Meet Our 2018 Team
Sunny Cove is proud to have a diverse group whose love of the outdoors and Alaska has brought them together in this place we call home. Their commitment to the environment and passion for the wildlife and natural beauty is reflected in their quality of service to our guests.
All of our guides are Wilderness First Responders and are assessed for Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Trip Leader, from the American Canoe Association.
Many of our staff members return year after year, to continue their exploration of every nook and passing that experience along to you. Take a peek at our staff!
John Page - Owner
John came north in 1983 in pursuit of big mountain skiing. He quickly fell in love and spent a good amount of time skiing, exploring, photographing and writing about Alaska before settling in Seward.
In 1996 he started Sunny Cove on remote Fox Island. Kayaking fueled his desire to share this place with others. Since then Sunny Cove has introduced tens of thousands of people to the wonders of Resurrection Bay, Fox Island and Kenai Fjords National Park.
Kathryn (KAT) Page - Office Manager
Hailing from Florida, Kat spent her weekends indulging in her passion for the outdoors. In 2004, she and a group friends organized a trip to Northwestern Fjord with Sunny Cove. This was a life changing experience, and she found herself moving to Alaska in 2006 to manage the reservation office for Sunny Cove.
Since then, John and Kat wed, and now can be found outdoors hiking, kayaking, skiing and traveling to places not yet explored.
Stephanie Millane - Operations manager
Stephanie grew up in the backwoods of Wisconsin, running through the forests and fishing the rivers. Skiing is her passion, which left her summers open for exploration. She began guiding in SE AK in 1998 and found her way to Sunny Cove in 2006.
Once here she soon became our Operations Manager and a full-time Alaska resident. She shares with us her nearly two decades of Alaskan experience and is a Wilderness First Responder, and a Certified Alaska Tour Guide Trainer.
Matthew Barnes - Lead Guide Coordinator
Originally from Atlanta, Matt dropped off the career path, and wandered up to the last frontier to see what it was all about. Matt joined Sunny Cove in 2011 and has since trained and guided in Florida, the Caribbean, Georgia, New Zealand and Baja.
Matt is a certified Level 3 ACA instructor, a BCU 3* paddler, and a Wilderness First Responder. As our most seasoned Lead Guide, Matt is heavily involved in staff training and day-to-day operations of Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking.
Danny Meuninck - Lead Guide Coordinator
Northern Indiana gave Danny his first taste of kayaking and he has been on the water ever since. He joined Sunny Cove in 2013 and has since worked as a guide in Hawai'i and an outdoor education instructor in Malaysia. He has an education background and spent many years working in student leadership development at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Danny is a certified Level 2 ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor, a Certified Alaska Tour Guide, a Leave No Trace Master Educator and a Wilderness First Responder. Danny assists in facilitating our training program and day-to-day operations.
Arthur Kampmann - Lead Guide
Arthur's family introduced him to the outdoors of New England at a young age. As a young adult he decided to explore and soon became a kayak guide in Maine. Arthur joined Sunny Cove in 2015 and spends his winters exploring the world, most recently visiting New Zealand and Australia.
Arthur has been trained as an Alaska Tour Guide, Leave No Trace, is a Wilderness First Responder, and has a Level 2 ACA Certification.
Russ White - Guide
Russ originally hails from MA, and graduated from Nichols College. While in college he traveled through Africa, Asia and S. America, eventually ending up in Asia teaching English. After his stint in Asia he moved to Bar Harbor, ME to pursue kayak guiding.
Russ loves to share his joy of kayaking and the beauty of the ocean. He's a Wilderness First Responder and is a Registered Maine Guide.
Emma Carey - guide
Emma grew up exploring beaches and boats in Connecticut before moving to Maine to get her degree in Geography from the University of Southern Maine. She's kayak guided in Acadia National Park, is an Outward Bound Alumni and has backpacked through the Rockies, Utah, Ecuador, Chile and Patagonia.
Emma loves to share the beauty of our natural environment and always makes sure all of her paddlers has a great time on the water. She is a Registered Maine Guide and a Wilderness First Responder.
