Gustavus Community Center Board Members

Kathy Lochman Streveler

Founding board member, President

Kathy has been the Board President since the Gustavus Community Center began in 2008. Kathy moved to Gustavus in 1966. She received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Hawaii and worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers as a Quality Assurance Representative on environmental and construction projects from 1994 to 2003. She owned and operated Fairweather Construction from 2003-2008. Her company took on every aspect of construction from site excavation to dirt work to environmental remediation projects. From 2003 to the present she has worked for Bethel Services and AHTNA Engineering on various contracts as Project Manager. She has two businesses running concurrently in Gustavus; Crane and Cottonwood Salon and Sunnyside Market, a successful natural food store/deli. Kathy is a “make-it-happen” person and when she decided to put her efforts towards the development of a community center, no one doubted it would become a reality.

Sean Neilson

Vice President

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.

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.

Cathy Martineau


Cathy is a short-time Gustavian but a long-time Alaskan. She spent her childhood in Wrangell, graduated from high school in Seward, attended college in Anchorage, and worked on the Alaska Pipeline in the 1970s.  She left Alaska in 1978 and dreamed and schemed on how to return for 40 years.  During that time, she lived primarily on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, raised a family, worked, and explored the Olympics on foot or on horseback.  Grown children and retirement from a 40-year hospital payroll accounting career provided the opportunity to follow her heart and return to small town Southeast Alaska. She has many passions but at the top of the list are backpacking, horses, and smiling faces. She loves the unique, diverse and very tight community of Gustavus which has been her home since February 2018.  She is excited to be a part of growing a community center here that will strengthen ties and commitments for a future that is healthy in every way.

Susan (Meadow) Brook

Since moving to Alaska, Meadow has worked as a forester, bed and breakfast proprietor, and program manager for the Alaska Coastal Management Program. She also helped spearhead the Gustavus Land Legacy campaign, which resulted in The Nature Conservancy’s purchase and protection of the town’s unspoiled shoreline.  She has a forestry degree from Utah State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She first came to Gustavus in 1977 and lived in a leaky tent while building her cabin. The tagline of the Gustavus Community Center, “Refuge from the Rain,” has a deep, visceral meaning to her.

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. Along with Brittney and his friends Jen and Patrick, he also edits and contributes to the Gustavus paper, The Strawberry Point Pioneer. 

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.

Kyle Bishop


1295 Gustavus Rd

PO Box 147

Gustavus, AK 99826-0147