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, Captain

I believe Juneau, Alaska is a one of a kind place. I realized this the moment I arrived. As a photographer, this place has allowed 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 Guide

Alli Donaldson, Naturalist Guide

Hey! I’m Alli.  I’m Texas born, Colorado raised and Alaska obsessed.  This is my second year guiding in Juneau and I’m excited to start this new chapter with Gastineau Guiding.  My interests vary from the sea to summit and I can’t wait to share the adventure with you!

Amanda Hopkins, Nature Center Staff and Naturalist Guide

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. In September of 2018, I was fortunate enough to visit the beautiful town of Juneau, Alaska and instantly fell in love. At an early age, I discovered an insane calling to explore the many paths of Mother Nature. I’m now so honored to share all the beauty Alaska has to offer with others in a place I call paradise.

Amy Balagna, Office Manager

I moved to Alaska the day after completing my degree in Archaeology from the University of Nevada. Alaska has given me so much more than I could ever give back; my love of nature, the love of my life Josiah, and our beautiful daughter Clara. I’m excited to rejoin the Gastineau team after we decided Juneau is the perfect place to raise our family.

Andra Martin, Driver Guide

I am an Alaska Native, Tlingit, one of the three tribes here in Southeast Alaska. I was born in Juneau and raised in a village southwest from here called Kake, Alaska. My family originates from Glacier Bay. I have my degree in Elementary Education and work for the local school district. I was raised by my Aunts and Grandmother where I learned from them the ways of my people.

Andy Davidson, Naturalist Photo Guide

Ann Marie Elder, Nature Center Staff and Naturalist Guide

I am a theatrical director and educator. The official nomad of my family, I have lived all over the United States enjoying the wild places. You can find me 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. I’m a scuba diver extraordinaire – underwater photographer and videographer.  In fact, I was the first person in Juneau to become certified for advanced trimix diving. I love wrecks and walls and have been known to pirate old bottles and steamship pottery from diving the downtown Juneau docks, and even to serve the occasional dinner or a proper tea on old steamship dinnerware. I retired after 33 years in the IT field and now I get to do what I wanted to do all my 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!

Annie Goodenough, Naturalist Guide

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 was off to the next new and exciting experience.  I’m still waiting to get my 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.

Bob Janes, Owner / Operator

I have lived 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, our guests are likely to find me roaming the trails with my camera, piloting a safari vessel, or sharing stories about Juneau with visitors on the dock.

Brett Mello, Naturalist Photo Guide

The world has shown me an amazing place full of beautiful nature and complex interactions. The only passion that matches my eagerness to learn about this wonderful Alaskan playground is my desire to light that passion in others!  My name is Brett, marine biologist, rock climbing guide, tall ship sailor, photographer, Midwestern Boy, and I’m excited to be your guide.

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 Palmer

I first came to Alaska four years ago in search of one lost summer adventure to follow my college graduation, and it changed my life.  I immediately fell in love with this place and have kept coming back every summer since.  Mendenhall Glacier is my happy place!  I am currently pursuing a PhD in Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Alaska Southeast, and I could be happier to call Juneau home!

Charlie Ralston, Naturalist Guide

I graduated from Whitman college with a degree in Biology and a passion for being outside.  I am in my second year of guiding here at Gastineau Guiding and can’t wait to see you on the trails or the water!

Cheffy Thomas, Naturalist Photo Guide

I found a job that allows me to do my two favorite things in the world, watch wildlife and tell bad jokes. Through photography, I get to share Alaska with people from all over the world. You could say I was ‘guided’ here by my love of capturing moments within one of the worlds most inspiring landscapes.

Clayton Douglas, Naturalist Science Guide

My whole life I’ve been a guide. Before moving to Juneau in 2014, I lived on a small island in the Gulf of Thailand and taught SCUBA diving to people seeking adventure. After living in the tropics for some time, I wanted a change of pace; so I moved to Juneau and became a naturalist with Gastineau Guiding Company. My experience guiding launched me into my current, off-season profession as a high school physics teacher.

Cody Phan, Naturalist Photo Guide

After my service in the United States Marine Corps 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

I was born and raised in Bend, Oregon, and spent 8 years in the Army National Guard while completing my bachelor’s in psychology from Western Oregon University. I moved to Juneau after visiting some friends one summer and falling in love with it. In my spare time, I enjoy backpacking, hiking, ultimate Frisbee, and board games.

Daniel Michrowski, Naturalist Science Guide

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

Dirk Miller, Naturalist Guide

As a local teacher I’ve always had a passion for sharing the outdoors with my students and now guests visiting our great city. I’ve done a lot throughout my teaching career; from establishing active clubs and educational field trips, to raising grant money to provide materials such as bikes for kids. I’ve created programs that establish leadership, healthy habits, and overall provide a safe and exciting learning environment for students. I love my job and was recently recognized by Discovery Southeast (organization promoting education and nature exploration for kids in Southeast Alaska) with the 2019 Discovery Award. I’m super excited to spend another summer with Gastineau Guiding and share the many reasons I love Juneau.

