Benjamin Jackinsky, President, Ninilchik
Benjamin is a commercial fisherman and business owner who was born and raised in Ninilchik, Alaska. He owns and operates two retail businesses in Kenai. He is a member of various Ninilchik Native organizations. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Benjamin is active in local cultural and environmental organizations.
Mako Haggerty, Vice President, Homer
Owner and operator of a successful local water taxi service, Mako moved to Alaska over 22 years ago to pursue a career in commercial fishing. Mako is a true progressive activist – he has worked tirelessly on a variety of commercial fishing, environmental and global trade issues, and he serves on the Board of Directors for KBBI (local public radio station) and the Kachemak Bay Parks Citizen Advisory Board.
Mike O’Meara, Treasurer, Homer
Mike is a long-time Homer resident and activist. He worked with Homer’s Pratt Museum for 19 years developing and administering science/environmental education exhibits and programs. Probably best known were the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill exhibit Darkened Waters and the museum’s remotely operated video camera projects for observing wild seabirds and brown bears. Mike is a founding board member of Cook Inletkeeper, Vice-chair of the the Sierra Club’s Alaska Chapter Executive Committee, and supporter of many other environmental organizations. After retiring in 2008 he helped launch and guide the Homer Electric Association Members Forum, a ratepayers group promoting transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy technology to generate electricity.
Nancy Wainwright, Secretary, Anchorage
Nancy is an attorney in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska. She previously worked at the public interest law firm Trustees for Alaska, where she focused on constitutional and clean water challenges to large mining projects, and worked closely with Native, fishing and conservation clients to protect their rights. Nancy has been active on many environmental fronts in Alaska, securing landmark decisions on oil and gas, water rights and oil spill planning issues. She received a BA in political science from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and a JD from Hastings College of Law, San Francisco.
Patrick Dougherty, Anchorage
Pat is an avid fly fisherman and a longtime journalist with a passion for protecting water quality and fish habitat around Cook Inlet. He worked for the Anchorage Daily News for 34 years and served as the paper’s Executive Editor & Senior Vice President. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Baylor University, and he was selected for a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. In addition to fishing and tying flies, Pat spends his spare time bird hunting, dog training, skiing and playing music.
Rob Ernst, Nikiski
A true “Alaskan entrepreneur” who fishes commercially, runs a growing coffee retail business, and teaches Anthropology at the Kenai Peninsula College of the University of Alaska, Rob received a B.S. from Amherst College and M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Washington.
Tom Evans, Nanwalek
Tom is an influential leader among his Sugpiaq people, a southern Alaska Indigenous tribe which occupies a 200-person village off the road system on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Tom sits on the Nanwalek IRA Council where he provides leadership and direction on the complex socioeconomic issues facing his people. Tom attended UCLA and remains active with the Port Graham/Nanwalek Watershed Council.
Willow King, Kasilof
Willow is a born and raised Alaskan, now raising her three young children with her husband in Kasilof. Willow grew up commercial fishing on the shores of Cook Inlet, and she’s also worked in the processing and sustainable seafood marketing sectors. She recently created a new eco-friendly abode made of recycled and reused materials, a personal contribution to protecting the watershed.
Peter Mjos, Anchorage
Peter is a medical doctor with over 40 years providing medical care for Alaskans. Peter has an extensive history of involvement in community and civic affairs, including work with the Nature Conservancy, Alaska Center for the Environment, Anchorage Citizen’s Coalition, Sierra Club, Tongass Conservation Society, Anchorage Junior Nordic League, as well as being a former member of the Glen Alps City Council and Anchorage Community Council. Peter received a B.A. from St. Olaf College (Cum Laude, Chemistry 1968) and M.D. from the University of Minnesota (1972).
Shannyn Moore, Tutka Bay
Born and raised in Homer, Alaska, Shannyn is a top rated progressive radio and television broadcaster based in Anchorage, Alaska. A dynamic media personality, she pioneered the progressive political talk forum for women in the 49th State. She has interviewed the state’s best-known politicians and authors, worked extensively with the Alaska Public Radio Network and appears regularly on MSNBC, The Canadian Broadcasting Company and other national media forums.