LUCAS PARKER, President, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Lucas Parker, a born and raised Alaskan. He enjoys all of the outdoor recreational activities Alaska has to offer. He grew up on cross country skis, and is excited to be able to help promote the sport for our next generations. An active community member and father of 5, he also makes time for his other hobbies-Junior Nordics coach and Project Manager with a local construction firm.
DAVE MUSGRAVE, Vice President, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Dave retired in 2007 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where I was a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in physical oceanography. He moved to the Valley in 2008 about two miles from the then unknown Government Peak Recreation Area. He became involved with the Club in 2009 by establishing the Mat-Su Junior Nordics. He became a board member in 2011 and focused on growing the Junior Nordics program from about 20 kids in 2009 to 350 kids last year. Dave was the President of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks in the early 90s and served on the VMBAH board for several years, where he established the SprocKidz mountain bike program for kids. He enjoys skiing, biking (all kinds), backcountry adventures, and mountain hiking, often with his wife (Sheri), son (Dylan), Bernese Mountain Dog (Brodie), and Golden Retriever (Lukie). He is grateful for the hard work that the Board and Ski Club members provide to the make skiing a great experience in the Valley. He is grateful for the many friends he has made through the Club.
JERRY HUPP, Treasurer, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Jerry is a soon to-be-retired wildlife biologist and a 30-year resident of Alaska. Jerry and his wife Gail moved to Palmer from Anchorage last year. He was a Junior Nordic coach for three years in Anchorage. Previously, he was a member of the Alaska Chapter of the Wildlife Society Board for six years. He has greatly enjoyed Nordic skiing over the years, and would like to give back to a sport that's given a lot to him. He's happy to assist the Club where possible and looks forward to learning more about its programs.
LORENE LYNN, Secretary, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Lorene has lived in Palmer for 25 years where she is a wife, mother of two adult children, and a grandmother. She is a soil scientist and restoration ecologist and owner of a small environmental consulting firm. While her children were in school, she carted them to Eagle River for Junior Nordics before there was a program in the Valley. During their time at Palmer High, Lorene was a member of the ski team booster club. She and her husband have both coached JN for the MSSC and they are looking forward to coaching their grandchild(ren). While Lorene is neither fast or particularly skilled on skis, she loves skiing and other activities that keep her outdoors.
LORI BERRIGAN, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
I am a long-time Alaskan and ski enthusiast. I was one of the first coaches for Junior Nordics and SprocKidz. I am currently the chair of the Palmer Moose Nordic Ski Team Booster Club. I also was a main founder of Birchtree Charter School. My goal as a board member is to create opportunity for all Mat-Su residents.
LORI STRAUB, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Lori is an avid Nordic skier. Last year she managed to ski 212 days. You could say she loves skiing but that would be an understatement. She is also a coach for Jr. Nordic. She has 4 children all of whom cross country ski, some more than others. She also enjoys running and hiking mountains in the off season.
TERRY SLAVEN, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Terry retired after 20 years with the Mat-Su School District. I've been a skier since I was about 11 years old-from learning to downhill ski in Utah, Colorado and California, to cross country skiing classes in college, to telemarking and skate skiing in Alaska - skiing has always been a big part of my winter fun. Last winter I was able to fill in as a Junior Nordic coach and hope to continue with that this winter. Summers find me doing triathlons, hiking trails in Alaska , Colorado and Wyoming and mountain biking with friends. I'd like to give back to this community that has done so much for the sport in our valley by helping out on the Mat-Su Ski Club Board.
ED STRABEL, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Ed is a retired Army officer, teacher and ski coach. Currently, he is the co-owner of Mountain Streams B&B and a trail groomer.
