Ageya Wilderness Education Staff


Meet the Staff

If you are interested in working for Ageya, please contact us. You may also download the staff application to apply.

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Meet the Incredible AWE Camp Staff!



Patty Dolese

Program Director

Patty is one of the founders of Ageya and oversees the program and curriculum elements for Ageya. She designed the program for AWE Camp and especially enjoys sharing her excitement for nature and her natural history knowledge through hands on experiences. She teaches the daily leadership components that help students get ready for the coaching they will be participating in as they transition through their first year of high school after camp. She especially enjoys interacting with all the campers and watching them grow and take delight in all the exciting opportunities AWE Camp provides. (Refer to founders for more info.)

Kevin Dee

Camp Director

Kevin specializes in leadership development, organizational development, management coaching, mediation, and change management.

Kevin holds a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in administration. Prior to starting his own management and consulting business, Kevin held a variety of leadership positions in Business, Education and Healthcare. In his own 22 year management consulting practice, Kevin has conducted training workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally in both traditional and wilderness settings. Kevin has also facilitated strategic planning and company-wide re-organizational projects for both small and large-scale organizations. In these efforts, Kevin’s emphasis is always on creating successful measurable results.

Kevin is sought out for group facilitation and training, re-organizational efforts, conflict resolution, team development and as a coach. Kevin’s training approach is direct, experiential and engaging with a focus on what works and how to create the results you want.

Kevin is a member in good standing of: The American Society of Quality, The Society for Human Resource management, Experiential Education Association, Council of Management consultants, The Employee Management Association and The International Coaching Federation.

Don V. Honea Sr.

AWE Camp Native Elder

Born in Ruby on August 20, 1931, to the late Margaret and Bill Honea, Donald grew up both in Ruby and Fairbanks. He attended school in Eklutna from 1943-1947. Don married Clara McCarty, and they had 14 children as well as adopted their granddaughter. Together they raised their family through the subsistence lifestyle until he was hired by the State of Alaska. He was employed for 35 years with the State of Alaska Department of Highways until his retirement in 1997. Along with his employment for the State, he also contributed his time and expertise to many organizations and businesses by serving on various boards and committees. He is a past board member of Doyon Limited, the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Koyukon Development, and RurALCAP board. His many years of service on these boards shows his interest in making things better for the people of the region. In June of 2007, Donald was selected by the Elders to be the Second Traditional Chief of the Interior. He served in this capacity until March 2008 when he became the First Traditional Chief due to the passing of David Salmon of Chalkyisek, the prior First Traditional chief. Don has also served the public as a representative on many other boards, Native Councils, and school district groups. While Don’s accomplishments stand out as a fine example of a good provider and family man, an active community member and a strong, dedicated advocate and spokesperson for Native affairs, social issues and quality education, he also enjoys sled dog racing and history. In fact, he has raced in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race seven times!

Corey Freedman

Master Boat Builder

Corey is one of the foremost proponents of traditional Native skin boat construction. He has diligently researched the literature and museum sources for the specification and construction methods of these crafts and has actively shared this material as an instructor and lecturer. For twenty years, he has overseen the building of over 1100 skin boats. As an avid paddler for over 25 years, he has become an experienced sea kayak instructor. He is also the founder of Spirit Line Kayaks, The Skin Boat School and Umiak Adventures. Corey worked with AWE campers to build a 30-foot Umiak, paddles and two bidarkas, which students were able to take out and paddle during the 2009 camp.

Angela Deason

Admin Tech

Angela was raised in Northern California on the outskirts of Plumas National Forest where she grew a passion for the outdoors and environmental stewardship.  Through 12 years in Girl Scouts Angela became an avid backpacker, snow-camper and community volunteer.  Starting as camp staff at a small Boy Scout Camp she continued to work various camp jobs including; High Ropes Instructor, Lifeguard, Program Staff, Environmental Educator, and Snowboard Instructor throughout 6 different states. She is currently a junior at Butte College working on a BS in Environmental Science.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, riding her bike, volunteering Kids and Creeks, and playing guitar.

Lindsay Weigel

Camp Counselor

Lindsay grew on the rocky coast of Maine where she spent most of her free time in the outdoors somewhere in between the Atlantic Ocean and the New Hampshire White Mountains. Some of her favorite activities include surfing the rocky beaches of Maine, sea kayaking among different coastal islands, skiing (on either lakes or mountains), and hiking or running in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Along with her love of adventure and the outdoors, Lindsay has also developed a strong passion for education and health. She currently attends Northeastern University in Boston, and she will begin studying to become a doctor at Tufts Medical School in 2015. Before medical school, she hopes to travel to as many places and meet as many people as she can because she believes this is the best way to gain knowledge about the world and about herself.

