Lisa DockenExecutive 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 projects from everything to renovating the gift shop to revamping our net recycling program and 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.”

Chantel Adelfio, Invasive Plant Program Manager

Chantel has worked as the Invasive Plant Program Manager for the CRWP since 2016. She has over a decade of experience in Aquatic Biology; she started her career in Michigan assisting on stream restoration projects, then received her MSc from Loyola University Chicago studying aquatic insect communities across the Copper River Delta. Chantel has been lucky enough to visit beautiful and remote areas of the Copper River Delta, Prince William Sound, and Copper Basin thanks to amazing jobs working with salmon, aquatic insects, and (of course) invasive plants. Chantel and her husband welcomed their first child to the family in November of 2019, and couldn’t be happier!

Ashley Taylor, Invasive Plant Coordinator

Ashley has been working for the CRWP since 2019. With 5 years of field experience studying aquatic ecosystems in coastal Maine and mapping butterfly host plants across the intermountain West, she jumped at the chance to add Alaska to the list of fieldwork experiences. She has enjoyed working with the Invasive Plant Program to protect native ecosystems and healthy habitat. In her free time she loves running, adventuring of all kinds, and exploring Alaska with her new puppy, Hobbes.

Kirsti Jurica, Watershed Restoration Staff

Alexis Cooper, Accounting

Samantha Vargas

Invasive Plant Technician – Cordova

Jolene Nashlund

Invasive Plant Technician – Copper Basin

Riki Ott

Founding Director

Kristin Carpenter

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.

The Ladies

Shae’s flock of chickens is collectively known as “The Ladies” because there are too many chickens to keep track of. They enjoy foraging for yummy ground treats, dust baths, foraging for more ground treats, and picking on the rooster. Every once in a while they get around to laying an egg. Shae regularly battles with her rooster as he defends “The Ladies” by surprise attacking Shae’s legs when least expected.


Stella (Chantel’s dog) has been a proud member of the CRWP invasive crew since 2017. She has a background in eating treats, sniffing out the best food in the woods, sitting on her humans feet, and chasing squirrels (never fast enough to catch them). She doesn’t always understand why we humans must work, but she knows that field days are her favorite days! She might not be the best at pulling plants to help the invasive crew, but she will roll on them and try to squish them down for you!


Hobbes (Ashley’s pup) has been eager to learn the ropes and get his first field season underway. He enjoys smelling and tasting most things, especially invasive plants. He looks forward to the day when he’s big enough to actually see into a 5 gallon bucket, without knocking it over. Since he is growing like a weed, we expect that day to be very soon.