Our Guides

Our guides are what make our company so extraordinary. Take a tour with us and you’ll be inspired by your guide’s passion and knowledge. Our guides spend all day everyday in the rainforest of Southeast Alaska. They truly value the opportunity to share this precious place with you, here, where daily life and breath-taking nature still exist hand in hand.

A guide’s knowledge stems from simple, pure enthusiasm and appreciation for this magnificent place we call home. Coming from varied experiences and walks of life, each guide completes our annual Spring training. They immerse themselves in workshops, trail sessions, discussions, and books about Juneau’s natural and cultural histories. Many guides also complete a 20 hour course with the State of Alaska to become Certified Interpretive Guides. Each guide then adds his or her specific areas of interest, expertise, style and personal stories.

Truly believing in the privilege and importance of sharing Southeast Alaska’s nature with other people, many of our guides hit the local trails and waterways with visitors year after year. Our small company is a close-knit family of outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, whale whisperers, photographers and local history buffs. We hope you will connect with our family, in some small yet significant way. Step Into Alaska with one of our guides below...

Aali Simmons, Photo Naturalist

Adriane Honerbrink, Naturalist Photo Guide and Captain

Juneau, Alaska is a one of a kind place. I realized this the moment I got here. As a photographer this place allows my creativity to run wild with the ever changing sights. That is why I am here and that is why I love sharing this place.

Alex Litzsinger, Naturalist

Alice Smoker, Naturalist

Alli Tuttle, Naturalist Guide and Nature Center

My first Juneau experience was as a rainforest guide at Glacier Gardens in the summer of 2014. Since then, I have graduated with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology Research, worked as a Park Interpreter at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, and moved from my home state of Minnesota to Mammoth Lakes, CA. I am eager to continue exploring and guiding in such a unique place!

Andra Martin, Driver Guide

Andy Davidson, Naturalist Photo Guide

Annette Ranger, Dock Rep

Annette Smith, Boat Captain

Ashlynn Antoni, Director of Sales and Marketing

In 2011, I came to Alaska with plans to work a seasonal position, and when the adventure was over I would find something new and exciting once again.  I'm still waiting to get my fill of Juneau.  Around every corner I am continually in awe of its nature, and inspired by the incredibly welcoming and kind people. I feel so lucky to be a part of a community that strives to share the beauty of our home with visitors as well as help connect them to the magic which continues to call us back year after year.

Audrey Benson, Naturalist Guide

A California girl with a love for the natural world. If she's not out hiking, you'll find her in the classroom.  She has her B.S. in Marine Biology and will soon be a high school biology teacher. Getting her first taste of Alaska in 2011, she knows she will never have enough.  Audrey will always consider Juneau her second home!

Bess Crandall, Naturalist

Bob Janes, Owner / Operator

I have resided in Juneau since 1965. With my wife Dawn, we founded our little interpretive company in 1994 "as a way to keep fit and stay in touch with nature's lessons". In the summer, you're likely to find me roaming the trails with my camera, piloting a safari vessel, or sharing stories about Juneau with visitors on the dock.

Breanna Walker, Naturalist Science Guide

Brian Doyle, Photo Naturalist

Brian Hild, Naturalist Photo Guide

Inspired by an old Time-Life book about Alaska I used to read as a
child, I moved to Anchorage in 2002 in search of adventure and beauty.
As an aspiring photographer it was hard to find a bad shot. I've
worked as a photojournalist since 2002, and I fell in love with Juneau
while covering the Legislature four years ago. Now I live here, and
cover state politics in the winter and in the summer I show people how
to make photographs while sharing the beauty of Juneau.

Brian O'Sullivan, Naturalist

Caitlin O'Meally, Naturalist Guide

I found my way to Juneau following my passion for acting; after spending a winter here working with Perseverance Theatre, I knew I had to stay throughout the summer. Three years later, I find myself spending my summers guiding, fishing, camping and hiking. My winters are spent in New York City chasing my dream of becoming an actor. In a way, I live a double life; but ultimately I'm sculpting a hardcore warrior that can dominate in the concrete jungle half the year and survive sleeping next to bears and foraging from the land the other half.

Cam Byrnes, Naturalist Photo Guide / Driver Trainer

Born "outside" I moved to Alaska in 1974 and have never wanted to make my home anywhere else. I have been involved with photography for 40 years and have been leading tours in Juneau for 15 years. The two go together perfectly. Leading tours lets me share this wonderful place with our guests and keeps me on the trails and on the water during our long summer days. I like to travel and take pictures around the world but I'll never run out of things to photograph here in Juneau.

