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 2005 and has been at Husky Homestead ever since.  She, her husband, 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 President of 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 14 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.

Maren Johnson

Musher / Handler / Veterinary Assistant / Winter Office Assistant

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 previously spent three winters and two summers at Husky Homestead and is now into her third summer with us! 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 at the McGrath checkpoint. Maren is also a Veterinary Assistant and loves working with animals. One goal Maren wants to accomplish soon is to finish a 300 mile 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!”

Sean Underwood

Dog Musher / Winter Handler / Summer Driver-Guide

Sean was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Georgia Southern University. The year after he finished college, he spent most of his time in Central and South America achieving fluency in Spanish through cultural immersion and getting to know his relatives throughout Chile. Sean came up to Alaska in 2015 to stay with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousin and commercial fish for sockeye salmon with them on Kodiak Island.  After spending two consecutive summers living off-grid and eating delicious fish in beautiful country, he was interested in trying out a winter in Alaska.  His Aunt and Uncle put him in touch with their friend Jeff King, and Sean was hired to be part of the Husky Homestead crew.  Five years later Sean has finished multiple sled dog races with Husky Homestead teams, including the 2016 Alpine Creek Excursions Race,  2017 Tustumena 200, 2018 Copper Basin 300, 2020 Yukon Quest 300, and the 2020 Goose Bay 150 Dog Sled Race.  Sean will be a rookie this years’ in the 2020 Iditarod, and will be running Jeff’s A-Team due to Jeff requiring emergency surgery prior to the race.
You can follow Sean’s Iditarod on our Facebook page, as well as his website at www.mushsean.com!  Go Sean!
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