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...

Adriane Honerbrink, Naturalist Photo Guide and Captain

Adriane believes Juneau, Alaska is a one of a kind place. She realized this the moment she arrived. As a photographer this place has allowed her creativity to run wild with the ever changing sights. "That is why I am here and that is why I love sharing this place!"

Aleta Walther, Naturalist Guide

As a naturalist and interpretive guide, Aleta loves sharing the cultural, natural history, and mysteries that make a trip to Alaska a unique adventure. This is her fourth year with Gastineau Guiding Company and Aleta is looking forward to another summer of "whalicious" fun and frolic.

Alex Litzsinger, Naturalist Guide

Alice Smoker, Naturalist Guide

Alyssa Eddling, Naturalist Guide

For the past four years Alyssa has guided road trips and backpacking journeys all over the country for both kids & adults. She has also travelled the world and volunteered as a humanitarian aid worker. Throughout her adventures abroad she has always longed to explore Alaska’s landscapes & wildlife and is very excited to be exploring more up North this summer!

Andra Martin, Driver Guide

My name is Andra and I was born and raised in Alaska.  I have had the unique experience of knowing Alaska.  Not just because I was raised here, but because I am Alaska Native and have had the greatest opportunity to learn from my grandparents and aunts and uncles about what the land, sea, and air have to offer and how to be a steward of my homeland.  Gunaalcheesh (Tlingit word for thank you) and welcome to my home!

Andy Davidson, Naturalist Photo Guide

Ann Marie Elder, Nature Center Staff and Naturalist Guide

Ann Marie Elder is a theatrical director and educator. The official "gypsy" of her family, she has lived all over the United States enjoying the wild places. You can find her atop the mountain at the Mount Roberts Nature Center as well as on the trail as a guide for the Town, Tram and Timberline Trek excursion.

Annette Smith, Boat Captain

 

Lifelong Alaskan and mother to an awesome son. Captain Annette is a scuba diver extraordinaire - underwater photographer and videographer.  In fact, she was the first person in Juneau to become certified for advanced trimix diving. Captain Annette loves wrecks and walls and has been known to pirate old bottles and steamship pottery from diving the downtown Juneau docks. Even serves the occasional dinner or a proper tea on old steamship dinnerware.  Annette retired after 33 years in the IT field and now gets to do what she wanted to do all her life.  "I cannot think of a better way to spend my retirement than sharing the amazing cold water oceans and all of it's beauty with you!" - Captain Annette

 

Annie Goodenough, Naturalist Guide

Ashlynn Antoni, Director of Sales and Marketing

In 2011, Ashlynn came to Alaska with plans to work a seasonal position, and when the adventure was over she was off to the next new and exciting experience.  She's still waiting to get her fill of Juneau.  "Around every corner I am continually in awe of Alaska's nature, and inspired by the incredibly kind and welcoming 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."

Becca Cates, Naturalist

Becca is from Poulsbo, Washington. Before moving here, she has visited Alaska a handful of times and fell in love with its wilderness and beauty immediately. She has been in the outdoor guiding business for a couple of years, most recently working in the Florida Keys as a marine science instructor. In her spare time, Becca enjoys knitting, trail running, and feeding stray cats.

Bob Janes, Owner / Operator

Bob has lived in Juneau since 1965. With his wife Dawn, they founded our little interpretive company in 1994 "as a way to keep fit and stay in touch with nature's lessons." In the summer, our guests are likely to find Bob roaming the trails with his camera, piloting a safari vessel, or sharing stories about Juneau with visitors on the dock.

Brandie Wieczorek, Dock Rep and Guide

Originally from Colorado Springs, Brandie has been venturing around the United States while pursuing her a degree in Global Leadership. She has actively guided in Colorado Springs and San Diego, California before coming to Alaska. She loves adventure, and helping others be inspired by the outdoors, what it has to offer, and how to conserve it.

Brittany Ooman, Naturalist

Hailing from Woodland Park, Colorado, Brittany came to Alaska to finish school. She has been guiding for two years and loves being able to inspire and empower people, helping them experience the beauty of the area. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys hiking, hanging out on the local glacier, reading, and enjoying the Alaskan rain.

Cait O'Meally, Naturalist

This is Cait’s 5th year guiding with Gastineau Guiding Company. She is excited to be returning to Juneau after spending her winters in New York City. When she’s not guiding, Cait is foraging for natural foods, cuddling with her cats, or singing in the rain.

Caitlin Chew, Naturalist Science Guide

Caitlin’s passion for the outdoors began at a young age with hiking and camping in her home state of Virginia and would later stretch as far as Hong Kong. She developed a love of science in school and studied Environmental Management in Otago, New Zealand. She spent the last four years teaching about nature and environmental stewardship on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Caitlin can’t wait to explore Juneau’s amazing ecosystems where there is something to inspire everyone.

