Derek Poinsette, Executive Director

Derek has lived at Mosquito Lake since 2008 and began working at TWC in 2017.  He studied Fish and Wildlife Biology at Montana State University, worked on a number of research projects over the years, mostly with birds, sometimes with fish, and two years with Yellowstone National Park bison.  Derek's primary motivator at TWC is the need to discover the ways that the human community here in the Chilkat Valley can continue to thrive, while also conserving the near-pristine natural environment with which we have been blessed.

Jenn Hamblen, Hydrologist

Jenn provides technical support to scientific projects in watershed management and contributes to educational programs in local schools. Jenn’s role at TWC also includes coordinating outreach projects that support TWC’s mission to benefit the natural ecology, economy, and quality of life through information sharing with the Haines community and local and regional partners.


Marie Boisvert , Education Coordinator

Marie moved to Haines in 2017 to farm with her sister, Sally, who owns Four Winds Farm. Though the original plan was to leave in the fall when the farming season ended, Marie hasn’t managed to move back to the east coast yet. With more than a decade of small farm experience, including three years running her own farm in Vermont, Marie is enthusiastic about working with the Haines community to keep the Starvin’ Marvin Garden growing strong. In addition to farming and gardening, Marie enjoys yoga, hiking and experimental cooking.

Mario Benassi

Naturalist, filmmaker, and environmental educator.  Mario leads the Chilkat Forest Investigators--TWC's long-running environmental education program in the Haines and Klukwan schools.

 Eco Productions

Mark McNamara

Filmmaker and videographer, Twin Lions Productions.

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Equal Opportunity

The Takshanuk Watershed Council does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring or firing staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

Takshanuk Watershed Council
HC 60 Box 2008
Haines, AK 99827
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Phone:  (907) 766-3542

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