Our board reflects a wide spectrum of the community and represents science, education and business in Southeast Alaska.

Kitty LaBounty

Vice Chair

Kitty is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Sitka where she has developed biology and natural history courses for both traditional college students and community outreach. She is botanist with over 20 years of experience working in Southeast Alaska for multiple federal land management agencies. Current research projects include rhizosphere fungi of muskegs and ecology of cedar epiphytes. Kitty is a Master gardener and co- host of the local public radio show, The Garden Show.  Kitty is a founder of the Sitka Sound Science Center.

Trish White


Trish was born and raised in Sitka and has been a pharmacist for thirty years. She and her husband own White’s and Harry Race Pharmacy. She has a BS in Pharmacy from Oregon State University, and is a strong supporter of science, fishing, hiking trails and fine arts education in Sitka.

Linda Waller


Linda grew up in Vermont on Lake Champlain and has always loved being on or in the water. She loves to travel, SCUBA dive, snorkel, and kayak. Linda is currently employed at Sitka Sound Seafoods as the computer network manager. Linda has been volunteering for Sitka WhaleFest  for 12 years and was also a volunteer on a whale research trip to Seymour Canal in December 2006.  Linda joined the Sitka WhaleFest Board in 2011 and the Science Center Board in 2012.

Rob Allen


Rob grew up in Sitka and spends as much time as he can in Sitka and on the water. He is on several boards of non-profits in Sitka and in western Massachusetts, his seasonal home. He has a Masters in Public Administration and a B.A. in History, both from Harvard University.

Justin Penny


Justin is the Business Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo.  He has a B.S. in Management from Northern Michigan University.  He grew up in Michigan exploring the wildlife diversity of the Great Lakes.  After moving around Alaska for a few years, he settled in Sitka.  He was drawn to the Science Center’s educational pursuits which mimicked his own childhood experiences.  In his free time, Justin enjoys back-country snowboarding, fishing, hunting, and drumming.

Randy Lantiegne


Randy is the General Manager for Fleet and Tender Operations at Silver Bay Seafoods.  As a commercial fisherman and owner and operator of Alaska Water Ventures, Randy brings extensive experience serving on various boards and in business, marketing, and fisheries to the SSSC Board.  He is also a board member of the Pacific Salmon Treaty Association and while serving as Fleet Operation Manager at Icicle Seafoods, won them the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award in 2011.  Randy joined the SSSC Board in 2016.

Steve Clayton


Steve has lived in Sitka for 38 years. He is a owner of Clayton Construction and has extensive experience working on some of Sitka’s historic structures. He is also a commercial fisherman. He enjoys science and education and has joined the Sitka Sound Science Center to give back to the community.

Madison Kosma


Madison Kosma is a graduate student with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries (UAF, CFOS). She got a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa and worked at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB). Her undergraduate work addressed the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs and additionally she was a research assistant in the HIMB Marine Mammal Research Program. In 2012, she followed the whales to their northern feeding grounds in Sitka, Alaska for a position at the Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC) and remained with the organization for 4 years as the Director of Sitka WhaleFest, the Science Outreach Coordinator, the Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, and the AmeriCorps VISTA Project Supervisor for Sitka. If you can’t find her in the office or on a boat surveying whales she could be surfing, snowboarding, watering her extensive succulent collection, diving, playing softball, flying her drone, volunteering at the local animal shelter, or traveling.