Solstice Alaska Consulting

About Us

The Solstice Alaska Team

Solstice Alaska Consulting, Inc. is a successful 100% women-owned small business, headquartered in midtown Anchorage. Formed as Solstice Environmental Consulting in August 2008, Solstice Alaska Consulting incorporated in January 2010. With seven employees, Solstice provides services related to environmental planning, including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation and associated assessments, environmental permitting, and community and public involvement.

Robin Reich

Robin Reich

robin@solsticeak.com

Ms. Reich, President of Solstice Alaska, has more than 18 years of experience in environmental studies, documentation, and permitting. Robin’s varied background and knowledge enable her to effectively manage the writing of environmental documents involving multiple disciplines, stakeholders, and issues. Robin’s projects often require that she facilitate conversations between agencies, engineers, and clients to mitigate for potential impacts to the environment. She works closely with planners, scientists, and engineers to ensure that projects meet public and agency approval. Having grown up in Alaska and having spent her entire professional career helping public and private clients obtain regulatory approvals, Robin is well aware of the issues and challenges surrounding Alaskan projects. With experience in marine assessments and wetlands, water quality, and fisheries field studies, (and with a background that includes growing up commercial fishing in rural Alaska), Robin has a thorough understanding of issues that arise during environmental documentation and permitting.

Carla SlatonBarker

Carla SlatonBarker

carla@solsticeak.com

Carla has 19 years of technical communication experience, over a decade of which focused on transportation and planning projects throughout Alaska. She has worked as technical writer, planner, and public involvement coordinator on a range of city, state, and federal projects. She is adept at preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental documents, grant applications, and a range of technical reports and public outreach plans and materials. She is originally from the Adirondack Mountain region of New York State and Alaska has been home since 1993.

Kate Arduser

Kate Arduser

kate@solsticeak.com

Ms. Arduser has 10 years of experience in environmental planning and permitting, biological research, and field studies involving water quality, wildlife, and human-environment interactions. Much of her work revolves around watershed planning, writing environmental documents, environmental permitting, and collecting data for infrastructure projects. Kate has experience preparing permit applications, negotiating with agencies, and obtaining U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404/10 (Wetlands) Permits, Alaska Department of Natural Resource Division of Coastal and Ocean Management Coastal Zone Consistency Determinations, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Title 16 Fish Habitat Permits. Kate is a lifelong Alaskan and grew up in Fairbanks.

Carrie

Carrie Connaker

carrie@solsticeak.com

Carrie's experience at Solstice includes preparing grant applications and public involvement materials for various energy and transportation projects. Adept at multi-tasking, Carrie also assists with company marketing and office, accounting, and bookkeeping support. Her previous professional experiences includes over 12 years of experience as a clinical embryologist for a fertility clinic in the Seattle area where she was proficient with high-complexity lab processes as well as establishing connections with the clinic’s patient base. Carrie’s science-based background includes a B.A. in Biochemistry from Whitman College and a M.S. in Clinical Embryology and Andrology from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Carrie has lived and worked in Alaska for most of her life.

Olivia Cohn

Olivia Cohn

olivia@solsticeak.com

Olivia has over 9 years of experience working with public, non-profit, and private sector groups focusing on environmental, climate, and sustainability strategy, policy, and research. Professional experiences include coordinating reports and data for a private hydrology research company in Alaska, consulting to the City of Chicago regarding environmental strategy, and working for Michigan’s state environmental regulatory agency. Olivia’s educational background includes a B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and a Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy Specialization complemented by regional development and conflict resolution study experiences in Latin America. Olivia hails from the state of Michigan by way of Chicago, Illinois.

Sharon Boyette

Sharon Boyette

sharon@solsticeak.com

Ms. Boyette has lived and worked in Bethel and Anchorage, Alaska since 1975. Sharon’s work for the Lower Kuskokim School District (LKSD) and for the Aleutians East Borough has given her an understanding of the issues and concerns of rural Alaska. As the grants administrator for LKSD, she planned, wrote, implemented and evaluated state and federal grant programs for 26 village schools. In several capacities and, ultimately, as the Borough Administrator, Sharon worked for the Aleutians East Borough for 20 years. Her expertise is in planning and managing large capital projects, writing and administering grant programs and working with municipalities and non-profit organizations to achieve their goals.

It is a Solstice Alaska Consulting, Inc. policy to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, physical or mental disability/handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.

Solstice Alaska Consulting, Inc is a federally certified woman-owned small business.

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