Yukon Quest Welcome New Office Staff

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race welcome new staff to both the Yukon and Alaska offices.

Shayna Hammer stepped into the role of Executive Director in the Yukon office on June 17th.  She brings experience working in a non-profit sector through her role as Executive Director for the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Hammer has knowledge in planning and managing events throughout her career, understanding the importance of organization, managing budgets, and undertaking overall operations. She is looking forward to developing relationships to continue the strong community support and engagement within the race.

“Both my organizational skills and my experience working in the not-for-profit sector provides me with an excellent foundation for this position,” says Shayna Hammer. “I am excited to use my skillsets to further the scope and success of the Yukon Quest and its legacy.”

Vera Schall also joined the Yukon office on April 10th as the Operations Manager. She brings plenty of tourism experience to the role both through her work at the Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Yukon, as well as through her Tourism and Hospitality Specialty in post-secondary education. A born and raised Yukoner, passionate about dogs and the outdoors, Schall is a great addition to the Yukon office.

“It’s great to be a part of such an iconic and long-standing organization, “says Vera Schall. “I believe that the Yukon Quest is an incredible event and I’m looking forward to using my strengths to contribute to its further growth and success.”

“We’re happy to have the office fully-staffed again,” states Bev Regier, President, Yukon Board of Directors. “Vera has proved to be a great team player while learning the ropes during her time in the office, and Shayna’s experience is a great resource to the organization.”

The Alaska office welcomed Brenda Naaktgeboren as the Assistant Director on May 2nd. Originally from Pella, Iowa, she brings exceptional customer service, project management, and marketing experience to the organization. She moved to Fairbanks in July 2018 where she’s been enjoying fishing, camping, hiking, cooking, gardening and spending time with her dog, Maya, in her spare time.

“I jumped at the chance to take on this role as soon as I heard about it, “says Brenda Naaktgeboren. “After having supported my son during his rookie run in the 2019 race, I knew I wanted to be a part of the organization in a larger way and this was the perfect opportunity.”

“Having Brenda join our team with over 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing will be an extraordinary boost to our fundraising and sponsorship efforts,” says Marti Steury, Executive Director – Alaska. “Her organizational skills also make her a natural for operations and supporting the logistical side of the race.”

The Yukon Quest would like to thank out-going Yukon Business Manager Bruno Bourdache, Yukon Operations Manager Laura Vinnedge, and Alaska Assistant Director Niki Cserni, and wish them all the best in their next adventures.