Originally, the Southeast Alaska Land Trust had a founding Board of three, along with a handful of volunteers. Today, it is directed by a local, all-volunteer Board of Directors and four standing committees, and a small professional staff responsible for carrying out a program for land conservation.
Krista Garrett | Interim Executive Director & Conservation Specialist
Originally from just outside of Seattle, Krista grew up clambering through the ravine behind her house and hiking and skiing in the Cascade Mountains. She attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Geology. After working for an environmental consultant in Seattle, she moved to Fort Collins, CO to earn her Master’s in Geology from Colorado State University. Krista studied fluvial geomorphology, focusing on the headwater streams of western Colorado.
After completing her degree, Krista moved to Juneau and worked for the State, before joining the staff of the Southeast Alaska Land Trust as the Conservation Specialist in 2018. When not at work, she can be found hiking, chasing her puppy around, or curled up with a good book.
Allison Gillum | Special Advisor
Allison grew up in Pennington, NJ where she developed a love for nature exploring local woods, fields, and streams. She has a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she double majored in environmental studies and psychology, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
Allison has a wealth of land protection experience. She has worked at land trusts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and also spent the summer of 2009 as a Conservation Assistant at the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust in Homer, AK, where she not only developed a passion for land trust work, but she also fell in love with the State of Alaska.
Allison first joined the Southeast Alaska Land Trust as a Conservation Specialist in March of 2014 before becoming the Executive Director in June of 2015.
Amanda Pilley | Communications & Development Coordinator
Amanda grew up in the high mountain desert of Southeast Idaho, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Range. Her love of nature grew from exploring the incredible landscapes where she was raised, from the lodge pole pine forests in the north, to the volcanic swath of the Snake River Valley, to the steaming geysers of Yellowstone National Park. After gaining a BA from the College of Idaho, Amanda decided one afternoon that she was going to Alaska and so, two days later, she did. She found herself happily working on boats in Southeast Alaska, from the icy waters of Glacier Bay National Park to the towering cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument.
Though she tried to leave Alaska a few times, Amanda was completely captivated and now lives in Juneau. During those years, she also worked for the US Forest Service, a ski resort in Colorado, a sea kayaking outfit, and a real estate agency.
Amanda joined the Southeast Alaska Land Trust in July of 2014. She assists with fundraising, development, and stewardship activities. When not working to protect land and critical habitat in Southeast Alaska, Amanda can be found experimenting with foraged foods, dabbling in creative design, and attempting to push her life list over 200 birds.
Jordan Tanguay | Stewardship Coordinator
Jordan grew up in Fort Kent, ME where she developed a passion for the natural world skiing through balsam fir forests, canoeing down rivers, and journeying along old logging roads in search of moose and rare plants. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Outdoor Studies and Public Health.
After completing her degree, Jordan made the cross-country trip to Alaska, joining the staff at the Southeast Alaska Land Trust as the Stewardship Coordinator in 2020. When not working, Jordan can be found running and hiking, finding new foods to forage, or listening to an inspiring podcast.
Basalt (Salty) | Chief Happiness Administrator
Basalt (Salty) was named for the black volcanic rock common around southeast Washington. Salty is a spirited pup, with a love of hiking, chasing Frisbees, and eating things she’s not supposed to. She’s a frequent traveler and loves meeting new people and other dogs.
Juniper Berry | Office Mischief Maker and Head Stick Inspector
As the curliest member of the Southeast Alaska Land Trust’s canine ambassadors, Juniper Berry brings a great energy to the office and a smile to everyone whom she greets.
When not in the office, Juniper loves to sniff out trails on our conservation lands, chew on things that fit in her mouth, and take luxurious naps in the sunshine.
Nibbler | Head Wildlife Liason
Before taking an office job, Nibbler spent most of his time in the field. He roamed the hillsides of Douglas Island in Juneau, befriending the local deer, squirrels, and voles.
After an unplanned transition to an indoor lifestyle, Nibbler decided life was pretty great, and now spends his days overseeing the neighborhood from his deck, scoping out tasty-looking houseplants, and leaving behind evidence that he was there, wherever he goes.