Meet The Team
Caitlin Cardinell moved to Wrangell in 2013, guiding at-risk youth in the backcountry on ocean canoeing & hiking expeditions. When she moved on from that profession, she found that she simply could not leave Alaska. Caitlin is a free-spirited, adventurous woman who loves world travel and new experiences. She currently spends part of the spring season working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on the Stikine River doing research on several species of wild Salmon. The rest of the year she spends as Lead Reservation Specialist and Retail Manager for Alaska Waters & its’ Gift Shoppe. She most enjoys her free time outdoors; on camping trips, hiking with her dog (Mushu), fishing, hunting, and SUP-ing around Wrangell with her buds. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice.
Glen Decker has worked and lived in Alaska for 17 years. He is an avid outdoorsman, subsistence hunter and fisherman. He lived in Wrangell in his early twenties and then moved to Seattle for some time where he trained for and became a certified arborist (professional tree climber). In 2007, he and his wife, Kelley, decided to return to Wrangell to raise their family. For many years, Glen worked as a boat operator and crew leader building and maintaining facilities in the Tongass National Rain Forest, including AnAn Bear & Wildlife Observatory. Glen also has experience as a Wilderness Ranger for the United States Forest Service. During his time with the USFS, he kayaked the entire South Etolin and Stikine/LeConte Wilderness coastlines. Glen has Kayak Guide Trip & Rescue Training from the Kayak Academy in Seattle.
Glen has worked for Alaska Waters for several years now. He is a licensed Captain, deckhand and bear guide. He has extensive knowledge about wildlife and plants in SouthEast Alaska. He loves to share his knowledge about animals with interested guests. Glen has impressive skills at managing bears and people in close quarters. He does an excellent job and is an invaluable member of our crew.
Katie Ballou was raised on the East Coast USA and moved to Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 2011 with her family of 5. In 2009, Katie gained her certification as a Certified Nurses Assistant. Katie graduated from Unalaska High School and continued her education at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. In January of 2014, she moved to Wrangell, Alaska and in May she joined our crew. In the off season, Katie is an elementary school teacher. She enjoys staying active with indoor and outdoor activities. Being an Alaskan, she spends her downtime sport fishing and camping up the river with friends.
Katie is an influential member of our crew here at Alaska Waters. She works as a Reservation Specialist who is dedicated to AnAn Bear and Wildlife Observatory Regulations and Reservations.
Kacie Galla was born and raised in Wrangell, Alaska. She grew up working and playing on boats, hunting, and camping with her family of 4. Kacie started working for her dad as a deckhand on jet boats at an early age. She is an outdoorsy Alaskan girl who has an interest in environmental science. She enjoys Wrangell High School extra-curricular activities and is a Senior Varsity athlete. Kacie is currently attending Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO during the winter months. and hopes to gain her Bachelors Degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing.
Kacie is a valued member of our crew. She is a versatile employee working as a deckhand on the boats, as a consultant on retail sales in our gift store and is a Reservation Specialist.