Originally, the Southeast Alaska Land Trust had a founding Board of three, along with a handful of volunteers. Today, it is directed by a local, all-volunteer Board of Directors and four standing committees, and a small professional staff responsible for carrying out a program for land conservation.
|Allison Gillum | Executive Director
Allison grew up in Pennington, NJ where she developed a love for nature 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 also spent the summer of 2009 as a Conservation Assistant at the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust in Homer, AK, where she not only developed a passion for land trust work, but she also fell in love with the State of Alaska.
Allison first joined SEAL Trust as a Conservation Specialist in March of 2014 before becoming the Executive Director in June of 2015.
|Kaley Bangston | Conservation Specialist
Kaley Bangston is an environmentalist with a passion for experiencing the outdoors she strives to steward and conserve. Her past professional experiences include working for a strategic environmental consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts, providing clients with analysis of regulatory and policy initiatives on energy, climate change, and air quality issues. She was also a Program Manager at the Iowa State Energy Office within the Iowa Economic Development Authority. During that time she managed and assisted with statewide programs and initiatives focused on increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Kaley is originally from a small town in Iowa. She has a bachelor’s degree in Finance, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Iowa. She is a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, her dog Franklin, and likes to explore new areas.
|Amanda Pilley | Conservation Assistant
Amanda grew up in the high mountain desert of Southeast Idaho, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Range. Her love of nature grew from exploring the incredible landscapes where she was raised, from the lodge pole pine forests in the north, to the volcanic swath of the Snake River Valley, to the steaming geysers of Yellowstone National Park. After gaining a BA from Albertson College of Idaho, Amanda decided one afternoon that she was going to Alaska and so, two days later, she did. She found herself happily working on boats in Southeast Alaska, from the icy waters of Glacier Bay National Park to the towering cliffs of Misty Fiords National Monument.
Though she tried to leave Alaska a few times, Amanda was completely captivated and, 16 years later, now lives in Juneau with her handsome partner and a mischievous dog. During those years, she also worked for the US Forest Service, a ski resort in Colorado, a sea kayaking outfit, and a real estate agency.
Amanda joined SEAL Trust in July of 2014. She assists with stewardship activities, fundraising, and development. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Juneau Audubon Society. When not working to protect land and critical habitat in Southeast Alaska, Amanda can be found experimenting with foraged foods, dabbling in creative design, and attempting to push her life list over 200 birds.
|Juniper Berry | Office Mischief Maker and Head Stick Inspector
As the youngest member of SEAL Trust’s canine ambassadors, Juniper Berry brings a great energy to the office and a smile to everyone whom she greets.
When not in the office, Juniper loves to sniff out trails on our protected lands, chew on things that fit in her mouth, and take naps in the sunshine.
|Franklin | Chief Happiness Officer
Franklin is new to the Capital City, but is quickly discovering all the joys to be had in Alaska’s backyard. As SEAL Trust’s most recent employee, Franklin is in charge of morale, door greeting, and play-time.
“My job is to lay near Kaley’s desk, and to keep Juniper Berry occupied most of the work day. I do this by engaging in rowdy play whenever possible. I also sniff-check anyone who enters the hallway, and am ready to help dispose of any chew-sticks they may be carrying.”
|Sophie | Quality Control Officer – Snacks Division
As a seasoned Alaskan whose super-power is being adorable, Sophie is used to getting things her way. Her legs may be short, but her attitude is mighty.
Sophie loves to adventure on Juneau’s trails, sniff all the smells in town, and if she can find something stinky and long-dead to eat, it’s a good day.