The AWEN Executive Board

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Kate Ayers, President

Kate Ayers has worked in public, private and non-profit sectors as an advocate for clean energy and as a civil engineering designer. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Portland with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received a M.S. in Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology, located in Sweden.  
She currently resides in Anchorage with her husband; however can often be found outside the city exploring public use cabins and the various adventures that Alaska has to offer.


Maggie Massey, Vice President

Maggie is often found outside exploring the mountains with her dog or curled up on the couch with tea and a good book. She is a lover of wild places and wild food and works to preserve both in her work at the Alaska Wilderness League where she is the Environmental Justice Program Director. Alaska is her home and she is thrilled to be collaborating with other women who celebrate the connection between Alaskans and the natural landscape.

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Molly Mylius, Development Director

Molly Mylius is a born and raised Alaskan who loves sharing and celebrating her state with others. Molly is particularly interested in the intersection of culture, conservation and development in Alaska. She has spent many Alaska summers working as an environmental education instructor in Anchorage and as a glacier and wilderness guide in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Molly graduated from Bates College in Maine in 2011 with a degree in environmental studies. Her undergraduate experience included a five-month study abroad program in Tanzania studying wildlife conservation and political ecology. In her "day job" she is a planner at Agnew::Beck Consulting in Anchorage, where she works with a variety of communities, tribes and organizations.  In addition to hiking and exploring her state, Molly enjoys nordic skiing, ultimate frisbee, playing guitar, and singing in both an a cappella chorus and a barbershop quartet. 


April Reed-McCoy, Treasurer

April Reed-McCoy, a Midwest native, earned a Bachelor of Science in English Literature with emphasis in Creative Writing and a focus in Human Peace and Conflict from University of Kansas to begin a successful and extensive career in program development within the environmental education field. In 2008, April received her Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education from Alaska Pacific University, focusing on place-based learning and teaching through living systems. Integrating environmental education and peace studies, April’s thesis project initiated a community garden in Girdwood, AK. She offers over 13 years successful experience in program development, management, facilitation, fundraising, grant writing, outreach and program evaluation/assessment, working with all ages. Additionally, April brings to the table 3 years progressive and successful experience in job creation and development. Utilizing experiential education techniques, nature and peaceful conflict resolution skills, April’s continuing focus is to connect individuals to self, community and planet in hopes of promoting and supporting ecologically sustainable concepts and compassionate relationships.


Jessica Strolle, Secretary

Originally from Michigan, Jessica moved to Alaska in 2004. Jessica quickly fell in love with Alaska’s vast beauty and inviting wilderness. She earned her Bachelor of Art in Environmental Policy & Planning from Alaska Pacific University and has worked in land planning and environmental compliance throughout the state of Alaska.
Jessica and her two dogs spend much of their free time trekking through the wilderness, chasing squirrels, and ascending peaks.


Rayna Arboras, Education & Outreach Chair

A native to Philadelphia, Ranya came to Alaska from Northern California to work as the Community Development Planner for Lake and Peninsula Borough. Her strong interests and passion for environmental stewardship has led her to AWEN where she serves as the Education and Outreach Chair. She holds a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning, minor in Geography and Urban Studies and a certificate in Environmental Sustainability from Temple University. She has worked in food access, environmental conservation, energy efficiency, and affordable housing. Her interests include sustainable systems, agricultural trends, political ecology, community/individual empowerment, and increasing quality of life. 


Grace Cochon, At-Large

Born and raised in Chicago, Grace attended the University of Washington where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology, studied monkeys, and volunteered as an activist for environmental and social issues.  She taught English in the Peace Corps in Micronesia and earned a master’s in political science at Marquette University where she studied environmental politics. 
Grace now lives with her husband in Anchorage and works as a Regional Environmental Protection Specialist for the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Her favorite Alaskan activities include downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and gardening.