Wrangell Mountains Center Staff

Nate Anderson - Executive Director

nate@wrangells.org (907) 554-4464

Nate began working as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountains Center (WMC) in October 2016. Nate originally came to McCarthy in 2015 to work as an intern at the WMC and to conduct field research on the Root Glacier for his undergraduate senior thesis with Dr. Mike Loso. "It was an incredible and life-changing summer. I've continued to be drawn back to the wonderful WMC community," said Nate. On Nate's days off, you can typically find him trail running or packrafting down McCarthy Creek.

Tamara Egans Harper

Tamara joined the WMC in 2012 as coordinator of events at the Kennecott Recreation Hall, which WMC manages.  She's worked for WMC since then, helping with the Rec Hall and assisting with various administrative tasks.  She and her husband have lived in McCarthy since 2003 and she enjoys gardening, birdwatching, skiing, biking, hiking, cooking and welcoming guests to her tinycabin bed and breakfast during the summers.

Lara Applebaum - Youth Programs Director

lara@wrangells.org

Lara first came to McCarthy in 2007 and has directed youth programming for the Wrangell Mountains Center since 2011.  Lara teaches in Anchorage during the school year and enjoys spending the summers in McCarthy with her daughter.  She collaborates with artists, scientists, and educators to provide exploratory learning opportunities for children and their parents.

Sophie Litteé - Kitchen & Gardens Manager

Sophie first came to McCarthy in 2003 as a tour guide. She has returned every summer since to explore the mountains and rivers, participate in local events and to stay connected to the vibrant community. Sophie is creatively inspired by the natural environment and enjoys living, working and subsiting close to nature. She loves to grow vegetables and prepare food and is very excited to spend her entire summer in McCarthy this year nourishing those who come through the Wrangell Mountain Center.

Pauline Allen - Summer Intern

Pauline first came to McCarthy as a participant in the 2017 WMC college program. She studied Ecology at The Evergreen State College where she also ran for the Track and Field team. In her free time, Pauline enjoys playing music in community street bands. As someone who is excited about art, sciences, education, and the outdoors Pauline is happy to be returning to WMC.

Carson Smith-Saunders - Summer Intern

Carson is coming to McCarthy for the first time.  He is a student at Earlham College, where he is majoring in Peace and Global Studies, and works as the student manager of the college radio station.  In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, metalworking, and being outdoors.  Carson is interested in sustainable and community living and is excited to be heading to WMC.

 Nate Anderson  Photo: Hannah Rosenkrans

Nate Anderson

Photo: Hannah Rosenkrans

 Tamara Egans Harper

Tamara Egans Harper

 Lara Applebaum

Lara Applebaum

 Sophie Litteé

Sophie Litteé

 Pauline Allen

Pauline Allen

 Carson Smith-Saunders

Carson Smith-Saunders