OUR STAFF

Peter Winsor - Executive Director

Dr. Peter Winsor grew up on the west coast of Sweden and early on developed a love for nature and outdoor adventures. After completing his Ph.D. in Sweden on Arctic sea ice and oceanography, he moved to the U.S. in 2002 to work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) where he spearheaded Arctic research and taught at the WHOI-MIT Joint Program. In 2008 he moved to Alaska to start a lab at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF). Peter has worked in the Arctic for more than 25 years as an oceanographer, professor and lead scientist, and has published more than 40 publications and book chapters in leading international journals covering oceanography, climate, and ecosystems of the Arctic and Antarctica. He has served on advisory boards for the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as chief scientist on several large expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica. Most recently, Peter served as the director of World Wildlife Fund’s Global Arctic Program, leading all of WWF’s Arctic work spanning from Arctic governance and the Arctic Council to supporting Indigenous-led projects focused on resilience to climate change. He has also been deeply involved in climate change research and has been part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate negotiations. Peter currently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he has lived for the last 14 years. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring all of Alaska’s wild places. He is an avid climber, mountaineer, backcountry skier, hiker, packrafter and fly fisherman. He has also perfected the art of roasting coffee and smoking wild Alaskan salmon.

Ashley Davis - Climate and Justice Partnership Organizer

Ashley brings a background in partnership building, policy advocacy and community activism to her role at Alaska Wilderness League. Prior to joining the team in 2022, Ashley led an immigrant workforce development initiative in Idaho and supported a program advancing human rights and social justice in the Americas. She thrives when building community around shared questions, such as: What is our responsibility to the land, each other, and all of Earth’s inhabitants? How can we act in a way that respects our interdependence and ensures collective thriving for generations to come? Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ashley currently resides on unceded Shoshone Bannock and Paiute land in Boise, Idaho.

Maddie Halloran - Manager of Alaska Campaigns

Maddie joined Alaska Wilderness League in March of 2021. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Technological Studies with a focus on Conservation and Development from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to joining AWL, Maddie worked in various environmental science and education positions in Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, Arizona and California. Maddie finished her master’s degree in Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University in 2020, where her research focused on local population dynamics of coho salmon.

Chris Konish - Director of Development

Chris began working at Alaska Wilderness League in September 2017. A California native, he graduated with a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, followed by fundraising for Los Angeles-based arts and education nonprofits while enjoying the beaches, mountains and deserts of southern California. After starting his career at nonprofit publisher Red Hen Press, he moved on to support individual fundraising at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and then grantmaking at the Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation. Today he directs the League's fundraising operations, ensuring supporters remain connected to and invested in protecting wild Alaska. Chris spends his off hours exploring D.C. and its nearby hiking trails with his wife and dog.

Mladen Mates - Director of Finance and Operations

Mladen joined the Alaska Wilderness League team in January 2008 and also serves as the League's Director of Finance and Operations. He graduated from Empire State College with a Bachelor of Arts in International and European Economic Studies. He is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional and works daily to make the most of the League’s limited resources. He’s also an amazing photographer and our website and materials feature many of his images. When not at work, you can find him on the water honing his sailing skills or paddle-boarding.

Kristen Miller - Conservation Director

Kristen Miller has been with Alaska Wilderness League since 2006 and also serves as its Conservation Director. Prior to joining the League, Kristen worked as a Senior Associate for Public Lands at the National Wildlife Federation and as an environmental legislative assistant in the House of Representatives. She is a graduate of Washington University School of Law. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Kristen fell in love with the beauty of Alaska after living for a summer outside of Denali National Park and relishes every opportunity she gets to visit Alaska. When not at the League, she is a full-time executive assistant for her 2 daughters and their yellow lab, Cash.

Andy Moderow - Alaska Director

Based in Anchorage, Andy joined the Alaska Wilderness League team in January 2016. A lifelong Alaskan, Andy grew up running sled dogs and finished the 1,100 mile Iditarod in 2001 just before attending Cornell University. After graduating, he returned to Alaska and interned in the National Parks Conservation Association's Alaska office. Following that, he spent four years as a state legislative aide, taking a yearlong break to manage a statewide political campaign. Just prior to joining the League team, he worked for the Alaska LCV State League in a variety of roles, ranging from Executive Director and Political Director to Data Director. When not working, Andy can be found at the family dog kennel — located just outside Denali National Park — or in the mountains skiing and studying the snowpack.

