Staff

Jason Dinneen
Executive Director
jason@akmarine.org // 907.277.5360

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A lifelong Alaskan, Jason has had the good fortune of working in communities across the state. Jason spent college summers set netting in Cook Inlet, stick picking along the Beaufort Sea coast, and working on the Exxon Valdez oil spill. These early work experiences gave him a great appreciation for Alaska’s oceans and the value they bring to the Alaska culture and economy. With over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in Alaska, Jason has directed a variety of organizations including the Alaska Small Business Development Center as well as overseeing the marketing efforts for Allen Marine’s boat building, tourism and retail operations.

 

 


Rachel Donkersloot
rachel_staffphotoWorking Waterfronts Program Director
rachel@akmarine.org // 907.277.5357

Rachel joined AMCC in 2011 after earning her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of British Columbia. For her dissertation fieldwork, she spent a year living in the Irish fishing community of Killybegs studying rural youth out-migration from fishery dependent regions. As AMCC’s Working Waterfronts Program Director she is engaged in research, education and policy work on fishing community sustainability, marine resource governance and rural youth issues in the Global North.

She is currently co-principal investigator on a three year (2014-2017) study, The Graying of the Fleet in Alaska Fisheries: Defining the Problem, Assessing Alternatives, carried out in Bristol Bay and Kodiak Archipelago fishing communities in partnership with University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Alaska Sea Grant. Rachel is also an affiliate faculty member at UAF’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She was raised in the fishing community of Naknek.


Theresa Peterson
TheresaKodiak Outreach Coordinator (Kodiak Office)
theresa@akmarine.org // 907.539.1927

Theresa is AMCC’s longest serving staff person (14 years!), an active fisherwoman and long-time resident of Kodiak, home to the nation’s largest fishing fleet. Theresa has a diverse fishing portfolio: setnetting for salmon, fishing for tanner crab, longlining for halibut, and jigging for cod. Fishing is a family business for Theresa and her husband Charlie and their three children. A tireless advocate for local fishermen, Theresa supports many aspects of AMCC’s Working Waterfronts and Fisheries Conservation programs and is active in community fisheries at a variety of levels. She currently serves as one of 11 voting members on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, an important and influential body in Alaska’s fisheries management decisions.


Susan Dixon
Operations Manager
susan@akmarine.org // 907.277.5357

Susan grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Anchorage since 1990, enjoying visits over the years to communities throughout the state. She brings a wide range of experience to her role as Operations Manager, including technical writing and editing, project administration, and office management. Prior to joining the team at AMCC, Susan provided program support for the North Pacific Research Board, where she expanded her understanding of the issues and challenges unique to Alaska while participating in the funding of marine research projects and by editing numerous project summaries describing the results of this scientific research. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the efforts of AMCC to fulfill its mission and grow its vision for Alaska.


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