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Bob Shavelson, Inletkeeper & Executive Director

Bob Shavelson, Executive Director and InletkeeperBob is a reformed attorney with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, and environmental sampling and compliance. He was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Oregon’s Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, and has considerable experience in toxics, the Clean Water Act, and Right-to-Know issues. Prior to joining Inletkeeper in 1996, Bob worked in the United States Senate, Oregon’s Senate Majority Office, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium, and the University of Oregon’s Ocean & Coastal Law Center. Bob is a leader in the Alaska conservation community, and in 2010, he received the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s highest award for professional achievement. He holds a BA in Biology & Chemistry from Boston University and a JD from the University of Oregon.
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Eric Booton, Alaska Coal Organizer

Eric BootonAfter recently graduating from Western State Colorado University  with degrees in Environmental Studies and Sociology, Eric made the drive to the last frontier with only the necessary gear and his dog.  Working out of the Upper Inlet office in Anchorage, Eric is part of Cook Inletkeeper’s Clean Energy Program, where he works to unite residents in standing up to protect salmon from harmful development proposals and legislation. If Eric is not in the office, you can bet he is out fly fishing, riding his bike, chasing powder on his skis, or exploring the 49th state.
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Rachel Lord, Clean Water Program Director

Rachel Lord, Outreach & Monitoring Coordinator

Rachel trains citizens to monitor local waterbodies, oversees a new initiative to gauge bacteria levels on Homer’s public beaches, and helps local citizens identify well-water and related concerns. She is also spearheading Inletkeeper’s work on clean boating and clean harbors certifications. Prior to joining Inletkeeper, Rachel worked for the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Originally from Maine, Rachel moved to Alaska in 2005 to complete her MS degree at University of Alaska, Fairbanks in Wildlife Biology. She also holds a BA in Biology & Spanish from Mount Holyoke College, and worked as a field biologist before returning to school.
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Heather Leba, Alaska Clean Boating Coordinator

Heather LebaHeather is the Inletkeeper’s Alaska Clean Boating Coordinator and is based full-time in Talkeetna. She engages with Cook Inlet boaters and fishermen at boat launches within the Mat-Su to spread the word about pollution prevention, clean water, and healthy fisheries. Heather previously worked in Anchorage as a fisheries biologist, first for ADF&G and then for HDR, Inc., an engineering/environmental consulting firm. While at ADF&G Heather worked with Yukon River fishermen, tribal organizations, educators, Canadian scientists and managers, and developed a passion for environmental education and outreach. Heather holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Zoology/Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Originally from New Jersey, Heather moved to Alaska in 2009 to find her forever home, and enjoys the outdoors with her boyfriend and two dogs.


Sue Mauger, Science Director

Sue Mauger, Science DirectorSue leads Inletkeeper’s efforts to elevate the importance of salmon stream protection in the face of rapid climate change. Sue joined Inletkeeper in Summer 2000, and has considerable experience in water chemistry, water quality monitoring, and macroinvertebrate assessment. Before joining Inletkeeper, Sue worked for the Xerces Society as Project Director for the Aquatic Invertebrate Monitoring Program and for Earthwatch, as Project Coordinator in the Life Sciences Department of Field Operations. Sue holds a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University and an M.S. in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University.
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Margo Reveil, Development & Office Coordinator

Margo ReveilMargo and her family arrived in Homer by sailboat in the summer of 2012 and jumped right in to their next adventure as Kachemak Bay oyster farmers. Before her three years of sailing the Pacific, Margo spent 17 years at UCLA in IT management and leadership positions, honing communications, development, project management, architecture and design skills. Margo brings a deep love of the sea and the watershed that feeds it to her position at Cook Inletkeeper.
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Will Schlein, Information Technology Specialist

Will Scheiln, Information & Technology SpecialistWill received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Rochester, where he gained expertise in Geographic Information Systems.  He has volunteered for several nonprofits and serves on the Board of Directors of Vessels of Hope.  Working to implement clean, renewable energy technology, Will is active in the Alternative Energy Group in Homer.  Will is the owner of the Homer Hostel.  Prior to moving to Alaska he worked renovating and recycling old buildings in California.
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Kaitlin Vadla, Central Peninsula Organizer

KaitlinVadla.JPGKaitlin joined Inletkeeper in 2013 to spearhead grassroots organizing efforts on the North Kenai Peninsula. Born and raised in Clam Gulch, Kaitlin grew up fishing, hunting, and exploring in and around the Cook Inlet watershed. Kaitlin received a B.A. in International Relations and Entrepreneurship and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She spent a year as a visiting student at Oxford University and recently returned to Alaska after a year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar earning a Post Graduate Diploma of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.