MEET OUR TEAM AT CDFU
SERVS FISHING VESSEL ADMINISTRATOR
& OFFICE MANAGER
Kelsey Appleton was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska. She spent her college years working summers in the office at Trident Seafoods, where she developed a fascination with the commercial fishing industry. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Fisheries and Economics, she took the role of Fishing Vessel Administrator for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company/SERVS, a contracted position held by CDFU. She has successfully managed 220 vessels and over 600 crew members through drills and biennial training for 6 years. Kelsey is often sent to other ports to train other FVA’s, and is continuously involved in projects regarding the Vessel of Opportunity program. In 2015, she was asked to help accept the Stewardship and Sustainability Award for the Vessel of Opportunity Program from the Alaska SeaLife Center. Over the last 6 years with CDFU, Kelsey has grown into the role of CDFU Office Manager, while also continuing to execute the SERVS contract. Kelsey wears several hats within the community, and has volunteered countless hours towards various community events. She has been on the board for the Chamber of Commerce for 4 years and has served as Vice President of the Iceworm Festival Board for 3 years.
SERVS Alternate FVA
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & program coordinator
Jocelyn moved to Cordova with her partner who serves in the U.S. Coast Guard. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in Ecological Restoration and possesses a strong passion for fisheries and sustainability. Jocelyn has experience working with stakeholders and salmon management through her schooling in Northern California at Humboldt State University. This included watershed management, wetland delineation and management, soil sampling and identification, water quality testing, studies of macro invertebrates for stream health, and vegetation studies in coastal riparian and prairie ecosystems. She is now pursuing a Masters in Arctic and Northern Policy with a concentration in Environmental Politics and Policy.
Jocelyn has worked with non-profits, Redwood National Park, Humboldt State Professors, private business members, and environmental consulting firms. She has spent over eight years in sales, customer service, and office administrative positions. In her current role at CDFU, Jocelyn is engaging in research related to the Board of Fisheries, state regulations, other legislative or management issues impacting Area E fisheries. She has worked with Cordova's other organizations to put on Harbor clean up days and a blessing of the fleet in her first year here. Jocelyn continues her research work while assisting with the execution of the SERVS program and CDFU annual events.
SERVS TIER III VESSEL ADMINISTRATOR
Amanda’s investment in our salmon environment is two-fold. In her career, she has spent years working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in fisheries research and management, both in Prince William Sound and in the Yukon River region. Working in different capacities -from a technician in the field to a management biologist in the office- Amanda gained a broad perspective of fisheries in this great state. While much of her work involved inseason management, she also got to participate in Board of Fisheries and has insight into our state’s regulatory process. Outside of Fish and Game, Amanda also worked with the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association, where she got to write about wild salmon and work for fishermen to promote them. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from WWU.
In her personal life, Amanda was raised in Cordova and now lives here with her husband (also a Cordova native) and two young sons. She actively teaches her children about our local natural environment, our subsistence food, and the importance of our fisheries economy. One of her greatest hopes is that we may preserve our beautiful and abundant home for generations to come.