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Meet The Team


Katie Powell was raised in Indiana and moved to Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 2011 with her family of 5. After graduating from Unalaska High School she continued her education at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Katie graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. In January of 2014, she moved to Wrangell, Alaska and in May she joined our crew. She enjoys staying active with indoor and outdoor activities; like sport fishing, hunting, and camping up the river with friends and family.

Katie is an influential member of our crew here at Alaska Waters. She works as our Tour Operations & 56° North Manager.

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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.

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Vydell Baker was raised in Soldotna, Alaska traveling to Wrangell in the summers to visit family. She graduated from Soldotna High School in 2020 and plans on working towards a degree in Social Work. During her years of high school she became the state secretary in a club, organizing events for over 500 students as well as being the lead captain for her wrestling team. She is always hard at work and strives to do more. Vydell has been apart of our team since June 2021 and works as a sales associate and store artist.