Ian Johnson

HIA Environmental Coordinator

Sustainable Southeast Partnership Community Catalyst

Ian Johnson is the Community Catalyst in Hoonah, Alaska. He also serves as the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA) Environmental Coordinator.  Ian was born and raised in small town Minnesota, completed his undergrad in Biology along the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin, and then took a job working for a non-profit wildlife research organization, Biodiversity Research Institute, in Maine. In 2015, Ian graduated with his masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His thesis took an interdisciplinary approach to research subsistence access to moose and wolf movements in the Yukon Flats. In Hoonah, Ian is coordinating crews, data, and the diverse partners for the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership. He will also be developing the HIA environmental program to enhance capacity in the community and improve on energy and food issues. Ian is an avid photographer with website (www.ianajohnson.com), a fiddler-guitarist-singer, and an outdoors-man. He hopes to meet you in his office, via email (hoonahcatalyst@gmail.com), on the water with a rod in his hand, or in the field during deer season!

Phone: (907) 945-3545 Ext 140

Email: ian.johnson@hiatribe.org


Jeromy Grant

IGAP Program Manager

Jeromy Grant serves as the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA) IGAP Program Manager. I attended Allied American University where I studied to be a Network Administrator, and Clover Park Technical College where I went through the Computer Networking Information System Security (CNISS) program. In Hoonah, I oversee HIA Environmental’s PSP monitoring program, which includes setting up sampling sites, weekly water samples from those sites and at least once a month shell fish samples from the sites as well. This spring I am working on doing a E-waste backhaul. I also write The Tide Newsletters and monitor our Facebook page www.facebook.com/HIAEnvironmental/ . I am a avid hunter, fisher and out the road explorer, I practice Bush Craft and other minimalist survival practices.

FY21 Projects

  • Water samples (Phytoplankton)
  • Shellfish Sampling
  • Ocean Acidification data collection
  • Shellfish Biomass Survey 
  • Stream Temperature data collection
  • Environmental Plan 2021 
  • Tools for schools air quality study
  • E-Waste Backhaul/collection event
  • Tide Newsletter

Phone: (907) 945-3545 Ext 132

Email: jeromy.grant@hiatirbe.org


Ricardo Contreras

IGAP Assistant

Ricardo Contreras serves as the Hoonah Indian Association(HIA) Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) Assistant. Ricardo has lived in Hoonah, Alaska for most of his life and spent all school years (K-12) in Hoonah City Schools District. He has been working with HIA for 3 summers as a Hoonah Native Forest Partnership(HNFP) crew member before becoming the IGAP Assistant. Ricardo wants to learn more about our environment and ways we can protect it for our future generations so they can continue to feel connected to the Tlingit culture through gathering and maintaining the local resources. In his free time Ricardo enjoys being with family, playing video games, playing basketball, skateboarding, and hanging out with friends.

Phone: (907) 945-3545 Ext 133

Email: ricardo.contreras@hiatribe.org


Sean Williams

Coastal Program Coordinator


Phone: (907)-945-3545 ext 130

Sean Williams serves as the Coastal Program Coordinator, where he is responsible for leading and managing HIA’s initiatives related to marine and coastal sustainability, science, and stewardship. In 2019, he is leading a coastal subsistence resource inventory and vulnerability assessment using scientific diving. He is also working to build a grass-roots network for community-driven environmental action related to marine and coastal resources.

Sean served as an Americorps VISTA in coastal resources management on a joint appointment with HIA and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium in 2017-2018. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with concentrations in Geography and Political Science from Louisiana State University, and is a currently preparing to graduate with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from LSU’s College of the Coast and Environment.

Arianna Lapke



Phone: (907)-945-3545 ext 141

Arianna Lapke is a Natural Resource Management Assistant and second-year AmeriCorps VISTA for HIA Environmental. Arianna grew up in the Pacific Northwest region of Washington state, and in 2018 earned her BA in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University. After graduating, she interned for a nonprofit organization Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group working to educate youth on riparian systems and participating in community events to inspire conservation of the Skagit watershed. Some of her goals in Hoonah are to raise awareness on environmental and natural resource issues, assist in collecting scientific data to provide new insights for the community, and build the community’s economic and personal capacity while inspiring members to be more environmentally conscious. Arianna spent the summer helping coordinate Hoonah’s second Traditional Food Fair and is working in the school to teach students about ecological, environmental, and social systems. She also participates in scientific diving to help establish baseline data of Hoonah’s coastal ecosystems. In her free time, Arianna enjoys outdoor activities including backpacking and camping, playing both video and board games, reading, and traveling.