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EPC Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is composed of influential and knowledgeable experts drawn from a broad and balanced variety of community stakeholders such as tribal members, local business people, non-profits, academics, etc. Members are selected for their expertise, knowledge and specific interest in EPC's mission work. Each member of the Advisory Board contributes to the Program within her or his respective field of competence.

The Advisory Board’s role is to advise and challenge the Executive Board on the strategy, direction and best practice for each step of EPC's programs. Moreover, it helps monitor and evaluate progress. The Advisory Board therefore ensures that opinions and perspectives of community stakeholders are integrated into the pursuit of program objectives. 

Membership of the Advisory Board does not signify endorsement of EPC. However, Advisory Board members are expected to support the program objectives within their field of activity and expertise.

 EPC Advisory Board Members:

Mary Ann Bishop, PHD, Advisory Board member

Cordova, Alaska

Mary Anne is a research ecologist with a doctorate from the University of Florida at Gainesville. Her research focuses primarily on estuarine ecology, including the shorebirds, estuarine fishes and benthic invertebrates that inhabit the estuarine environment. For more than a decade she has been a co-principal investigator on the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Migration Program studying migration strategies and the importance of coastal habitats used by shorebirds during spring migration. Since 1987 Bishop has worked cooperatively with the International Crane Foundation and Chinese scientists on the Tibetan Plateau studying the ecology and conservation of bar-headed geese and the endangered black-necked crane.

 Nils Boisen, Advisory Board memberNils.jpg

 Oslo, Norway

 Nils is a former EPC staff member and resident of Cordova, and thus has an in-depth   knowledge of EPC’s work, challenges and processes. Nils has since returned to Norway     with his family and currently works on Arctic environmental protection with the World   Wildlife Fund’s Norwegian national office. He continues to help EPC with advice and   outreach on all of our work. As a M.Sc. graduate in Ecology and Natural Resource   Management, with special focus on conservation research, reporting and writing, Nils’   wisdom and knowledge is extremely appreciated.

copper river pic.jpgKaren Button, Advisory Board member

Dena’ina Athabaskan territory / Spenard, Alaska

An activist, artist and writer, Karen has worked to connect issues of human oppression and dominance with those of non-human animals and the Earth. She has managed political and environmental campaigns, been an ally to First Nations’ struggle for sovereignty, written investigative reports on environmental justice in Alaska, and reported as an independent journalist during the G.W. Bush-era war on Iraq. Current work includes co-founding Friends of Fish Creek, which seeks to daylight and return salmon and their heritage to Anchorage's most impaired waterway.

Susanna.jpgSusanna Colloredo, Advisory Board Member, past Board Director

South Hamilton, MA & Teton Village, WY    

Susanna Colloredo is a nationally recognized environmental advocate with a strong interest in Alaska. She counts as her heroes, who were also her cohorts and friends, Celia Hunter, Ginny Hill-Wood and Marty Murie. A longtime supporter of the EPC, she is also a board member for the Alces Family Foundation. She sat on the National Advisory Council of the Land Trust Alliance, was chairman of both the Hamilton Open Space Committee and the Hamilton Conservation Commission, and was co-founder of the Essex County Trail Association. The Massachusetts Audubon Society honored her in 2007. In 2017 she won the Conservation Award for land protection in the New England district of the Masters of Foxhounds Association. She is currently active on the Bering River Coal Conservation Initiative.

 David Grimes, Advisory Board MemberDavid Lynn Grimes.jpg

 Cordova, AK   

David was a commercial fisherman, activist-organizer and spiritual leader for  citizens of Cordova and Prince William Sound during the Exxon Valdez oil spill  disaster. Using the opportunity of that crisis, he worked with Dune Lankard, Rick Steiner and others to extricate a billion dollar out-of-court settlement from Exxon for restoration and preservation of the Prince William Sound/Copper River Delta and greater oil spill region ecosystems. An accomplished musician and songwriter, essayist and photographer, David is also a wilderness guide and respected Captain, participating for over thirty years in orca and   humpback whale research in Prince William Sound and the Kenai Fjords with the North Gulf Oceanic Society. David is also a member of the Netherlands-based Artists for Nature Foundation which uses the universal language of art in projects around the world to win hearts and minds to the praise and protection of Mother Earth. David has probably rafted the Copper River more than anyone living, and is chief Captain and guide on EPC’s Copper River Wilderness raft trips. In his understanding that the Earth is alive and sentient and we are molecules of the Creation in temporary human form, David is one of EPC’s most trusted guides and advisors. His adopted Eyak name YaxadiliSayaxinh means “The Thinker”, or literally, “He who causes his mind to involuntarily roam in an indeterminate direction.”

