Protecting Alaska's Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains since 1995.
Carly Wier, Executive Director
Carly fell deeply in love with Alaska while working and traveling around the Kenai Peninsula in the summer of 2000. An activist, organizer and sometimes data nerd, Carly moved to Alaska to work on the front lines of climate change in 2010 after working to build sustainable communities in the mountains of Colorado with the High Country Conservation Center. Carly graduated with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Colorado - Boulder and has continued learning from quiet forests, sockeye salmon, badass women leaders, and salty Alaskans ever since. From developing home-grown energy efficient building codes and pushing for zero waste goals in the mountains of Colorado, to supporting communities fight to protect their rivers and homes from coal mines in Alaska, Carly’s work is centered in the belief that local communities can – and will – lead the transition to a just world.
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Bob Shavelson, Inletkeeper & Advocacy Director
Bob 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.
Sue Mauger, Science Director
Sue studies Alaska’s wild salmon streams and leads Inletkeeper's efforts to highlight the relevance of climate and land-use change in local decision-making. She coordinates regional water temperature monitoring networks and uses thermal infrared imagery to map and protect cold-water habitats: the stepping stones salmon will need to move up and down otherwise warming stream channels. Sue did her undergraduate work at Duke University and got her masters in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. Sue is among 80 women worldwide selected to take part in Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative for women in science, which culminates in a three-week expedition to Antarctica in February 2018.
Robbi Mixon, Local Foods Director
Robbi 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.
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Marissa Wilson, Development & Operations Director
Marissa was born in Homer and raised in Washington state, with memories of striking Cook Inlet vistas never far from the forefront of her mind. She began her career in nonprofit work at the age of fourteen, organizing students to advocate for comprehensive sex education in their schools, and spent summers longlining on her father's boat from Southeast to Attu. After earning a degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington, she packed her car and moved back North. Her service on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council was the first step in merging her fishing and advocacy habits, and Marissa is now thrilled to direct her passion for holistic wellness toward supporting the Cook Inletkeeper team.
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Kaitlin Vadla, Central Peninsula Regional Director
Kaitlin 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.
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Laura Rhyner, Central Peninsula Organizer
Laura joined Inletkeeper in 2017 to expand the community organizing efforts in the Central Kenai Peninsula. Her work as an organizer began in Chicago, where she empowered parents of students with disabilities to effectively advocate for their children. Born and raised in Kenai, Laura loves gallivanting around the globe, always returning home with renewed appreciation for the wonders of Alaska and a love for the Kenai Peninsula. She is excited to be back in her hometown, working to identify, support, and cultivate new leaders who represent the true diversity of our community. The Central Peninsula team seeks to strengthen a culture where residents value and protect our salmon landscape and all the life it sustains. Laura holds a B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. In her downtime you can find her frolicking in the mountains with her loyal mutt, Gus.
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Georgie Heaverley, Upper Inlet Organizer
Georgie is a born and raised Alaskan, having grown up on the Kenai Peninsula. In the summers she is a commercial fisherman in Cook Inlet, an occupation that proves more enriching with each passing salmon season. Working in this industry has ignited a strong commitment within her to fight for the health and viability of salmon populations in Alaska. As an activist and local fisherpoet she has presented her work at numerous community events, in addition to traveling to Astoria, Oregon for the Annual Fisherpoets Gathering. She holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she focused on technical management, youth science education and outreach, and local political involvement. Georgie is thrilled to join the Inletkeeper team as a community organizer and hopes to further motivate others in protecting one of Alaska’s most valuable and sustainable resources: our salmon.
Satchel Pondolfino, Lower Inlet Organizer
Satchel joined Inletkeeper to take on a community organizing role in the Anchorage and Mat-Su valley regions. After receiving an Environmental Studies degree from Southern Oregon University in 2015 she worked for a Southern Oregon climate focused nonprofit where she found her passion for cultivating community through environmental advocacy. After half a year of South American travel she found herself back in Anchorage, where she was born and raised, eager to continue utilizing and developing her community organizer skillset in her home town. She is overjoyed to join the Cook Inletkeeper team and reroot to Alaska in a meaningful way by bringing people together to fight for resilient and healthy communities in the face of climate change..
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Brandon Hill, Chief Creative Officer
Brandon is a communications strategist, graphic designer, photographer and digital organizer. 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 climate justice campaigns across North America. He has been a videographer on a film series documenting indigenous land rights in Malaysian Borneo and co-produced the film "Chuitna: More than salmon on the Line", Winner of Best Environmental Film at The International Wildlife Film Festival in 2015. He holds a B.A. in Natural History from Sterling College and is Alumni of the ReFrame Mentorship.
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Jessi Thornton, Upper Inlet Organizer
Jessi is an organizer and artist based in Anchorage. Originally from Finland and raised in the Netherlands, her path to becoming an organizer began at age 11 when she and her sister started canvassing their neighborhood to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. A passion for social justice issues led to an internship with a Bolivian Indigenous rights organization in 2011, and the following year she made her first trip to Alaska as an intern for the Inuit Circumpolar Council. Before joining Inletkeeper, she had an organizer position with Alaska Community Action on Toxics. She holds a MA in Anthropology with Hispanic Studies from the University of Aberdeen and a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh.
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