Brittany Hanson

Brittany Hanson

Brittany was born and raised in Alaska and has been around aviation and the Iditarod pretty much all of her life. As the daughter of longtime IAF pilot Bert Hanson, Brittany has seen both the flying side of the race as well as the ground side of the race when her father ran the Iditarod in 1990 and 1993 and when her sister Kimarie ran in 1998, not to mention the numerous times her siblings have run the Jr. Iditarod. Brittany officially joined the IAF team for the 2009 race working in ANC LOGS, although she was involved behind the scenes for many more years than that.
Brittany is employed as a teacher for the Anchorage School District as well as an Assistant Manager at Century 16 Theaters in Anchorage.


 
Jim Paulis

Jim Paulis

Long time builder on the trail and certified wild man.  If it was built along the Iditarod trail, there is a good chance Jim built it. Some say he was the original selection for Dos Equis' "most interesting man in the world" but he declined because he thought it would be boring.  He is also the guy with the wildest and craziest airplane loads.


 
Loren Gerrety

Loren Gerrety

Mechanic extraordinaire, Loren joined the IAF in 2014.  Since then he is worshipped by the pilots second only to the cooks.


 
Reb Hanson

Reb Hanson

Reb is the chef at Unalakleet and the long suffering wife of Bert Hanson. As the wife of Bert, Reb has seen both the flying side of the race as well as the ground side of the race. Reb joined the IAF team for the 2015 race.  Since that time, the average weight of the IAF team has increased by 10 pounds per member.
Reb is a retired teacher from the Anchorage School District.


 
Hannelore Kelliher

Hannelore Kelliher

Hannelore works out of McGrath and is one of the longest serving logistics personnel. She and her recently passed and much missed husband, Mark Kelliher, were McGrath Iditarod institutions for years.


 
Debbie Miller

Debbie Miller

Deb's 1st year with the IAF was 2010, helping Teri in Unalakleet. Deb is a dentist in Anchorage since 1986 and a resident of Alaska for 37 years. She aquired her private pilots lisence and float rating in 1995. She flies a 180HP Aeronca Sedan 1246H.


 
Teri Paton

Teri Paton

Teri has been a Volunteer with the Iditarod since 1999, started with ANC HQ sales, phone room, ITC HQ office help, restart dog handler, trail guard, and working both ( musher and people) food drops. In 2001, she headed out on the trail as a “hub” cook, and in 2007 helped in UNK as an IAF asst. load coordinator and took over as housing coordinator for out of state volunteers/mushers. The rest of the year, she's a soccer mom, school volunteer and C.P.A.


 
Jay Holtan

Jay Holtan

Jay was born and raised in Alaska and is a 30 year pilot, He became an "Iditarod Junkie" in 1996. That year, he and his son embarked on an unforgettable adventure following the dogs in their Cessna 170, camping along the trail to Nome. Most recently he has been a volunteer, setting up and working the Eagle Island checkpoint in 2007 and with Bert in Unalakleet for the 2008.


 
Mark Nordman

Mark Nordman

Mark is the Iditarod race marshall and works closely with the IAF on a daily basis before and during the race.  He can be pretty intense during the race but we couldn't do it without him!


 
Jeff Shultz

Jeff Schultz

Jeff has been photographing the Iditarod since 1981 and has been volunteering his time and talent as the official photographer since 1982. His God-given talent has resulted in his Iditarod photos being published worldwide in books, calendars, advertisements, magazines and the like. He is rarely ever at the pointy end of the camera, however. You can see more of his work or purchase Iditarod books, calendars and posters at www.schultzphoto.com