Our Crew

Guide Profiles

Dan Kirkwood, Guide and General Manager

Dan has worked with wildlife since he moved to Juneau in 2009. In addition to guiding, he was a wilderness ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in the glacial fjords of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness studying impacts of cruise ships on harbor seals and other visitor experience. After receiving a M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, he managed the Alaska Wilderness League’s Rainforest Program. Dan took over as General Manager in 2017, and works with the team to continue the company’s commitment to responsible wildlife viewing and wilderness ethics. Dan is also a musician in several bands.

 

 

Maia Wolf,  Guide and Logistics Manager

Maia grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is at home in rainy Juneau. In addition to guiding bear viewing trips to Pack Creek, she is a wilderness kayak guide in Glacier Bay and a Wilderness EMT.

 

 

Brock Tabor, Guide

With a background in geosciences, environmental policy and education, he is an avid outdoor enthusiast and professional naturalist. He has been a guide for more than 20 years.

 

 

 

Bjorn Dihle, Guide

Bjorn is a life long Alaskan, who first fell in love with Admiralty Island when he was four during a family camping trip. He works as a writer, guide and instructor of outdoor recreation courses when he wants to bump up his lifestyle. Otherwise, you’ll find him with the bears in the rain forest, following caribou in the Arctic or hiking around the Juneau area with his golden retriever Fenrir. You can follow him @bjorndihle.

 

 

 

Miles Gayton, Guide and Adventure Consultant

Miles was born and raised in Juneau., He studied outdoor education, Spanish, and environmental studies at the University of Alaska, Southeast. During that time he gained a greater appreciation of the outdoors and now makes it his year-round workplace. He spends his winters ski patrolling in Montana where he is training his dog Sawyer in avalanche rescue. His favorite place to be in the summer is Juneau. Every year he returns home and enjoys being around friends, family, and wild places.

 

 

Teresa Whipple, Guide

It was love at first breath of rain forest air for Teresa, a Tennessean by birth, when she landed in the Pacific Northwest 15 years ago. With her Captain’s license in hand, she has explored the Inside Passage waterways since, always on the lookout for wildlife. Teresa is a Naturalist specializing in the bear species of North America: black, brown and white. She is thrilled to join the Pack Creek team this year to continue sharing her passion for bears and an untamed world with other wilderness enthusiasts, and is delighted to have the opportunity to share the brown bears of Alaska that captured her own heart.

Pilot Profiles

Sean Kveum

Starting at a young age Sean knew he wanted to get people to their desired destinations; as a kid he wanted to be a cab driver. Now he is Alaska Seaplanes Director of Operations. Sean grew up in Hoonah where he was able to develop his passion for the outdoors; including hiking, hunting, fishing, and flying. He enjoyed getting to ride in a DeHavilland Beaver on floats. “To this day, it’s still my favorite airplane and I get to do the flying.” “Always strive to be your best, take care of family, and enjoy the little things.”

Brett Coblentz

Brett was born in Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in Alaska since 2013. In his spare time, you can find him hunting, fishing, hiking, jet-boating, inner-city farming, building stuff, and trying to convince customers that he is old enough to be the pilot. Brett has been flying since 2008 and has recently earned his place as Chief Pilot on our Alaska Seaplanes certificate. These inspiring words by Tony Dungy clearly have Brett living the good life. “You don’t always have control over your circumstances, but you always have control on how you react to each situation.”

Paul Lerma

One thing that makes flying enjoyable is the customers. Paul received a kind comment from a passenger, “You, personally, make living out here better for us all.” Paul was raised in California and he moved to Alaska in 1990 as a logging manager for Coulson Air-Crane in Craig, Alaska on Prince of Wales Island. Paul has been a pilot for 21 years. When he lived in California he enjoyed watching Blue Angels fly above his garage every day.

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