Gustavus Community Center Board Members

Katy Dighton

President

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! 

Susan (Meadow) Brook

Vice-President

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.

Jane Button

Treasurer

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.

Bekah Mitrea

Secretary

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.

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. 

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!

Barb Sheinberg

Barb joined the board in late 2020; she helped with the GCC Capital Campaign before that. She splits her time between Gustavus and Juneau. She and her family started building a cabin in Gustavus in the mid-1990s. At first, Gustavus was a place for the family to escape urban Juneau, to build campfires, play board games, walk the beaches, read, kayak, and enjoy the quiet. Over the years, Barb and her husband Norm have been able to spend more and more time here, and in addition to everything before, it's now the people, food growing and harvesting, and local creativity and music that fill her heart. 

Lillian Ruedrich

As a “trailing spouse,” Lillian can’t take credit for finding her way to Gustavus on her own; she was just following Susan!  First it was typical summer cabin camping while they lived in Juneau whenever they could make it over.  Lillian was taken by the pace of life as well as the peace that comes with living amidst forest friends and breathing what they came to call “tree breath.” Then employment inspired a move north to Fairbanks, which meant visits to Gustavus became fewer and farther between.  Through that time they held on to the cabin knowing they would return to Southeast full time someday. And when retirement called in 2016, Gustavus became their year-round home.  Lillian is jazzed to be on the GCC board, and looks forward to helping host a wide range of events and activities to enrich the community culture and nurture the web of connections between us all.

Gus Martinez

Gus came to Alaska in the fall of 2001 with Sylvia, Sol and Xochitl. They made Gustavus home after living in Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay. Gus has seen many changes in his short time here, but the Gustavus Community Center is one of the community's greatest achievements, he looks forward to being part of the board and taking the next steps in fulfilling the vision of the Gustavus Community Center. Gus enjoys the quiet life that Gustavus offers, with the occasional fishing adventure and travel outside visiting family in California and Mexico.