Wrangell Mountains Center Staff


Stef Tschappat - Executive Director

stefanie@wrangells.org - (907) 554-4464

Stef began working as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountains Center (WMC) in August 2018. Stef originally came to McCarthy in 2004 to work as a mountain guide.  She and her husband have a homestead on Long Lake (15 miles outside of McCarthy) where they are raising their 3 young daughters, teaching them the joys and rewards of subsistence living.  Stef's extensive experience in outdoor and science education, along with her passion for the arts, and her love of the Wrangell Mountains make her a leading addition to the WMC team.

Nate Anderson  Photo: Hannah Rosenkrans

Nate Anderson

Photo: Hannah Rosenkrans


 Tamara Egans Harper - administrative assistant

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.

Tamara Egans Harper

Tamara Egans Harper


Lara Applebaum - Youth Programs Director


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.


Lara Applebaum

Lara Applebaum


Sophie Litteé - Kitchen & Gardens Manager, Field Studies Coordinator


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 subsisting close to nature. She loves to grow vegetables and prepare food, and is excited to spend her second summer nourishing those who come through the Wrangell Mountains Center. In addition, she is the winter Field Studies coordinator and recruiter, working with staff at Evergreen State College to bring college students to the Wrangells for a life-changing summer program.

Sophie Litteé

Sophie Litteé


Banner Photo: Nina Elder