Our Team of Travel Experts

What we all have in common is a shared love for this beautiful place we call home and a strong desire to share it with visitors on the most personal level. We also place a strong value on customer service and you can be confident that we will go above and beyond to make your visit to Alaska the very best it can be. Please contact us by using the Custom Proposal Form to share your dream of visiting Alaska.

Pamela Manderson

General Manager

A lifelong Alaskan, Pamela has worked in Alaska tourism for more than 20 years. Her experience includes budgeting, planning, and operating group and independent programs for clients from all corners of the globe. She and her highly trained team know what questions to ask to best determine the unique needs of each client before creating a private, customized program. As the mom of two busy kids, Pamela’s ‘spare’ time is limited, but she spends as much time as possible exploring Alaska, which she affectionately refers to as her ‘own back yard.’

Head shot of Pamela Manderson in a helicopter with headset

Brittany von Lindern

Operations Manager

Brittany grew up in Washington and developed a love for the great outdoors through family camping trips. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in tourism, got an itch for adventure, and packed her bags for Alaska in 2009. After spending two summers in Denali National Park she settled in Anchorage and her new position at Alaska Private Touring. Brittany loves sharing her adopted state with people from all around the world by helping them create their own unique itineraries. Brittany continues to spend her summers hiking and camping in Alaska’s backcountry with her family. Her favorite Alaska season is winter when she can often be found snowboarding or cross-country skiing with her Alaskan huskies.

Brittany in the Alaskan wilderness with her two dogs, Baker and Shuksan

Rhiannon Brown

Travel Designer

Rhiannon has lived in Alaska most of her life. Having split her time between rural and urban communities she has experienced many of the wonders Alaska has to offer. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Anthropology and an eagerness to make the world a better place. She is excited to join the tourism industry and share her love of Alaska and adventure with clients from around the world. On a sunny summer day, she can be found kayaking on a local lake or hiking the Chugach mountains. Rhiannon began cross-country skiing in recent years and looks forward to enjoying the next winter on the ski trails.

Rhiannon posing on a rock in the middle of a stream in Alaska wilderness

Elise Hurwitz

Travel Designer

Elise grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and developed a passion for travel and adventure in her late teens. In 2013 she came to Alaska to guide tours and fell in love with the beauty and culture. Since then she has guided tours around the world, but never found a place quite like Alaska. In her free time Elise loves exploring, camping and hiking her way across Alaska and other parts of the world. She is excited to share her new home with others and hope they find that same sense of excitement and awe that she has.

Mac Holtan

Travel Designer

Mac was born in Minnesota, but grew up in small town Alaska. He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a BBA in Management and Economics. He has spent over 5 years working in concert promotion and production, hosting touring musicians from around the world. Raised from a family of bush pilots and fishermen, he has a knack for sharing the Alaskan experience with clients and friends alike. Mac enjoys hiking or skiing with his dog, attending local artist showings, or searching for the best cup of coffee.

Al Koch

Creative Consultant

Al’s experience in Alaska’s travel industry spans many years – too many to count as he would say! His unique ability to ‘think outside the box’ combined with his wealth of knowledge often make him our ‘go to’ for inspiration when facing an unusual challenge.

Al Koch and his wife Sue in Kenai Fjords National Park