Originally, the Land Trust had a founding Board of three along with a handful of volunteers. Today, it is directed by a nine-member local Board of Directors and four standing committees, which serve without compensation, and a small professional staff responsible for carrying out a program for land conservation.
|Frank Rue Executive Director
Frank Rue graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture.
Since 1977, Frank has worked on resource management issues in Alaska. He began his career working with communities on their Coastal Management Plans. Then he was part of the Department of Natural Resources State Land Planning unit. He was appointed as the Director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Habitat Division before becoming the Commissioner of Fish and Game.
Frank served on the SEAL Trust Board of Directors for many years before becoming the Executive Director in July of 2013. Frank enjoys just about anything having to do with the outdoors in Alaska.
|Allison Gillum Conservation Specialist
Allison grew up in Pennington, NJ where she developed a love for nature through exploring local woods, fields, and streams. She has a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she double majored in environmental studies and psychology, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
Allison has a wealth of land protection experience. She has worked at land trusts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and spent the summer of 2009 as an intern at the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust in Homer, AK, where she not only fell in love with land trust work, but she also fell in love with the State of Alaska.
Allison took over the role of Conservation Specialist in April of 2014. She is responsible for land acquisition activities, managing SEAL Trust’s In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program, as well as coordinating SEAL Trust’s multi-year Coastal Impact Assistance Program Grant project to develop a wetland assessment protocol for Southeast Alaska.
|Amanda Pilley Conservation Assistant
Amanda has lived and worked all over Southeast Alaska for the past 14 years. She brings with her a love and breadth of knowledge of the natural history of Southeast Alaska, stemming from her work on boats from Glacier Bay to Misty Fiords. She has worked for the US Forest Service, a ski resort, a sea kayaking outfit, and a real estate agency.
Amanda joined SEAL Trust in July of 2014. She assists with stewardship activities, marketing, fundraising, and development.