Chad Fishel, Naturalist Guide

Chelsea Karthauser, Naturalist

Chris Clifone, Naturalist

Clayton Douglas, Naturalist

Colin Peacock, Photo Naturalist

Colton Welch, Dock Representative

Courtney Weiss, Nature Center Staff/Naturalist

David Houghton, Naturalist

I am a biology professor at a small college in southern Michigan, and I also run a research station in the north woods. I teach courses in field ecology, stream ecology, and animal biology, and conduct various field research projects with my small army of students. I am looking forward to giving guests of Gastineau Guiding the experience of a lifetime in an amazing place.

David McMaster, Photo Naturalist

David Thomson, Naturalist


Dawn Wolfe, Owner / Operator

My two week vacation to Juneau in 1980 still hasn't ended. I've somehow managed to become the company's administrative lifeline. When not playing softball, working in the yard, or enjoying the outdoors with our twins, I'm likely to be planning our next company party, or buried in piles of paperwork at our downtown office.

Diane Kyser, Naturalist and Captain

Doug Jones, Photo Naturalist

Fred Hiltner, Boat Captain

Hannah Goodwin, Naturalist

Ian Perez, Photo Naturalist

Jean Shannon, Naturalist


Jen Levy, Boat Captain


Jim Schell, Boat Captain

Jimm Hammond, Naturalist/ Bus Driver


Jon Lyman, Naturalist Guide

Jon and his wife fled the east coast to Alaska two weeks before Woodstock. They have never regretted trading traffic, crowds, and noise for the past four decades raising a family remotely, the nearest neighbors otters and bears, town a half mile walk through wilderness. Friends say Jon has lived life like a poem; his wife, Lesley, thinks its often like fiction. From wildlife educator to fisherman, log builder to musician and writer, Jon has lived the Alaska life! And, today, Jon's greatest joy is sharing his Alaska with new friends.

Jonny Benson, Naturalist Guide


He grew up in Los Angeles, California and has a B.S. in Biology. His love of hiking and passion for science are what drew him to Juneau. He can't wait to show you what he loves about Alaska!


Jordy Williams, Naturalist


Justin Carter, Daily Coordinator


Kathleen Dore-Lawson, Nature Center Staff/Naturalist


Kathy Ellis, Naturalist Guide and Nature Center

An Alaskan by choice since 1970, Kathy spent her early twenties living in and around Fairbanks, where she attended UAF, lived in a cabin in the woods, and worked on construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline. After moving to Juneau she worked at a variety of jobs. In 1990, she and her husband opened a Native art shop, the Raven's Journey, which they owned and operated for 20 years. She looks forward to sharing her love of Alaska with visitors to the Mt Roberts Nature Center.

Katie Janes, Dock Representative


Katy Bear Nalven, Naturalist Guide

I am originally from Tempe, Arizona. I attended a liberal arts college in Arkansas on a soccer scholarship where I graduated with a B.S. in Biology. This past winter, I worked and studied at a wildlife rehabilitation clinic in Southwest Florida. I could not be more excited to be back in Juneau and share this wilderness that has stolen my heart with anyone who visits!

Keith Pahlke, Naturalist


Kellen Priest, Naturalist Guide

I came up last year to Juneau from Colorado, and worked as a Dock Rep for Gastineau Guiding. I completely fell in love with this place and the people here! I decided to stay the winter and worked with the Alaska State Legislature. I absolutely love Juneau and consider it my new home!

Kellie Nightlinger, Naturalist Guide

Kellie is a wilderness survivalist and enjoys teaching wild edible and herbal plant uses to clients. Her goal every tour is to change clients' lives through inspiring through outdoor education and symbiosis of everything on this great planet!

Kim Ramos, Naturalist


Kristin Sargoy, Photo Naturalist Guide


Lars Johnson, Nature Center Staff/Naturalist Guide

Laura Chase, Nature Center Staff/Naturalist

Laurie Clough, Naturalist Guide

Lee Davis, Boat Captain/Bus Driver

Leslie Lyman, Naturalist Guide

Lesley moved to Alaska with her husband Jon (also a guide) in 1969 to teach school. They experienced life in a logging camp, in a Tlingit village, and then in their cabin in the Interior before moving to Juneau in 1982. It is her delight to share the wonders of this land with others.

