Alliance Board of Directors
Alaska Conservation Alliance's Board of Directors plays an important role by shaping the work we do. Please take a few minutes to learn about our Board Members!
Nelson Page, Board Chair
Attorney-Burr, Pease and Kurtz
Dale Gardner, Vice Chair
Maureen McCrea, Secretary
After earning a PhD in coastal management from the University of Washington, Maureen has worked with: Woodward Clyde Consultants where she prepared resource inventories for district coastal programs; Minerals Management Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior assessing potential conflicts between offshore oil and gas lease sales with the enforceable policies of the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP); Division of Governmental Coordination in the Alaska Governor's Office determining the consistency of projects and activities with the ACMP; and at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized (as appropriate) activities in waters of the U.S. Maureen was appointed to the initial board of the Anchorage Waterways Council. As the first Secretary of the AWC Board, she wrote the original by-laws and in subsequent years served 5 terms as President. Maureen retired in 2008.
Shortly after arrival to the state in 1972, Peg Tileston began volunteering at the Alaska Center for the Environment. During the ensuing years, she served on the ACE board and as staff, co-founded Trustees for Alaska, Alaska Conservation Foundation, Alaska Women’s Environmental Network, and Alaska Common Ground. Peg was on the board of Chugach Electric Association and the national board of Sierra Club and has served on a number of state and local advisory boards and commissions. She serves on the Alaska Conservation Alliance (2004) and Alaska Conservation Voters (2006) boards. Peg was the co-owner of InformAlaska, a research corporation and currently owns Tileston & Associates. She has produced the weekly calendar of natural resource/conservation events, What’s Up, since 1999 which is distributed statewide to over 2100 email addresses. Peg and Jules have been married for 57 years and have three daughters and two granddaughters.
Julie K. Jessen
Julie followed her passion for Alaska and the environment by relocating to Alaska in 2000 to work for the Alaska Conservation Foundation. While at ACF, Julie was responsible for a wide variety of grantmaking programs, leveraging grantmaking skills obtained from her previous position at the Spencer Foundation (Chicago). In her current position as public involvement specialist, Julie brings conservation and project interests together to find common, balanced solutions for Alaska's future. Julie received a BA in History (cum laude) from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois; an MS in Historic Preservation from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Foraker Group. Julie joined the ACA board in November 2005.
Proprietor, La Bodega
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