Meet the Team

Board Members

Mark Pusich

Mark Pusich

President

Mark Pusich was appointed to the Trail Mix board in January 2015. As a born and raised Douglasite, Mark returned to Juneau after graduating from Oregon State University to begin his civil engineering career. Mark has enjoyed hiking, mountain biking and trail running on Juneau and Douglas trails since his youth and continues to do so today. His wife Carrie, daughter Hailey, son Jeffery and dog Lucky are also trail enthusiasts and are appreciative of the trails that Juneau has to offer. Mark is a board member of the Douglas Dornan Foundation, JDHS assistant baseball coach, JDHS ACE academy advisor and former CBJ Planning Commissioner/Chairman.

Ron Bressette

Ron Bressette

Vice President

Ron has been hiking the trails of Juneau since his arrival in 1975 from the Buffalo, New York area.  Being able to get out on the trails with his wife Cathy and, especially these days, his granddaughter is part of what makes Juneau such a great place to live. After a 34-year career with the Alaska Marine Highway System, his retirement years afford him an opportunity to become a member of the Board and help promote the mission of Trail Mix.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Treasurer

Jill moved to Juneau from Montana in 2014. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2018. Her dog, Ox, is an avid trail enthusiast and he takes Jill for trail running and hiking excursions twice a day. Jill is deeply appreciative of Juneau’s extraordinary trail system and is grateful for organizations like Trail Mix that develop and maintain the trails; she joined the Trail Mix board in 2020.

Diane Mayer

Diane Mayer

Secretary

Diane began her career with the Forest Service, bushwhacking through national forests in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Alaska, went on to lead interagency, environmental reviews of coastal development projects for the State of Alaska, then ran the Southeast Alaska Land Trust. Now retired, Diane “really appreciates Trail Mix for keeping trail access to Juneau’s forests in such great condition, funding its efforts by working across agency lines, and managing it all as a non-profit.” Gracie keeps her out on the trails, rain or shine.

Members at Large

Jack Kreinheder

Jack Kreinheder

Jack Kreinheder joined the Trail Mix board in 2010. He has lived in Juneau for over 35 years and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and cross country skiing on Juneau’s trails. The Treadwell Ditch trail is Jack’s favorite trail. He retired in 2011 from a career with the State of Alaska and now keeps himself busy with volunteering for several nonprofit organizations and doing volunteer trail work. 

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall

Born and raised in Juneau, Rebecca has been enjoying the outdoors from a very young age. Besides hiking, Rebecca also loves fishing, snowboarding, swimming, cross country skiing, running, jewelry making, and spending time with her family. Rebecca joined the Trail Mix board in 2015 and her favorite trail is Granite Creek.

Dave Haas

Dave Haas

Dave moved to Juneau from Wisconsin in 1979, joined SEADOGS and volunteered as a certified dog handler/search team member for 8 years. He’s also an active hiker, hunter, mt. biker, jogger, ski groomer and skier. He worked in all branches of government during his career and culminated with teaching classrooms in grades 3-5 from 1992 – 2002 and then was a PE teacher from 2002 – 2010. Coinciding with retirement in 2010 Dave became a Trail Mix Board member and has been the Secretary since 2011. As Secretary he manages the Trail Mix membership base and in 2016 started a volunteer trail maintenance team to assist the city, state and USFS with their trail maintenance.

Alida Bus

Alida Bus

Alida grew up in Juneau and has always felt a strong sense of place living here. Alida has worked in the tourism industry and holds a degree in recreation with a focus on communications and interpretation. She is passionate about connecting people to the outdoors. You can often find her out on the trails by herself, or with family. She’s also active with the Juneau Trail and Road Runners. Initiatives like Hike for a Pint and the COVID-19 Conservation Corps inspired her to join the Trail Mix board. 

John Hawkins

John Hawkins

John Hawkins first joined Trail Mix in 2020. John has been with Tlingit & Haida since 2004 as a shared employee for the Native Land and Resources and Self Governance departments and later transferred to the Tribal Family & Youth Services department. For the last five years, he has worked for the Tribal Transportation department. John is a University of Alaska Fairbanks BSW graduate, his Tlingit name is Kistwoo and he is Kaagwaantaan. He and his wife Grace Hawkins have two children – Cherie and John.

Staff

Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Executive Director

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ryan (he/him) moved to Juneau in 2015. He also began working for Trail Mix in 2015. Ryan enjoys hiking and kayaking in and around Juneau. Blackerby Ridge Trail, with its steep climbs and breathtaking views, is one of his favorite trails. He began working for Trail Mix as the Trail Program Coordinator from 2015 to 2019. He began his role as our executive director in 2020. Prior to joining Trail Mix, Ryan attended Hocking College and worked for the USFS in Northwest Montana.

Carolyn Auwaerter

Carolyn Auwaerter

Engagement Manager

The summer of 2020 Carolyn (she/her) made the big move from New York City to Juneau. She loves to explore Juneau’s trails both on foot and on bike. Her favorite trail is the Mt. Bradley Trail. Carolyn has spent more than ten years managing grassroots campaigns and organizing for change including at the Appalachian Mountain Club, building the movement for a more equitable outdoors, and Greenpeace USA, supporting efforts to stop climate change and justly transition to a renewable energy economy. In 2018, she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. She is originally from Pennsylvania.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

Trails Coordinator

Duncan Campbell (he/him) has called Juneau home since 2017. He began his journey with Trail Mix by completing a summer of field work in 2014 and then returned in 2017. Duncan has worked for Trail Mix for six seasons, working as a crew member, crew leader, and now as our Trails Coordinator. Duncan mostly gets his fix of hiking during the trail season; but, he enjoys the openness of Gastineau Meadows trail and the variety of Perseverance. As a new dad, Duncan is excited to start exploring more of Juneau’s trails with his family.

Meghan Tabacek

Meghan Tabacek

Administrative Intern

Meghan (she/her) moved to Juneau a two years ago to attend University of Alaska Southeast. She will graduate this May with a degree in Environmental Studies. As part of the Outdoor Studies Program at UAS she became familiar with the trails of Juneau and enjoys using them to ski in the winter and hike in the summer. Meghan is coming up on one year of working for Trail Mix. She spent the summer shoveling gravel, chainsawing fallen trees, and working with her crew. In the fall, she began doing administrative work to learn more about Trail Mix.

Kate McWilliams

Kate McWilliams

Alaska Fellow

Kate McWilliams (she/her), from Mamterilleq (Bethel, Alaska), moved to Juneau 5 months ago to join Trail Mix through the Alaska Fellows Program. In her time here she’s explored Juneau’s trails though hiking, skiing, running, and snowshoeing. Spaulding Meadows on a snow day is one of her favorite places to be. Kate is a graduate of Pomona College in 2019 and holds a degree in Environmental Analysis. Prior to joining us at Trail Mix, she worked for a community foundation serving the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region for 3 years.

Agency Representatives

Brad Garasky

Alaska State Parks

Michele Elfers

CBJ Parks and Rec

Mike Dilger

US Forest Service