Meet the #1 rated chef on the Aggressor dive boat fleet out of Kona Hawaii! Kevin was born in Greene New York and attended Broome community college in Binghamton New York, back then he was interested in hotel restaurant management and received his degree in the same. An inspiration in Kevin’s decision to start his career as a chef was watching Food Network tv. He has spent 25 years keeping peoples bellies full and practicing restaurant management in numerous locations until he finally decided to call Maui home. He has been working in Alaska for 3 years and finally we were lucky enough to have him land at Bear Trail! He enjoys keeping guests at Bear Trail Lodge happy, healthy, and well fed during the summer. Kevin's favorite parts about this state is catching King Salmon and his job is complete when he sees the smile on clients faces at the end of a day after one of his notoriously scrumptious meals.
Jenn is joining us for her second season with Bear Trail Lodge, she grew up in Miamiville Ohio and left to pursue a degree at the School of the Art Institute graduating in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Jenn is experienced in the food and restaurant industry carrying 22 years of experience including managing Landry’s, and Bubba Gump Shrimp, and was the owner and operator of R.I.P.E. Juice Maui! In the off-season, Jenn likes to spend her time on the island of Maui surfing and paddling outrigger canoes and also works part-time for a small restaurant in Paia. Kevin and Jenn met when they worked together at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., which is how Jenn got to Bear Trail in 2021. Jenn loves the Bristol Bay area, spending time on the water and in the winter with family and friends. When she is not showing offer her talents in our kitchen, her claim to fame is surfing over 1,000 waves in the 2020/21 season alone in Maui and Kauai!
Caleb was born in Chicago and he and his beautiful wife Amber both teach in the Bristol Bay region his subjects are English and history and he is working on his masters in Liberal Studies. He has always loved to cook as a hobby and he decided to turn it into a profession, helping out other Bristol Bay Lodges and restaurants in past years and we are thrilled to have him with us at Bear Trail Lodge this year. The sustainability of Bristol Bay has become something he admires greatly and when he is not back in the kitchen preparing some outstanding culinary delights you might find him out on King Salmon creek fishing or standing over his personal grill with a fine wine entertaining friends.
We are happy to have Floyd join our team this year! Floyd graduated with a bachelor's in hospitality and management in 2013 from Moneague college in Ocho Rios Jamaica – his home! Floyd and his wife, Celena (our masseuse) have traveled all over the world doing various jobs and have spent 8 months in the South Pacific, 6 months in South America, and 6 months in the U.K., they have some adventurous stories, to say the least! Floyd is trying to see as much of the world as he can through the tourism industry and that is exactly what brought him to Alaska. Floyd works as part of our kitchen staff, in his spare time he enjoys working out, and diving (in warmer areas of the world of course).
Amber’s hidden super power is as an educator in the Bristol Bay area. She graduated with a bachelors degree in early childhood education and has acquired her masters as a reading specialist. She has been lucky enough to work up and down the Alaska Peninsula through Lake and Peninsula School District, beginning her career in Chignik Bay. She and her husband Caleb spend their summers in the service industry, helping various operations host visitors to our beautiful piece of the world. This year we are lucky enough to have them on our team and when she is not busy making you feel special, you will find her reading in the sunshine or out kayaking on our beautiful waters.
This is Hannah's first season joining us at Bear Trail, but you’d never guess it. From the first day she started here, she has fit right in with the crew. Hannah is part of our housekeeping and serving staff and greets everyone with a warm and friendly smile, eager to hear your stories from the day. Hannah holds a bachelor's degree in childhood education and has been a 3rd and 4th-grade teacher here in the Bristol Bay Borough School District. She usually goes home to the east coast for her summers but decided Bear Trail could have her for the season so she could see what a Bristol Bay summer is all about – she doesn’t regret it! She has spent the last 4 years teaching all over the rural parts of Bristol Bay and says that the people are what keeps her coming back. On Hannah's days off, you might expect to see her spending her time kayaking on the river with her dog Nutmeg!
Celena has joined our team this year to fix all of your problems…. She is an experienced and skilled masseuse! Cece and her husband Floyd have traveled the world working various jobs to fulfill their main passion in life, travel. She has her massage license and is also a licensed esthetician and nail tech. When Celena isn’t busy relaxing our guests with an expert massage, you can find her helping our housekeeping staff in a variety of ways. Cece loves hospitality and has found massage therapy to be a great door for her to pursue visiting new places and helping people. One of Cece’s biggest accomplishments is that she has been to all continents and 85 countries and is hoping to reach 100 soon!
Jay is a mis-placed Kentuckian who has spent most of his life in Alaska. He graduated Bristol Bay High School and during his time in school was hired on a work study program by NEA, the local electric cooperative. After graduating he attended AVTEC a vocational school located in Seward, Alaska to attain multiple degrees in mechanics. He now works full time as a lead mechanic on the night shift for NEA, making sure the lights stay on throughout Bristol Bay. We also are lucky to have him taking care of the fleet of vehicles at Bear Trail Lodge. When he’s not working, Jay likes to weld, hunt, fish and explore on his four wheeler or work on his restoration of a WWII Jeep.
Dockhands & Grounds Crew
An adventurer at heart, Mason has been to college, but has learned more from his work and travels than the school room. He spent 2 years working at Rafiki Safari Lodge in Costa Rica, summited the tallest peak (Telescope Mountain) in Death Valley and taught himself to play bass guitar. His off season is filled with surfing, travel and working construction. He was drawn to Bristol Bay through the stories his Uncle Jason shared with him about guiding with Heath and Nanci back in the “good ole days” and he can’t wait to experience more of Bristol Bay and the fresh new environment he has found here. Nothing makes his day like hard work, good music and being outdoors!
Dana lives in Forks, Washington, where she has owned a barbershop for 15 years and is known as the “Queen of the Clippers.” Prior to working with Bear Trail Lodge, she spent time in a remote camp on the Alagnak river as well as being a camp cook on a remote island on the Aleutian chain. We are excited to have Dana joining us for her 5th season. She is now pursuing a career as part of our guide team. She hits the water every chance she gets, and watch out, she’s a damn good fisherman! Some of her other interests include going to the gym, traveling, hiking, kayaking, and anything else that takes her outdoors she loves the beauty of Bristol bay and the people; it’s what keeps her coming back.
Dean is our guide in training and will be your future guide at Bear Trail Lodge. His Uncle Tim got his foot in the door as a dock hand/guide in training and he swung the door wide open on his own merits as a member of our team!! Dean spends his winters in Washington, fishing salmon and steelhead, and always had Bristol Bay as a bucket list place. Unlike most of us, Dean started on his bucket list early! His favorite piece of water is the Naknek, and his favorite fish is the mighty KING!!! He plays basketball and baseball in the winter and just recently won a state title with his baseball team; he’s got some great stories to share about his road to the title; all you have to do is ask!
We are happy to say that Michaela Gulotta has joined us for another awesome season in Bristol Bay. She and Logan call Lewiston, Idaho home in the winter time, Mick graduated from Lewis and Clark State college with a degree in hospitality management. Mick is the one who keeps the lodge and grounds clean and in good order while assisting you inside the lodge with a friendly smile. We thank her boyfriend Logan, who brought her up for a visit 3 seasons ago, and now we are lucky enough to have her on our team. She loves the Naknek and is excited to explore more rivers and meet all our wonderful guests. If you have a special adventure from your day on the water, please share it with Mick so she can add it to her list of things to do in Bristol Bay!!!