Board of Directors

Mark Dalton - Chair

As Senior Vice President with HDRAlaska, Inc., Mark is experienced in developing and managing large infrastructure, planning, and development efforts, including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, environmental baseline data assessments, and natural resources mitigation efforts. Mark was also senior environmental planner at the Municipality of Anchorage prior to his tenure at HDR. He is a past president of the Anchorage Audubon Society and has raised his three wonderful children here in Anchorage since 1981.

Cathie Straub - Vice-Chair

Cathie is a CFP ®, VP Private Wealth Management at Alaska Permanent Capital Management since 2010. Formerly an owner and financial strategist at Financial Resources, Inc. for 18 years. Cathie is also a CPA, beginning her career with Ernst & Young in Alaska in 1985. She has her Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Miami University of Ohio. She is a current member and Past President of the YWCA of Anchorage, the Midnight Sun Republican Women’s Club, and the Anchorage Estate Planning Council. She served on the Board and as Treasurer for the Hospice of Anchorage. Cathie is a long-standing member of the Anchorage International Rotary Club, including many terms and positions on the Board.

Gretchen Specht - Treasurer

Gretchen is the Controller at The Foraker Group, Alaska’s state nonprofit association. She works with The Foraker Group’s Shared Financial Services team which focuses on providing all levels of accounting services to Alaska’s nonprofits to allow them to focus on their missions.

She’s been providing financial services to Alaska’s nonprofits for over 15 years.

She served on her local community council as secretary and is a lifelong Alaskan.

Ken Taylor - Secretary

Ken is the former Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and retired from a position as Pebble Partnership’s Vice President, Environment. Ken has spent 26 years of his professional career throughout Alaska as a wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, stationed in King Salmon, Juneau, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Dillingham and Fairbanks. He served as the Deputy Director for the Wildlife Conservation Division and as Director for the Habitat and Restoration Division.

Molly McCammon

Molly is the Executive Director of the Alaska Ocean Observing System, the Alaska regional component of national and global ocean observing systems. Prior to this, Molly served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council and was responsible for implementing dozens of projects and habitat acquisitions with the settlement funding following the 1989 oil spill. Molly has had numerous other positions in State government and served on many boards and councils. She has lived in Alaska for 40 years.

John Baker

John is an Anchorage attorney and consultant. Formerly an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska, Natural Resources Section, with a primary practice in public lands issues, John litigated and negotiated transactions on behalf of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Previously a State legislative aide, John worked for the creation of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. He is a lifelong Alaskan, and a member of a pioneer family.

Mark Kroloff

Mark Kroloff is a member of First Alaskan Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment firm that pursues direct investments in companies, focusing on the telecommunications, energy, and financial services arenas. Mark previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Before joining Arctic Slope, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. He began his career as a lawyer with the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Mark has served in a number of community volunteer leadership positions, including the boards of directors of the Anchorage Park Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Seattle, Clare House, and Brother Francis Shelter.

Richard LeFebvre

Retired in 2010 from his position as Deputy Commissioner of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Dick was also formerly Project Manager for the American Reclamation Group, with a focus on reclamation of mining lands. Dick’s other past positions include: Consultant to and formerly Deputy Director, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water; Volunteer designer, Anchorage Schoolyard Habitats; Assistant Director, Naval Arctic Research Laboratory; Landscape Architect, Naval Facilities Engineering Command for base master planning. Dick is a Great Land Trust founder and previous Board Chair.

Curtis McQueen

Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer of Eklutna, Inc., where he brings a combination of postsecondary education and 30+ years of business, business development, communications, project management, administrative management and governmental affairs experience and has worked extensively in the Native community. From 1989-1994 Curtis worked for the Cowper & Hickel Administration with the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and the Department of Natural Resources.

Curtis is a Tlingit Indian from Southeast Alaska. Grandson of Raymond Paddock Sr., Son of Carol Paddock Jorgensen. From a military family, his father was in the Diplomatic Corp. Assistant to several U.S. Ambassadors. Curtis is from the Eagle-Killer Whale Clan, is a Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska member, and is a Shareholder of Sealaska Corporation.

Caryn Rea

Caryn retired in 2016 as the Senior Biologist of ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., Permits and Sciences Group where she managed Alaska’s environmental studies program for CPAI assets on the North Slope and Cook Inlet. Previously, she managed ConocoPhillips’ ‘Spirit of Conservation’ program. Prior work includes field environmental compliance coordinator for ARCO and Team Lead in the environmental department and project manager at environmental engineering firm, CH2M HILL in Anchorage.

Jim Stratton - Emeritus Director

Jim Stratton is the Alaska Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association, a position he has held since December 2002. Prior to joining NPCA, Jim spent eight years as the director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and 11 years as the Program & Finance Director for Alaska Conservation Foundation. He started his Alaska conservation career in 1981 as the Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. Jim is a founding board member of Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) and was the founding Board Chair of Alaska Community Share, Alaska’s first statewide alternative workplace giving organization.

Pat Pourchot - Emeritus Director

Following passage of the Alaska Native Claims Act, Pat came to Alaska in 1972 with the Department of the Interior to study federal lands for potential inclusion in new national conservation system units. Forty years later he again found himself working for the Department of the Interior as Special Assistant to the Secretary for Alaska Affairs. He retired from that position in March of 2015.

He served in state government including eight years (1985-1992) as a legislator in the Alaska State House and State Senate, and as Legislative Director and Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources for Governor Tony Knowles.

His non-profit experience has included management positions with Commonwealth North, the Alaska Federation of Natives, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and Audubon Alaska.

He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MPA from Harvard University, and spends much of his spare time chasing rare birds throughout  Alaska and North America.

Emeritus Directors

Gary Baugh

Pat Pourchot

Susan Ruddy

Marty Rutherford

Jim Stratton

Honorary Directors

Linda Kumin

John McManamin

Eric McCallum & Robin Smith

John Strasenburgh & Ruth Wood

Arliss Sturgelewski

Board Committee Volunteers

Patty Bielawski (Finance Committee)

Jeff Raun (Lands Committee)

Board Alumni

Founding Board:

Emily Barnett

Ray Burger

Chuck Curry

Dick LeFebvre

Philip North

Laura Oden

Bruce Talbot

Thede Tobish

Ellen Toll

Past Board Members (in order of service):

Patricia Joyner

Holly Kent

Doug Baily

David Banks

Steven Schellong

Michael Smith

Alex Swiderski

Susan Ruddy

Jeff Dillon

David MacDowell

Marty Rutherford

Gary Baugh

Greg Jones

Shelda Duff

Corinne Smith