Kristen Miller - Acting Executive Director
Kristen Miller has been with Alaska Wilderness League since 2006 and also serves as its Conservation Director. Prior to joining the League, Kristen worked as a Senior Associate for Public Lands at the National Wildlife Federation and as an environmental legislative assistant in the House of Representatives. She is a graduate of Washington University School of Law. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Kristen fell in love with the beauty of Alaska after living for a summer outside of Denali National Park and relishes every opportunity she gets to visit Alaska. When not at the League, she is a full-time executive assistant for her 2 daughters and their yellow lab, Cash.
Mladen Mates - Acting Deputy Director
Mladen joined the Alaska Wilderness League team in January 2008 and also serves as the League's Director of Finance and Operations. He graduated from Empire State College with a Bachelor of Arts in International and European Economic Studies. He is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional and works daily to make the most of the League’s limited resources. He’s also an amazing photographer and our website and materials feature many of his images. When not at work, you can find him on the water honing his sailing skills or paddle-boarding.
Arielle Baker - Annual Giving Manager
Arielle joined Alaska Wilderness League in the summer of 2018. She grew up in Michigan and moved to D.C. after obtaining her BA in Psychology from Calvin College. While in D.C., Arielle has helped start a grant writing firm, trained nonprofit professionals on development best practices and managed the community engagement program at a transitional housing program for women. She is passionate about connecting good people to organizations that are making an impact, and is excited to be at an organization dedicated to preserving beautiful lands and waters. Arielle first visited Alaska in 2013, and when she isn’t writing emails or creating fundraising plans, she can usually be found attending concerts, enjoying D.C.’s public pools or adding stamps to her National Parks Passport.
Leah Donahey - Legislative Director
Leah joined Alaska Wilderness League in the fall of 2010. She grew up in campaign politics in Southern California and started advocating for candidates and issues at age 3. For almost a decade before joining the League, Leah ran environmental protection campaigns for CREDO Action. She has in-depth experience in campaign strategy and policy initiative development, leading strategic coalitions, implementing the design and execution of online and in-person campaigns. Today, Leah manages the League's legislative efforts in D.C., and while you can often find Leah walking the halls of Congress, she spends her favorite hours hiking in our awesome public lands with both two- and four-legged friends.
Maddie Halloran - Manager of Alaska Campaigns
Maddie joined Alaska Wilderness League in March of 2021. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Technological Studies with a focus on Conservation and Development from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to joining AWL, Maddie worked in various environmental science and education positions in Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, Arizona and California. Maddie finished her master’s degree in Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University in 2020, where her research focused on local population dynamics of coho salmon.
Corey Himrod - Senior Communications Manager
Corey has been with Alaska Wilderness League since February 2013, and has led its communications and social media shop since 2018. Originally from Michigan, Corey has lived in the metro-D.C. area since 2005. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he earned his B.A. in Journalism, and received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Following three-plus years of working on legal issues related to big box development, he moved into the environmental realm (and the communications field) for good, spending time at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, League of Conservation Voters and Conservation Lands Foundation. When not defending Alaska, you’ll find him in the wilds of Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, dog Josie and cat Sunny.
Chris Konish - Director of Development
Chris began working at Alaska Wilderness League in September 2017. A California native, he graduated with a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, followed by fundraising for Los Angeles-based arts and education nonprofits while enjoying the beaches, mountains and deserts of southern California. After starting his career at nonprofit publisher Red Hen Press, he moved on to support individual fundraising at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and then grantmaking at the Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation. Today he directs the League's fundraising operations, ensuring supporters remain connected to and invested in protecting wild Alaska. Chris spends his off hours exploring D.C. and its nearby hiking trails with his wife and dog.
Andy Moderow - Alaska Director
Based in Anchorage, Andy joined the Alaska Wilderness League team in January 2016. A lifelong Alaskan, Andy grew up running sled dogs and finished the 1,100 mile Iditarod in 2001 just before attending Cornell University. After graduating, he returned to Alaska and interned in the National Parks Conservation Association's Alaska office. Following that, he spent four years as a state legislative aide, taking a yearlong break to manage a statewide political campaign. Just prior to joining the League team, he worked for the Alaska LCV State League in a variety of roles, ranging from Executive Director and Political Director to Data Director. When not working, Andy can be found at the family dog kennel — located just outside Denali National Park — or in the mountains skiing and studying the snowpack.
Lois Norrgard - National Field Organizer
With Alaska Wilderness League since 2007, Lois transitioned from small business owner to environmental organizer in 2000. As a powerhouse advocate for the protection of our amazing public lands in Alaska, she strengthens, empowers and organizes our passionate grassroots volunteers so they can leave a lasting impact on decision-makers. She cares deeply about sustainable living and spends time gardening, hiking with her dogs, and exploring nature’s beauty in her home state of Minnesota.
Anna Robinson - Development Coordinator
Anna joined the Alaska Wilderness League in September 2019. She graduated in 2018 from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences and French. Before joining the League she spent the 2018-2019 school year teaching English in Rennes, France. Anna has always cared about the environment and discovered her love of conservation and wildlife protection while studying Balinese macaques in Indonesia. When she's not at the League she can be found experimenting with sustainable, vegetarian recipes or exploring Virginia's hiking trails and waterways.
Monica Scherer - Director of Outreach
Monica develops and manages volunteer efforts for all the Leagues campaigns across the continental United States and coordinates efforts between partner organizations. She strives to empower and support individuals and organizations to engage in meaningful actions on behalf of Alaska’s public lands. Monica joined the League in January of 2007 as a field organizer and later started the Alaska Wild Educator Network, growing it currently to more than 1,000 educators across the country. Prior to working at the League, she worked at the League of Conservation Voters and for Representative John Dingell (D-MI). She has a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Widener University. In her free time she….wait, what free time?!
Basia Sikora - Operations Manager
Basia joined the League in the spring of 2013. She graduated from Illinois State University where she studied Political Science. Basia previously worked on logistics and operations for political campaigns in Illinois before moving to Washington, D.C., to indulge her love of history. While working as an educational guide with mostly foreign exchange students, Basia discovered the importance of passion when advocating — this is when she knew she wanted to pursue a nonprofit career. In her multifaceted role, she provides League staff with support and logistics that help League campaigns win. When Basia is not at work, she is surely thinking of her next adventure — which probably includes chasing a flying disc somewhere across the globe, or petting a local dog.
Hilary Stamper - Online Director
Hilary has been helping organizations and individuals drive progressive social change for more than 18 years. After graduating from Stanford with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a burning desire to help wildlife, Hilary spent nearly 10 years at Care2.com working with nonprofit clients. At Alaska Wilderness League since spring 2013, she continues to focus on developing winning online strategies that engage supporters and turn online activities into offline results. She has continued to evaluate and couple online tools with concise, compelling communications that make it easy for individuals to give money and take actions to protect our wild places. When not working, coaching club soccer or tending a menagerie of pets and kids, Hilary and her dogs are running along the beach or sauntering through California mountains.