 

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.

Clayton Douglas, Naturalist Science Guide

Cody Phan, Naturalist Photo Guide

After my service in the United States Marine Corp I was lucky enough to join the Gastineau Guiding team and follow my passion for photography.  Coming from Colorado I'm happy to immerse myself in the wonder of Alaska and share its immense and unique beauty with visitors from around the world.

Colton Welch, Naturalist

Growing up in Juneau, I have always loved the outdoors. Appreciating this land is in my nature and I enjoy sharing it with our guests. Whales are pretty cool too!

Dane Moorehead, Daily Coordinator

Dane was born and raised in Bend, Oregon, and has spent 8 years in the Army National Guard after getting a bachelor’s in psychology from Western Oregon University. He moved to Juneau after visiting and falling in love with it. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking, hiking, ultimate Frisbee, and board games.

Daniel Michrowski, Naturalist Science Guide

Dan’s love for the ocean started at a young age. Born and raised in Southern California, he spent as much time as he could on, in, and by the water. After attending college in San Diego, he began working as a biologist on commercial fishing boats in Alaska. After being inspired by his work, he is now pursuing his graduate degree in fisheries sciences. From adopting a fin whale named “Jezebel” through a pack of gum to his current project on skates (“flat sharks”), Dan’s passion for the ocean continues to swell.

David McMaster, Naturalist Photo Guide

David Thomson, Naturalist

Juneau has been my home since 1983. Originally from the Maryland/D.C. area, moved north after graduating college in Iowa figuring that if it didn’t work out, I could always move back to the Lower 48. Landed work with the State of Alaska in finance and spent 31 years with the last 14 managing the money for the Division of Wildlife Conservation within the Department of Fish and Game, retiring in 2015. I contacted Gastineau Guiding before retiring; what could be better than to go hiking and share my love of this area with visitors. I hope you savor your time in Alaska, once you have been here; a little part of you never goes home.


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

Doug is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up all over Alaska from Juneau to Nome. He retired from his career with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game in 2002. In 2007, he was hired as a seasonal naturalist at the Mendenhall Glacier and then spent six years working on the Disney Wonder as their Alaskan Naturalist. His passions are photography, Alaska, whales, and bears.

Elizabeth Kell, Nature Center Staff and Guide

Elizabeth has lived in Alaska for the past 10 years. She is currently a student at the University of Alaska South East where she is studying Anthropology, History, and Tlingit Language. When she isn’t studying or guiding, Elizabeth enjoys fishing, hiking, snowboarding, and just about any outdoor activity Alaska has to offer.

Emma Nelson, Naturalist

Fred Hiltner, Lead Boat Captain

Grace Corrigan, Naturalist

Grace is from the beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. She has been an outdoor guide in Denver, Colorado, for years and is very excited to experience her first year guiding in Juneau, Alaska. On her days off you can find her fly fishing, paddling, and camping around the Tongass Rainforest!

Greg Vitalich, Naturalist Photo Guide

After 25 years in the fast-paced corporate world, Greg turned his passion of photography into an adventurous second career capturing portraitures and wedding. Originally from southern California, Greg's true calling is sharing his passion of photography with others. "I couldn't ask for a better opportunity than to work every day in the majestic outdoors of Alaska teaching photography and discussing history and nature with wonderful visitors from around the world!"

Hannah Goodwin, Naturalist and Daily Coordinator

Ian Perez, Photo Naturalist

I found guiding early while growing up on a dude ranch. It eventually led to Yosemite where I led multiday saddle trips through the High Sierra. But I always wanted to see true wilderness. That led me to Alaska where people are the exception not the rule. Now, between guiding and my work as an outdoor adventure journalist, I’m seeking to share experiences that break down the barrier between the human and natural worlds.

Jake Meyer, Naturalist Science Guide

After growing up in a small town in Idaho, Jake moved to Washington to study geology at Washington State. After graduating and working at a winery, Jake moved to Juneau in search of adventure, new life experiences, and to work for Gastineau Guiding. This is his first year as a science guide and is very excited to meet new people and explore the wonders of Alaska. When he isn’t working, you can usually find him galumphing around the Juneau hiking trails.

Jared Allen

Jared Allen was born and raised Wrangell, Alaska. Jared’s curiosity about Juneau’s history drew him to his first year working at Gastineau Guiding. He is looking forward to interacting Juneau’s visitors and enjoys playing basketball in his spare time.

Jim Pfitzer, Naturalist Photo Guide

Jim would rather paddle a canoe than drive a car and prefers watching birds to watching television. He has a passion for wildness and loves capturing wild things with his lens. He has worked all over the country as a naturalist, guide, storyteller, writer, and photographer. He has performed his original one-man play Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change in theaters from South Carolina to Alaska, sparking conversations about conservation and the intersection of human progress and wildness. On his days off, Jim obsessively checks the aurora borealis forecast.

