The mission of the Alaska Avalanche School is to provide exceptional experience-based avalanche safety education to all users of the mountain environment.

The Alaska Avalanche School was founded in 1976 by Doug Fesler as an avalanche safety center under the State of Alaska. Later, the school became known as the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, where Doug, along with Jill Fredston, began teaching avalanche safety courses. The Alaska Avalanche School has grown steadily in the four decades since its inception and now a staff of 33 professional instructors reaches hundreds of students, both in the field and in the classroom, each winter season.

OUR BOARD

The Alaska Avalanche School’s volunteer Board of Directors is made up of recognized leaders across many areas of expertise. They represent the broad diversity of our community and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to further the mission of the organization.

Peter Wadsworth : President

Peter Wadsworth

President
Heather Johnson : Vice President

Heather Johnson

Vice President
Andrew Dahlin : Treasurer

Andrew Dahlin

Treasurer
Jessie Janowski : Secretary

Jessie Janowski

Secretary
Alex Lee : Board Member

Alex Lee

Board Member
Andy Moderow : Board Member

Andy Moderow

Board Member
Cory Hughes : Board Member

Cory Hughes

Board Member
Graham Predeger : Board Member

Graham Predeger

Board Member
Jason Buttrick : Board Member

Jason Buttrick

Board Member
Emily Sullivan : Board Member

Emily Sullivan

Board Member
Eric Dahl : Board Member

Eric Dahl

Board Member
Hazel Blum : Board Member

Hazel Blum

Board Member

OUR STAFF

Get to know the professional instructors at Alaska Avalanche School. Click on an image for a full bio statement.

Melis Coady : Executive Director

Melis Coady

Executive Director
Kakiko Ramos-Leon : Assistant Director / Instructor

Kakiko Ramos-Leon

Assistant Director / Instructor
Brooke Edwards : Staffing Manager / Instructor

Brooke Edwards

Staffing Manager / Instructor
Anitra Winkler : Instructor

Anitra Winkler

Instructor
Blaine Smith : Instructor

Blaine Smith

Instructor
Brian Kramp : Instructor

Brian Kramp

Instructor
Brock Roden : Instructor

Brock Roden

Instructor
Chelsea Bomba : Instructor

Chelsea Bomba

Instructor
Eeva Latosuo : Instructor

Eeva Latosuo

Instructor
Elias Holt : Instructor

Elias Holt

Instructor
Forest Wagner : Instructor

Forest Wagner

Instructor
Fredrik Norrsell : Instructor

Fredrik Norrsell

Instructor
Graham Predeger : Instructor

Graham Predeger

Instructor
George Creighton : Instructor

George Creighton

Instructor
Jake Kayes : Instructor

Jake Kayes

Instructor
Karsen Cullen : Instructor

Karsen Cullen

Instructor
Kyle Van Peursem : Instructor

Kyle Van Peursem

Instructor
Lesley Seale : Instructor

Lesley Seale

Instructor
Mark Walters : Instructor

Mark Walters

Instructor
Mike Janes : Instructor

Mike Janes

Instructor
Mike Buck : Snowmachine Instructor

Mike Buck

Snowmachine Instructor
Pat Dryer : Instructor

Pat Dryer

Instructor
Ross St. John : Snowmachine Instructor

Ross St. John

Snowmachine Instructor
Sean “Sully” Sullivan : Snowmachine Instructor

Sean “Sully” Sullivan

Snowmachine Instructor
Sean Fallon : Snowmachine Instructor

Sean Fallon

Snowmachine Instructor
Taylor Guetschow : Instructor

Taylor Guetschow

Instructor