Gustavus Community Center Board Members

Sean Neilson


Sean’s first visit to Gustavus and Glacier Bay was in the summer of 1993. He fell in love with the big wild country and returned seven years later as a ranger/naturalist with the National Park Service. As long-time Gustavus resident and former Glacier Bay Superintendent Bob Howe once said, “People come for the place, but stay for the people,” which is exactly what he did. Sean now works as a freelance photographer, filmmaker and photo guide. He looks forward to sharing his art and stories on a big screen, in a warm room, surrounded by his community.

Kyle Bishop


Kyle Bishop began his journey here in the waters of Glacier Bay National Park a decade ago as a Sea Kayak Instructor and Guide. He spent those first years enjoying the summers in Gustavus and Glacier Bay while travelling south for the winters. In 2014, he laid down permanent roots and started a family with his wife, wanting a simpler life and to raise a family in this wild place they now call home. After spending four years as a Carpenter/ Preservationist with Glacier Bay National Park, Kyle switched roles and is now the Logistics Coordinator for the Maintenance Division;  "the doer of stuff and things." He likes to say. You will often find him kayaking, fishing, building things or exploring our wild lands with his family. Kyle is very passionate about our quirky little community and looks forward to many events and activities at the Community Center for many years to come. 


Christine Gabriele

Founding board member, Secretary

Chris was raised in upstate New York and has lived in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Hawaii, but did not fully learn the meaning of the word “community” until she came to Gustavus in 1991. She is the whale biologist for Glacier Bay National Park and is a founding board member of the Hawaii Marine Mammal Consortium. She has also served on the board of the Community Chest thrift store and the city's Marine Facilities Committee. She looks forward to the day when the people of Gustavus have a place to gather.

Jane Button


Jane has deep roots in Gustavus in spite of only living here full time since January 2018. Long ago she studied biology and secondary education at the University of Nevada, Reno. In former lives, she worked as a lab tech in biochemistry and molecular biology, taught middle school life science and French, ran a bed and breakfast on a remote SE Alaskan Island, and did bookkeeping and utility billing in Elfin Cove, Alaska.  She is passionate about travel and loves living in the thriving metropolis of Gustavus.  She looks forward to many morning workouts in the new Community Center.

David Cannamore

Raised in Eagle River, Alaska, David has been a frequent summer visitor to Gustavus since 2010. Smitten with the community and local wolf pack, David and his wife Brittney made Gustavus their year round home in 2017 and are beginning the slow and exciting process of building their own cabin. In the summer David is a guide for Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks while his winters are spent writing, playing Settlers of Catan, and occasionally working at the local recycling center. 

Bekah Mitrea

Rebekah’s love for National Parks, traveling, and her career as a National Park Ranger is what first brought her to Gustavus in 2015. She returned several of the following summers, filling the in between seasons working at state parks in Arizona, with US Fish and Wildlife in Kodiak, and a non-profit in Anchorage.  Now she, and her husband, call Gustavus home and are busy working on their homestead. Rebekah continues to work at Glacier Bay National Park in the summer and the local preschool, The Rookery, in the fall and winter. She spends her free time listening to podcasts while putting the pedal to the metal on her sewing machine and stitching together a small quilting and sewing business.

Dawn Walker

Dawn graduated high school in Gustavus and has seen many changes, small and big, take place over the years!  Her heart is fully lodged in this small Alaskan town that borders Glacier Bay National Park.  She has worked in a variety of professions here including owning a restaurant, Gustavus School, and currently with the Glacier Bay National Park admin team.  Dawn met her husband one summer at Glacier Bay Lodge and they are currently raising two kiddos who love the outdoors and their community as much as they do.  She is very excited to be helping the community center move forward and provide a much needed centralized gathering space for a town with a big heart and unique views!

Katy Dighton

Gustavus is the ideal town for this lifelong Alaskan, keen on living close to nature. As a Park Ranger, Katy supports the NPS in its mission to protect wild places. She strives to share this passion through education by spending winters substitute teaching and volunteering in the community. Her down time is spent biking, paddling, gardening, sewing, creating in the kitchen, doing yoga, playing with her puppy, and livin' and lovin' in AK! 


1295 Gustavus Rd

PO Box 147

Gustavus, AK 99826-0147