Don Fairbanks, Captain

My family was raised aboard our 54′ sailboat- Vega, and we toured Southeast, Alaska over the last 14 years. There are very few bays and inlets we haven’t visited at least once from Prince Rupert to Icy Bay. While I was raised in Fairbanks, AK, I moved to Southeast Alaska in 1989. I’ve lived in Ketchikan, Petersburg, and now Juneau for the past 16 years with no plans to leave! I’m excited to bring my experience on the water to Gastineau Guiding and share my love of Juneau with visitors.

Elizabeth Kell, Nature Center Staff and Guide

I’ve lived in Alaska for the past 10 years and am currently a student at the University of Alaska South East studying Anthropology, History, and Tlingit Language. When I’m not studying or guiding, I love fishing, hiking, snowboarding, and just about any outdoor activity Alaska has to offer.

Fred Hiltner, Lead Boat Captain

I was raised by sea lions after I fell off the family sailboat in the gulf of Alaska…or at least that’s what it feels like. Sometimes I just feel SO connected to the Alaskan waters. After teaching primary school for 21 years, which felt like 21 minutes, I decided to become a certified boat captain and now continue my teaching career on the water, hoping to connect visitors and guests with my fond memories and love of the ocean.

Gene Miller, Naturalist Guide

I live in Southeast Alaska (US Forest Service – retired January, 2018); started in Wrangell, AK, (June 25, 1969), with duties in Ketchikan, Petersburg and Juneau. I hold degrees in Forestry from University of Minnesota, Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and am a Vietnam era Army veteran.  I appreciate to working with people and customer service. I love to hike, and lead the Parks and Recreation’s Wednesday and Saturday hikes locally here in Juneau. I am an avid bike rider and love taking advantage of Juneau’s incredible camping opportunities.  When it comes to local living, I prefer to buy salmon off the dock rather than going fishing (the catch rate is better).

 

Grace Corrigan, Naturalist

I’m from the beautiful Cleveland, Ohio and have been an outdoor guide in Denver, Colorado, for years and very excited to experience my second year guiding in Juneau, Alaska. On my days off you can find me fly fishing, paddling, and camping around the Tongass Rainforest!

Hali Stauffer, Naturalist Guide

Whether it be free diving 60ft under the ocean or trekking at 6,000ft in the mountains, I always feel a sense of understanding when surrounded by the natural world. I believe the most important thing an advocate of wild, natural spaces can do is share its beauty with others. It is my pursuit to inspire others and facilitate in unforgettable experiences.

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.

James Begeman, Captain

I am an avid scuba diver, boat captain, and wildlife enthusiast that has been fortunate enough to watch whales all over the globe.  After spending many humpback seasons in Hawaii, I am excited to follow the whales up to the feeding grounds in Alaska this year.  I am thrilled to be a captain for Gastineau Guiding so I can share my love of the ocean with you.

Jen Levy, Boat Captain

Jim Pfitzer, Naturalist Photo Guide

I would rather paddle a canoe than drive a car and prefer watching birds to watching television. I have a passion for wildness and love capturing wild things with my lens. I have worked all over the country as a naturalist, guide, storyteller, writer, and photographer. I have performed my 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 my days off, I obsessively check the aurora borealis forecast.

Jim Schell, Boat Captain

Jimm Hammond, Naturalist/ Bus Driver

Jon Lyman, Naturalist Guide

My wife and I fled the east coast to Alaska two weeks before Woodstock. We 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 I have lived life like a poem; my wife, Lesley, thinks it’s often like fiction. From wildlife educator to fisherman, log builder to musician and writer, I have lived the Alaska life! And, today, my greatest joy is sharing my Alaska with new friends.

Joshua Wilson

I was born and raised in Wisconsin but soon realized the mountains and seas were calling.  I moved to Alaska in 2012 getting a degree in outdoor education and psychology, and currently working on my Masters in outdoor and environmental education.  Plants and fungus are my passion.  I can be found tending to my farm on Douglas Island or foraging for wild food on my days off.

Katie Janes, Dock Representative

Kayla Johnson, Nature Center Staff and Naturalist Guide

After a quick visit to Juneau in the summer of 2017 I knew I had a longer adventure calling me in Alaska. I feel I was born into the spirit of adventure with my parents having met in Jackson Hole, WY and traveling the country chasing more and more adventure, eventually settling in Massachusetts. I work up in the Nature Center at 1800 ft above sea level, and I love getting a new and exciting perspective of this beautiful town everyday I ride the tram.

Keith Pahlke, Naturalist Guide

I am a retired fish biologist from Colorado and have lived in Alaska for the past 35 years. I love animals of all sorts and even owns 7 pets ranging from dogs to snakes and lizards.

