Board of Directors
Molly Kemp fell in love with Southeast Alaska nearly 40 years ago, and put down roots near the Chichagof Island community of Tenakee Springs. Recognizing the vulnerability of her forest home led to decades of political activism, and the formation of the Chichagof Conservation Council. Recently retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after 30 field seasons, Molly is thrilled to have an opportunity to help advance the vision of the Inian Islands Institute.
Jessica Lindmark, Vice President
Jessica first traveled to Southeast Alaska in 2003. She came away from that trip filled with a sense of awe for Alaska’s powerful landscapes, its creatures, and it’s enduring wilderness. She is thrilled to work with Inian Islands Institute to bringing this experience to students and researchers, and to give back to this incredible part of the planet. Her formal background is in English, communications, and editing, which she often puts to service for startup projects, particularly those related to sustainability. She currently lives in Seattle, where she hikes some, gardens often, and works primarily as a yoga instructor, taking classes into the outdoors at every opportunity.
Ann Rembert Safranek, Treasurer
Ann and her husband Dan are both medical doctors, and Ann’s guidance through this pandemic has been invaluable. As a mother, a volunteer, and an experienced board member, Ann shows her passionate devotion to her community and to the biosphere in countless ways. After visiting the Hobbit Hole last fall and declaring it “extraordinary!!!” Ann was hooked. We couldn’t be happier about that. Ann is a whirlwind of ideas and connections, with a singularly graceful way of moving through the world. Her arrival marks an exciting new phase of life for Inian Islands institute.
Elizabeth Hillstrom, Secretary
Elizabeth is a mechanical engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a former Inian student and summer intern. She graduated with a B.S. from Stanford University, where she was first given the opportunity to travel to Southeast Alaska and participate in an Inian Islands Institute program, as part of a course entitled In the Age of the Anthropocene: Coupled Human-Natural Systems in Southeast Alaska. At her day job, she builds devices to mitigate methane releases from concentrated geologic methane seeps. She spends her free time hiking, backpacking, biking and spending time on her sailboat, Sea Slug.
Wayne is an anthropologist living in Gustavus, Alaska. He attended Brigham Young University, where he received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in anthropology. Wayne’s archaeological work has brought him throughout Central America, the Western U.S., and Alaska. Employed by the National Park Service since 1995, Wayne has served as Cultural Resource Specialist with Glacier Bay National Park, carrying out archaeology, history, and ethnography, as well as fostering positive relationships between the NPS and neighboring Tlingit Native communities.
Jeromy Grant serves as the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA) IGAP Coordinator. He attended Allied American University where he studied to be a Network Administrator, and Clover Park Technical College where he went through the Computer Networking Information System Security (CNISS) program. In Hoonah, he oversees HIA Environmental’s PSP monitoring program, which includes setting up sampling sites, weekly water samples from those sites and at least once a month shell fish samples from the sites as well. Winter 2019 he was working on administering another round of In-Home Air Quality monitoring, and partnering the monitoring with the Home Energy Leadership program to promote community health and help save the community money. This spring he is working on doing a E-waste backhaul. He also writes The Tide Newsletters and monitor their Facebook page www.facebook.com/HIAEnvironmental/. He is an avid hunter, fisher and out the road explorer, he practices Bush Craft and other minimalist survival practices.