Current Board of Directors

Jay Nelson, President

Jay Nelson moved to Alaska in 1973 as a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). He studied sea birds and marine mammals for ten years with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. For nine years prior to his retirement, Jay directed Global Ocean Legacy, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. From 2001 to 2003, Jay served as the Vice President for North American Oceans for Oceana. He worked for the Alaska Legislature and the ADF&G Commissioner. Jay has also worked for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and was Executive Director of the Alaska Environmental Lobby. Jay is a biologist and earned his BS from Oregon State University in Zoology in 1973 and a MS from Northern Arizona University in Animal Behavior in 1985. Jay joined the Board of SEAL Trust in 2013.

Nancy Waterman, Vice President & Development Committee Chair

Since coming to Juneau in 1970, Nancy Waterman has been an educator, entrepreneur, and citizen volunteer in community and conservation organizations. Nancy thinks about community sustainability and resilience, and community decisions based on comprehensive planning and watershed boundaries. Nancy joined the Board of SEAL Trust in 2014.

Annie Carpeneti, Secretary

Annie Carpeneti came to Juneau from California in 1970 with her husband who had accepted a one year job. With a few absences for law school and a year sabbatical in Italy with their children, they have been here ever since. Annie worked in the Criminal Division of the Alaska Department of Law for most of her legal career. She has been hiking, biking, walking her dog, skiing, gardening and loving Alaska and Juneau for a long time. Annie joined the Board of SEAL Trust in 2017.

Alex Wertheimer, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

Now retired, Alex was formerly a fishery research biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He has spent over four decades studying the ecology, management, and enhancement of Pacific salmon in Alaska. This work has given him a deep appreciation of the fundamental role of habitat for sustaining the diversity and productivity of fish and wildlife populations. A longtime member and supporter of SEAL Trust, Alex joined the Board of SEAL Trust in 2012.

Mark Kelley, Board Member

Mark Kelley moved to Juneau in 1979 to work as the photojournalist for the town’s daily newspaper, the Juneau Empire. He spent 13 years at the Empire and left in 1993 to start a freelance photography and publishing business concentrating in wildlife and nature. Mark lives in Juneau with his wife, Jan, and has two sons living in Juneau. He enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, photographing, and traveling throughout the State of Alaska and beyond. Mark joined the Board of SEAL Trust in 2019.

Frank Rue, Board Member & Lands Committee Chair

Since 1977, Frank Rue has worked on resource management issues in Alaska. He began his career working with communities on their Coastal Management Plans. Then he was part of the Department of Natural Resources State Land Planning unit. He was appointed as the Director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Habitat Division before becoming the Commissioner of Fish and Game.

Frank served on the SEAL Trust Board of Directors starting in 2004 before becoming the Executive Director in July of 2013. He stepped down as the Executive Director in 2015, and rejoined the Board of Directors the same year. Frank enjoys just about anything having to do with the outdoors in Alaska.

Brock Tabor, Board Member

Brock Tabor works as the Section Manager for Water Quality Standards within the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He is the Vice President of the Discovery Southeast Board of Directors and is a coach for the Juneau Ski Club. Brock joined the Board of SEAL Trust in 2012.

Tom Thornton, Board Member

Tom is currently Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice-Provost for Research & Sponsored Programs at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS).  He first came to Alaska in 1989 as an intern, and later worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence, as a Resources Specialist, before joining the Faculty of Social Sciences at UAS in 1994. From 2008-18, he was senior research fellow and associate professor of environmental social science at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where he directed the Environmental Change and Management MSc/MPhil program. His research and publications focus especially on the peoples, lands, and waters of Southeast Alaska and the North Pacific.

Carole Triem, Board Member

Carole is a lifelong Southeast Alaskan. She works as an economic development adviser for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. Carole has a strong interest in local policy issues and loves the accessible, abundant outdoor recreation that Juneau offers. Carole joined the SEAL Trust Board of Directors in 2018.

We are always looking for people with the energy and expertise to make a difference in our organization. If you have specific skills to share, have a passion for an issue or a program, or wish to contribute a fresh perspective, then consider becoming a Board member. If you are interested in joining our Board, please contact us at (907) 586-3100 or

To see a list of former SEAL Trust Board members, please go to this link.