Our Board of Directors and Local Advisory Committee Chairs


Board of Directors

Karen Lucas, Founder and President - In 1997, Karen founded and incorporated the Cape Decision Lighthouse Society, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit Alaskan corporation, and was president for the first twelve years. She has been a commercial fisherman in Alaska for 33 years from Ketchikan to Bristol Bay, participating in a variety of fisheries, owning and operating two of her own fishing vessels. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in French and Spanish, earned a Secondary Alaska Teacher’s Certificate endorsed in both languages from the University of Alaska, a US Merchant Marine Officer Captain’s License for 50 Tons, near coastal, a Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers endorsement, is an Able Seaman in the Merchant Marine, and holds a Cambridge Certificate of an English Language Teacher of Adults. She is recognized by the Alaska Court System as a community interpreter for Spanish, interprets in the Courtroom, works with the District Attorney, Public Defender Agency, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and other professionals, as needed. Karen founded and incorporated the Port Alexander Historical Society (PAHS) in 1994, has held the office of president since then, to the present. PAHS initially was awarded the stewardship of the lighthouse, the history of the two locations as intertwined, for P.A. brought boat traffic to the area's rich fishing grounds. PAHS has established a museum in Port Alexander with the help of the Alaska State Museums Grant in Aid. The historic interpretation of the Cape Decision lighthouse, and interpretation of the flora and fauna, and marine life on the Lighthouse Reserve for the public has been a CDLS goal from the beginning. She is the Collection Manager for both CDLS and PAHS. She has raised several hundred thousand dollars for historic preservation projects for both organizations through grant writing. Karen spent many years as former president of the Sitka Woman’s Club, and many years as music director for the annual 'Blessing of the Fleet.' Karen is self-employed, as well as, presently employed by the Sitka School District.

Chris Brooks, Vice President: Chris completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where he studied writing and conservation biology. 

He has lead  many  conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska's national parks, forests and wilderness areas and has managed wilderness based conservation programs that promote the development of job and life skills for youth.

Chris also has a Masters of Science degree in Renewable Energy, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and has worked on  rural community development and renewable energy projects in many parts of the world. Chris currently works for a solar energy company in Tacoma, WA and has a small woodworking business at Salmon Beach.

Brandon Marx, Secretary: Brandon is a member of the American Bar Association, the Alaska Bar Association, the Office of Public Advocacy, the Gonzaga University Alumni Association, and the Vermont Law School Alumni Association. He presently has a general private practice through his Law Office in Sitka.

Dick Dapcevich, Treasurer: I am a life-long Alaskan, born in Juneau, I moved to Sitka in 1964. I received my degree in Economics and Business Administration from Seattle Pacific College in 1972. Returning to Sitka, I have continued in my tax accounting practice for the past 47 years.  Living in Southeast Alaska, I am at home on its waters. In 1977, I built a 38 ft. sailboat in which I sailed, hunted, commercial fished and lived aboard for a number of years. Aside from being in Southeast waters, I enjoy archaeological-based travel, discovering and exploring new beaches and old cemeteries with my wife and children and reading nature/adventure books. My passions are my family, boating and basketball.

Sean Cavlan, Representative: Sean is a professional carpenter, and commercial fisherman. He has spent many volunteer hours on lighthouse projects, and operations since 1997.

Bryan Cornelius, Representative - Bryan Cornelius is an aerial mapping and surveying professional with Aero-Metric, Inc. in Seattle. In addition to being a commercially certificated multi-engine airplane pilot, he has 10+ years of diverse field research and land management experience in conservation biology, restoration ecology, forest and agricultural science and planning, and mapping in national parks, national forests, military training areas and state research lands. Bryan is also actively involved in the historic preservation of fire lookouts in the Oregon Cascades, and he has been a member of Cape Decision Lighthouse Society since his first visit to Kuiu Island in July 2004.

