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Glen Canyon Institute

Dedicated to the restoration of Glen Canyon and a free flowing Colorado River.

Staff

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Christi Wedig – Executive Director

Christi oversees GCI’s operations and programs. She has volunteered with conservation groups for over 15 years and most recently served as Executive Director for Citizens for Dixie’s Future in Southwest Utah. Christi has worked extensively with water policy makers throughout Utah on Colorado River issues and local water supply. Christi holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance and has extensive experience in marketing and public relations. Christi has been with Glen Canyon Institute since 2013. (EMAIL)

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Eric Balken – Program Director

Eric directs GCI programs, including organizing events and leading the Glen Canyon Road Show and GCI Trips and the Glen Canyon Atlas. He has served as a volunteer for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, gaining experience in public land surveys, cataloguing organizational records, and phone banking. Eric has a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography and is credited with founding Students for Water Conservation at the University of Utah. He has worked for GCI since 2006. (EMAIL)

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Mike Sargetakis – Office and Projects Manager

Mike is responsible for day-to-day office functions, including maintaining GCI’s member database, bookkeeping, assisting with fundraising operations including correspondence and mailings, creation of the monthly Colorado River Lowdown, and providing administrative support for conservation programs. Mike has a long history in non-profits, volunteering for a variety of positions at various local organizations over the past 15 years. Mike graduated from the University of Utah in Urban Planning in 2011. He has worked for GCI since 2012. (EMAIL)

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Michael Kellett – Programs

Michael is involved with GCI programs as well as with operations and fundraising efforts. He co-founded the New England conservation organization RESTORE: The North Woods in 1992. He developed the proposal for a new Maine Woods National Park, directed campaigns to list the Atlantic salmon and Canada lynx as endangered species, and oversaw programs to protect the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, White Mountain National Forest, and other public lands. Previously, as the Northeast regional director and Michigan representative of The Wilderness Society, he helped to pass the Michigan Wilderness Act of 1987 as well as legislation establishing Grand Island National Recreation Area and authorizing the four-state Northern Forest Lands Study. He has visited more than 230 National Park System units in 46 states and territories. He has worked for GCI since 2006. (EMAIL)

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Simon Williams – Web Development

Simon is responsible for the GCI website, internet communications, and computer equipment. He has been a consultant on web page design, website and email maintenance, and computer systems coordination for many years. Simon is studying computer science at the University of Utah. He has worked for GCI since 2006. (EMAIL)

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Jen Baguley – Office Manager

Jen is responsible for day-to-day office functions, including maintaining GCI’s member database, bookkeeping, assisting with fundraising operations including correspondence and mailings, creation of the monthly Colorado River Lowdown, and providing administrative support for conservation programs. Jen has worked with many non-profits over the years, including Jane Jacobs Walk, The Center for Science and Math Education, and United Way.Jen graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Geoscience in 2009 and a Master’s in City & Metropolitan Planning in 2013. She has worked for GCI since 2014.( EMAIL)