Linda Nicklin, Training Manager / Naturalist Guide

As Director of our in-house training program it is my job to help insure the quality of our tours by providing guide training in natural history, cultural history, and interpretive skills. Gastineau Guiding's commitment to quality has kept me coming back for more than twenty years!  When not working for the company, I teach, author books and act as a naturalist in various parts of the world. I also work with a humpback whale research project in Maui called Whale Trust. I feel fortunate to have a job that allows me to support our guides in creating the best possible experience for each visitor, and one which is the source of such inspiration and joy.

Mariah Mathews, Daily Coordinator

Mark Stopha, Boat Captain

Michael LaMonica, Boat Captain

Mike Heard, Bus Driver/Naturalist Guide

Mircea Brown, Naturalist Photo Guide

Growing up in Juneau I started to notice how the land, sea and glaciers were all connected. With a passion in filmmaking and photography, this job allows me to teach and share those connections via my passion. My goal by 2016 is to have a full length documentary depicting the connections I experience daily in the wonderful, beautiful Southeast Alaska

Molly Briggs, Naturalist Photo Guide

She is slightly obsessed with humpback whales and clearly LOVES her job. Sharing such a beautiful and changing place with guests from all over the world makes her heart happy. Her ideal tour ends with her guests stepping off the bus with a smile on their face and at least one picture they're proud of in their camera.

Nick Stewart, Dock Representative

Phil Gutleben, Naturalist Guide

After a long and varied job history in the private and public sectors, I have found the ideal encore career as a naturalist guide for Gastineau Guiding. With a background in science education I love the outdoors and all things Alaska, my adopted home. I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge and experiences with visitors. 

Richard Brigman, Naturalist Photo Guide

Once upon a time, a reluctant cruise ship passenger came to Juneau and took a Photo Safari. I was that passenger, I was blown away by the tour and by the end of the day, Alaska had stolen my heart. It was such a life-changing event that while reboarding the ship, I distinctly remember stopping on the gangway, looking again at the breath-taking landscape, and thinking, This is where I belong. Fortunately for me, Gastineau Guiding took me into the family fold and now, with my heart on my sleeve, I get to encourage my guests to use photography to tell the story of their visit to the wild, green wonder of Alaska.

Richard Stokes, Lead Naturalist Guide

As a retired chemist, I have worked with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and I enjoy sharing a bit of my local knowledge. My summer days on the trails have lowered my cholesterol 30 points and kept my weight at a lean and mean (well, never mind).

Robie Janes, Dock Rep

I'm just working for dad and mom being a Doc Rep. Working here at GGC I have learned so much about life. I have also found a deep love for the outdoors, and the natural world.

Scott Ranger, Lead Naturalist Guide

I came to visit my daughter and son in law in the summer of 2008 for a month. It rained the whole time and I've been in love with the place ever since! I love to share my passion for the natural environment with others -- whether running a nature center, working as a Park Ranger, or hiking the trail with guests. If I'm not hiking the trails in Juneau you can find me in Georgia editing the newsletter for the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society or heading up a team for Habitat Humanity in southern Africa with my wife.

Scotty Davis, Boat Captain

Sierra Gadaire, Director of Tour Operations

Skip Gray, Photo Naturalist Guide

Spencer Frazier, Photo Naturalist Guide

Steve White, Lead Boat Captain

Theresa Soley, Naturalist Science Guide

After graduating with a degree in biology in 2011, I packed my car and sprinted to Alaska. Since that time I have fallen in love with whales, worked as an observer on a crab boat in the Bering Sea, and become an Alaskan naturalist. I enjoy filling the gap between scientists and guests on tours, getting people into wild places so that they will yearn to conserve them.

Theresa Walden (A.K.A. Mounatin Momma), Nature Center Manager

Tristan Sebens, Naturalist Science Guide

Van Waggoner, Naturalist Guide

Van worked as a wildlife biologist in Interior Alaska from 1980 through 2006, when he retired. He moved to Juneau in 2008. Because of his love of the outdoors he started his retired career with Gasteneau Guiding in 2009. He has really enjoyed getting to know the plants and animals around Juneau that are completely different from the ones he worked with in Alaska's interior; but, most of all he likes meeting folks from all over the world on his tours. Van is also an avid sailor and spends his spare time exploring the inlets, passages, and remote anchorages in Southeast Alaska.

Wendy Byrnes, Naturalist Guide

Yarrow Vaara, Office Manager

Zori Oberle, Nature Center Staff