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.

Katie Janes, Dock Representative

 

Keith Pahlke, Naturalist Guide

Keith is a retired fish biologist from Colorado who has lived in Alaska for the past 35 years. He loves animals of all sorts and even owns 7 pets ranging from dogs to snakes and lizards.


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 Guide

 

Kristin Sargoy, Photo Naturalist Guide

 

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

Matthew Woodland, Naturalist Guide and Nature Center Staff

Matthew was born and raised here in Juneau, Alaska and is Tlingit (Native Alaskan). He has worked in tourism for 5 years and loves guiding and meeting people from all around the world.

Maureen Lare, Naturalist Guide

 

Originally from Columbus Ohio, Marueen always loved nature and traveling and is very passionate about sharing that love with others. After spending a year and a half in Maui working as a naturalist guide, she was convinced by many of my friends and colleagues who "follow the whales" to do so as well, bringing her to Juneau. "The wild beauty here is breathtaking and I can't wait to share it with you!"

 


Michael LaMonica, Boat Captain

Mike Hekkers, Lead Naturalist Guide

Mike left Colorado in the late 1990s to find a bigger and wilder place. Alaska fit that bill, and Juneau became his home base with a ski area, glaciers, water access, and a great community. After his mortgage banking career, Mike wanted to turn his love of mountaineering into a vocation especially after naturalist guiding in Denali National Park. Mike has a masters in geography (glaciology) and instructed environmental science and geography courses at UAS for six years. Mike enjoys taking cabin trips and family adventures in the state. In the winter he can be found striding on Juneau's cross country ski trails.

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.

Nathan Kelley, Naturalist Photography Guide

Nicholas Marinelli, Naturalist Guide

Nick was born and raised in Alaska. He has always felt a deep connection to the land and has found a real passion for showing others what makes Alaska so special.

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. 


Rachel Sager, Naturalist Guide

The adventure began traveling from Washington state, driving up the Alaska Canada Highway where the road was illuminated by the Northern lights, through the Yukon where a moose revealed its large antlers, hopped on a ferry following the Pacific Rainforest, and finally landing in Juneau. My passion for connecting people to the outdoors to enhance their sense of the wonder in the world lead me to find this job in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!  I'm so happy and fortunate to have to opportunity to work outside and share my passions with Gastineau Guiding Company and the many guest traveling to Juneau each summer..

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).

Robert Frampton, Boat Captain

Growing up along the shores of Puget Sound, Robert started messing around with boats as a youngster and stayed on the coast retiring from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a research vessel captain. A 39 year Alaska resident, his specialized maritime area of service is the Pacific Northwest coast from Southeast Alaska through British Columbia into the Salish Sea and Puget Sound. He has voyaged off-shore on the North Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Red Sea. Capt. Bob’s off-the-water-times include an appreciation and study of northwest natural and cultural history, indigenous landscaping, and volunteer work with regional non-profits in SE Alaska and Newfoundland, Canada.

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

Selmon Holland, Science Guide

Shortly after moving to Alaska with his parents, Selmon had the help of a new friend who had grown up in Alaska as he share the secrets to enjoying this awesome place; dress for the weather and get out in it. He hasn't stopped enjoying Juneau since that “secret” was imparted to him. The natural beauty of this area and the wildlife viewing opportunities still amazes him after almost 40 years here. "Today, I look forward to sharing the Alaska that I love with others…..and maybe telling a tall tale or two."

Shannon Easterly, Naturalist Guide

My love for the outdoors, and for whales, began before I can remember. After graduating from the University of Georgia, I moved to Maui to study humpback whales, and, eventually, they drew me to Alaska. Now I can't imagine spending summers anywhere else. I delight in using my scientific background to share this beautiful place with the world.

Sierra Gadaire, General Manager

Skip Gray, Photo Naturalist Guide

Steve White, Boat Captain

Sylvia Madaras, Dock Rep and Guide

On any given day Sylvia can be found at the dock, on the mountain, or drinking tea. She has been interested in bringing people into the great outdoors for years and is very excited to begin her first season guiding. She is also a firefighter in her spare time.

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.

Yarrow Vaara, Office Manager

Zachary Kelly, Naturalist Photography Guide

They say everyone is normal until you get to know them. If you ask me on your how I got to Alaska, I might tell you I just needed to get out of the city. That was partly true. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, California. That is where I realized my love for nature documentary and wildlife photography. I grew up as a Boy Scout/Farm-boy in Colorado with a "allergy" to the indoors. I have spent my entire life outside shooting photos, hiking, camping...the works. Come get to know me as I guide and show you Juneau's breathtaking wilderness. I look forward to meeting you!