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 Hunt - 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 "off the beaten path" with her husband and two daughters.

    Dustin Craney - General Manager - Riding, fixing, and building bikes has been a main part of Dustin's life for the last 10 years.  When the opportunity to work a season in Alaska came up in 2009, Dustin jumped at it.  Since then, the positive community, beautiful landscape, and endless adventure opportunities have made it home.
    Holly Bracher - Assistant Manager - After working as a tour guide for the past two years, Holly returned to Sockeye as the Assistant Manager.  With a history working in various facets of experiential education, she is passionate about inspiring a connection between people and the natural world.  She enjoys spending her days in the limitless outdoors, playing pickup frisbee games, and eating fresh vegetables from the garden.

    Havilah Mills - Assistant Operations Manager - Havilah joined the Sockeye crew in Skagway 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.
     

     
    Shop
     
    Scott Hinkson, Shop Manager, Skagway - Buon Giorno! Scott came to us after working several years as a lead mechanic and tour leader for a high-end biking group in Italy. Scott has years of experience wrenching and biking in California and Oregon and has toured his bike extensively around the world.

    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”.

       
     
    Guides
     

    Gina St. Clair - Gina has lived in Alaska for the past 25 years and has been a resident of Haines for the past 15 years. Besides being a summer bike guide for Sockeye Cycle, Gina fills her time with 3 children, commercial fishing, gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, and substitute teaching. Gina's most recent claim to fame was being dubbed 'Babe of the Woods' for winning the axe throwing contest at the Southeast Alaska State Fair.

    Knikki Cinocco -  Knikki is a fun loving free spirit cyclist who has lived in Haines for more than 20 years. She is a mother of two girls born on the same day thirteen years apart. She loves to bike, snowboard, wildcraft, study herbology and teach NIA dance.  She loves to travel whenever she can and show off her home to visitors.
    Kellee Gahan  - With a B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Kellee joined us after working as an outdoor educator in North Carolina. During her time off you will find Kellee pedaling up to the summit of White Pass.
    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.
    Adrian Revenaugh - Living in SE Alaska since ’74 has been a long running love affair for Adrian. For 28 years, her family has explored homesteading, teaching, the wilderness and a subsistence lifestyle, both on and ‘off the grid’.
    With the kids grown, guiding with Sockeye Cycle gives Adrian time to discover the region in a different way. She’s passionate about sharing the cultural heritage of the area and some of what living the ‘good life’ in rural Alaska entails. Adrian’s also keenly interested in the lifestyles of other’s.

     

    Kevin Seibert - 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!

    Alyssa Koziol - 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.

    Stephanie Palmer - Hi everybody! This is my first season guiding bike tours in Skagway, Alaska. 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!

     
    Anna Barton - 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
     
    Rachel Grad - Originally from Chicago, the first time Rachel saw a mountain, her brain grew another dimension. She's been a west-coaster ever since. She enjoys literature, yoga, baking bread, and deconstructing invisible things.  This is her second season at Sockeye.
     
    Alex Luque - I have been white water raft guiding on rivers in the pacific northwest for the last few summers and I worked at two different mountain resorts in WA the last two winters. I have always wanted to see Alaska so I packed up what would fit in my car and got rid of the rest. After a smooth drive up here, I see now why some people never leave. Yay Biking!

    Andrew Custer - Hi! My name is Andy. According to completely unbiased commentators, such as my mom, friends, and guests that have taken no other excursions but mine, I am the best tour guide around. I am originally from Michigan, where I studied and worked as a high school social studies teacher. I am so happy to spend this season teaching what I've learned about Alaska to guests that are visiting Skagway, especially considering the fact that my classroom encompasses gorgeous mountains and lush forests.
     

    Tomas O'Connell - 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! 

       
     
     

     



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