Tyler Katzmar

Natural History Instructor

Tyler grew up in Haycock, Pennsylvania until moving to Alaska at the age of 17. He recently graduated from Alaska Pacific University with a degree in marine biology. Tyler is an avid beach comber, backcountry skier, educator, sea kayaker, hiker, and disc golfer. He enjoys anything that brings him closer to the beauty of nature and the wild places on the earth. Tyler is always looking to extend his enthusiasm and knowledge of the ocean and mountain to all around him. He is currently completing his Master’s of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Studies at APU. This is Tyler’s third summer working at AWE Camp.

Patrick Kelly

Camp Counselor

Patrick was born in Issaquah, WA, but spent most of his formative years in Florida. Growing up in Florida, he spent a lot of time trying to get out, which is what brought him to Alaska. Before escaping the Sunshine State, Patrick earned his BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Florida State University, and spent time with FSU's Outdoor Pursuits Program as a staff trainer and trip leader. In addition, several summers as both a backpacking guide in New Mexico and a Trips Director at a local summer camp in Maine supported his passion for out-of-doors education. Patrick is currently earning his Master's of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education from Alaska Pacific University, and when he's not studying, Patrick is an avid rock climber, sea kayaker, backpacker, cyclist, reader and mandolin player.

Lora Colten

Camp Nurse

Lora has a passion for life, learning, and sharing stories, music, songs and smiles with people of all ages. For more than 20 years she has led and guided wilderness and educational trips, from several days to weeks long, with participants and students of all ages and cultures. Lora worked for two years on the Hopi Indian Reservation as a grammar school fine art teacher and initiated the “Hopi Footprints” cultural river trips for Hopi teenagers. She spent multiple seasons in Zapotec villages in Oaxaca, Mexico running cultural art exchange trips. Lora has been fortunate to be a Grand Canyon River Guide for more than 15 years, and has lived and guided river and sea kayak trips in Alaska. Lora holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Biology and Nursing, has taught outdoor skills, first aid, and Wilderness First Responder courses, and works as an RN and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician.

Brian Gehring

Natural History Instructor

Brian is a graduate student, instructor and adventurer. Combining his passion for backcountry snowboarding and science at APU in the Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education program has led Brian to researching risk management in avalanche terrain while also instructing wilderness first aid, avalanche safety, and adventure sports.

Brian grew up near Seattle and was drawn to natural history by wilderness pursuits along the ocean and in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He earned a B.Sc. in Physics as well as a minor in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, while also spending plenty of time in the woods and mountains. Brian has reforested over 75000 trees, led tough winter alpine climbs, and trekked thousands of miles by bike and foot across the globe. Finally, Brian moved to Alaska full-time in 2010 where he has spent the summers sharing Alaska's natural history as a wilderness guide and helped students enjoy the winter as a snowboard instructor at Alyeska. Brian is excited about bringing his naturalist knowledge and environmental education skills to Ageya!

Liza Mitchell

Natural History Instructor

Originally from Colorado, Liza has always been drawn to exploring the natural world, and she enjoys doing so through outdoor recreational activities and through science. While getting her BA in Environmental Science from Colorado College she also spent time leading backcountry hiking and skiing trips, building trails in the wilderness, working on ecological restoration projects with local non-profits, traveling, and generally enjoying life. In 2009, Liza worked in Homer at Cook Inletkeeper in watershed conservation doing fieldwork, outreach, and scientific monitoring. She later moved to Wrangell, AK to work in wilderness therapy as a field guide and instructor for canoeing and mountaineering expeditions. Since then, Liza received her MS in Water Resources from the University of Idaho for her stream ecology research, while simultaneously developing herself as an educator. She has a love for teaching and inspiring curiosity and respect for the natural world in others, and a knack for finding the joys in everyday life.

Brian Hall

Camp Cook

Brian Hall is an avid outdoorsman who loves to travel. In the last ten years he has lived in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska. He has spent the last seven winters living and working at ski areas around the country. In addition to snowboarding, Brian also enjoys whitewater kayaking, skateboarding, hiking, camping, reading and music. He has been working in restaurants his entire life and enjoys cooking because it allows him to express his creativity. This will be Brian’s second year working for camp Ageya, and he looks forward to coming back to beautiful Homer Alaska.