Board of Directors

Roselynn Ressa, President

Roselynn is a Natural Resource specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. She began her career in forestry in Southeast Alaska and later moved to Fairbanks in 1984. She brings to the board experience in planning and resource management. Her interests include cross-country skiing, cycling, kayaking and canoeing, gardening and nutrition.

                                     (907)378-5741   1310 Golden Heart Dr., Fairbanks, AK, 99712

Mike Stredny, Vice President

 A 30+ year resident of Alaska, Mike earns his living in the construction industry. In addition to serving on the board of the Interior Alaska Land Trust, he is a board member of the Fairbanks Trail Commission. Mike’s interests include farm preservation, trails, and German Shepherds.

                                         (907)488-1414  3121 River Bend R., North Pole, AK 99705

Martha Raynolds, Treasurer

 Martha is a plant biologist with an interest in a variety of ecological issues. She came to Alaska in 1982 and has worked in the Arctic in Alaska, Canada, and Russia. She enjoys cross-country skiing and camping with her family. She was one of the original board members for the Interior Alaska Land Trust and is interested in using private land ownership to further conservation goals.

                                          (907)479-3726  1636 Wolverine Lane, Fairbanks, AK, 99707-6627

Merritt Helfferich

Merritt serves, since 1997, as the Senior Consultant and CEO of Innovation Consulting, Inc., an educational organization management consultancy. He is a founding member of the Interior Alaska Land Trust.

(907) 479-2846 • P.O. Box 80769, Fairbanks, AK 99708-0769


Alex Prichard, Secretary

imagesAlex graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with master’s degrees in Wildlife Biology and Statistics. He currently works as a biologist at ABR Inc. Environmental Research and Services. He specializes in large mammal research. Prior to working at ABR Inc., he worked for the UAF Reindeer Research Program for three years. He has lived in Fairbanks for 19 years and enjoys a variety of outdoor sports.

Owen Guthrie


Owen is an Instructional Designer with UAF eLearning. Born and raised in the woods around Fairbanks, he is strongly interested in seeing Fairbanks sustain its green spaces and unique “city in the boreal forest” nature. His interests include outdoor activities, learning, history, technology, and the sciences.

                                         (907)479-3030  1470 Ithaca Rd., Fairbanks, AK, 99709

Larry Byrne

LOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAarry came to Fairbanks in 1978 to get his Masters at UAF and has lived on Chena Ridge since 1984.  He has conducted various wildlife projects throughout Alaska, and has recently worked on land issues related to the oil industry for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.  His interests include swimming, hiking, working on a never finished Alaskan house for 30 years, learning Brazilian Portuguese and study of ancient Rome.


                                         (907) 479-8323  3401 Moonshine Run, Fairbanks, AK, 99709