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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

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.

Emily Ferry, Development 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 has 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 poised to protect Southeast Alaska's clean water, healthy forests, and the communities who 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 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.

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