Gabe Scott, Esq., Advisory Board Member

Eugene, OR

Gabe came to Cordova in 1998 from an activist camp in the Humboldt California forests to help EPC stop the planned 55-mile Carbon Mountain Road to the Bering River Coalfields. He fell in love with the region and the work, returned to college, and was later admitted to the Alaska Bar with a specialty in Environmental Law in 2012. His advice and strategic policy planning has been essential in all of EPC’s campaigns and programs. Gabe is a father with a family of two and a resident rabbit. When he's not working on protecting Alaska's wild places, he can be found catching and smoking wild salmon, tromping through ancient forests, and shooting hoops. 

Gary.jpgGary Harrison, Advisory Board Member

Ahtna / Chickaloon, AK 

Gary Harrison is President and Traditional Chief of Chickaloon Village, a member of the Arctic Athabaskan Council – a UN recognized NGO – and a recognized, well-respected statewide tribal leader and advocate. He fights tirelessly to protect his region and people from destructive oil, gas, and mining development, and is a strong advocate for the traditional standing, sovereignty and use of the Matanuska River Valley, Cook Inlet area, Talkeetna Mountains, and the Chugach Mountains. Gary served on the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Tribal Justice Advisory Group, Office of Justice Programs, Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs, Organization of The American States, Arctic Athabascan Council, Indigenous Peoples Secretariat, Arctic Council, the Sovereignty Network, United Tribes of Alaska, and the International Environmental Network. Gary brings a passion and enthusiasm for promoting quality health services and environmental justice for all Alaska Natives. 

Darcie.jpgDarcie Houck, Esq., Advisory Board Member

Mohawk & Ottawa / Sacramento, CA

Darcie is very intrigued with the depth of EPC’s work in wild salmon habitat preservation and the deep relationships evident in EPC’s work with cultural revitalization and environmental justice. She is a promoter of Indigenous heritage and knowledge, and its relationship with resilient communities. She is advising EPC actively with all of its campaigns. Darcie represents tribes and tribal organizations in all aspects of law before tribal, federal and state forums, both administrative and judicial. Her primary focus areas include land use, environment, energy development, and health care. Previously she served as staff counsel and policy advisor to the California Energy Commission, who handles all aspects of land use planning for development of energy projects and develops statewide policies that impact Native American resources, energy, and economic development. As litigator for a non-profit law firm representing children in dependency proceedings, Darcie has also concentrated her work on Indian child welfare issues. 

Robbin La Vine, Advisory Board Member

Anchorage, AK           

Robbin brings six years of experience as an applied anthropologist in Alaskan subsistence fisheries research, education and outreach. An expert in organizing community support around critical resource issues, she has extensive experience in program, project, and fundraising management. Robbin has a background in federal and state resource management issues, and has worked for and in multiple Alaska Native nonprofits. She has put an extensive amount of work into the planning for the continuance of the Eyak language program.

Timothy Metz, Advisory Board MemberTim_Metz.jpg

Garberville, CA                        

Timothy is a Cordova commercial fisherman running The Humboldt Current on the Copper River Delta.  He founded Restoration Forestry, Inc., a Humboldt County-based forest management and contracting company 20 years ago in order to combine his craft as a Registered Professional Forester with his passion for watershed restoration. He has been a supporter and fundraiser for EPC for more than 15 years, fishing on the flats with Dune and being constantly in awe of Carol’s NGO abilities. Tim is currently very involved in the Sustainable Communities program and lives in Cordova for at least two months every fishing season.

Pamela Smith, Advisory Board Member, Co-founder, Past Board Member

Eyak, Eagle Clan / Cordova, AK

Pamela Smith is an Eyak of the Eagle Clan who is regionally famous for her expertise in traditional salmon smoking techniques. She has been a preservation activist since the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In her role as an Advisory Board member, Pam acts as a spiritual guide and cultural and personal liaison within the Eyak ancestral homelands.

Alan_Trist.jpgAlan Trist, Advisory Board Member           

Eugene, OR 

A graduate in social anthropology from Cambridge University, Alan Trist has a special interest in our Shepard Point and Bering Coalfields developing messaging and campaign strategies; he assists with general program development, fundraising and editorial tasks. Alan was publisher and editor with the Hulogosi publishing cooperative in Eugene, Oregon in the 1980s, and from 1970 to 2014 was manager of Ice Nine Publishing Company, whose song catalogue of the counterculture centered on the music of the Grateful Dead. Alan continues to work with the cultural legacy of the 1960s.

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 11.15.41 AM.pngMariah Parker, Advisory Board Member

San Rafael, CA

Mariah Parker has been a dedicated volunteer for more than ten years, assisting EPC with development and marketing communications. She has visited their 5-mile Eyak Lake home and participated in many EPC events and presentations. With a brother that lives in Alaska, she is very familiar with Alaska environmental and social justice issues. An accomplished composer and bandleader, and successful graphic designer with a strong commitment to social change, Mariah is a valuable team member and advisor to EPC.