Meet the Staff

Sockeye Cycle Staff

The administrative staff, managers, mechanics and guides at Sockeye Cycle are the most resourceful, knowledgable and enthusiastic people you will meet. We come from a variety of backgrounds; some work summers guiding our day trips and working in the shop, others are long time Alaskan residents that guide our extended tours and work in the office. We have three year round employees and twenty five seasonal employees.

Whether it is tours, rentals, sales or service; at Sockeye Cycle you can expect the highest level of customer service, professionalism and passion for bicycling in our northern environment. Come and meet our team!


    ADMINISTRATION

     

    Thom Ely - President - Thom first came to Alaska in 1981 to work for the Young Adult Conservation Corp at False Island near Sitka. He fell in love with the Southeast Alaska environment and returned summers to work as a deck hand on a salmon troller. He moved to Haines in 1987 and bought an existing bike shop in 1988. He continues to bike, hike, paraglide, ski and enjoy the environment of Alaska and the world.

     

    Becky Hill - Office Manager - Becky's love for Southeast Alaska began on a backpacking trip in 1994.  A year later, she sold nearly everything she owned and left the DC area on a 5000 mile road trip to Alaska.  After exploring around the state for a while, she found her paradise in Haines.  Becky's biggest passions are cross country skiing and gardening.  After the summer garden is planted, then it's high time for biking, hiking and camping.  She lives in historic Ft. Seward with her two daughters.

     
    Dustin Craney - General Manager - Riding, fixing, and building bikes has been a big part of Dustin's life for the last 15 years.  In 2009, looking for a change of pace from a commute and a cubicle, Dustin jumped at the opportunity to work seasonally in Alaska.  Since then, the positive community, beautiful landscape, and endless adventure opportunities have made it home. Dustin is recently married and is working on building a home in the area with his wife Katie, who also guides for Sockeye Cycle.

     

    Havilah Mills Tour Manager, Skagway - Havilah joined the Sockeye crew in Skagway in 2014 after spending the last six years as the Director of Operations for an environmental non-profit organization in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her passion for environmental protection and preservation followed her to the Tongass National Forest and its Wilderness Areas. She's an avid cyclist and cycling advocate, hiker, backpacker, and overall outdoor enthusiast.

    Paul Duyckinck - Assistant Manager, Skagway - Paul came to Skagway in 2014 after experience with touring and cycling training at PAC tour.  Paul has done multiple tours throughout the country and uses his experience with endurance cycling to put us all to shame in group road rides.

    SHOP STAFF  

     

    Jeremy Reed, Shop Manager, Haines - If you ask him where he is from, Jeremy will tell you: “I learned to talk in Illinois, and I learned to work in North Carolina”.  When he and his wife moved to Haines in the fall of 2009, he will admit it was by accident; but the fresh food, the clean water and the real people made starting a life in Haines hard to resist.  “Life here is like a good long bike ride, its exhilarating, its tough and it has a way of making everything a little more vivid”.

    Ryan Rice, Shop Manager, Skagway - We are excited to have Ryan joining moving over to our Skagway shop after a few years managing the Haines shop.
       
       
    GUIDES  

    Gina St. Clair, Guide, Haines & Long Tours - Gina brings thirty years of Alaskan experience and thousands of miles of road cycling to Sockeye’s long tours. In 1985, after completing college studying Outdoor Ed, Gina drove her VW bus from Wyoming to Alaska and has made her life here, cooking in remote camps, teaching school, commercial fishing, and guiding.  During the years, she homeschooled her three children in Haines, she provided for her family by gardening, hunting, subsistence fishing, and running her own soap and lip balm company. Always in motion, Gina keeps active snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, and cycling when she’s not in the garden or the classroom. For the last dozen years, Gina has pursued her passion for cycling adventure, competing each year in the regional bike race and touring Alaska and the western states, camping along the way. 

    Lee Close - Lee drove his Tacoma truck from Texas to Alaska in the early 90's. He still has the twang in his voice but his heart is in the North. After many seasons as a fisheries technician his passion for the bike got him a job as a guide for Sockeye Cycle. He spends most of his time in the Yukon with his wife Nicole and dog Keta cutting wood on his lot, x country skiing and playing disc golf.

     

    Katie Craney, Guide, Long Tours - Katie first came to Alaska in 2004 and has worked for the National Park Service in both Gustavus and Skagway AK. In addition to Sockeye Cycle, Katie guides bicycle tours for WomenTours.  She balances life in the saddle by working as Conservation Coordinator for a local conservation organization, and creating artwork.  Katie has recently received a commission and a museum showcase of her work in Haines for 2015.

     

    Anna Barton, Senior Guide, Skagway - Hailing from the deep south, Anna Houston Barton is from Charleston, South Carolina. Whether in the mountains or on the road she's an avid cyclist that recently completed her first triathlon. Anna's open and energetic spirit draws her to people from all over the world. She's a traveler, active Toastmaster and creative soul. #tandembicyclesmaketheworldabetterplace

     

    Stephanie Palmer, Senior Guide, Skagway - Hi everybody! I am originally from northern Illinois, attended college in Wisconsin, and have spent the last 4 years traveling around the United States doing seasonal jobs in environmental education and bike safety/advocacy. The mountains are what drew me southeast Alaska, as well as calling the White Pass my office for the summer. During my free time I enjoy dancing, winning cribbage, hiking in the Tongass National Forest, and eating cheese. Come visit me at Sockeye Cycle for an awesome adventure!

     

    Alyssa Koziol, Guide & Retail, Skagway - When tasked with writing her bio, Alyssa asked her friends and family to come up with a word that they thought described her. This is what they came up with: refreshing, outgoing, adventurous, curious, smart, spunk, warm, caring, laughter, smiles, free-spirited, and loving. We agree with all of them! Alyssa's outgoing and always up for an adventure. She loves meeting new people and would love to talk to you about some of the long distance bike tours she's ridden.

     

    Tomas O'Connell, Guide, Skagway - Hola! My name is Tomas. I am proud to be from Chicago. I'm a passionate fan of its sports, food, and architecture. I am enthralled by the majestic beauty of Alaska and love showing it off to the folks that enjoy rocketing down mountains on bikes with me. Pura Vida! 

     

    Kevin Seibert, Guide, Skagway - Kevin most recently hails from Nashville although he's hopped around all his life, traveling through California, Indonesia, Texas, Indiana, Chicago, and finally Nashville. He is a 26 year old retired heavy machinery engineer, who has traded in computer screen glare for the outdoors and bicycles. So far he’s biked across the U.S. twice and managed to stumble into dozens of other adventures while climbing, backpacking or canoeing. Rain, snow, or shine, he is always grateful to be in the some of the last untouched wilderness with you!

       
       
       
       
       
       

     



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