Laurie Millane - Reservations
Laurie is a native born and raised Sconnie, and when she's not in Alaska she calls Wisconsin home. Over the years she's hiked, camped and paddled the multitude of waterways in Wisconsin finding fun around every corner.
Her ties to Alaska began at three years old when her Native Alaskan sister came to live with her family. Since then she has always longed to visit The Last Frontier. The first time she visited Seward she fell in love with the area and has been returning every year since. Eventually Laurie and her family purchased a business near Seward. Look for Laurie at the Adventure Center, or out adventuring around Seward!
Mary Kate Groark - Guide
Mary Kate grew up in Alabama and studied at Southern College in Birmingham. She studied abroad in Italy, the Galapagos and New Zealand and is also a NOLS Alaska alumni.
She has guided hiking, backpacking, climbing trips in California and international student trips in Central America and the Caribbean. MK loves to climb, backpack and travel and recently went to Potero Chico, Mexico and Cuba. She loves sharing her passion for the outdoors with everyone she meets. She's a Wilderness First Responder and is a world renown Egyptian rat screw champion.
Emmy powell - guide
Emmy hails from Atlanta, GA and studied Economics at the University of Manchester which led to teaching physics and math. She has lived in Guatemala and England and has traveled extensively. She developed a love of playing outside in Guatemala.
Emmy has spent lots of time hiking in England's Peak District and the Appalachians. She has guided in Guatemala, volcano trekking and mountain biking. She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Cara Wallschlaeger - Guide
Cara grew up around the Great Lakes, and went to college in Michigan, earning a Bachelors in Outdoor Recreation. Following college she went to New Zealand for an internship and spent her time playing in the outdoors, caving, rock climbing and white water rafting.
She picked up a certification in personal training in the US, and worked as a trainer. After, she moved to Germany, and recieved a Masters in Sports Science. She then interned at the Swiss Olympic training center and following, worked with the Expos. She went on to lead group camping trips througout the US for three summers. She is a Wilderness First Responder, and loves to share her experiences with new people.
Andrew Smith - Guide
Andrew was born and raised in Flower Mound, Texas. He attended U of T - Austin to obtain a degree in Commercial Real Estate Finance. He then joined the Peace Corp and spend two years living in Cambodia.
He has traveled quite a bit and has spent time leading kayaking tours in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. He is a Wilderness First Responder, is certified as an ACA Level 2: Essentials of Coastal Kayaking Touring and Coastal Kayaking Day Trip Leader.
Christian hails from a small town in Connecticut. A thrill seeker and avid adventurer he has backpacked in Mexico, SCUBA dived in Honduras and has surfed in Puerto Rico. He studied human biology and biochemistry at the University of Southern Maine and just completed a masters of education program.
He was first introduced to guiding at a camp in Maine, taking groups of teenage boys out on week-long whitewater canoe expeditions. This past year he worked as a backpacking guide leading trips through the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Havasupai. Christian is a Wilderness First Responder and can't wait to inspire you with the beauty of Alaska.
Jon Piccirillo - Guide
Jon grew up on the coast of Connecticut and attended college in Northern New York. After graduating with a dual degree in Biology and History/African studies, he moved to Utah and Colorado and became a river guide in Dinosaur National Monument and a ski instructor at Crested Butte.
Jon kayaked the Maine Island trail from Rockland, Maine to the Canadian Border, biked through ten European countries from Spain to Greece, hiked Mount Kenya, rafted the Grand Canyon and most of the Colorado river watershed, and hiked the three passes trek in Nepal with a pit stop at Everest Base camp. He is a Wilderness First Responder, and holds a Swift Water IV Rescue certification.
Seth Davis - Guide
Seth was born and raised in Texas and graduated college with a Bachelors in Business Admin from Texas State University. There he enjoyed playing football, basketball, track and participating in the Culinary Arts Club.
Seth spent three summers leading groups of up to thirteen passengers on road trips across the United States and Canada. He's explored most National Parks in the US and has explored South Africa and Chile. Seth is a Wilderness First Responder, and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and skills with those he's lucky enough to meet this summer.