Valdez Adventure Alliance Board of Directors

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President:

Andy Shidner

A lifelong avid outdoor enthusiast, Andy is also and innkeeper and organic gardener at Currant Ridge Lodge in McCarthy.



Vice-president, Eric Christensen. Eric is a 12-year resident of Valdez. His interests and hobbies span the gamut of motorized, non-motorized, and backcountry adventures that he shares with his wife, Angie, and five children.

Secretary, Robbin Capers. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Robbin embraces the Alaska lifestyle enjoying fatbiking, packrafting and all-around adventuring.

Treasurer, Jonathan Goold. A lifelong resident of Valdez, he grew up playing in the shrinking jungle around new town. He enjoys boardsports, rock climbing, hiking, harvesting wild food, burning imported wood in the yard, and spending time with his wife and two children outside in Alaska.

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Kory Maillet, Board Member at large. Kory moved to Anchorage about 2009 and Valdez about 2014. He came here “only for the summer” but loved it so much he stayed. Kory has been a climber for almost 20 years. He has climbed in Central America, South America and Africa. He took up ice climbing about 5 years ago. He is also into mountain biking and mountaineering. He says Valdez is an amazing place to live, work and play, with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Jim Pomplun, Board Member at large. Jim moved to Alaska in 2005 and to Valdez in 2018. He is an outdoor enthusiast and loves getting outdoors for hiking, biking, skiing or paddling. He says he chose Valdez because it “offers a lot of things I missed in southeast, mountain biking and roads to get around somewhere, and more importantly, its status as a destination for outdoor adventure. His previous volunteer work includes: 12 years on Ketchikan Area State Parks Advisory Board, 9 years on the Board of Directors for KRBD in Ketchikan, 13 years with Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, 12 years managing a Condo Association. He is “excited about this opportunity and hope that I can offer my enthusiasm and new-to-town perspective for a great organization, as well as my years of experience helping small organizations do big things.

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Jonathan Goold

Board Member. A lifelong resident of Valdez, he grew up playing in the shrinking jungle around new town. He enjoys boardsports, rock climbing, hiking, harvesting wild food, burning imported wood in the yard, and spending time with his wife and two children outside in Alaska.

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Nick Farline

Board Member.


Interested in serving on the VAA board? Send letters of interest to info@valdezadventure.com

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Executive Director

Brandon Reid, Executive Director. A lifelong mountain man and champion of core balance and inner strength, Brandon has come to Valdez to fuel his passion for adrenaline and community building. As a professional snowboarder Brandon traveled the world looking for the biggest and baddest mountains this planet has to offer, and he has made his home among the best in existence right here in the Chugach. Brandon uses his experience as an athlete and a 20 year career in non-profit events production to bring a unique perspective to his directorship. It is his express desire to share his knowledge of the mountains and all the special opportunities Valdez offers to interact with nature.