Our Staff

Carrie Skinner

General Manager

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 five 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 reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, and after  12 years of living here she’s finally learning how to use a pair of skinny ski’s in the bright, sunny days of Alaska’s spring beauty.

Alex Buetow

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 completed his Rookie Yukon Quest Race this year – finishing with a great 8th place finish .  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 getting them ready for racing season.  Alex enjoys hiking, canoeing, camping, hunting, and searching for antler sheds in the spring.

Maren Johnson

Photographer / Yard Staff / Winter Handler

Maren grew up in Utah and used to train basic obedience skills to puppies, but wanted to learn more about working and sport dogs. Maren decided to start with sled dogs. She did some research and found a job working on a glacier leading sled dog tours out of Juneau. Maren has also spent part of a winter here a Husky Homestead training our dogs and puppies, and returned to spend the summer of 2018 with us.  We consider ourselves fortunate that she has chosen to stay for this winter as well!  Since moving to Alaska and learning about sled dogs, she has been very involved in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race – specifically volunteering for various positions in the Iditarod race. Most recently, she was the coordinator/manager/supervisor for the dropped dog program. Maren is also a Licensed Veterinary Technician and loves working with animals. One goal Maren wants to accomplish soon is to finish a sled dog race, and she may just get that wish this racing season as she’s signed up for the 2019 Knik Sled Dog Race. Maren enjoys playing soccer, exploring, and spending time with her family and friends. Her personal motto is “It’ll all work out in the end. Mush On!”

Nathan Krzynski

Winter Handler

Hailing from the Midwestern state of Wisconsin, Nathan holds a degree in civil engineering and is a fluent speaker of German.  He said that adventure, sled dogs, beautiful scenery and fresh air brought him north to Alaska – and we think he nailed all of that by coming here!  He’s also an avid rugby player, enjoys running (now often taking a dog or puppies with him) and listening to music when he’s not working, and says that a personal goal that he has for the next year would be to read more often.  Asked what he wants to make sure he does before he dies, Nathan said he’d like to go to the moon, = and his personal motto is “improvise, adapt, overcome” – which sounds like a pretty good motto for a dog musher, or someone heading to the moon.  We look forward to getting to know Nathan more over the winter, and are excited to have him with us for the winter!

Julie Scherma

Winter Handler

While Julie has roots in Ohio, she’s been traveling the states for a while and has spent several summers in Juneau as a dog handler on the Mendenhall Glacier and at Sheep Creek.  Julie’s interest in dogs also led her to volunteer for Iditarod 2018, working with dropped dogs at the checkpoint in McGrath.  Julie holds a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology, a minor in Environmental and Plant Biology and is also a Wilderness First Responder.  When she isn’t busy helping us care for and train dogs, she enjoys exercising, eating, and as any winter handler may… sleeping.  One of her goals that she’d like to accomplish in the next year would be to continue to meet new people and purchase a car, and she’d also like to spend time traveling to other countries. “There’s always next time” is Julie’s personal motto. We’re excited to have Julie here for the winter season!