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Story last updated at 6:36 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Inletkeeper restructures

New executive director hired; Shavelson to focus on area advocacy issues

BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
STAFF WRITER

Under a restructuring that splits its current leadership into two positions, Cook Inletkeeper announced it has hired Wayne Jenkins to be its new executive director. Former executive director Bob Shavelson has taken a lateral move and assumes the title of "Inletkeeper." Shavelson will lead the Homer-based environmental organization's advocacy efforts while sharing management duties with Jenkins.

Jenkins was hired after a nationwide search. He comes to Homer from his role as executive director of Georgia Forest Watch. Based in Elligay, Georgia Forest Watch is an environmental organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

"This reorganization will provide us with new, experienced leadership in Wayne, and allow Bob to focus on the growing advocacy issues in Cook Inlet that threaten water quality and salmon habitat," said Cook Inletkeeper board president Benjamin Jackinsky in a press release. "We have a great team in place and this restructuring will put us on stronger footing moving forward."

Jenkins comes to Cook Inletkeeper with a strong background in nonprofit fundraising and management, the press release noted.

"This organization has a great history and an exciting future," said Jenkins. "I'm looking forward to getting my feet wet, and helping take the organization to the next level."

One of 200 national Waterkeeper organizations, Cook Inletkeeper combines advocacy with education and science as part of its mission to protect the Cook Inlet watershed. For more information, visit www.inletkeeper.org.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

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