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ACA Staff (from left to right): Suzanne Bostrom, Bobi Rinehart (with Baby GG), Caitlin Higgins, Kate Troll and Dwayne Lee.

Executive Director, Kate Troll ()
Kate Troll recently joined Alaska Conservation Alliance as Executive Director. Kate is a long time Alaskans who has over 18 years experience is fisheries and coastal management policy. Kate?s wide range of experience includes serving as the Executive Director for United Fishermen of Alaska, as a policy advisor to the Commissioner of Fish and Game, as a coastal management analyst in the Governor?s Office and as a locally elected official. Through these positions Kate has played a pivotal role in shaping some of Alaska ?s stronger resource protection measures from protecting salmon streams to banning salmon farms and high sea driftnets. Exercising vision, Kate recently published a book on promoting the linkages between environmental protection and economic development.

Outreach Director, Caitlin Higgins ()
Caitlin moved to Alaska in January 2005 to join ACA. She is a Green Corps graduate and has worked on environmental campaigns across the country, ranging from cruise ship pollution to mercury contamination and nuclear waste storage in Yucca Mountain . Prior to joining ACA/ACV, Caitlin worked on the November 2004 elections with MoveOn PAC in Iowa . She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2003with a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies. Caitlin is currently working towards her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Development Director, Bobi Rinehart ()
Bobi joined ACA in the fall of 2005, returning to Anchorage after working in Seattle as the Executive Director of North Pacific Marine Science Foundation. She also owned a fundraising consulting firm for five years and has more than twelve years? expertise in fundraising, public relations, environmental conservation, and non-profit management. She earned her MS in Environmental Studies at Bard Graduate School in 2003, and received her BA in Environmental Science from Scripps College (Sigma Xi) in 1992.

Communications & Legislative Manager, Suzanne Bostrom ()
Suzanne began working for ACA and ACV in January as the Legislative Campaign Manager. Prior to moving to Juneau in 2005, Suzanne lived in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY where she worked in public relations, marketing, and management. Suzanne also volunteered for two years as a group leader and fundraising organizer in Los Angeles for building projects in Mexico. She graduated from New York University with a BS in Marketing and International Business and is currently applying to law school to pursue a joint degree in environmental law and resource management.

Finance Director, Dwayne Lee ()
Dwayne moved to Alaska from Wisconsin in 2001, he has a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota , and passed the CPA examination in 1990. Prior to working for ACA, Dwayne worked full time in a CPA office, taught accounting and business courses and completed a 28-year career in managing retail stores for a national chain. In addition to working for ACA Dwayne continues to work as the Finance Director for the Alaska Center for the Environment and as an adjunct professor of accounting at the University of Alaska. Dwayne, his spouse Gwen, and their daughter Melissa live in Eagle River, AK.

Fundraising Coordinator, James Creely ()
James Creely moved to Anchorage in 2003 from Costa Mesa, California, after working in the private sector in various jobs.With no previous non-profit experience James jumped right in and has enjoyed maintaining member relationships through phone fundraising since October 2003. James enjoys gardening & rollerblading and getting outside as much as possible.

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