Carrie came to Alaska for the first time in 1999 for a summer job. She had a wonderful summer full of adventure, and traveled back to her home state, Michigan, once the season was over, where she continued working as an accountant. Carrie found herself returning to Alaska for several summers thereafter, working for a photography company, and later Husky Homestead. Carrie made the move to Alaska permanent in 2006 and has been at Husky Homestead ever since. She, her partner, Dave, and their four dogs live in Denali year-round and are both heavily involved in the community. In addition to working for Husky Homestead, Carrie is the Treasurer and Government Relations Chair for the Denali Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is the Treasurer for the McKinley Volunteer Fire Department. Carrie enjoys the bright, sunny days of Alaska’s spring beauty and spending time with family, friends, and four-legged’s alike!
Tour Operations Manager
Ellen is the youngest daughter of Husky Homestead’s Owner, Operator, and Long Distance Competitive Musher, Jeff King. Ellen was born and raised right here in Denali. She and her two older sisters grew up in a dry cabin—meaning no indoor plumbing or running water—that also had no electricity until the girls were well into their teens. Ellen has been on a dog sled since she could stand up! She completed the Junior Iditarod in 2006, where she obtained 3rd place and earned Rookie of the Year, as well as running again in 2007. Ellen has also completed several other long distance races, including the 2017 Kobuk 440 and 2018 Knik 200. In addition to growing up mushing, Ellen also took dance lessons for over six years and spent her last two years of high school studying dance at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. This took her on some epic adventures all around the world traveling with a dance group called Young Americans. In 2017, Ellen decided to come back to Denali and resume working at Husky Homestead. She still dances any opportunity she gets and loves mushing during the winter!
Long Distance Musher, Dog Yard Manager, and Maintenance Technician
Alex was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was born into a mushing family and is no stranger to the back of a sled. His parents met through dogs and ran races for years. His father is a veteran of both the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the 1,000-mile International Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. Alex is certainly following in his father’s footsteps as he completed the famed Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 2014 and is gearing up to run his Rookie Yukon Quest Race this year. After high school, Alex spent a number of years studying Environmental Sciences at Montana State University and spent his summers in Minnesota working as a Camp Counselor. Alex grew up with the knowledge and familiarity of dogs and returned to working with dogs in 2012. Several dog teams and a few good breaks later, Alex has found a way to work with dogs year-round here at Husky Homestead. Alex is a year-round Dog Yard Manager and also works as a Driver/Guide during the summer. He spends his winters continuing to train dogs and get them ready for racing season. Alex enjoys hiking, canoeing, camping, hunting, and searching for antler sheds in the spring.
Winter Handler, Musher and summer Driver / Guide
Sean was born and raised just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Sean attended Georgia Southern, where he obtained a Business Degree in Economics and a minor in Spanish. He graduated in 2014 and his adventures started soon thereafter. Sean traveled around Central and South America for 8 months, where he worked in Costa Rica at an International Language School and then spent time in Chile visiting family. He returned to Atlanta for a short time and then decided to visit Alaska. Sean’s aunt and uncle own and operate a Skiff off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska. He spent two summers set net fishing for sockeye salmon on Kodiak. As the summer closed, Sean was intrigued at the idea of staying in Alaska. He was introduced to Jeff King and his career at Husky Homestead began. Sean has spent two winter seasons and one summer season with us and is currently gearing up for his second summer at Husky Homestead. He’s completed two sled dog races and is hoping to qualify for the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Sean likes to play tennis, hike, and spend time with his dog, Jack. He can often be found with Alex and Cody at the local open-mic night.
Winter Handler and Summer Photographer / Yard Staff
Cody came to Alaska in April 2017, seeking a change of pace and the adventure of a lifetime. He certainly found what he was looking for! Cody grew up in warm, sunny Florida and has done a great job adapting to the frigid Arctic temperatures of an Alaskan winter. He has been with Husky Homestead for nearly a year now. From greeting and taking pictures of guests in the summer to cutting meat and training dogs in the winter, Cody finds himself enjoying every minute. Before coming to Alaska, Cody worked at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida where he specialized in working with big cats—lions, tigers, cougars, cheetahs, and panthers. He’s currently taking online courses, majoring in Animal Sciences and is passionate about working with animals. When Cody isn’t working, he enjoys reading, hiking, and doing yoga.
Administrative Assistant / Lead Reservations
Sadie joined the Husky Homestead team in 2016. She grew up in Kansas and attended college in Arkansas. Once she graduated, she found herself applying for jobs all over, including Alaska. Sadie is currently two years into a three-month contract. She originally came to Alaska for a summer job at Husky Homestead, but loved it so much that she decided to stay! Sadie is part of our office staff and loves spending time with the dogs any chance she gets. She loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family.