Our staff and board of directors have decades of experience as fishermen in Southeast Alaska and as advocates for fisheries sustainability and marine resource health.
Willow Moore, Executive Director
Willow Moore was delighted to join the dynamic ASFT team in 2016. Throughout her 20 years of work in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Moore specialized in executive management, program development and sustainability, working to build and support business strategies and objectives through effective marketing plans, increased partnerships, developing performance-measurement systems, and improved integration of quality, operational, and financial information. Ms. Moore has lived in Sitka since 2001, and is deeply committed to the economic viability of Alaska’s coastal communities. Willow holds a degree in nursing, an undergraduate degree in history and psychology, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska. In 2013, Willow was the recipient of the Rasmussen Educational Award for Emerging Leaders and in 2014 was a Rasmussen Foundation Sabbatical award winner. Willow is currently working towards her Ph.D in Fisheries Ecology and Oceanography.
Aurora Lang, Program Director
Aurora Lang was born and raised in Juneau, above her parent’s seafood restaurant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of British Columbia and her master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Leicester in England. For many years Ms. Lang worked in museums throughout the country, creating exhibits and caring for local knowledge and objects. Several years ago she refocused her work toward Alaska’s fishing industry, working on sustainability and outreach campaigns. Independently, Ms. Lang documents life and work along our shared coastlines through her oral history project "Coastal Communities", of which she is very proud.
Henry Nye, Fisheries and Ocean Ecology Intern
Henry Nye studies Mathematics at Haverford College, and has been eager to make it to Alaska for over a year now. His interests lie not only in the realm of math, but also in environmental studies with a specific focus on both ocean science and glaciology. Henry also holds an Associate's Degree from Bard College after attending New York's Bard High School Early College, a fusion high school and college program that has instilled him with a dedication to learning since his early teens. A native Brooklynite, Henry has spent his entire life surrounded by music, drumming in bands in his basement and at local venues since age ten. He is ecstatic about this opportunity to learn about and contribute to the development of sustainable fishing here in Sitka.
Board of directors
Dan Falvey, Director, President
Dan Falvey has fished commercially of Alaska since 1981, participating in longline fisheries for halibut, sablefish and rockfish, as well as the troll salmon fisheries and the dive fisheries for abalone and sea cucumber. Dan has a B.A. from Western Washington University in Resource Management and Policy. He served on the Advisory Panel of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council from 1991-2004, and was recently appointed to the Advisory Panel of the North Pacific Research Board. Dan was awarded the National Fisherman "Highliner of the Year: in 2011. He is a founding member of the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust and currently serves as board treasurer. Dan resides in Sitka.
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Director, Vice President
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is a lifelong resident of Sitka and the a state Representative for the 34th district, encompassing much of rural Southeast Alaska. He has been deeply engaged with the issues facing small, coastal communities and serves on the House Fisheries committee. He left Yale College early to run for office, becoming the youngest member of the Alaskan Legislature. He is an avid runner and mountaineer, and in his time outside of public policy has coordinated a number of programs to bring young people to Sitka, as well as an initiative to study glacial retreat on Baranof Island.
Header photo by Andrew Cordova
Linda Behnken, Director, Treasurer
Linda Behnken began fishing in 1982, starting as a crew member on a number of different longline, troll, and crab boats, fishing the waters from Sitka to the Bering Sea, and eventually bought her own small commercial fishing boat. In 1991, Linda became the Executive Director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association. In 1992 she was appointed to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and served three consecutive three-year terms. During that time, she also served as an industry advisor to the North Pacific Anadramous Fish Commission, the National Academy of Science Individual Fishing Quota Review Panel, and co-chaired the Council's Essential Fish Habitat committee. Currently, Linda is the Board chair of two other Alaska-based non-profits: the Halibut Coalition and the Island Institute. Linda has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a graduate degree from Yale University. She lives in Sitka and has a 40-foot troller/longliner call F/V Woodstock, which she fishes with her spouse and two young sons, who have been on the boat since they were 5 months old.
Greg Indreland, Director, Secretary
Greg Indreland is a managing partner of Yakutat Seafoods, a fish processing venture in Yakutat, Alaska, where he resides. Greg has also been a commercial fisherman in numerous fisheries in Alaska, from Southeast longlining to Bering Sea crabbing. He is deeply involved in his family and community and plays for Yakutat in the Master's Division at the annual Gold Medal basketball tournament in Juneau. He brings a high level of knowledge, energy and commitment to our board.
Seabank Advisory Board
Sam Skaggs is a registered investment advisor with 30 years’ experience managing portfolios and giving financial advice to individuals and organizations in Alaska, dba Verdant, LLC now based in Sitka. Skaggs is also the President of the Skaggs Foundation, a small family foundation that has been funding conservation projects and helping to build community in Alaska since 1988.
Richard Nelson is a cultural anthropologist who lived for years in Alaska native communities, documenting subsistence ways of life and traditions. A former Writer Laureate of Alaska, his books include Make Prayers to the Raven, Hunters of the Northern Ice, Shadow of the Hunter, Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America, and The Island Within. Richard also wrote and narrated Encounters, a nationally broadcast Public Radio program about the natural environment. In addition, he works professionally as an field audio recordist. A longtime resident of Sitka, Richard is passionately interested in the natural world, subsistence living, and the ways that people connect to their environment—above all through fish and fishing.
Liz McKenzie is an award-wining writer and filmmaker based in Sitka, Alaska. Her work focuses on the nature, science and traditional ecological knowledge of Alaska. Her projects have been supported by various organizations including NOAA, the North Pacific Research Board, the Educational Foundation of America, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Encounters: Radio Experiences of the North. Her films have been featured at numerous film festivals and conferences throughout the United States and internationally, including the Wildlife Vaasa Nature Film Festival, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Alaska Geographic Ocean Film Festival, the Explorer’s Club Polar Film Festival and the American Documentary Film Festival.
Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust is funded in part by:
None of our work would happen without the support of local fishermen. Here are just a few of many:
Eric Jordan, F/V I Gotta
Linda Behnken, F/V Woodstock
Matt Lawrie, F/V Born Again
Karl Jordan, F/V Saturday
Terry Perensovich, skiff fisherman
Nancy Behnken, F/V Dipper
Dewey Torgeson, F/V Republic
Steve Fish, F/V Kariel
Dick Curran, F/V Cherokee
Stuart Weathers, F/V El Tiburón
Charlie Wilber, F/V Alexa K
Walt Pasternak, F/V Christi Rob
Frank Balovich, F/V Carole D
George Eliason, F/V Tammy Lin
Norm Pillen, F/V Sherrie Marie