We are Trustees for Alaska
The Trustees team supports people and groups in standing up for human rights and speaking up to protect the lands, waters, wildlife and communities essential to Alaska’s health and future.
Vicki often says that she has held nearly every position at Trustees. Since 2014, she has been the executive director, but she started with Trustees in 1994 as a legal intern. That was what sparked her expertise in the Clean Water Act. Vicki joined the staff in 2003 as a staff attorney and also held the position of legal director for eight years. She hadn’t ever considered that she would run a nonprofit and be a fundraiser! Vicki is a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law, and received certificates in Environmental Law and Public Interest Law. Her legal work focused on public interest environmental law in the areas of citizen enforcement, especially in the area of water quality, and land use in California and Alaska. Vicki received her undergraduate degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Brian joined Trustees for Alaska in the spring of 2007 as a staff attorney and took the role of legal director in June 2020. As an attorney at Trustees, Brian has worked with a diverse set of clients on a wide variety of issues, including hardrock and coal mining, infrastructure projects, public lands management, wildlife law and endangered species protection, and Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act enforcement. Brian is a 2001 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where he received a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was a member of the environmental law journal. Brian has interned or worked for a number of non-profits, government agencies and legislative committees, including the Center for International Environmental Law, Defenders of Wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Earthrise Law Center, Portland Metro Council, U.S. Department of Interior Pacific Northwest Regional Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and White House Council on Environmental Quality. Brian served as a board director for Crag Law Center for almost two decades and was an executive committee member for a local group of the Sierra Club. Brian co-founded and served as board president of Bike Anchorage, a local non-profit focused on making Anchorage more bike-friendly. Brian also served as a member of the Alaska Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance, the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and Welcoming Anchorage’s Civic Engagement Working Group.
Senior Staff Attorney
Brook joined Trustees for Alaska as a staff attorney in the summer of 2010 and took the role of a senior staff attorney in 2015. Prior to joining Trustees, Brook worked for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center on clean water and public lands issues related to industrial development in the Interior and Arctic Alaska and served as a law clerk to Judge David Mannheimer on the Alaska Court of Appeals. Brook graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008, where she obtained a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and interned for a number of conservation and social justice organizations. Prior to law school, Brook taught environmental education in Colorado and Vermont.
Senior Staff Attorney
Katie joined Trustees for Alaska in the fall of 2010. Prior to joining Trustees, Katie lived in Driggs, Idaho, where she worked for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition on mining, public lands, and endangered species issues. Katie graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008, where she obtained a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was a Student Director of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center. Prior to law school, Katie obtained a M.S. in Environmental Policy, writing her thesis on wilderness preservation efforts in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Outside the office, Katie strives to spend as much time in the mountains as possible.
Suzanne joined Trustees for Alaska in January 2013. Prior to joining Trustees, Suzanne served as a law clerk to now-Justice Joel Bolger on the Alaska Court of Appeals. Suzanne graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2010, where she obtained a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was the editor in chief of the environmental law review. Suzanne also interned with Trustees during law school. Before law school, Suzanne was the Legislative and Communications Manager for the Alaska Conservation Alliance and Alaska Conservation Voters. In her free time, Suzanne enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing outside. She also owns a small business where she moonlights as a chocolate maker.
Bridget joined Trustees for Alaska in November 2017. Prior to joining Trustees, Bridget worked in various roles for the Department of the Interior for six years: a NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) project manager for the Bureau of Land Management-Alaska; an attorney-advisor detailee in the Office of the Solicitor in Washington, D.C.; and finally as a Program and Legal Analyst for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska Region. Bridget graduated from Pace University School of Law in 2011, where she received a certificate in Environmental Law and interned at Pace’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University and prior to law school, she was an Americorps volunteer, travelled, and worked at a ski resort in Montana. Bridget loves playing outside in Alaska year-round, and spends most of her “indoorsy” time reading, cooking, and listening to music.
Rachel joined Trustees in the fall of 2019 as a legal fellow and started as a staff attorney in June 2020. Prior to joining Trustees, Rachel served as a law clerk to Justice Maassen of the Alaska Supreme Court. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2018, where she earned a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was member of the Environmental Law Review. While in law school, Rachel worked for public interest environmental firms including Crag Law Center, Earthjustice, and Earthrise Law Center. Prior to law school, Rachel was the Eastern Grassroots Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing with her cats.
Tracy rejoined the staff of Trustees for Alaska in 2017 as Development Director. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Tracy earned a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from Slippery Rock University. Following graduation, Tracy spent a year in Japan focusing on Japanese language studies. Upon returning to the U.S., Tracy landed her first job at a non-profit cultural exchange program in Washington, D.C. and discovered her true passion — working for social change organizations — and has continued to work in the field ever since. Tracy has served as executive director of Alaska Community Share, and as development director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, ACLU of Alaska and YWCA Alaska. She is also the 2017 Vice President of Education for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alaska Chapter. Tracy has called Alaska home for over 26 years. Her favorite Alaska pastimes are kayaking and beach combing. When not near the water, Tracy and her husband shuttle their two teen-aged boys to ski races, basketball games and fencing tournaments.
Ashley joined Trustees for Alaska in May 2018. Prior to joining Trustees, Ashley worked as an event director in Texas for four years. Ashley earned her B.A. in Government from the University of Texas in Austin. Outside of the office, Ashley enjoys reading, kayaking, learning and talking about politics, and traveling.
Maresa joined Trustees for Alaska in September 2018. Prior to joining Trustees, Maresa served as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen in Palmer, Alaska. Maresa graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2017 where she obtained a joint Masters of Public Administration degree and a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. While in law school Maresa was co-publication editor of the Public Lands and Resources Law Review, a participant in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Moot Court Competition, and an intern at the Department of the Interior–Anchorage Solicitor’s Office. When not at Trustees Maresa maximizes her time in the mountains and on rivers.
Fannie joined Trustees for Alaska in May 2020. Prior to joining Trustees, she worked at the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council for three years. Outside of the office, Fannie enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, gathering edible greens, subsistence fishing, camping, berry picking and crocheting.
Lang Van Dommelen
Lang was raised in a dry cabin in Bird Creek where he grew up fishing and exploring Chugach State Park. He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a BA in Political Science in 2011. Since graduating Lang has been worked on development projects in rural Alaska at several different entities and has been involved in programs as diverse as renewable energy, housing, and education. He is currently working on a Master’s in Public Administration at UAS with a focus in rural development and natural resource management. When he isn’t working, he spends as much time as possible playing outside and enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking.
Aaron started his summer internship with Trustees in May 2020. He is an aspiring environmental advocate originally from New York City. He is a rising second year law student currently pursuing a dual J.D. and Master of Environmental Management at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Before graduate school, he worked to help communities around Massachusetts prepare for the impacts of climate change at the grassroots nonprofit Communities Responding to Extreme Weather. Aaron is also passionate about landscape and ecosystem conservation. As part of a senior thesis project, he hiked ~1,100 miles along the Appalachian Trail from West Virginia to Maine, studying how increases in use affected the trail’s ecology and social dynamics. At Trustees, he hopes to learn more about the legal strategies being developed to address some of Alaska’s most critical environmental issues.
Dawnell joined Trustees for Alaska in 2016. She grew up in California and came to Alaska in 1988 to work in Denali National Park, homelands of the Tanana Athabascan Peoples. She now lives on Dena’ina lands in Anchorage. Her livelihoods have included writing, reporting, brewing, and doing communications work in public health and for nonprofits and art groups. She loves to hike, hang out with her family, pick berries, run with dogs, read incessantly, skate, bike, and make poems, essays, short stories, and art.