Staff of Marine Exchange of Alaska

Captain Ed Page, Executive Director

Direct Line: (907) 463-5078

Captain Page is a 1972 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy who served in the Coast Guard for 29 years after graduation.  He started his career sailing Atlantic, Pacific and Alaska waters and later in marine safety and operational assignments on the West Coast and Alaska.  He was assigned as Captain of the Port and Group Commander for the Los Angeles/Long Beach region and subsequently served as the Chief of Marine Safety and Environmental Protection for the Coast Guard Pacific Area.  He retired from the Coast Guard in 2001 and founded the Marine Exchange of Alaska in Juneau.  Ed has lived in Alaska for 25 years and is an avid kayaker, sailor, skier and hiker.

Captain Bill Benning, Chief Technical Officer

Direct Line: (907) 463-3937

Bill is a 23 year graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard. He served as a Communications Technician (Radioman) onboard the Icebreaker WESTWIND and Buoytender BITTERSWEET, as a Distress Communications Technician at Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and Coast Guard Group Southwest Harbor, Maine, as a Communications Center Section Supervisor on the Commander Seventeenth Coast Guard District Staff in Juneau, Alaska, as the Communications Supervisor at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, Alaska, as the Communications and Security Officer at Marine Safety Office Philadelphia, PA, and finally as the Communications Manager for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska. Bill has been a Licensed Merchant Marine Officer since 1994 and he currently holds a 100 Ton Masters License. He has been on staff at the Marine Exchange of Alaska since December of 2001.


Brett Farrell, Assistant Director

Direct Line: (907) 463-4640

Brett joined the Marine Exchange in April 2006 after a career that spanned more than 21 years in the Coast Guard. Brett served in various afloat shipboard engineering assignments. Two of those assignments were aboard the Coast Guard cutter STORIS in Kodiak and on the Coast Guard cutter ALEX HALEY homeported in Kodiak as well. He also served at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Port Arthur, Texas and on the staff of the Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau.



Ken Phillips, Compliance Manager

Direct line: (907) 463 3159

Originally from Arvada, Colorado, Ken joined the Marine Exchange in July 2013 after more than 22 years in the Coast Guard.  Ken spent time in Oregon, Wisconsin, Texas and Washington, DC but the majority of his Coast Guard time was spent at Alaska units in Anchorage, Kenai and Juneau.  Ken’s background is primarily Marine Safety and Inspection, he wrapped up his Coast Guard career as the Supervisor of the Marine Inspection Detachment in Singapore.  The Marine Exchange fit perfectly into his plan to return him and his family to Alaska permanently.

Don Bodron, Special Projects Manager

Direct Line (907) 463 1290

Don is a 1967 graduate of the New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. He served 28 years in the U.S. Coast Guard with various engineering assignments onboard high endurance and medium endurance Coast Guard cutters. He held different assignments in the Marine Safety Program in Seattle, Washington, Anchorage, Alaska and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He served as Captain of the Port and Officer in Charge Marine Inspection in San Juan Puerto Rico and as Officer in Charge Marine Inspection in Houston Texas. He also was Chief of the Marine Safety Division of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska and Marine Safety Advisor to the Panama Canal Commission before retiring from the Coast Guard in 1995.

Kristin Cadigan McAdoo, Finance Manager

Direct Line (907) 463 4669

Kristin, daughter of a retired Coast Guard Captain,  was raised in Juneau after transferring here when she was 10 years old.   After graduating from JDHS, she went to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Computer Systems.  Subsequently, she worked in Arizona and in Illinois before moving back home in 2001 to manage her family's business.  With a keen interest in Accounting and Finance, she joined the Marine Exchange in the fall of 2010.  Kristin enjoys photography, cooking, traveling, boating, and especially spending time with her husband and children.


Jonathan Wood, Assistant Finance Manager

Telephone: (907) 463-4650

Originally from Kentucky, Jonathan joined the Marine Exchange staff in May 2014. After graduating from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY in 2004 with an Economics degree, Jonathan spent a few years working with a local wealth management team at UBS Financial Services. When a career based around the stock market lost its luster, he decided to pursue his passion for the outdoors by relocating to Southeast Alaska and taking a job as a rafting guide in the spring of 2007. This “temporary summer vacation” turned into a 6+ year career in the outdoor industry working in such capacities as a mountain/raft guide, wilderness therapy field instructor and tour manager. In 2013, Jonathan hung up his guide hat and relocated to Juneau and, shortly thereafter, joined the Marine Exchange team.

