Katmai Conservancy


official nonprofit partner of Katmai National Park and Preserve

our vision

Katmai Conservancy works for the day when Katmai National Park and all public lands are understood and appreciated, preserved and conserved, and enjoyed by all.

our mission

Katmai Conservancy supports the preservation of Katmai National Park and Preserve, its unique ecosystems, scenic character, and associated natural and cultural resources by promoting greater public interest, appreciation, and support through education, interpretation, and research.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Katmai Conservancy acknowledges that Katmai National Park and Preserve lies within the homelands of Sugpiaq/Alutiiq, Dena’ina Athabascan, and Yupik people. We honor and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples and cultures of this region and their ties to the land and wildlife, and we are grateful for their continued stewardship since time immemorial.

Our Team

Katmai Conservancy’s dedicated Staff and Board of Directors work together to conserve, protect, and support Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Barbara Muhlbeier

President

Barbara Muhlbeier is a retired attorney, residing in Bellingham, Washington. She was formerly in-house counsel for Pinnacle Financial Partners based in Nashville, Tennessee. Barbara has been active for over 20 years in non-profit organizations devoted to supporting public lands, including serving four terms on the board of the Great Smoky Mountains Association and six years on the board of the Public Lands Alliance.

Diane Chung

Vice President

Diane Chung served as the Superintendent at Katmai National Park and Preserve from 2013-2016. The Katmai Conservancy was created during her tenure at Katmai, with Diane playing a significant role in promoting the need for a non-profit park partner.  She is currently maintaining her connection to the park as a board member of the Conservancy in order to assist in the growth of this organization.

David Cary

Secretary

David Cary served as a professor of Finance at California State University, Northridge for over a quarter of a century. Dave’s passport shows his love of traveling in general, with stamps from six of the seven continents. But his true love is Alaska, where he has visited almost every year for the past 25 years. Of all his Alaskan destination, Dave’s favorite is Katmai National Park. He has shot thousands of photographs, some of which were displayed at the Alaska Air lounge in Los Angeles for three months in 2011.

Carl Chapman

Board Member

Carl Chapman is a dedicated conservationist of wild places. Carl’s dedication to natural habitats started as a child, growing up in rural Yosemite. Here he experienced unspoiled nature daily and witnessed the impact of overvisitation. After his first visit to Katmai, Carl fell in love with the 6400 square miles of pristine habitat that comprise the park. His goal for Katmai is to influence proper funding and secure policy that assures that Katmai is not “Loved to Death”.  Carl’s professional career has spanned television, film, education and digital marketing.

Andria Agli

Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Mike Fitz

Board Member

Mike began his career working with public lands in 2000 as an intern with the Bureau of Land Management at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (now part of Jurassic National Monument). Since then, he’s worked as National Park Service ranger at nine parks, most extensively at Katmai where he interacted with thousands of people who visited to watch bears, fish for trout, and explore the surrounding wild lands. From 2013 – 2016, he was Katmai National Park’s media ranger. Mike is the author of  The Bears of Brooks Falls: Wildlife and Survival on Alaska’s Brooks River, blogs at FitzNaturalist.com, and continues to share his love of Katmai’s bears and nature everywhere as the resident naturalist with  explore.org.

Guy Runco

Executive Director

A lifelong beneficiary of and advocate for wild places and their natural and cultural ecosystems, Guy is extremely passionate about Katmai National Park and Preserve. First and foremost, as a visitor and guest, Guy recognizes that the Park and Preserve is located on Indigenous lands. He aims to instill gratitude for past and present Indigenous stewardship of these lands in all the work that Katmai Conservancy does. He previously served as Executive Director of the Bird Treatment & Learning Center in Anchorage and has also worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks. He has extensive experience in non-profit business management, marketing, design, and information technology. He is also an avid wildlife photographer. He works alongside community partners, Park staff, the public, and the Board to realize the organization’s vision, mission, and goals, which all focus on preserving this unique and sacred place, its wildlife and ecosystems, scenic character, and unparalleled natural and cultural resources.

Michael Bay

Administrative Assistant

Michael was raised in Alaska and has been fortunate enough to travel a large portion of the state. He has spent well over a decade appreciating and photographing the abundant wildlife and National parks the state offers. Bears have always held a place near and dear to his heart and, naturally, Katmai National Park as well. He uses his expertise in digital media, graphic design, and e-commerce to help the Katmai Conservancy work toward its mission.