Our Staff

Chefs


Kevin Bennett


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.


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Caleb Kresl


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.


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Housekeeping


Sarah Hall


Sarah is from Rose Valley Washington and is joining us for her ninth year as a Bear Trail team member. She is affectionately called another daughter of Nancis or a sister of Rylie's because she pretty much grew up at the lodge. Sarah has accomplished lots in her short life like winning the Washington State High School Equestrian award, has studied abroad in Italy for a year, and is now about to enter her 4th year studying law at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. She loves Alaska and it keeps her coming back every year.


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Naiya Burgraff


Some might say that she was lucky enough being born in Bristol Bay, but we believe she’s just down right talented. Naiya has lived here her entire life and recently graduated from Bristol Bay Borough School as valedictorian of her class with plans to attend Eastern Washington University this fall to receive her degree in dental hygiene. She played basketball for Heath and took cross country to get better at running from bears (just kidding) and enjoys meeting new people! When she’s not greeting you with a smile, she’s working at one of her other 2 jobs this summer or hanging with friends and we are hoping she hangs with us for a few of her coming years!


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Amber Kresl


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.


alexia paige

Dockhands

Fleet Mechanic


Jay Thompson


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.


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Grounds Crew

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