Mike Mayo, Representative: Hi, my name is michael james mayo. of 2808 sawmill creek rd, sitka, ak.  i  have lived in alaska since 1970, moving up from california.  i hitched back down to california from fairbanks in 1971 with my daughter ilona and rekindled my love affair with the sea as i was offered a job trolling with a friend out of trinadad, ca.  loads of fun, no money.  hitching back to alaska i worked out of the laborer's union 942 in fairbanks.  i was on their executive board for 3 years.  with money saved and a loan from my mom  i bought the f/v helen and quit working ashore in 1976.  a friend , willis peters, helped me in the correct choice in  buying the helen.  i feel my most memorable thing i did in the laborers was getting women working on the pipeline. 

since then i've fished from sitka to the bering sea [kiska] and down south to 300 miles off of san francisco [chasing tuna].  i tend to do boat work in the south.  seattle, vancouver, victoria.  i have passed cape decision and other lighthouses many times and have always been mesmerized by them-dreams of a lonely winter, filled with books and thoughts.  when karen got the cape decision lighthouse society going i thought 'way cool'.  i still do. 

i still fish though not as much.  i have an importing business going bringing in things from china [qi east qi west trading company].  i have 9 children, 15 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and another child coming in march with my girlfriend, summer [shen, xiaoyan].  2 of my children were born aboard boats.  noah on the f/v helen and ocean on the f/v oceanus.  coral was born in goddard and august and cedar were born on the back street.  the rest were born in hospitals from glendale to fairbanks. 

i have the f/v coral lee now.  a 58ft longliner.  i built it in 1991 after sinking the oceanus in 1989 out of seward in the gulf .  each year we still fish to the west and southwest into the bering sea.  i enjoy correcting people in that dutch harbor is south of us.  after all, from dutch to sitka i put the compass on about 60, NE, heading home.

i have a degree in accounting [minor in philosophy] and did that till my mind and the 60's culture got the best of me.  lucky me, i got to be on the sea instead of being in an office.  for me, it is better to be puking on the sea than working in an office and i did a lot of puking my first year on the sea.  it's been an enjoyable time; fishing, being on the sea, and as ratty would say "just messin with boats".  now messing with a lighthouse that might be fun too.

Kari Johnson, Representative: I have been involved with the Cape Decision lighthouse from  the beginning, when I went with Karen to meet with the Coast Guard to talk about leasing and maintaining the lighthouse for public use.

I have always loved the Cape Decision and Kuiu Island area, having lived in Port Alexander and fished and worked in the area for many years.  I handlined out of a skiff over on the Baranof shore, and now fish with my husband aboard our boat the Kariel.  We have 3 children and have lived in Sitka for the last 17 years.  We still have a cabin in Port Alexander. 

I am a member of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, Sitka Conservation Society, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Sitka Trail Works, among other memberships and volunteer positions in Sitka.  I am a yoga instructor and a fiber artist. 

I have a keen desire to see the Cape Decision lighthouse maintained and used as a place for education, recreation, and access for people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience such a unique and amazing corner of Alaska.

Local Advisory Committee Chairs

Jim Davis, Representative for Port Protection & Point Baker, Prince of Wales Island

James has lived in Point Baker/Port Protection for fourteen years. He is a commercial fisherman hand troller. He is a former Board member/treasurer of the Port Protection Community Association. He is a Port Protection EMS volunteer in the fire department as an ETT (Emergency Trauma Technician) and fireman. He is presently a Board Member of the Point Baker Community Association. He is a member of the Point Baker Volunteer Fire Department/EMS as ETT and a fireman. He is presently working full-time for senior services companies as a Personal Care Assistant for the local elderly people.

Phyllis Mulligan, Representative for Port Alexander, southern Baranof Island

Phyllis and her husband Gary have been living in Port Alexander since 1975. She and her family have commercial fished the waters of South East for 35 years. Phyllis has been involved in the renovation of the Cape Decision Lighthouse and is secretary/treasuer and an active member of the Port Alexander Historical Society.

Terry Poelstra, Representative for Edna Bay & Cape Pole, Kosciusko Island

Terry is the president of the Edna Bay Community Association. His wife Myla runs the US Post Office in Edna Bay. Terry presently travels to Dutch Harbor where he works as a mechanic.