+ Chief Fishmonger
Nic is the mastermind behind the magic that is Sitka Salmon Shares. Back in 2011, as a professor of environmental studies at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, he co-founded the company with fisherman Marsh Skeele and three of his students to bring wild-caught Alaskan seafood to landlocked Midwesterners, with an eye toward building a more just seafood system.
Nic loves eating all the species of fish caught by the company's fishermen but is always most excited by the fish that are in season. You can generally find him eating these fish somewhere between Madison, Wisconsin; Galesburg, Illinois; and Sitka, Alaska, with his daughter Nova, whose tastes are very salmon-centric.
Nic's Go-To Recipes
+ Vice President
Marsh is a professional fisherman in Sitka, Alaska, and co-founder of Sitka Salmon Shares. Every day he’s driven by a desire to get his seafood into the hands of people who share in his love for a perfect piece of fish. Marsh regards his trade as entailing much more than the simple act of fishing — for him, it’s about connecting people to their food by telling the stories of the small-scale fishermen behind the catch.
In his time away from his boat, Marsh enjoys foraging wild foods from the rainforest that surrounds Sitka and finding inspiration from food-centric travel. His favorite way to cook seafood is an open fire in the remote wilderness.
Marsh's Go-To Recipes
Chief Operating Officer
Dara ensures our members receive only the best fish and customer experience out there. She keeps hands in a little bit of everything Sitka Salmon, working with other company leaders to promote both day-to-day and long-term success of the company. Though first and foremost a foodie passionate about healthy, responsible food systems, she also brings to Sitka Salmon Shares a decade of experience in operations management.
Dara’s first love is cooking, which is what originally drew her to Sitka Salmon Shares. When not cooking, vegetable gardening, or otherwise thinking about all things food, Dara loves traveling and spending relaxing evenings with her wife and dog.
Dara's Go-To Recipes
Chief Fisheries Officer
Kelly serves as conductor of the beautiful, unpredictable symphony that is our wild fisheries supply chain. She works closely with our fleet, our Sitka plant, our partner suppliers, and our warehouse team to deliver fish to our members that live up to our values for quality, trust, transparency, and environmental and social responsibility. She’s a career champion of small-scale fisheries with 15 years’ experience working toward policy and market-based change in support of local fishermen, communities, food systems, and conservation.
Before starting with Sitka Salmon Shares, Kelly served as the director of fisheries and coastal communities for Ecotrust, and as executive director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. She helped spawn the Catch 49 community supported fishery, was a winner in the Fish 2.0 international business plan competition, catalyzed the creation of the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network, and was part of the coalition that won federal protection for Alaska’s Bristol Bay from offshore drilling.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys exploring the mountains and wilderness of Southcentral Alaska with her husband Craig and their dogs, including hiking, biking, birding, and foraging for mushrooms and berries.
Kelly's Go-To Recipes
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Troy builds and optimizes the supply chains and operations that carry Sitka Salmon Shares seafood from the boat to your doorstep. His work improves fish processing efficiency and capacity, order fulfillment, and delivery to delight members. He has over 20 years of supply chain experience, with the last 15 years in the perishable and food industries, including meal kit service Plated.
In his free time, Troy enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, golfing and fishing. He loves to cook, and you can often find him grilling and tending to his smoker.
Troy's Go-To Recipes
Chief Officer of Communications and Community
At Sitka Salmon Shares, Mandy leads the way in building a brand that’s easy to love. She’s a marketing expert and storyteller with 20 years of experience in the food, education, nonprofit, and Fortune 500 sectors.
After 12 years as a vice president-group head at Edelman, building and promoting brands such as the Mushroom Council, Dairy Management, and Bush’s Baked Beans, Mandy changed her professional course in 2012 to serve in a deeper way. She became a science teacher as part of Teach For America, and from there built communications systems and best practices at Leadership for Educational Equity to help the organization scale.
Mandy continues to support her passion for educational equity on the board of the Madison Metropolitan School District Foundation and Meeting House Nursery School. In her free time, she loves to try new recipes, spend time outside with her son, and catch up with friends and family.
Mandy's Go-To Recipes
Chief Technology Officer
Joe brings 20 years experience building digital web and mobile applications for bootstrapped and high-growth startups. He spends his days managing all things technology-related, from our storefront at sitkasalmonshares.com and operational planning tools to IoT sensors tracking our fish and their quality from dock to door. Joe is passionate about improving the member experience in our community, fish traceability, and accountability, and operational efficiency.
Joe's Go-To Recipes
Chief Administration Officer
+ Chief of Staff
Sharon is the motor that keeps the Sitka Salmon Shares boat moving. She directs projects across disciplines to ensure even more people can enjoy wild-caught Alaskan seafood. Working closely with Nic, Sitka Salmon Shares’ chief fishmonger, Sharon communicates with the company’s executive team, shareholders and the board to keep everyone organized, informed, and on the right track.
After eight years working in accounting and finance in Chicago and Northern Virginia, Sharon returned to her home state of Wisconsin to be closer to family. She joined River Alliance of Wisconsin where she managed their office operations, financials, human resources, event planning, and fundraising for over 10 years. Sharon has extensive experience in financial systems and change management implementations, back-office and business management, fundraising, and nonprofit administration.
When she’s not working, you’ll find her camping, biking, spending time outside with her kids, and supporting environmental and community causes in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.