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With New Hire, AW Turns the Volume Up to 11

Posted: 06/13/2012
by Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater is pleased to announce the hiring of Alan Panebaker as our new Northeast Stewardship Director.  In this position Alan will oversee American Whitewater’s regional stewardship projects including playing various roles in dam releases, state and federal policy affecting rivers, public land management, and community recreation planning.

Alan comes to American Whitewater with a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School, as well as a B.A in Journalism from the University of Montana. He has experience working in both the journalism and environmental law fields, and possesses a deep knowledge of the regional rivers and paddling community.  Alan got a taste of American Whitewater’s work firsthand as a participant in the Green River Flow Study in October of 2011, not far from his home in Vermont. 

This new American Whitewater regional stewardship position brings our small but growing staff to 11 people strategically scattered around the Country.  We now conduct stewardship efforts from offices in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, North Carolina, and Vermont.  Filling the vital Northeast niche will allow our already-loud little organization to turn the volume up to eleven. 

We have created this part-time position using seed money that we received as a donation in memory of Boyce Greer.  It is our intention to grow this position into a sustainable full-time position, and we encourage regional paddlers and river enthusiasts to consider supporting our commitment to the Northeast through joining American Whitewater, donating, or in whatever way works best for you.  You are also invited to come out and meet Alan at the 2012 Deerfield River Festival, June 30 in Charlemont, MA.