Ed Mayer, Innovative Technology Specialist

Telephone (907) 463-2607

A graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York, Ed joined the Marine Exchange in the fall of 2010. He brings a wealth of marine electronics experience to the Marine Exchange. While employed by G.A. International Electric Corporation he traveled the world installing, troubleshooting and repairing shipboard electronics, radar systems, Inmarsat C systems, Voyage Data Recorders and Sperry Marine Systems on everything from cruise ships to cargo vessels to sailing yachts. Ed is pictured here conducting a spectrum analysis at Point Barrow, where the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas meet. Ed enjoys hiking and kayaking and has maintained his home in Juneau for the past five years.

Rick Sypeck, Administrative Assistant

Telephone: (907) 463-2607

Rick has lived in Alaska for 20 years. Originally from Miami, Florida, he moved to Alaska after serving in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years.  While in the Marines he was stationed in California, North Carolina, and Okinawa, Japan as a Field Radio Operator, spending a portion of his time in Japan aboard the USS Blue Ridge.  After leaving the military, he moved to Fairbanks and worked for DHL Worldwide Express and recently worked with Holland America/Princess here in Juneau. Rick has been a Big Brother with the Big Brother/Big Sisters program here in Southeast Alaska, which helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships.  He loves walking to the face of the glacier in winter and playing Guitar Hero with his kids.

Shawn Mauldin, Operations Manager

Cell (907) 419 8858

Shawn hails from Valdez. He spent 24 years with the Coast Guard, patrolling Southeast Alaska aboard the Coast Guard Cutter ANACAPA, navigating the Inside Passage as a DWO on the STORIS, experiencing the Bering Sea aboard the STORIS, JARVIS and CHASE, and even making a couple open ocean transits to Hawaii, the last of which landed him on the shores of Guam, Singapore and Thailand. After earning his Masters in Info Systems, he returned to Alaska as the CG District 17 Command Center Chief, overseeing the multi-missioned, 24-hour watch in Juneau. To improve maritime domain awareness, he traveled to Moscow and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, brokering Border Service cooperation in managing the Arctic “Donut Hole”. The last 5 years of his career were focused on overseeing the CG’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System contract, developing, prototyping and deploying AIS to the Lower 48. Shawn first started working with the Marine Exchange team in 2005, and a decade later, he transitioned to full time employment.


Bryan Hinderberger, Field Technician

Direct Line: (907)957-0038


Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  Bryan grew up an avid sports fan going to both St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues sporting events.  Bryan attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he attained a degree in finance.  During his college career Bryan came to visit AK and see what sorts of adventures there were to be had.  That was 7 years ago and he has made sure to make Alaska a part of each of those previous 7 years.  Bryan has tried his luck as a mountain guide, attempted to become a bush pilot and recently worked as a ski patrol member at Alyeska Resort.  Bryan is excited to join the Marine Exchange of Alaska team and believes the work will provide him with not only the adventure he is looking for but the long term goals of making Alaska his permanent home.  


Nick Hatch, Field Technician

Direct Line: (907) 463 3986

Originally from Massachusetts, Nick joined the Marine Exchange technical staff in March 2013. After  graduating from the University of Vermont, Nick headed west to Oregon State University where he obtained a Master’s in Biology. He has lived in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii and worked as a biologist for various federal agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service. He holds a 100 ton U.S. Coast Guard master’s license and also worked in Southeast Alaska as a mate on The Boat Company’s small eco tourist  passenger vessel MIST COVE. Nick enjoys all types of outdoor activities and the ability to travel to the unique destinations in Alaska where he installs and services the Marine Exchange’s AIS sites.

