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!


    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 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 Paul came to Skagway in 2014.  From one windy city (Chicago) to another (Skagway), he has spent the past four years riding his bike all over the country.  He loves spending long days in the saddle and helping people enjoy cycling. 


    Jeremy Reed - Haines Shop Manager 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 - Skagway Shop Manager Ryan ran our Haines shop for a couple of seasons then headed south for a bit. The lure of Alaska brought him back to take charge of our Skagway shop. He always has a warm smile, easy going attitude and great attention to service and detail. 

    Gina St Clair - Gina brings thirty years of Alaskan experience and thousands of miles of road cycling to Sockeye’s long tours. Gina drove her VW bus from Wyoming to Alaska in 1985, with a degree in Outdoor Ed,  and has made her life here, cooking in remote camps, teaching school, commercial fishing, and guiding, running her soap business, and being a mom. 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, cross country skiing and playing disc golf.

    Katie Craney - 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 Greenville, South Carolina. Whether in the mountains or on the road she's an avid cyclist, and enjoys seeing life by bike touring. Anna's open and energetic spirit draws her to people from all over the world. She's a traveler, can't sit still kind of person, 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!

    Monica Neely, Guide, Skagway - After leaving her five year mini-career as a chemist in 2014, Monica decided to diversify and hopped on a bicycle in Portland, Oregon, and didn't stop until she reached Homer, Alaska.  What was supposed to be a quick exit from Alaska turned into a wild will to stay, with the hope of tapping into all the unique seasonal wonders this region has to offer. Her most beloved activities beyond bike touring are mountain biking and backpacking. Two goals of hers this summer are to identify as many birds as she can and to NOT broadside a bear while mountain biking. As a lover of the bike, she is thrilled to help people from all walks of life open up new horizons by sharing the experience of cruising on two wheels.

    Matt Magnuson Guide, Skagway - Hello bicycle riders!  I spent the last 13 months cycling through South America, and I still haven’t gotten tired of riding my bike. My love for adventure and my love for bikes are core components of my love for life. I’ve joined the Sockeye team to continue to do what I enjoy - riding my bike, spending time in beautiful nature, and being around great people. I look forward to meeting you, sharing information about Alaska’s history and beauty, and, of course, enjoying a wonderful bike ride together.

    Shawn Dick Guide, Skagway - Hello Everyone! I hail from the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, but fell in love with the North country while working in Ontario. I love to travel and meet new people while staying active through cycling, canoeing, and practicing yoga.  I look forward to enjoying the stunning beauty of Southeast Alaska with you as well as laughter, adventure, and great conversation! Sláinte!

    Naresh Kumar Guide, Skagway - When Naresh first visited Alaska in 2014, his rowmates on the plane assured him that it would not be his last. They were right. Naresh is from Salt Lake City, Utah, where he developed a love of a bicycle-centered lifestyle and the outdoors. He has worn several hats: mostly in outdoor education, global health, healthcare research, and advocacy for social justice. Working for Sockeye has been a great way for Naresh to combine cycling with sharing the natural beauty and rich history of Southeast Alaska with visitors.

    Brian Kaeter Guide/Mechanic - Brian had his first Alaskan experience last summer working as a salmon processor in Bristol Bay. After traveling around the state when his contract ended he knew he had to find a way to get back. With a background in bicycle mechanics and a love of all things outdoors, Sockeye was the perfect fit. Back home in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brian can be found out on the trail canoeing, cross country skiing, backpacking, running, snowboarding, and cycling. Brian is excited to wrench on bikes and be back up in Alaska!

    Matt Jillson Guide, Skagway - Matt has a passion for international bike touring and exploring alpine regions. He has been guiding for the past few years living out of the Pacific Northwest.  He believes in educating others to help protect our wilderness areas. He also loves spruce tips!!

    Jeff Hu Guide, Skagway - Hey there.  Jeff here.  I’m from the “Biggest Little City”, A.K.A Reno, NV.  A little bird told me about ol’ beautiful Skagway, so I decided to check it out.  It’s my first year working as a bike guide and my first time in the state of the Sitka Spruce (Alaska). I like long walks to Yakutania Point, ice cream cones, and climbing.  My favorite mammals are the Marmot and Sea Otter.  Here’s to a great season.  Cheers!

    Erin Kennedy Senior Guide, Skagway - Kennedy joins us from the Midwest, but is no stranger to mountains and big open space.  She has been working seasonally for the past couple of years working on trail crews in Arizona, shredding powder in Keystone Colorado, and running bike tours down the Klondike Highway for the past two seasons. She has also completed a few long distance big tours around the United States and is looking forward to the next adventure her life brings.

    Chelsea Schwerbtfeger Shop, Skagway - Chelsea will be working in the shop for the summer.  This wont stop her from getting out on her bike to shred trails and zoom up the Klondike Highway.  Originally from Santa Cruz, California, she has spent the past couple of years checking out the West Coast working seasonally learning new skills, meeting new friends, and having a great time.  She spent last summer in the interior of Alaska and is looking to get to know SE this summer in Skagway.

     Brad Langford Lead Mechanic, Skagway - Brad drove up from Gainesville, Florida.  He is a seasoned mechanic that can pretty much fix anything you need him too. Brad loves the outdoors so much he is spending his summer living in the woods and eating 30% of his body weight everyday to stay strong.  When not wrenching on bikes he keeps on moving until the sun goes down; which is pretty late in Alaska.  He loves riding, hiking and being outside to enjoy that beauty that is Skagway, Alaska.
    Jason Ruiz Guide, Skagway - Jason is originally from Minnesota, but has been spending the past couple of years living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He loves to spend time on hiking and biking trails.  After deciding to move to Washington in the fall; he wanted to spend a summer in Alaska to explore the last frontier.  He has always been drawn to the outdoors and is excited to take in beautiful SE Alaska

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