Jim Lane, Acting Program Manager
Jim has worked for the NTC since 1995 when he came on board as a biologist for the central region. After a reorganization in 1996, Jim moved to Port Alberni and began his work as the Southern Region Biologist with Ditidaht, Tseshaht, Uchucklesaht, and Hupacasath First Nations. He oversees a variety of areas for Uu-a-thluk including groundfish, herring and the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy program.
Claudia Tersigni, Northern Region Biologist
Claudia joined Uu-a-thluk in May 2023 on a term basis, backfilling a maternity leave. She grew up in Southern Ontario and has called B.C. home since 2016. A graduate of Quest University in Squamish, Claudia completed her B.A & Sc. with a focus on ecology and environmental science. Her previous work with Cedar Coast Field Station provided Claudia the opportunity to work alongside Nuu-chah-nulth Nations and Uu-a-thluk staff, and she is excited to join the team and reconnect with Nuu-chah-nulth communities.
Carilia Horning, Central Region Biologist
Carilia grew up in Northern B.C. and is Gitxsan from Gitwangak, frog clan, on her mother’s side of the family. She joined Uu-a-thluk in September 2023 on a term basis, backfilling an educational leave. A graduate of UVic, Carilia completed her B.Sc. in Geography, with a focus on ecology and First Nations resource management. Her previous experience includes working with the Uchucklesaht Tribe Government and Ditidaht First Nation as a technician and contractor, focusing on marine biology and traditional knowledge of marine species.
Sabrina Crowley, Southern Region Biologist
Sabrina began working with Uu-a-thluk as a summer student while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture at VIU. She returned each summer until she graduated in 2009, and then became an Uu-a-thluk team member working in all three Nuu-chah-nulth regions. She is a member of the Uchucklesaht Tribe and was raised in Kildonan on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Sabrina’s qu-us name is Huu-yiik, meaning ‘dancer.’
Kayley Hollyer, Fisheries Technician
Kayley is the newest member of Uu-a-thluk, having joined the team in January 2024 on a term basis. She grew up in Vancouver and graduated with a Bachelor of Environment in Resource and Environmental Management and First Nation Studies from SFU. Kayley has worked on a variety of salmon-focused initiatives with organizations that include Cedar Coast Field Station and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as well as a previous salmon monitoring contract with Uu-a-thluk. You can find her surfing or playing the violin in her spare time.
Irine Polyzogopoulos, Communications and Development Coordinator
Irine connected with all things fish-related after working the 2017 fishing season at Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River and was thrilled to join Uu-a-thluk in January 2018. She was born and raised in Toronto and completed her training through Seneca at York's graduate Corporate Communications/Public Relations program. Irine is passionate about language and the outdoors, and is honoured to serve the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations through her writing and photography.
Rebecka Morgan, Program Coordinator
After spending a few years running her own successful home-based business, Rebecka joined Uu-a-thluk in September 2022. She has over 20 years experience in administrative roles throughout numerous sectors including legal, accounting, environmental and not-for-profit. Rebecka has called Port Alberni home for most of her life and can be found hiking along rivers, exploring mountains, or dipping her toes in the ocean in her spare time.
Danielle Burrows, Protected Areas Planner
Danielle joined Uu-a-thluk in October 2019. Hailing from Port Alberni, she holds a B.A. in Tourism Management and a Master's in Sustainable Leisure Management. Danielle has always had a strong interest in biology and conservation, and her internship with the Institute for Coastal Research at VIU fostered an interest in multi and inter-disciplinary approaches to marine and terrestrial natural resource management. Danielle is a hobby farmer who also teaches part-time in the Faculty of Management at VIU.
Alison Wale, Capacity Building Coordinator
Alison is a member of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation and was raised in Nuu-chah-nulth territory which resulted in her lifelong love of the natural world. She joined Uu-a-thluk in April 2020 and is a graduate of VIU's Resource Management Officer Technologies Program. Alison has travelled while studying Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and her past work experience includes consultation work on oil spill cleanup. Alison brings her insatiable love of learning and knowledge-sharing wherever she goes and is delighted to be a part of the NTC fisheries team.
Dawn Foxcroft, Contractor
Dawn Foxcroft is from Tseshaht’s Gallic family and is proud of her Nuu-chah-nulth roots. She grew up attending Haa-huu-payak School and went on to earn a bachelor degree from UVic with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology. Dawn has also received a certificate in Community Based Natural Resource Management from the Coady Institute and in 2016 completed a Master’s of Education from UVic in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Dawn began coordinating communications and outreach for the Uu-a-thluk team in 2005. Her role has shifted to graphic design and language support over the last few years.