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Board of Directors

Molly KempMolly Kemp, Treasurer

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, Secretary

Jessica LindmarkJessica first traveled to Southeast Alaska in 2003 and has been in love ever since. Her formal background is in English, communications, and editing, which she often puts to use in support of startup projects, particularly those related to sustainability and communication of ideas for the ‘greater good.’ 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. She is thrilled to have her shoulder to the wheel for Inian Islands Institute.


Jeff SkaflestadJeff_Skaflestad

Born and raised in Hoonah, Jeff is a Tlingit Norwegian from a logging family. He recently retired from 21 years as a high school science teacher. Jeff is a hunter and fisherman of the Icy Strait region, as well as an outdoor guide, which he uses to expose people to the fascinating biology and geology of the region through an Alaska Native perspective. A father of four and grandfather of six, Jeff is also a professional artist and carver with his own gallery. He has long dreamed of a field school in the Icy Strait region, and brings passion and indigenous knowledge to the Inian Islands Institute team.

Wayne Howell

Wayne HowellWayne 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.


Elizabeth Hillstrom

Elizabeth HillstromElizabeth 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 works on creating next-generation clean energy, but feeds her interest in environmental science and education on the side. She spends her free time hiking, backpacking, biking and building her amateur photography skills. Since her first visit to Alaska and Inian, she just can’t stay away, now bringing a student’s perspective to the Inian Board of Directors team.

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