MARK STRABEL, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Mark and his wife (Stacy) have 2 daughters, Siri the oldest, 5 yrs old, is in Junior Nordics, and the youngest, Lena, is 2 and desperately wants to be in Junior Nordics. They own a home at the west end of the GPRA trails, next door to Mountain Streams Trails. He is a XC Skier at heart. He grew up here in the Mat-Su Valley, started skiing on the hills of Crevasse, went to high school at Colony High School, and raced on the ski team there. After high school, he raced for UAA on the ski team. Mark has raced for Team Alaska at several Junior National Championships and at Arctic Winter Games. He was an exchange student to Norway during high school. Currently he is a Physical Education Teacher at Colony High School, and one of the Coaches for the XC Ski team. He is the owner/ operator of Strabel Racing Services, a race timing company, timing various races around the State of Alaska. Mark serves on the board of Cross Country Alaska (statewide xc ski organization), along with the Cross Country Alaska Competition Committee, representing the Mat-Su Ski Club. He is on ASAA (Alaska Schools Activities Association) XC Ski Board, representing Region 3. He has served on National Skiing Committees over the years. Mark is one of the groomers for the Mat-Su Ski Club, and has been grooming xc ski trails around the Mat-Su Valley since he was in high school (about 23 years). Starting with dragging around a piece of chain link fence with an underpowered snowmachine, to now with the Ski Club’s new Centaur groomer. He also has knowledge of new grooming equipment and machines. Mark has experience with heavy equipment, and this past summer have been the lead operator of constructing the new Phase II ski trails.
CHRIS GIERYMSKI, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Chris is a long-time Alaskan, and has lived in the Mat-Su Valley since 1997. He is a mineral explorationist and an almost life-long skier, who is easily entertained by just about any kind of snow.
Hi, I'm Chris, board member and life member of US Biathlon. I learned to ski at Arctic Valley at age 14 and also skied for Dimond HS (broke five wooden skis my first year!). In college I skied XC and ski-jumped for West Point. Most memorable skiing was a long March (22 days) spent outside Lillehammer, Norway. I've helped 3rd grade thru adult ski coaching. As a snowshoer, I've punched down many trails followed by ski-stomping (old school classic tracksetting). Climbing hills and cutting alder off trails in September ready me for winter fun.
I believe some 'ski Orienteering' would be fun. My family and I enjoy ski tours, fishing, hunting, and camping. I hope biathlon develops as a Nordic sport in the MatSu. Keep moving, carry mittens, and ski more!
KIMBERLY DEL FRATE, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
I've been involved in cross-country skiing most of my life. I was a competitive skier and biathlete in high school, but most of the available training opportunities required me to travel to Eagle River or Anchorage. Now that I've relocated back to the Mat-Su Valley, working as an attorney in Palmer, I'd like to help expand training opportunities for the next generation of skiers and biathletes in the Valley. My work as an attorney has exposed me to complex problems requiring critical thinking and creative problem solving, which are skills I can bring to the table. Specifically, I'm very excited about the prospect of an active biathlon range being installed at GPRA, which would open the doors for more Valley kids to have national and international racing experience like I did.
AILIS VANN, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
is a lifelong Alaskan who has been on cross country skis since she was about 4 years old. She grew up skiing on the Tsalteshi trail system in Soldotna. She skied for Skyview High School and through skiing she learned about hard work, dedication, and teamwork. She also learned how important a trail system is to a community and how much community a trail system builds. She moved to Palmer almost 12 years ago and was elated to see the trail system go in here at Government Peak and loves participating at the events held by MSSC. She is the owner of Midnight Sun Yoga Center in Palmer and is the Executive Director of the Greater Palmer chamber of commerce.
Our thanks to the Board members stepping down this year:
JEFF KASE, Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board
Jeff lives in a 360 square foot cabin at the base of Hatcher Pass. He has enough fire wood to last the next few years and recently acquired an adequate supply of traction sand to put on the driveway this winter. Jeff works seasonally in the mineral resource exploration and extraction industry which allows him to concentrate on skiing during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Jeff splits his time between Backcountry and Nordic skiing. Some specific Nordic ski goals for Jeff this season include producing good performances at the Icicle Double, Sven, and Oosik. When Jeff is not training for races or riding sunny powder mountains with cliffs, he coaches at a variety of levels including Jr Nordic, High School, and ANR. He also is a volunteer groomer and race director for the MSSC. Jeff is proud to be a member of such a great ski club and intends on becoming a more active leader in the ski community.