As we approach the end of our fiscal year, I wanted to announce a couple key changes in staff for the year ahead. After 11 years furthering Joint Venture partner outreach, Communications Coordinator Shelley Kirk-Rudeen will be retiring. Lynn Fuller, our current Alaska State Coordinator, will assume Shelley’s responsibilities as our new Education and Outreach Specialist. And long-time Alaska bird biologist Tom Rothe will take on the role of PCJV Alaska State Coordinator. I want to congratulate Shelley on a job well done and I’m pleased to welcome Lynn and Tom into their new roles.
SHELLEY KIRK-RUDEEN RETIRES
Shelley has worked with Joint Ventures since 2003, first as newsletter editor for PCJV Washington, and then as Communications Coordinator for the entire PCJV. She pioneered the very popular monthly grants and resources postings, wrote many partner conservation success stories, and maintained the PCJV’s website content.
Shelley is retiring from a long career as a writer, editor and outreach consultant focused on helping others understand the natural world. Her
projects have run the gamut from writing technical reports to developing interpretive signage, and training volunteer docents for a salmon
interpretive trail. Although she is removing the “consultant” sign from her office door, she plans to add new positions to her résumé, including
Traveler, Poet and Grandmother.
LYNN FULLER TAKES ON NEW EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ROLE
Lynn has served as the PCJV’s Alaska State Coordinator since 2007. Working with a broad suite of partners to enhance opportunities for bird habitat conservation, she has seen the PCJV expand to include all of Alaska. “It’s been exciting to watch the growth and capacity of land trusts, expansion of bird working groups, and new partnerships such as fish habitat partnerships,” she notes.
Lynn has a natural knack for communications, and will look to expand PCJV outreach in her new role. Working for our partners “behind the scenes,” she will research and compile grants and resources information, as well as publicize bird conservation projects, initiatives and partner success stories. She will be instrumental in assisting PCJV staff better share information internally and externally, as well as be part of a team that tackles a new website design in the coming year.
Lynn’s background as a field biologist, planner, science teacher and interpretive and backcountry ranger will serve her well in this role. One of her professional interests is bridging research, management, and the broader stakeholder communities. She will continue to work from Palmer, Alaska.
TOM ROTHE STEPS IN AS NEW ALASKA STATE COORDINATOR
Tom Rothe is joining the PCJV to fill the position of Alaska State Coordinator. In 2009, Tom retired from a long career with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with broad experience managing Alaska’s waterfowl and other waterbirds, and their habitats. Tom was instrumental in establishing the Arctic Goose and Sea Duck Joint Ventures, and was also involved with the initial formation of the Pacific Coast Joint Venture in Alaska.
Tom began his Alaska career in 1976, conducting studies for USFWS on abundance and habitat associations of waterbirds on the Arctic Coastal Plain. His work helped to characterize the ecological distribution of waterfowl and shorebirds and apply baseline information to reducing impacts of oilfields on tundra birds.
From 1983 through 2009, Tom served as Waterfowl Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, fulfilling statewide responsibilities for a wide variety of waterfowl and wetland habitat programs. Tom was particularly effective in developing cooperative relations with state and federal agencies, diverse wildlife constituents, and with Alaska Native communities to collaborate on conservation efforts and migratory bird management programs.
Tom’s flyway experience will offer important insights for JV operations throughout the region. He will maintain an office in Eagle River, Alaska.
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