President – Brian Hanson
Brian was raised in Sitka. He is a graduate of Sitka High School, University of Oregon, and Pepperdine University School of Law. He has been in private practice in Sitka since 1985. He served on the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association. He is a longtime coach and administrator of Sitka Little League. He is currently a member of the STW Finance Committee.
Vice President – Don MacKinnon
Don was born in Juneau and grew up in Hoonah and Cordova before returning to Juneau as a teenager. A graduate of Juneau Douglas High School he also has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He grew up hiking, hunting and skiing in the woods of Southeast Alaska. Don worked as a volunteer instructor for the Juneau Youth Sailing Foundation. He also has been a swim coach, swimming instructor and skiing instructor. Don operated his own tour boat business from 1993 to 1995. For the past 11 years he has worked as a telecommunication tech for Jeffus & Williams CO. Inc. He moved to Sitka in 2001 when Juneau became to big for him. While in Sitka he has continued to be an avid hiker and back country skier while learning to surf. He can be found most days on one of the trails around Sitka walking his dog.
Secretary – Gio Villanueva
Gio earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicine from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. Gio is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and worked with Air Force Village II and Christus Santa Rosa Medical Group in San Antonio, Texas. He is also a certified athletic trainer and the executive director of the Alaska Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. He enjoys fulfilling the needs of SEARCH patients from the villages and communities of Southeast Alaska. Gio also enjoys trekking, traveling and triathlons.
Treasurer – Roslyn Dailey
Ros is an avid hiker and has lived in Sitka since 1981. She is CFO for Samson Tug and Barge Co, Inc. and spends most weekends hiking, biking or running on the Sitka trail system. She holds a BA in Economics from Williams College in Williamstown MA. “I think the improvements in the local trail system are of the best things that has happened in Sitka over the past 10 years. I am very pleased to be a part of the board of the organization that has made so much of this possible.”
Board Member – Jeff Arndt
Jeff is a 40 year Alaskan. He and his wife have resided in Sitka over 4 years, are very invested in the community and are here to stay. Jeff has worked at SEARHC, and is a self employed mental health and subsistence abuse counselor. He is a board member of ACRED (Alaska Citizens for Responsible Energy Development) and has worked for Friends of Matsu. Jeff is a musician and has participated in several Grinds and other events with his music group. He has been a member of Sitka Trail Works for 3 years, has participated in many of the Trail Works hikes, run in many local races and has been a spokesperson for Bike to Work Week. Jeff loves our trails and uses them almost daily and wants to give back.
Board Member – Dane McFadden
Dane moved to Sitka in October of 2014 and has been a member of the Sitka Conservation Society Board since January of 2015. His community involvement also includes being both a volunteer and an employee of the Sitka Sound Science Center. Dane earned his Bachelors of Science degree in environmental science from Stanford in 2011. Since then he has held a wide range of jobs from guiding in McCarthy, to fighting wildfires in the interior and land use monitoring for Colorado State University at Fort Wainwright. Dane is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves the opportunities available to everyone living here. He likes to hunt, hike, fish, explore, and harvest and wants to preserve the way of life he is learning about here. He wants to protect and preserve what we have around us, including to help improve and maintain the amazing network of trails around Sitka.
Board Member – Deanna Bennett
Deanna is a born and raised Sitkan who has split her time between raising three daughters and working in various fields including 15 years for Davis & Associates/Greg Scheff & Associates Land Surveyors as a draftsman/secretary/bookkeeper, 8 years at Lakeside Grocery and currently employed at Sitka Community Hospital. “Thanks to Sitka Trail Works, I have been able to gain access to some of the most awe inspiring areas in our back yard. I want to help others to experience this beauty so that they too can connect with nature and be rejuvenated in this busy, hectic world.”
Board Member – Mary-Alice Henry
Mary-Alice is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. After graduation she held the Finance Director position at Islands Counseling for 13 years. She was a self-employed accountant specializing in non-profit businesses for 20 years. Mary-Alice is currently the School Administrator at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. There is rarely a day that goes by when Mary Alice misses a hike on our fabulous trails with her dog, Scout, her devoted hiking buddy.
Board Member – Nicole Duclos
Nicole moved to Sitka in 1995 and immediately hit the trails. Her first introduction to STW was with the free guided hikes. Not wanting to be on the trails alone with her young daughter, she took advantage of these hikes regularly and encouraged others to do so as well. Nicole’s favorite trail is Gavan Hill – she runs/hikes it at least once a week, rain or shine, 8 months out of the year. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology. She is currently an Instructional Designer for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
Executive Director – Lynne Brandon
Lynne was hired as STW Executive Director in September of 2015. Prior to joining STW, Lynne was City and Borough of Sitka Parks and Recreation Manager since May of 2002. With a background working in Sitka as an Alaska State Park Ranger, for the Forest Service and National Park Service she brings a history of collaborative interagency recreation project development to Trail Works. She is proud of developing the Starrigavan Recreation Area, creating a skate park at Turnaround Park, the Kimsham Fields development and improving greenspace and landscaping around many of Sitka’s parks and public buildings. Lynne worked with Deborah Lyons, former executive director of STW, on all trail projects on City lands including all phases of the Cross Trail, Thimbleberry-Heart Lake trail, Sawmill Creek and Indian River road separated paths and Herring Cove trail. Lynne has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Park and Outdoor Recreation Management, from Colorado State University.
Accordingly, Lynne brings a skill set to STW that includes local government, policy analysis, community outreach, public speaking and recreation project development. Her priorities are creating accessible walking opportunities that provide benefit for the greatest number of Sitkans and attracting new walkers to Sitka’s trail systems.
Administrative Assistant – Laurinda Marcello
Laurinda grew up in Sitka and caught the outdoor bug early. In 2002, she worked for our organization as a trail crew member. She later earned a BA in Biology from Lewis & Clark College and a MS in Fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks CFOS in Juneau. She held a variety of jobs in biology and fisheries. She has also been working at Kenwa Karate of Sitka, another local non-profit, as lead instructor for the past four years. Laurinda likes to bike, hike, and fish.