Board of Directors
Marcel LaPerriere, President, is an accomplished sailor, scuba diver, and a Sitka business owner. Marcel and his wife Connie moved to Southeast Alaska in 1982 in pursuit of a shared dream, and they knew instantly that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives here. They moved to Sitka in 2003, where Marcel worked for Sheldon Jackson College as the Head of Maintenance until the school closed. He currently owns and operates Southeast Cedar Homes, a small contracting company that specializes in custom construction and quality woodwork. Marcel has been on the SCS board since 2010.
Spencer Severson, Vice President, is a commercial diver, carpenter, global sailor. He used to dive for herring roe in Prince William Sound until the Exxon Valdez spill ruined the fishery. But according to Spencer, “only the foolish indulge in despair. I’ve been blessed with an occupation and friends I love and a struggle we must win to save and protect the home we all love. Don’t give up the fight.” He has been on the SCS Board since 2003.
Kitty La Bounty, Treasurer, is a wandering naturalist who specializes in botany and mycology. “I’m happy to serve on the board of SCS because the two underlying threads in my life have been exploring the natural history of Southeast Alaska and being an active part of the community,” says Kitty. She has been on the SCS Board since 2007.
Richard Nelson (Nels) is a subsistence hunter, fisher, and gather; an anthropologist; and former writer laureate of Alaska. His books include The Island Within, Make Prayers to the Raven, and Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America. He is also the Producer of Encounters, a public radio program exploring wild Alaska and broadcast on stations throughout the state. Nels says that, “Volunteering for conservation is my way to give something back, in return for the pleasures and rewards that come to us from this beautiful place. Involvement with the Sitka Conservation Society has been an important part of my life for many years. We are a local group with a national constituency, working with people all over America to protect one of the world’s great natural treasures. I hope everyone who cares about the wild coast of Alaska and the Tongass National Forest will consider joining SCS in this vital effort.” Nels has been on the SCS board since 1983. Click here for more on Richard Nelson.
Jack Ozment is a retired engineer, recreational boater, and fisherman. He is currently a Sitka Parks and Recreation board member, a Park Service volunteer, and is active in Sitka Trailworks. Jack has served on the SCS board since 2001 because, “When my grandchildren visit, I want the Wild environment of Alaska to remain intact so I can share it with them. We don’t want this country to be turned into bare hills devoid of wildlife.
Marian Allen is a longtime Southeast resident and former fisherwoman. She is currently an English teacher and a serious sockeye slayer. She has been a board member since 2006.
Steve Fish left the San Fransisco Bay area and rode the Alaskan ferry Malaspina to Petersburg in 1974 at the age of 19. Somehow, he ended up buying a plywood, gas powered boat the following year and soon after caught his first halibut despite knowing nothing about halibut fishing, and little enough about anything else. Well, life should be an adventure. The greatest adventure for Steve has been trying to be a good husband, father, and person. Steve met Kari Johnson in Petersburg. They then moved to Port Alexander and, finally, to Sitka in 1991. They have three children: Lexi, Eva and Erikson. Steve served on the board of the Alaska Marine conservation council including two years as Chair. He is currently president of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. He has been on the SCS board since 2010.
Brendan Jones was born in Colorado and raised in downtown Philadelphia. In 1997 he moved to Alaska where, over the years, he worked on fishing boats, in fish processors, on dive tenders, with the carpenters union, at the Daily Sitka Sentinel, and spent a winter living in the woods. He received his formal education at Columbia and Oxford Universities, graduating from Oxford with a B.A. and M.A. in French and English literature. In 2006 Brendan started Greensaw Design & Build, specializing in building with reclaimed materials. In 2011 he returned to Sitka for good, purchasing an old wooden tugboat just in case he had second thoughts about wanting to go anywhere else. He is honored to contribute to SCS’s conversations on how to exist in a sustainable manner as a community in the woods. He has been on the board since 2011.
Lexi Fish grew up in Port Alexander and Sitka, Alaska where she learned the importance of taking care of the land that provides everything for us. Lexi graduated with honors from Willamette University, double majoring in Spanish and International Studies. Lexi spent significant time in Latin America and Spain which inspired her to pursue environmental work in order to create more equal and healthy societies for everyone. Since graduating in 2007, Lexi has worked for the Washington Environmental Council, worked for the Washington Student Public Interest Research Group, and directed Seattle’s Community Voters Project leading up to the 2008 Election. From 2009-2011, Lexi worked as the Community Sustainability Coordinator at SCS before leaving to go back to school. Additionally, she has commercial fished with her family for the last ten years. Outside of work, Lexi lives for outdoor adventures and loves yoga, hiking, traveling, farmers markets, and spending time with friends and family. Lexi has been on the board since 2011.
Jasmine Shaw grew up in Long Beach, CA, and currently works for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. She first arrived in Sitka in 2010 and immediately fell in love with the community and the surrounding environment. Within the first few weeks of her arrival, she sought out volunteer opportunities with Sitka Conservation Society. Jasmine has been a board member since 2013.
Judith Lehmann grew up on a lake and in the woods in Minnesota. At an early age she began fishing, picking blue berries, making maple syrup, eating local game, and running wild in the woods. After graduating from college Judi began a 25-year career in retail management. She raised two daughters, traveled throughout the world, and began ultra-cycling. Following her retirement, she moved to Sitka to be closer to her family. Judi’s childhood and background has contributed to her deep respect for the environment; she wishes to preserve wild areas for her grandchildren, and others. She enjoys the challenge of living in Southeast Alaska, and looks forward to using her knowledge of management and experience in international travel to support community sustainability and to further the goals of SCS. Judi has been on the board since 2013.