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Board & Staff

Current Board Members

LUCAS PARKER

LUCAS PARKER

President, Mat-Su Ski Club Board

Lucas Parker is currently serving his third term for the MSSC. He is 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 has thoroughly enjoyed getting to help promote the sport for our next generations over the last several years. An active community member and father of 6, he also makes time for his other hobbies-Junior Nordics coach and Project Manager with a local construction firm.  He also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce.

AILIS VANN

AILIS VANN

Vice President, Mat-Su Ski Club Board

Ailis 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.

JERRY HUPP

JERRY HUPP

Treasurer, Mat-Su Ski Club Board

Jerry has served on the Board of the Mat-Su Ski Club since 2017 and has been Treasurer since 2018.  He has coached Junior Nordic in Anchorage and the Valley, and has coached skiing in rural Alaska with Skiku and NANANordic.  Jerry is a retired wildlife biologist and lives with his wife Gail on Lazy Mountain.  They both enjoy opportunities to volunteer in support of the skiing community.

LORENE LYNN

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 nor particularly skilled on skis, she loves skiing and other activities that keep her outdoors.

Drew Holifield

Drew Holifield

Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board

Drewcilla is an Alaskan transplant who can’t imagine living anywhere else. Although Drew is by no means an advanced skier, she does enjoy spending winter weekends skiing, biking, or Nordic ice skating. She is passionate about getting people outdoors, regardless if they are new to Alaska or have been here their whole lives. 

Drew works for Edward Jones Investments in downtown Palmer. She is also active in the Mat-Su Concert Band, serving as their Vice-President and principal clarinetist. 

KIM TAYLOR

KIM TAYLOR

Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board

Kim Taylor has been a Valley resident for 25 years. In the past, she has worked with the Palmer Moose Nordic Ski Team booster club.  Kim is a Registered Nurse who enjoys skiing, hiking, and walking her dogs at GPRA. 

BEN RAEVSKY

BEN RAEVSKY

Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board

Ben Raevsky moved to the Valley after retiring as a wild land firefighter.  He currently operates a vacation rental and works at the bike shop in town.  Ben has been skiing since he was young and has a love for the outdoor opportunities Alaska affords.  

ED STRABEL

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

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 has been the lead operator of constructing the new Phase II ski trails.

CHRIS GIERYMSKI

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.

KIMBERLY DEL FRATE

KIMBERLY DEL FRATE

Member, Mat-Su Ski Club Board

Kimberly has been involved in cross-country skiing most of her life. She was a competitive skier and biathlete in high school, but most of the available training opportunities required her to travel to  Eagle River or Anchorage. Now that she’s relocated back to the Mat-Su Valley, working as an attorney in Palmer, she’d like to help expand training opportunities for the next generation of skiers and biathletes in the Valley. Her work as an attorney has exposed her to complex problems requiring critical thinking and creative problem solving, which are skills she can bring to the table. Specifically, she’s 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 she did.

Staff Members

Marla Jakab

Marla Jakab

Administrator, Mat-Su Ski Club

Marla is Administrator for the ski club. She handles our membership roles, queries from members and the public, administration of sundry applications and permits, as well as composing our newsletters and handling our social media.

Ida Gullett

Ida Gullett

Race Director, Mat-Su Ski Club

Ida has been involved with xc skiing all her life. She skied for Homer High and then went on to ski in college at Western state in Gunnison, CO. She coached the Homer High ski team.  She is now teaching her two kids to love the sport and finding it’s a great way to spend family time together.