Bob Claus, Interim Executive Director | Katya Kirsch, Consultant | Buck Lindekugel, Grassroots Attorney | Dan Lesh, Communications | Guy Archibald, Mining and Clean Water Coordinator | Todd Bailey, Energy Coordinator | Tuula Marquadt, Finance Co-Manager | Doug Hanon, Finance Co-Manager | James Sullivan, Organizer | Jai Crapella, Administrative and Membership Support
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Bob is a 25-year Alaska resident, and uses the diverse skills learned in 22 years as an Alaska State Trooper to further SEACC's goals in the rural communities of southern Southeast. Bob enjoys the challenge of working with everyone from local residents to regional agency staff to national and congressional officials in Washington D.C.
Bob is an elected member of the Craig City School Board and serves on several boards and committees supporting alternative rural development. Bob spends his spare time fishing, boating, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, dog training, and sharing the wonders of Southeast Alaska with family and friends. He is happiest with muddy pants and wet boots.
Bob holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MPA from the University of Alaska Southeast.
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.
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.
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. He is excited to be working at SEACC, helping communicate Southeast Alaska's conservation values and protect the subsistence way of life he holds dear. In his spare time, Dan is an avid mountain ultrarunner, skier, gardener, and hunter.
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 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.
Tuula Marquardt, Finance Co-Manager
Joining SEACC in September 2013, Tuula managed finances with the State of Alaska for 30 years including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Department of Finance, DEC, and Office of the Governor. She holds a pharmacy degree from University of Helsinki, Finland, a business degree from the College of Valkeakoski in Finland, and has completed continuing education classes at the University of Alaska in law and finances.
Doug Hanon, Finance Co-Manager
Joining SEACC in 2010, Doug previously worked for the State of Alaska for 27 years, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for the Alaska Department of Law. Doug holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound.
Jai Crapella, Administrative and Membership Support
Returning in October 2013, Jai previously worked for SEACC during 2001-2004. A small business owner of Spirit Walker Expeditions, guided kayak adventures based in Gustavus, she worked as an Associate for Pew’s Environment Group Global Ocean Legacy from 2009-2013.