YRDFA Team

Wayne Jenkins – Executive Director 

Wayne is originally from Virginia and he spent 30 years of organic farming and gardening in the mountains of northern Georgia. He and his wife Lori have been married 33 years and raised two children, Jana Marie and Obadiah (Obie) and have one granddaughter, Kaya Hope. He has also worked as a carpenter, mill worker, organic farming consultant/inspector and for the last decade served as board member and executive director of the national forest conservation group Georgia ForestWatch. Following this he worked with the watershed protection group Cook Inletkeeper, here in Alaska. The position at Inletkeeper allowed he and his wife Lori to make the big leap; a long held dream born of summer trips to visit, fish, kayak and hike with their son. “It was the salmon that really hooked me.” Wayne says, “Obie was seining and set netting for salmon and shipping some fish back to Georgia for the winter-freezer and along with our fresh garden vegetables and Lori’s great cooking, well it was just wonderful. After several visits Lori and I longed to live in a place with such beauty, intact ecosystems and healthy wildlife populations and made the move North.”

 

Richell Carmichael – Finance Manager
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Richell is second generation Alaskan, born and raised in Palmer, Alaska. She attended college at the University of Northern Colorado where she received her B.S. in Finance. She then received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. While attending school Richell was a project coordinator for a furniture dealership in Colorado. Before YRDFA she worked for three years as a business banker for Wells Fargo Bank.

Richell and her husband returned to Alaska in 2007. They are excited to be back to raise their sons here in Richell’s hometown. When not at work you can find her hiking, biking, running, kayaking, or skiing with her family.

 

Catherine Moncrieff – Anthropologist

Catherine Moncrieff

Catherine has been with YRDFA since April, 2002 when she coordinated YRDFA’s first Traditional Ecological Knowledge project. Catherine now serves as the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Program Manager and is the staff Anthropologist. Catherine has extensive experience working with rivers and the people who care about them from her work as Outreach Director and interim Executive Director for the Anchorage Waterways Council. She has worked extensively with Alaska Native organizations through her work at the Anchorage Waterways Council and the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) and a B.S. in Cultural Geography and Ecosystems from the University of Oregon.

Catherine considers herself a lifelong Alaskan. Her family moved to Anchorage from British Columbia in the 1970s when she was five years old and she currently lives with her family in Girdwood.

 

Danielle Stickman – Communications & Outreach Director

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Danielle Stickman is Koyukon and Dena’ina Athabascan. Her father is Daniel Stickman from Galena and her mother is Karen Evanoff from Nondalton. Danielle was partially raised in Nondalton located between Lake Clark and Lake Iliamna in the Bristol Bay region and she also grew up in Fairbanks and Anchorage. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. She has worked with various communities around Alaska on projects relating to subsistence, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and political and environmental issues. Some of the organizations she has worked for include; the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, Trout Unlimited, the Bristol Bay Native Association, and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council.

Danielle’s passion lies in working with youth in rural communities and learning from the Elders. She believes that protecting and sustaining our environment needs to originate from our cultural values of honoring the earth. Danielle admires the work that the team at YRDFA has and continues to do and she is very grateful for this opportunity and looks forward to meeting all of you in the near future.