Staff

Jason Dinneen
Executive Director
jason@akmarine.org // 907.277.5357

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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.

 

 


Shannon Carroll
Deputy Director
shannon@akmarine.org // 907.277.5357

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Shannon was raised in coastal Maine, where his passion for fishing developed while fishing for stripers at the local beaches. He attended school in Washington State, spending summers seining in Southeast Alaska. After graduating, Shannon continued to fish in Southeast Alaska and also worked as a fly fishing guide in Washington and Oregon. His passion for healthy fisheries brought him back to Maine, where he attended law school.

During his time at the University of Maine school of Law, Shannon focused on ocean and coastal law. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the school’s Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, and worked at the Conservation Law Foundation and NOAA Office of General Counsel, Alaska Section. He returned to Alaska in 2012 and has spent time working for the State of Alaska and Wild Salmon Center. Shannon currently serves on the board of the local Trout Unlimited chapter, on the Advisory Panel for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and is an avid fly fisherman and skier.


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.


unnamedNoah Sunflower
Fishing Community Organizer
noah@akmarine.org // 907.277.5357

Noah grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania, on his family’s organic farm that specializes in honey production. His parents were pioneers in the local food movement growing and selling organic produce in the 70s 80s and 90s.  Growing up Noah was more familiar with his mom’s farm raised chicken eggs than chicken nuggets. Being raised on local food gave him an early understanding of, and a passion for supporting sustainable food practices. He holds a degree in political science from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

His studies and subsequent work as an outdoor guide have taken him across the world.  He knows how precious Alaska’s natural sustainable resources are and is committed to protecting them because he has seen what irresponsible resource extraction can do to ecosystems having been down rivers and streams all over the world as a rafting and kayak guide.  He has worked as an advocate for working families in Anchorage for the past five years, as a political and community organizer for unions, and later as a program director for Habitat for Humanity.  He spends every free moment in the outdoors. He loves to ski, hunt, fish, mountain bike, hike, and whitewater kayak.


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