Team TAT is here to make sure you have the best flight experience possible. Meet some of our staff of pilots, mechanics, reservationists and ground crew to make it all possible.
Paul RoderickDirector of Operations - Since 1996
If Denali National Park was a 3D chess game, Paul would be the Bobby Fischer of the Park. He always knows where it's good to land, where all the climbers are and at what point they are in their climb. He began flying when he was twelve and started with Talkeetna Air Taxi in 1992 before he took over in 1996. Paul loves to be outside, preferably skiing or climbing with his family.
Danial DotyMaintenance - Since 2003
Flew into Talkeetna in 2001 and so began her love for Denali National Park, skiing, climbing and adventuring. The former Chief of Maintenance for TAT became the Chief Pilot to get more sky time, and is now trained in the R-44 helicopter. When she's not flying for TAT, you'll see her elbow-deep in her current building project, prepping for a ski trip in a remote location, or flying pieces up to complete her ridge-top getaway. If Danial can't do it, it probably can't be done!
Will BoardmanTAT Pilot - Since 2006
Flying Denali National Park since 2004 He often goes off gallivanting in the far stretches of the mountain ranges of Alaska to ski and climb. You can catch him paragliding too.... If you're real fast. Will has become our R 44 Helicopter expert finding new places for new adventures.
Chris CampbellDirector of Maintenance - Since 2010
Mechanic Chris is originally from Maine where he began his maintenance experience. He rode his bike to the local airport to help and observe. He tunes pianos and builds guitars in addition to working on aircrafts. He enjoys hunting, fishing and flying his 1968 Cessna 180 around Alaska. Chris spent over 20 years in Kodiak before coming to Talkeetna.
Annie DuquetteOffice Manager - Since 1999
Annie began her career in Talkeetna working for all the Air Taxis as the "Base Camp Manager", living on the glacier for 2 ½ months per year. After 10 years as Base Camp Manager, she decided to move to "Office manager" for Talkeetna Air Taxi, where she ensures that Customer Service is never compromised. Annie has experienced many different facets of life, working as a dental hygienist, lead flight attendant, EMT, bass player in a band and in Antarctica before coming to Alaska.
Aaron RohanMaintenance - Since 2009
This Wisconsinite came to Talkeetna with his lovely family and has been a great addition to the Maintenance Department. A man of few words, because he's busy making sure your aircraft bolts are tight.
Sarah OwensReservations - Since 2017
Originally from Missouri, Sarah spent several years in Utah before landing in Kodiak, AK where she worked out of Larsen Bay for 15 years managing a cannery on a remote island. She enjoys playing piano, traveling, and spending time in nature and with her fat cat, Mao. One of her favorite experiences was biking from Alaska, Colombia to Buga, Colombia. Her special talents include finding lost things for others.
Matt BethkeTAT Pilot - Since 2018
Cheery, curious, and health conscious—Our newest pilot, Matt, received his pilots license in Hawaii and has gained experience by flying around Western Alaska and the Alaska Range. He enjoys many adventurous activities such as snowboarding, rock climbing and traveling. Matt has two babies, his personal plane (a Taylor craft) and his golden retriever, Noli.
Tom SurprenantAir Boss - Since 2011
Tom came to Alaska from Minnesota so you can bet he is no stranger to the cold and snow. After a career in the corporate lifestyle, Tom hung up his suit and tie for a job outdoors. He has completed over 60 marathons and the Ironman triathlon. He is always on the ball helping pilots and climbers get to where they need to go.
Yvonne BrunstingAccounting - Since 1997
Yvonne is our Wonder Woman who saves the day twice a month writing our paychecks. She has lived in Talkeetna since 1997 which has helped to inspire her creative artwork. She is the oil that keeps Talkeetna Air Taxi running smoothly.
Michael GoldTAT Pilot - Since 2016
Pilot Michael has always had a passion for music and aviation. He has a bachelors degree in jazz piano and has toured the world with several different bands. Recently, he and TAT ramper Butchy Fuego started a local band called Artificial Horizon. In the winter he flies for an Air Ambulance, providing medical evacuations for small towns. On his days off you'll find him flying his Cessna 170 around the range.
Dennis HospodarRamper Extraordinaire - Since 2011
This PA native is always around to lend a hand getting climbers organized and shuttling them where they need to be. Dennis enjoys living in Alaska and has been tethered to the quaint small town of Talkeetna where he loves the pure beauty of nature.
Kris PetersonTAT Pilot - Since 2015
Kris joins us from Kodiak Island, where he flew from 2008-2015 and returns in the winters. He was brought to our neck of the woods by his interest in fly-fishing, back-country skiing and, of course, aviation. He is a third generation pilot after his Dad and Grandpa and began flying at 17 years old. Kris also speaks German! Kris is a "Hangar Ping-Pong" enthusiast on rainy days here at TAT.
Mary VuksonScheduler - Since 2005
You can usually find her womanning the aircraft radio or scheduling your next flight with ease. Mary enjoys gardening, and sharing her giant vegetables in the summer along with spending time with her two boys.
Andy YoungTAT Pilot - Since 2015
Andy operates his own flight seeing business in the Rocky Mountains out of Boulder, Colorado in the winter. Concurrent with his career in flying he spent 20 years working in the Antarctic and 15 years on the Juneau Icefield in support of scientific research. Andy joins the list of TAT staff that have made it to the summit of Denali, climbing it himself in 1993!
BeaverThe Hangar Cat - Since 2006
Beaver can be found catting around TAT, either mousing or lounging in the sun soaking up the rays. Watch out when he is in stalking mode - Seriously.
Ayla LoperReservations - Since 2013
Ayla grew up in Talkeetna and recently graduated with an Anthropology degree from Colorado College where she ran track and enjoyed the outdoor opportunities Colorado has to offer. She enjoys running, skiing, traveling, spending time with her little siblings, reading and many other hobbies when she isn't working!
Leighan FalleyTAT Pilot - Since 2015
Leighan is an Alaskan local, growing up in Fairbanks. She was locally trained as a pilot right here in Talkeetna and has been flying around the Alaska Range for 14 years! Previously she has worked as a mountaineering guide here in Talkeetna and is one of the few people to make it to the summit of Denali twice within six days. Leighan is also a great artist, her favorite medium is acrylic landscape.
Alex LandPilot - Since 2013
Alex learned to fly at an early age and began his training in aerobatics. Getting another style of flying under his belt, Alex came up to Alaska from Georgia to master the art of ski-planes.
Clay DillardTAT Pilot - Since 2015
Before joining the TAT Team, Clay spent a year and a half in Africa flying and working with Doctors without Borders. He converted a Dodge Sprinter into a home for three years here in Alaska before building a house. Originally from South Carolina, Clay came to Alaska nine years ago and has enjoyed exploring the outdoors from the air and on the ground since!