Since 1990, Gershon Cohen has been protecting public waters from the discharge of toxic pollutants. He received River Network’s “River Hero” award in 2006, and a lifetime achievement award from the Clean Water Network in 2013. An Earth Island Project Director since 1998, he co-founded the Great Whale Conservancy and Ultimate Civics projects. Gershon has a master’s degree in Molecular Biology, and a doctorate in Environmental Policy.   


          Kerry Cohen has been a professional artist for over thirty years, working in clay, paper,           metal, and other sculptural media.  Her work is grounded where she lives, in the                   Chilkat Valley, looking out over the Chilkat River towards Rainbow Glacier.  She has           had several successful solo shows, taught ceramics to children and adults, and                         installed major pieces in numerous public buildings and private residences throughout           Alaska. 


Barry sulkin, E.E.

                    Barry Sulkin has been a professional environmental engineer since 1990.  He has a                                   Bachelor's and Masters degree in E.E., and has won numerous awards for his technical                             expertise and commitment to protecting waters from toxic discharges.  He has worked as an                       investigator, consultant and scientist for attorneys, environmental/citizens organizations,                           municipalities, individuals, businesses, and the press.  


Irene Alexakos


                    Irene Alexakos earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health. She has worked for                         the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska Clean Water Alliance, Earthjustice,                       and the Sierra Club. She loves wilderness and enjoys being in and on the water. She lives off                     the grid in Haines, Alaska.


Joe Geldhof, Esq.

                   Joe Geldhof has lived in Juneau Alaska since 1979. In addition to being fond of floating                            rivers, ice hockey and walking on Alaska's superlative trails and beaches, Joe has worked for                      the Alaska Attorney General and in private practice for municipalities, unions, and many                          non-profit groups.


Albert Ettinger, Esq.

                   Albert has over thirty-five years of litigation experience on NEPA, CWA, and TOSCA issues                      and has been the litigation coordinator for the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club since                              1983.  Aside from being an expert on water pollution law, he knows a good scotch when                            he sniffs one.


ben Kirkpatrick

        As a former Alaska Department of Fish and Game Habitat Biologist for Southeast           Alaska, Ben reviewed all mining projects in the region. He also helped establish local         watershed councils throughout Southeast Alaska and provides technical support on           salmon habitat restoration.

marlyn twitchell, ESQ.

                 Marlyn applies her expertise in environmental law and policy, research and analysis, and                    advocacy campaigns primarily for the benefit of nonprofit organizations and foundations.                    She was litigation director for the National Audubon Society, and worked as a federal                          court litigator for Earthjustice and Alaska Legal Services.  Marlyn holds a Bachelors degree                  and a JD and Certificate in Environmental Law from Lewis and Clark College. 


Jim Stratton

                  Jim “Stratto” Stratton has spent 35 years working with Alaska State Parks and various                             public land NGOs to protect the wild lands and waters of Alaska.  He was the Executive                          Director of SEACC when the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve legislation was signed                            by Governor Jay Hammond and has a long-standing, keen interest in the Chilkat Valley.

scott ramsey

                   Scott has been working as a guide, naturalist and environmental educator in Alaska for                            over 20 years.  He has a master's in Environmental Science and is working on his                                      doctorate in Sustainability Education.  He and his family live off the grid in Haines,                                Alaska, where he helps people appreciate the importance of the human-nature                                          connection.