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.


Theresa Peterson
TheresaFisheries Policy Director (Kodiak)
theresa@akmarine.org // 907.277.5358

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.


Katy Rexford
Director of Catch 49
katy@akmarine.org // 907.277.5365

Katy Rexford

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’Connor
Fishing Community Organizer (Homer)
jamie@akmarine.org // 907.277.5359

Jamie O'Connor

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 coordinates the Alaska Fisherman’s Network and supports our fisheries conservation projects. 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 Shipe
Communications and Development Manager
ohara@akmarine.org // 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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