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.

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.

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Dan Gorze

Fisheries Biologist

Dan began his fisheries career during college with the Coast Salish Lummi Tribe near his hometown in Bellingham, Washington. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science, at Western  Washington University he immediately went to work for various fisheries management programs around Washington State. Primarily located in the rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula, most recently Dan conducted hiking, rafting, and helicopter spawner surveys, as well as biological sampling and population analysis as a Fisheries Biologist for the Quileute Tribe. Dan’s role in AITRC  will focus on the sustainability of Copper River salmon, and ways to further build AITRC’s fisheries program.

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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.  

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Sarah Gallt

Project / Outreach Coordinator

Coming soon.

Travis Goodlataw

Office Manager

Travis Goodlataw was born in Glennallen and raised in Tazlina. He has worked with tribes for many years as administrative support and worked with youth at the Glennallen School as an Intensive Aide. Travis has participated in gathering subsistence foods with his family for most of his life.