BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ron is a longtime advocate for lift-assisted skiing in the area designated for downhill skiing in Hatcher Pass and has brought a wealth of knowledge of the history of the area and helped to bring our club into being. Since 1991 he has served nine years on Mat-Su Borough Assembly, nine years on Mat- Su School Board, five years as the Director of Agriculture and has been the executive director for Mat-Su Resource Conservation & Development.
As a kid Nick, he can remember watching ski movies in his parent’s basement and dreaming that one day he would get a chance to see places like Alaska. In 2010 Nick enrolled in the Outdoor Studies program at Alaska Pacific University and drove north in search of adventure. He was immediately drawn to the Matanuska Valley and began working on the Matanuska Glacier that first summer as an ice climbing guide. Nick went on to get a master’s degree from APU.
live in Palmer AK with my husband, two dogs, kitty and chickens. Professionally I am an engineering project manager for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Personally I’m an avid backcountry skier, rafter, and gardener.
Chris moved from Montana to Alaska in 2012. Skiing is one of my passions. During the ski season, I spend most weekends, and spring weeknights, up at Hatcher Pass. Developing a new ski area is a great idea for so many reasons! It will offer low angle terrain for high avalanche danger days, as well as terrain for beginner skiers and families. Having a community developed, ran, and owned ski area is a great way to bring everyone together!
Macey “Butch” Shapiro
Butch joined the Army and came to Alaska in 1977 where he was assigned to a missile site on Knik Goose Bay Road. He got out of the Army and went to work on the pipeline from 1980-1988 where he lived in Valdez and skied the road system similar to what we do in Hatcher Pass today. Butch has a BS in Business and an MBA. He is also an elected member of the North Lakes Community Council.
Loren’s local roots run many generations deep, with his grandmother and father being of Aleut and Dena’ina descent from the village of Ninilchik. Back in high school Loren routinely skied the road runs at Hatcher Pass for early season powder shots. Loren has degrees in Geology and English from Whitman College, and is currently in the Executive MBA Program with Alaska Pacific University.
Grew up with snowboarding in California all my life. Moved up here to Alaska in 2013 and fell in love with the Mat-Su Community. It’s a long haul for all the Mat-Su residents to go skiing and snowboarding to ski-lift resorts. I am very excited that all residents in the valley have a close drive and easy access. Family friendly and a strong community building is my goal for Skeetawk to help create here in the Mat-Su Valley.
Lyle has lived in the Mat-Su Valley with his wife Kristen since 2006. They enjoy winter activities such as skiing with their dogs in Hatcher Pass, as well as hiking there in the summer. He looks forward to working on expanded access to the mountains for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. Lyle works professionally as an attorney in Palmer at Stohler and Lonergan PC.