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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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Laura Bartholomae, Digital Organizer and Data Manager

Laura BartholomaeLaura drove up to Alaska from Ohio in the summer of 2013, quickly realizing that it was going to be home. Prior to life in Alaska, Laura graduated with a degree in Geology and worked as a field scientist in Pittsburgh for three years. Laura started work in Alaska as a field organizer for Bristol Bay United, traveling to events across the State to collect support against the Pebble Mine. Then she migrated over to the Alaskans First team where she has been in charge of digital communications and data management for the past year. Laura is very excited to be a part of the Cook Inletkeeper team now! While not at work, Laura can be found hanging out in the mountains with her dog Franklin.

Brandon Hill, Chief Creative Officer

Brandon HillBrandon moved to Alaska in 2012 to join coal organizing in the Mat-Su and has since been a graphic designer, photographer and digital organizer across multiple conservation campaigns in Alaska. In 2007 Brandon helped to create "The True Cost of Coal" a visual narrative of coal mining issues in Appalachia and has since been intimately engaged with coal and climate related activism around the country. He has been a videographer on a film series documenting indigenous land rights in Malaysian Borneo and recently co-produced the film "Chuitna: More than salmon on the Line", Winner of Best Environmental Film at The International Wildlife Film Festival in 2015.

Matt Koenig, Anchorage Organizer

Matt KoenigMatt is an outdoors enthusiast turned conservation activist.  He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2012 with a B.S. in environmental studies with an emphasis in landscape interpretation and conservation.  After two seasons working on backcountry trail maintenance teams after college, Matt felt it was necessary to not only facilitate access to natural wonders, but to work to protect them as well.  In 2014, he moved to Anchorage to work on various conservation campaigns as a field organizer, progressing to a deputy canvass director for a few seasons.  Matt is looking forward to working to foster personal connections to place, especially in a place as easy to grow fond of as Cook Inlet.

Rachel Lord, Clean Water Program Director

Rachel Lord, Outreach & Monitoring Coordinator

Rachel oversees Inletkeeper's clean boating and clean harbors efforts, working with boaters and harbormasters around Alaska on waste management and pollution prevention efforts. She also spearheads our Safe Drinking Water and Electronics Recycling programs, and coordinated the last five years of the Citizens' Environmental Monitoring Program. When she first moved to Homer in 2008, 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. 907.235.4068 x29

Heather Leba, Alaska Clean Boating Coordinator

Heather LebaHeather is 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. 907-720-1417

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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Robbi Mixon, Local Foods Coordinator

Robbi MixonRobbi is the Local Foods Coordinator, organizing efforts to create greater food security by connecting more people to healthy, local foods through an online Food Hub. Originally from Georgia, Robbi spent several years in San Francisco as an event organizer and operations manager before moving to Alaska in 2010 to work as an intern on a small farm. She eventually found herself taking on the role of Homer Farmers Market Manager and Coordinator for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Georgia.


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. 907.235.4068 x27


Carly Wier, Campaign Director

Carly WierCarly started with Alaskans for Energy Freedom as the Associate Campaign Director in 2011, where she led the effort to improve data management and engagement organizing in the campaign.  Prior to joining the Campaign, Carly ran the canvass teams and led the online communications at Alaska Center for the Environment.  Before coming to Alaska, Carly served as the Executive Director for High Country Conservation Center in Summit County, Colorado for nearly 10 years.  Carly brings years of successful experience in managing staff and budgets, community organizing, and working with diverse stakeholders to launch and sustain programs.

Kaitlin Vadla, Central Peninsula Organizer

Kaitlin VadlaKaitlin 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. 907.252.6525