Kellen Priest, Naturalist Guide

I came up to Juneau from Colorado six years ago, 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

I am a wilderness survivalist and enjoy teaching wild edible and herbal plant uses to clients. My goal every tour is to change clients’ lives through inspiring through outdoor education and symbiosis of everything on this great planet!

Krichelle Kerbow, Naturalist Guide

From my first experience on the water I realized the ocean was truly my greatest love. I grew up following the whales from Alaska to Maui and have managed to continue this love story by joining their migratory journey back and forth each year. I lived on a tendering boat in Alaska and off the grid (self-sustaining) in the jungles of Maui. I am a professional survivalist and respect for nature is what I’m all about!

Kristin Sargoy, Photo Naturalist Guide

I am a certified whale stalker whose greatest achievement to date is winning the “Whale Expert Award” in second grade. After getting a degree in Film and Photography I found myself professionally photographing whales and other marine mammals from California to Alaska, to Hawaii, and back again. The whales brought me to Juneau, but this beautiful place and incredible community has made Juneau my home.

Laurie Clough, Naturalist Guide

Lee Davis, Boat Captain/Bus Driver

Growing up in San Diego I always had a special relationship with the ocean. When I was younger my father used to take me to the best Marina in San Diego, which he ran for 37 years, and I would get to play in a glass bottom skiff, surf at the close by beach, or dive all day. The ocean literally became my babysitter. As an adult I still find myself playing at sea as a captain for the best guiding company around! Looking forward to having you with me on tour!

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.

Mac Robinson, Boat Captain

Captain Mac (McKenzie) Robinson started his nautical career with an old canoe in Oregon when he was four. Since then he has taken to the water in various crafts including ferries in New Zealand and large sailing catamarans in Hawaii. His favorite assignment by far is taking nature lovers and fellow photographers onto Alaskan waters where wildlife abounds and beauty is everywhere. Mac is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a love of hiking, camping, climbing and all things ecology.

Matthew Woodland, Naturalist Guide and Nature Center Staff

I was born and raised here in Juneau, Alaska and am Tlingit (Native Alaskan). I have worked in tourism for 5 years and love guiding and meeting people from all around the world.

Maureen Lare, Naturalist Guide

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

Meghan Coffey, Naturalist Guide

A friend of mine is and has been a tour guide here in Alaska in the past and told me of so many adventures that I just HAD to create some of my own.  Alaska is giving me a much needed break from my big and bustling hometown of Las Vegas and I can’t wait to discover the natural wonders of this part of the country!

Michael LaMonica, Boat Captain

Mike Eberhardt

I am a 3rd generation Juneauite that still has an appreciation for our great environment!  I have recently left a 30 year career with Alaska State Parks and am looking forward to continuing my career in outdoor education with Gastineau Guiding.

Mike Hekkers, Lead Naturalist Guide

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

Mindy Huston, Naturalist Guide

I have spent the last decade on and in the water traveling the world as a scuba instructor.  This led me to discover my love of marine mammals.  After spending several seasons in Hawaii, I am excited to see the humpbacks in their feeding grounds and experience the beauty of Alaska!

Nathan Kelley, Naturalist Photography Guide

Nicholas Marinelli, Naturalist Guide

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

Nick Karr, Naturalist Photo Guide

I was born in Fairbanks Alaska but grew up in Southern California. I surfed, snorkeled and hiked around California and Baja from a young age and developed a love for being outdoors and respect for animals and the environment. Coming to Juneau is a chance to explore a new environment and feels like I’m coming back home.

Peggy Cowan, Naturalist Guide

My passion is exploring and sharing the natural wonders of Alaska, my home. As an educator, I’ve been fortunate to learn about Alaska, its wonders and cultures through my work in Fairbanks, Utiqiagvik and Juneau.

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 Brigman, Naturalist Guide

My path to Alaska began when I arrived in Fairbanks for my second Air Force assignment.  Forty years later, I was a reluctant cruise ship passenger until I took a life-changing excursion in Juneau called Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari.  Now, I split my time between my grand-kids down south and interpreting our amazing flora and fauna for the guests who have joined me in our common venture “North to the Future”.

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 Dock 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, I had the help of a new friend who had grown up in Alaska as he shared the secrets to enjoying this awesome place: dress for the weather and get out in it! I haven’t stopped enjoying Juneau since that “secret” was imparted to me. The natural beauty of this area and the wildlife viewing opportunities still amazes me 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.

Skip Gray, Photo Naturalist Guide

Steve White, 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.

Tobie Welch, Boat Captain

After captaining in Hawaii for years I took a friend’s advice and made my way to Alaska. I’m loving the beautiful hiking, incredible sunsets and taking nice long walks on the beach.  I’m looking forward to exploring the waters here in Southeast Alaska, making new friends along the way.

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!