Karen Linnell

Executive Director

Karen has been involved with AITRC since its inception. She has a thorough understanding of federal and state grant management and has been involved in protecting customary and traditional hunting and fishing rights for many years. In 2011 she was appointed by the Secretary of Interior to the Wrangell-St. Elias Subsistence Resource Commission and has served as Secretary to the Copper Basin Fish and Game Advisory Committee since 2008.  Karen also served on the Alaska Board of Game from 2017-2019. She currently serves on the  BIA Alaska Region Tribal Budget Committee and is one of the Alaska representatives to  BIA Tribal Interior Budget Committee.  She also represents Alaska on the Western Region Tribal Conservation Advisory Committee with the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Bruce Cain

Development Director

Bruce is an accomplished finance and business manager with over 30 years of experience developing business and public programs in rural Alaska. He has over 25 years of involvement with Chinook and Sockeye Salmon research on the Copper River. He also has a broad range of experience working with subsistence, land rights, and self-determination on the Copper River.

Pete Peschang

Projects Manager

Pete has served as Project Manager since April 2019. His scope of work encompasses working with natural resources of biomass and energy potential for the tribes. He manages the food, fuel and jobs initiative regarding biomass harvest planning, early succession planning/moose browse enhancement, biomass utilization, and job creation. Pete has owned private sector businesses, served as the Tribal Administrator for Cheesh'na Tribal Council, and has experience working with federal, state, tribal, and private entities throughout the United States, in a multitude of capacities. 

Odin Miller

Social Scientist

Odin accepted the position of social scientist with AITRC  in July 2019. He is working to develop the AITRC Fisheries Program with funding and support from the USFWS Partners Fisheries Monitoring Program. Odin grew up in Juneau and earned a BA degree at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He then went on to complete an MA in Cultural Anthropology from UAF, researching the role of human-reindeer-caribou relationships in shaping food systems on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula. From 2012-2015, Odin worked and traveled extensively in western Alaska, conducting fisheries and social science work for Alaska Department of Fish & Game. He has traveled widely in the Circumpolar North and has lived in both Siberia’s Sakha Republic and Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Nicole Farnham

Fisheries Biologist

Nicole accepted the position of project assistant with AITRC and moved to Glennallen, Alaska in March 2019.  She grew up in Fairbanks and went to the university of Alaska for her undergraduate degree in Fisheries Fisheries Ocean Sciences. Nicole spent many years working with the Tanana Chiefs Conference on the Yukon River doing various projects.; including running the Henshaw Creek Weir for many years. IShe also participated in various helicopter and drone surveys of many tributaries, and did genetic and environmental DNA collection and analysis. Nicole also spent two years in Nome working on lagoon understanding the what organisms lived there. During her spare time she loves to hike, camp, and scuba dive. Nicole enjoy traveling the world and see the critters that live underwater. Nicole is working with Odin to develop the AITRC Fisheries Program with funding and support from the USFWS Partners Fisheries Monitoring Program, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and other funding.   

Dustin Carl

Wildlife Biologist

Dustin Carl is a Wildlife Biologist for the Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) completing a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Biological Sciences and will be defending his thesis "Genomic Variation of Red-faced Cormorants of the Aleutian and Bering Sea Region". Dustin received his Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biological Sciences from UAA in 2014. Dustin has worked on research projects with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in the Yukon Delta National Refuge, Togiak National Refuge, and the Alaska Maritime National Refuge

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Sterling Spilinek

Wildlife Biologist

Sterling Spilinek was born and raised in Douglas Wyoming. Sterling attended Whitman College in Walla Walla Washington where he played on the baseball team and received a degree in Biology. After college Sterling moved back to Wyoming and worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department; working throughout Wyoming on projects involving landowner/hunter relations, ungulate migration habitat improvement, ungulate herd tracking, and large carnivore noninvasive sampling. Deciding to continue his education, Sterling enrolled into the Wildlife Ecology program at Texas State University. Sterling wrote his graduate thesis on rumen morphology of white-tailed deer comparing energy of diets and presented his research for the coveted Cottam Award at the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Sterling’s most recent employer was Pheasants Forever, as a partner biologist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Billings Montana. In this role, Sterling largest accomplishment was submitting a grant for grassland bird conservation in southeast Montana totally over one million dollars.  

Greg Engebretson

Project Coordinator

Greg has worked and lived in the region for past 30 years in various capacities from pipeline and civil maintenance, construction, forestry to working with tribal governments. His knowledge of the area, people and experience gained throughout his career will helpful as Greg is works with tribes on the biomass, fuels reduction projects. 

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Tonilee Jackson-Goodlataw

Office Manager

Tonilee Jackson-Goodlataw, was born and raised in Copper Center, she has an Associates Degree in Social Services from the University of Alaska. Tonilee has worked with tribes for many years as the Support Services Director at Copper River Native Association, where she managed the Migratory Bird Program and Subsistence Committee.  She has served on the Ahtna, Incorporated C&T and Land Committees, and the Kluti-Kaah SVO. Familiar with policies and procedures, she is a great addition to our team.