Lisa Docken, Executive Director
Lisa has been with the CRWP since October 2019. Lisa has a Masters in Animal Physiology and Ecology from Western University, Ontario Canada and is working on completing her PhD in Arctic Wildlife from Trent University, Ontario Canada. She lives in Cordova, Alaska where she recently got married and bought a house! Weekend activities include boating, fishing, hiking, camping and enjoying a subsistence lifestyle. Evenings are spent spinning yarn, knitting and finding fun ways to cook the great wild foods of Alaska. “The CRWP is an amazing place to work. Our work is directed to keeping the Copper River watershed healthy for all people to enjoy”-Lisa.
Kate Morse, Program Director
Kate officially joined the CRWP team in September 2008, soon after receiving her Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from University of Oregon. She was quick to implement her skills in collaborative processes and facilitation to help develop and sustain new programs for the CRWP, including our watershed-wide education efforts, Copper Basin invasive plant program, and other various tourism and stewardship-based projects. She also helped to fine tune our organizational membership and business sponsor programs, helping grow the organization to where we could hire a full-time operations manager. Today she is the lead on fish habitat restoration projects in addition to continued efforts to engage everyone in exploring and connecting to their watershed. She is also a full-time mom to twin daughters and enjoys spending her time off hiking, boating, camping, harvesting wild foods, and looking for adventure with her family.
Shae Bowman, Operations Manager
Shae Bowman started working at CRWP in 2015 as an Americorps volunteer after graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences. After a year of service, she was hired as the Operations Manager. As the Operations Manager, she has worked on many projects – everything from renovating the gift shop to revamping the net recycling program to planning clean-up events. Shae’s hobbies include hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, knitting, gardening, cooking, card games, and raising chickens. “I enjoy working at CRWP because it is a place for creative problem solving and partnerships when it comes to maintaining the watershed as an intact and functioning ecosystem.”
Daniel Schmalzer, Invasive Plant Program Manager
Daniel started as the Invasive Plant Program Manager for the CRWP in 2021. He received a BS from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2011. For the last 10 years, Dan has been working on recreation projects, terrestrial and aquatic vegetation surveys, and Elodea monitoring as a Recreation Technician and Biological Technician for the US Forest Service in Cordova. In his free time you can often find Dan boating, hunting, and fishing throughout the Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound.
Ashley Taylor, Website and Technical Communications
Ashley has been working for CRWP since 2019. She started in the Invasive Plant Program as a field technician and coordinator and has since evolved into the web and technical communications person. She has a Master’s in GIS and Web Map Programming and 6 years of environmental field work experience. She finds it exciting to work for CRWP and develop creative strategies for communicating the diverse programmatic work of the organization. When not working, she loves outdoor activities and exploring Alaska with her pup, Hobbes.
Michael Zsembik, Aquatic Resource Management
Michael is our current AmeriCorps intern at CRWP. He received his BS from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX. He is assisting in many projects such a fish passage improvements, sorting aquatic samples for the Forest Service, and environmental education throughout the community. In his free time, he enjoys history documentaries, listing to music, foraging, and gardening.
Kirsti Jurica, Hydrology & Watershed Restoration Staff
Alexis Cooper, Accounting
Founding Executive Director
Other Very Important Staff Members
Maddie (Lisa’s dog) is an office dog, sometimes made to wear hats and usually in need of a good haircut. She loves spending her work days greeting visitors, sleeping in the sun and generally spreading snuggles. When she isn’t napping or looking for a pet she loves boating, digging in the sand and playing fetch. Come by the office anytime to see her; she loves meeting new people.
Waylon, Kate’s “first born”, was trained early on to be a super napper in the office, lazily greeting visitors, although more enthusiastically those with treats in their pockets (Thanks UPS!). However, in the field he is a go-getter, usually the first to find the next minnow trap, and often the most eager to see what we caught.
Doris Burke Hamm
Doris Burke Hamm (Shae’s dog) is a Karelian Bear Dog and the office puppy. Still learning the ropes of being an office pup, Doris greets each and every office visitor with enthusiastic wiggles. When not bothering the other office dogs with chatter, cuddles, and kisses, Doris has a large array of office toys to choose from and enjoys playing with as many as possible at the same time. During office hours, Doris loves to lounge atop her kennel, using it more like a hammock, to supervise office activities, nap, and play with more toys.
Miles P. Glacier
Miles P. Glacier (Dan’s dog) has been working as a field tech since 2017. He attended Hartney Bay University and has a degree in retrieving anything thrown for him. He can often be found bird watching during the fall and spring migrations, sleeping on the couch, or eating anything in sight. In his free time Miles enjoys hiking, eating, camping, eating, fishing, eating, and whining, eating, and somersaulting. He is excited to be a part of the CRWP team and looks forward to office snacks.
Hobbes’s (Ashley’s pup) favorite activities include: eating, outdoor activities, whining to play outside, and sleeping (in that order). The winter of 2020/2021 has been his first snow experience and it’s safe to say he’s a powder hound in the making. He’s taken quickly to ice skating and skiing and has dreams of skijoring one day. Until then, he is happiest running free outside and it is best for all involved to never leave him behind on an adventure.