Lois Norrgard - National Field Organizer

With Alaska Wilderness League since 2007, Lois transitioned from small business owner to environmental organizer in 2000. As a powerhouse advocate for the protection of our amazing public lands in Alaska, she strengthens, empowers and organizes our passionate grassroots volunteers so they can leave a lasting impact on decision-makers. She cares deeply about sustainable living and spends time gardening, hiking with her dogs, and exploring nature’s beauty in her home state of Minnesota.

Anna Robinson - Database Manager

Anna joined the Alaska Wilderness League in September 2019. She graduated in 2018 from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences and French. Before joining the League she spent the 2018-2019 school year teaching English in Rennes, France. Anna has always cared about the environment and discovered her love of conservation and wildlife protection while studying Balinese macaques in Indonesia. When she's not at the League she can be found experimenting with sustainable, vegetarian recipes or exploring Virginia's hiking trails and waterways.

Monica Scherer - Director of Outreach

Monica develops and manages volunteer efforts for all the Leagues campaigns across the continental United States and coordinates efforts between partner organizations. She strives to empower and support individuals and organizations to engage in meaningful actions on behalf of Alaska’s public lands. Monica joined the League in January of 2007 as a field organizer and later started the Alaska Wild Educator Network, growing it currently to more than 1,000 educators across the country. Prior to working at the League, she worked at the League of Conservation Voters and for Representative John Dingell (D-MI). She has a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Widener University. In her free time she….wait, what free time?!

Basia Sikora - Operations Manager

Basia joined the League in the spring of 2013. She graduated from Illinois State University where she studied Political Science. Basia previously worked on logistics and operations for political campaigns in Illinois before moving to Washington, D.C., to indulge her love of history. While working as an educational guide with mostly foreign exchange students, Basia discovered the importance of passion when advocating — this is when she knew she wanted to pursue a nonprofit career. In her multifaceted role, she provides League staff with support and logistics that help League campaigns win. When Basia is not at work, she is surely thinking of her next adventure — which probably includes chasing a flying disc somewhere across the globe, or petting a local dog.

Hilary Stamper - Director of Member Engagement

Hilary has been helping organizations and individuals drive progressive social change for more than 18 years. After graduating from Stanford with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a burning desire to help wildlife, Hilary spent nearly 10 years at Care2.com working with nonprofit clients. At Alaska Wilderness League since spring 2013, she continues to focus on developing winning online strategies that engage supporters and turn online activities into offline results. She has continued to evaluate and couple online tools with concise, compelling communications that make it easy for individuals to give money and take actions to protect our wild places. When not working, coaching club soccer or tending a menagerie of pets and kids, Hilary and her dogs are running along the beach or sauntering through California mountains.

Priya Uppuluri - Legislative Associate

Priya joined Alaska Wilderness League in the fall of 2021. She grew up in Illinois and received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.S. in Public Policy from DePaul University. Prior to joining the League, Priya worked with various nonprofit groups on health policy and environmental policy issues. She is an experienced field organizer having worked on congressional and issue-based campaigns. In her free time, she enjoys kickboxing, learning Bollywood-style dance, visiting national parks, and scoping out the best bakeries.

Aileo Weinmann – Communications Director

Aileo joined Alaska Wilderness League in June of 2022. He got hooked on Alaska and its unique riches of people and resources while reporting public radio stories for a weekly show about all things Alaska. Prior to joining AWL, Aileo worked in Communications for the National Wildlife Federation and Resource Media, and as a journalist in Alaska, California and Michigan – producing and reporting public radio stories, reporting and editing magazines, and reporting newspaper stories. Aileo is Based in Colorado on lands originally belonging to the Arapaho Tribe (the Denver region’s Indigenous history also includes the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.) He holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and a B.A. in American Culture from The University of Michigan.