Our Board of Directors


Andy Moderow, President

Andy Moderow started serving on the AAS Board in 2013.  A lifelong Alaskan, Andy grew up racing sled dogs, finishing the Iditarod in 2001 before heading off to college.  Andy brings non-profit management experience to the board, along with great familiarity of Alaska Avalanche School offerings: he has taken six courses during the past six seasons, including Levels 1, 2, 3, Hazard Recognition, a Level 2 Refresher, and the Spring Snow Workshop.



Trip Kinney, Vice President

Trip’s first exposure to Alaska was a semester NOLS program in the Summer of 1992. He returned to Alaska twice for sea kayaking trips with his wife before they moved here from Burlington, VT in 2011. He grew up in Redding, CT and Santa Cruz, CA and did undergraduate studies at UC Boulder followed by a masters degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.  He then moved to Asheville, NC where he started whitewater kayaking, met his wife, and got a nursing degree. Trip has been a critical care nurse for the past 15 years. He started serving on the Alaska Avalanche School Board in 2014 and is an active volunteer for Ski Patrol at Arctic Valley. He has always made it a priority to live near the mountains or water. His main passion is playing on all things water - frozen, liquid, and that which is metamorphosizing!



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Wendy Wagner, Secretary

Wendy Wagner began serving on the Board in 2012. She is the Director of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center in Girdwood, Alaska and brings an important connection between the AAS and the Forest Service. Wendy is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and is an atmospheric scientist. She also has a past career cross-country ski racing culminating in two Olympic berths.

Soren Orley, Treasurer

Soren Orley, CPA, CFE has over 30 years of career experience in finance and accounting. Soren has served as an auditor, controller, and chief financial officer for organizations in both the private and public sectors. Soren is a volunteer with the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group (AMRG). Soren has been an active member of AMRG for over 28 years, where he has used the avalanche training he received at AAS many times. Soren, besides serving on the AAS board, currently serves as the treasurer for the Alaska Injury Prevention Center.


Jason Buttrick

Jason moved to Alaska from Washington in 2007 following mountains and more snow. Since coming to Alaska he has spent his time climbing, skiing, flying and exploring in the many interesting places this state has to offer. Jason is currently an owner at Alaska Backcountry Rentals and a buyer for Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking. He is always looking for both the next trip and to learn new skills to facilitate future adventures.


Paul Wunnicke

Paul Wunnicke, an alumnus of the Alaska Avalanche School and Instructor from 1993-2002, is an avalanche forecaster providing risk assessment, site mapping and hazard reduction services to a variety of clients, primarily utility companies. A lifelong Alaskan, Paul became interested in avalanches through backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. Married with two children, Paul’s primary goal on every adventure is to come home to his sweetie by the fire.


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Janeen Hutchins

Janeen Hutchins joined the AAS Board in January 2016. For the last 20 years, Janeen has worked in multiple sectors of the outdoor education industry, including wilderness education, wilderness therapy and leadership education. She is currently the Alaska Director at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) based in Palmer. Janeen brings non-profit management and outdoor education experience to the board. Janeen is a graduate of our Level 1 Refresher course.




Katie Strong

Growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Katie developed a love for winter, wild places, and skiing at a young age. After moving to Alaska, Katie quickly recognized the importance of avalanche education if she wanted to safely play in Alaska's mountains. Taking level 1 and level 2 courses with the Alaska Avalanche School upped her confidence, and have helped her make more informed decisions when skiing in forecasted areas like Turnagain and Hatcher Pass, as well as remote areas like the Wrangells and Brooks Range. Katie is a senior staff attorney at Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm based in Anchorage. She holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and an M.S. in Environmental Policy from Michigan Technological University.