housing.

He is a licensed contractor in Alaska and runs a commercial salmon gillnet boat, F/V Arete, during the fishing season.

Will Elliot, Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator

Born and raised in Southcentral Alaska, Will has taught since 2007 at the University of California, Davis, while pursuing a PhD in English with an emphasis on Alaskan environments and cultures, and working summers for an environmental reclamation firm in the natural gas fields of Wyoming.

This year he draws on his outdoor education experience as part of SEACC’s Wilderness Stewardship program, leading volunteer trips to help restore and reconnect with Southeast Alaska’s designated wilderness areas.

Dan Lesh, Consultant

A lifelong Alaska resident, Dan grew up in Gustavus near the mouth of Glacier Bay in a family that values wild places and wild food. Dan studied at Grinnell College in Ginnell, Iowa (BA in Biology and Environmental Studies), worked on ecological research projects throughout the Americas, and, in 2007, settled back down in Juneau.

Prior to SEACC, Dan worked for the nonpartisan research arm of the Alaska Legislature as an analyst focusing on energy and natural resource issues.  In his spare time, Dan is an avid mountain ultrarunner, hunter, skier, and gardener.

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