Campaign to Safeguard

America's Waters

CSAW Staff and Advisors - the "Crew"

Gershon Cohen Ph.D. CSAW Project Director

Gershon Cohen Ph.D. has applied his background in molecular biology and water quality policy to protect public waters since 1990. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology, and a Doctorate in Environmental Policy.


Mike Wenig, Esq.

Michael Wenig is a Research Associate with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Mike holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science a J.D. in Law, and an LL.M. in Environmental Law.


Albert Ettinger

CSAW Counsel/Director, Midwest POTW Endocrine Disruptor Program


Irene Alexacos

Irene Alexakos earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health. She has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska Clean Water Alliance, Earthjustice, and the Sierra Club. She’s loves wilderness and enjoys being in and on the water. She lives off the grid in Haines, Alaska.


Joe Geldhof, Esq.

Joe Geldhof has lived in Juneau Alaska since 1979. In addition to being fond of floating rivers, ice hockey and walking on Alaska's superlative trails and beaches, Joe is great lawyer – and has worked for the Alaska Attorney General and in private practice for municipalities, unions, and no-profit groups.


Howard Breen

Howard Breen is Program and Development Coordinator with Ottawa-based Friends of the Earth Canada, and has worked for over 20 years on solutions to environmental challenges for several organizations in British Columbia and Ontario.  


Jeff Short Ph.D.

Jeffrey Short is a research chemist at the Auke Bay Laboratory, of the
National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA).  Dr. Short has worked on oil pollution issues for
over 30 years, and has published over 50 research papers on the subject. Dr. Short led several of the initial government studies for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment of the /Exxon Valdez/ oil spill, and has continued to study the long-term fate and effects of the spill.


Ross Klein Ph.D.

Ross Klein has written widely on the cruise industry, authoring four books, reports for NGOs, and numerous book chapters. He has been invited to lecture on the industry around the world and testify before the U.S. Congress. He is a Professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland. and can be found at www.cruisejunkie.com.


Chip Thoma

Chip Thoma, a Juneau Alaska resident for the past 37 years, has worked on the TransAlaska pipeline, for the Alaska State Dept. of Labor, as a mariner and an editor, and now focuses his energies on environmental and legislative advocacy. Chip is the President of Responsible Cruising in Alaska.


Riki Ott Ph.D.

Riki Ott received her doctorate in marine pollution before becoming a commercial salmon fisherma’am in Alaska. After the Exxon Valdez oil spill she retired from fishing, co-founded three nonprofit organizations to deal with fallout from the spill, and has authored several books including Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. She lives in Cordova, Alaska..