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 has been in existence since 1976, when it was founded 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 25 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 :

Alex Lee

Katie Strong :

Katie Strong

Jason Buttrick :

Jason Buttrick

Andy Moderow :

Andy Moderow

Emily Sullivan :

Emily Sullivan

Graham Predeger :

Graham Predeger

Cory Hughes :

Cory Hughes

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 : Program Manager

Kakiko Ramos-Leon

Program Manager
Mary Gianotti : Operations Manager

Mary Gianotti

Operations Manager
Brooke Edwards : Staffing Manager / Instructor

Brooke Edwards

Staffing Manager / Instructor
Chelsea Bomba : Instructor

Chelsea Bomba

Instructor
Nikki Champion : Instructor

Nikki Champion

Instructor
George Creighton : Instructor

George Creighton

Instructor
Karsen Cullen : Instructor

Karsen Cullen

Instructor
Nick D’Alessio : Instructor

Nick D’Alessio

Instructor
Mik Dalpes : Instructor

Mik Dalpes

Instructor
Pat Dryer : Instructor

Pat Dryer

Instructor
Mike Duffy : Instructor

Mike Duffy

Instructor
Sean Fallon : Instructor

Sean Fallon

Instructor
Elliot Gaddy : Instructor

Elliot Gaddy

Instructor
Sam Galoob : Instructor

Sam Galoob

Instructor
Timothy Glassett : Instructor

Timothy Glassett

Instructor
Jessie Haffener : Instructor

Jessie Haffener

Instructor
Mike Janes : Instructor

Mike Janes

Instructor
Ross St. John : Instructor

Ross St. John

Instructor
Jake Kayes : Instructor

Jake Kayes

Instructor
Brian Kramp : Instructor

Brian Kramp

Instructor
Eeva Latosuo : Instructor

Eeva Latosuo

Instructor
Fredrik Norrsell : Instructor

Fredrik Norrsell

Instructor
Kyle Van Peursem : Instructor

Kyle Van Peursem

Instructor
Graham Predeger : Instructor

Graham Predeger

Instructor
Blaine Smith : Instructor

Blaine Smith

Instructor
Joe Stock : Instructor

Joe Stock

Instructor
John Sykes : Instructor

John Sykes

Instructor
Forest Wagner : Instructor

Forest Wagner

Instructor
Anitra Winkler : Instructor

Anitra Winkler

Instructor