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Board Members

Isaac Watkins-President

Isaac came to Alaska in 2000 after working for a volunteer monitoring organization in Illinois for 2 years.  He also came to attend Alaska Pacific University (APU) to work on his Master's degree, and has been here since.  After graduating from APU, he went to work for HDR Alaska, Inc., where he worked numerous years on projects throughout the state.  He is an Aquatic Ecologist specializing in benthic macroinvertebrates.  He lives near the Campbell Creek Science Center with his family and enjoys hiking, camping, running, and playing soccer.









Bob Shipley - Vice President

Bob Shipley has lived in Anchorage for 34 years. He has a degree in biology from Colorado State University. Bob worked for agencies in both Colorado and Alaska in applied environmental sciences until he retired in 1993. His lifetime interest in ecosystem biology led to his joining the AWC Board in 1998 where he became the issues committee chair.







Birgit Hagedorn-Board Member

Birgit is a geochemist who came to Alaska in August 2006 to manage an environmental research and teaching laboratory at the University of Alaska Anchorage and to do research in the Arctic.  She has 20 years of research experience in the Arctic where she investigates water and soil geochemistry and how they are affected by climate change.  Recently she became more involved with man-made contaminants in the Arctic environment and joined the AWC to help protected the unique nature of Anchorage's creeks. And, she now runs her own consulting firm and trains people in environmental sampling.










Alyse Roberts - Secretary

Alyse is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up along the Campbell Creek Greenbelt.  She holds a BA in Environment and Society and a certificate of Civic Engagement from UAA. As an environmental scientist she has a passion for an interconnect approach to resource development and conservation; and  specializes in wetlands, water quality, invasive species control and public involvement. Recently she began fostering baby birds for Bird TLC. Packrafting is her favorite summer activity, and she is always up for an impromptu clean-up run of Campbell Creek. 








Lance Powell-Board Member

Lance Powell has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and worked in the electric utility industry until he retired in 2009.  He has previously been the treasurer for the IEEE, Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers--Anchorage Section, and also for the FCC, Federation of Community Councils.  He has been a resident of Anchorage for 39 years, and an AWC water monitor since 2010.








Diane Hall Pendergrast - Board Member

Diane Pendergrast has lived in Anchorage since 1987, and has always loved being near water.  She has been involved with Creek Cleanup for many years, and recently started working with Adopt-A-Stream activities and invasive species removal.  She has become an advocate of the urban creeks flowing through the city, and has joined the board to help preserve this valuable resource for future generations.













Sophie Tidler - Board Member

Sophie was born and raised in Anchorage, AK.  She graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016 with a degree in Civil Engineering.  She is currently working as an EIT for EBSC Engineering, focusing on civil-related projects in Alaskan rural villages.  She joined the Anchorage Waterways Council because of her commitment to sustainability, conservation, and education within her beloved home state.                                                 


Leah Ellis - Board Member  

Leah has lived in Alaska since 2012, going on forever. She has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin and a M.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Northern British Columbia. Currently, she works at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and specializes in fisheries biology and aquatic ecology. Leah joined the Anchorage Waterways Council to satisfy her enjoyment of educating youth about the environment and to promote environmental outreach in her community.



Robert McFadden - Board Member

Robert has lived in Anchorage since 1981.  He worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 22 years as a Fish and Wildlife Technician and Fish Culturist.  He has a degree in Anthropology from UAA/UAF and became a member or the AWC board to explore his passion for stewardship, conservation, and aquatic education. His hobbies include boating, hiking, fishing and being a naturalist.  He also enjoys spending time with his children and watching them develop their own love for Alaska's many wild spaces. 


Alex Jefferies-Treasurer

Alex grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, moved to Anchorage for college and never left.  Growing up near the Kenai River and learning about the importance of the local watershed at a young age helped kindle her passion for water resources.  She is a registered civil engineer that specializes in stream hydrology and hydraulics, stormwater, and fish passage design.  She joined Anchorage Waterways Council to become more involved in the Anchorage community and to assist with enhancing the health of our local creeks. Alex enjoys being outdoors, running, hiking, fishing, and various activities with her two corgis. 


Liam McFadden-Youth Board Member

My name is Liam McFadden. I am a junior at West Anchorage High School. I was born and raised in Anchorage. I have grown up fishing, hunting, exploring, and enjoying the outdoors and waterways around. I am very interested in a career in Natural Resources. I joined Anchorage Waterways Council to help educate young people about watersheds in Anchorage and the issues that threaten them.