Marissa WilsonMarissa Wilson
Interim Executive Director (Homer) // 907.277.5357

Marissa Wilson hails from the seaside hamlet of Homer and has spent time on boats fishing halibut, sablefish, and salmon. Throughout her life, Marissa has always had a deep appreciation for the ocean and what it provides. Studies in anthropology and work in the nonprofit sector inspired her to turn what started out as a summer job into a lifelong commitment to preserve the ocean-dependent lifestyle that she and so many others hold dear.

 Theresa PetersonTheresa Peterson
Fisheries Policy Director (Kodiak) // 907.277.5358

Theresa is AMCC’s longest serving staff person (15 years!), an active fisherman and long-time resident of Kodiak, home to the largest and most diversified fishing fleet in Alaska. 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 serves on numerous fishery boards and recently served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, an important and influential body in Alaska’s fisheries management decisions.

Katy RexfordKaty Rexford
Director of Catch 49 // 907.277.5365

Katy Rexford joined AMCC as Director of Catch 49 in July 2018 after a varied career in Alaska, Hawaii, and California. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and began her career with the San Francisco-based Bluewater Network in 2000, working on public lands issues. Katy continued her conservation and policy work as Program Director for the California League of Conservation Voters from 2003-2011, working on a broad array of local and state level issues including food security, water policy, ocean issues, climate change, and energy. Since 2011, she split her time between Alaska and Hawaii, founding and operating a music education business in Hawaii, teaching music in rural communities in Alaska, and growing ever closer to the ocean. Katy loves to spend time gardening, playing music, and is excited to help grow Catch 49, Alaska’s community seafood hub.

Jamie O'ConnorJamie O’Connor
Working Waterfronts Director / Policy Analyst (Homer) // 907.354.6415

Fishermen, pilots, and a noisy librarian raised Jamie in Dillingham, Alaska just north of the family set-net operation, where they’ve harvested salmon for six generations. She earned her B.A. of Journalism and Public Communication at the University of Alaska Anchorage, gathering diverse experience in corporate communications, independent film, and community theater projects. She then served Alaskans in Washington D.C., building Senator Dan Sullivan’s front office and internship program before running back to Bristol Bay with the sockeye. Jamie has since put down roots in Homer, where she participated in AMCC’s first class of Young Fishing Fellows. She joined the AMCC staff in October of 2018. She manages our Working Waterfronts program as well as the Alaska Fishermen’s Network and supports our fisheries conservation policy work. While fish consume the majority of her life, Jamie is also a certified yoga instructor, writer, and traveler. Her favorite thing in our wild world is to make connections – to nature, and to people. And she is excited to continue that work with AMCC.

O'Hara ShipeO’Hara Shipe
Communications and Development Manager // 907.277.5357

O’Hara grew up on ice rinks around Alaska before shipping out to New England for prep school and college. After graduating with honors from Brown University in 2008, she signed her first professional ice hockey player contract in Russia. Over the next six years, she pursued her passion for stopping pucks in Canada, Ireland, Russia and Sweden. O’Hara retired from pro sports in 2013 and began a career in communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has since held positions at the YWCA Alaska, Alaska Small Business Development Center and Wick Communications. When not drafting communications for AMCC, you can catch O’Hara photographing from the pit of rock concerts and supporting Alaska’s local music scene.

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