Protecting Alaska's Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains since 1995.
Sue Mauger, Science & Executive 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 was among 80 women worldwide selected to take part in the second team of Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative for women in science.
Robbi Mixon, Local Foods Director
Robbi is the Local Foods Director, organizing efforts to create greater food security by connecting more people to healthy, local foods through the Alaska Food Hub, Alaska Farmers Market Association, and Alaska Food Policy Council. 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 and is currently completing a MS in Sustainable Food Systems at Prescott College.
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Bob Shavelson, Advocacy Consultant
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.
Bridget Maryott, Membership Director
Bridget Maryott leads the fundraising and capacity building efforts at Cook Inletkeeper, with a diverse background ranging from cancer diagnostics to tourism marketing. She believes in strong communities and gives back by serving on the Homer Farmers Market and Homer Pride board of directors, as well as the Kachemak Shorebird Festival planning committee, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay. In her spare time she enjoys growing hard-neck varieties of garlic, perennials and fancy chickens.
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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Taylor Kendal, Communications Director
Taylor brings her passion for environmentally-conscious and sustainable messaging and visual design to the team at Inletkeeper. While receiving a BSS in Global Environmental Health from Ohio University she gained experience in environmental and climate communications and also assisted with fieldwork in watershed restoration. Before moving to Alaska, Taylor spent several years in Eastern and North Central Oregon engaging rural communities in health initiatives with a focus on the built environment and food access. She enjoys being part of an organization where her values of environmental responsibility and healthy communities are reflected in the vision and programs.
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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David Knight, Community Engagement Coordinator
Raised in Soldotna, David received a BA in Psychology from Vanguard and spent the last seven years building education and workforce development programming at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. David is passionate about building community and keeping our watershed clean and healthy for the next generation. When David is not busy chasing after his two year old daughter, he enjoys flyfishing the Russian River for giant rainbows, taking beautiful photographs on family camping trips, and enjoying the company of friends.
Ben Boettger, Energy Organizer
A graduate of Indiana University, Ben Boettger has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and a National Park Service ranger. As a journalist he wrote for newspapers in Vermont, Indiana, and Alaska, where from 2014 to 2018 he reported on local government, energy, environmental issues, and the Cook Inlet oil and gas industry for the Peninsula Clarion. As energy organizer, he supports efforts to bring clean and renewable energy to our electric co-ops.
Kyra Harty, Local Foods Coordinator - Alaska Food Hub
Kyra Harty is the Alaska Food Hub’s Local Foods Coordinator and Salmonfest Radio’s Sound Engineer, Editor and Producer. Kyra graduated from the University of Minnesota- Duluth in 2016 with a major in Public Health Education and Promotion with a minor in Art. She is excited to help sustain the Alaska Food Hub connection between producers and consumers for our health, climate and economy.
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Meghan Geary, Local Foods Coordinator - Alaska Farmers Market Association
Born and raised in Alaska, she is passionate about local foods and strengthening our communities. While receiving a BA in English from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she interned at the Division of Agriculture in their Alaska Grown marketing program. There she had the opportunity to gain experience in the agriculture system and make connections with the various sectors that come together to make fresh, healthy foods a reality for Alaskans. After nearly four years working in local food systems, she is excited to be a part of the Cook Inletkeeper team and continue working toward a more sustainable food system.
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