Jen Karnik, Operations Watch Supervisor

Telephone (907) 463-3064

Jen likely acquired her wanderlust and fascination with underwater acoustics from her father, a former Navy submarine sonarman. Her interests in marine biologics and ecological soundscapes have prompted a number of research projects from studying killer whale vocal development in San Diego, to quantifying tidal power potential in New Zealand, to detailing habitat use of Southern right and Bryde’s whales in South Africa, and investigating harbor seal and vessel interactions in Tracy Arm Fjord. She grew up in a variety of coastal communities in California, Washington, and Hawaii, but has happily made Juneau her homeport for the last 13 years. She loves adventuring with her husband, kayaking, bodysurfing, snowboarding, stargazing, fine literature, and absurd movies. Jen is proud to assist in the Marine Exchange’s mission and eager to learn from its operations.

Leo DeMeo, Maritime Information Specialist

Telephone: (907) 463-3064

Leo served 20 years in the US Army with a variety of assignments including communications systems installation and repair, maintenance management, and security management. After retiring in 1995 he moved to Juneau where he worked 8 years for the State of Alaska in various positions including Alaska Marine Highways reservations, travel claims settlement, and computer help desk with the Alaska State Legislative Affairs Agency. Looking for more fun in his jobs he left State employment and worked as a construction laborer, a parts manager for an electrical contractor, and an office manager for a whale watching company before bringing his “Renaissance Man” set of skills to work with the Marine Exchange of Alaska in December of 2004. Leo is an avid sport fisherman who spends an average of 30 days a year on the water fishing for King crab, halibut, rockfish, salmon, and shrimp. Leo received his Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis on Computer Information Systems degree in 2004 from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.


Michael Patterson, Maritime Information Specialist

Telephone: (907) 463-3064

Michael has lived in Alaska 25 years.  Born in Virginia his family moved after his father, an army staff sergeant, was stationed in Delta Junction.  Raised in Juneau, Michael graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2000 and went on to attend the Univ. of Ak. Southeast as well as the Univ. of Ak Anchorage, pursuing a degree in Business Finance.  Michael is currently enrolled in the University of Phoenix's IT program, working toward earning his degree in computer science.  Michael volunteers  with the local chapter of the Black Awareness Association(BAA), taking on mc duties at their annual events.  In his free  time he enjoys reading, all things basketball, going to the cinema,  spending time with friends, and occasional trips to the rock wall.



Rob Mayer, Maritime Information Specialist

Telephone: (907) 463-3064

Rob joined the U. S. Air Force right out of High School. As a Communication Systems Radio Operator he served his first year at Clark Air Base Philippines in support of the Strategic Air Command. In 1991 the Air Base was evacuated as part of Operation Fiery Vigil, after which he became a member of the 1st Special Operation Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Over the next five years Rob provided voice and data communication between Commanders and Air Assets any time any place. Rob moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1996 where computers and networking became his primary career focus. By 2000, he had attained industry certifications from Microsoft and Cisco. For the next fifteen years he was involved in the design and support of Local and Wide Area Networks for enterprise level corporations including AT&T, The Department of Defense Information Systems Agency, and MasterCard.  Rob joins his father and brother as a resident of Juneau. He plans to spend a lot of time on the trails of Juneau and also enjoys watching and photographing marine life.


Jessica Dreibelbis, Maritime Information Specialist

Telephone (907) 463 3064

Jessica joined the Marine Exchange in March of 2016. A retired dairy farmer,  she has owned, operated & managed various successful businesses over the years.  She has done everything from designing websites to an automotive detailing business to 1800's building restorations.  She has also held both federal and state employment. She is truly a Jill of all trades!  She highly enjoys the outdoors, hiking, gardening, hunting, fishing and shooting.    


Shelby Martin, Maritime Information Specialist

Telephone (907) 463 3064

Originally from the small farm town of Galesburg, IL, Shelby, joined the Marine Exchange in April 2016. After graduating with a film degree from Point Loma Nazarene University, she worked for DreamWorks Animation SKG for 4 years in Los Angeles. After being laid off, she wanted a change from the busy city life and made the move to Juneau, Alaska. It was here where she discovered her passion for the maritime industry. Just last year she was granted her 100 ton Captain’s license and in the summer months works as a charter fishing captain. In her spare time she enjoys taking her boat out commercial hand trolling for salmon. During the winter she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and running a Christmas tree business with her brother.


Erik Bachmann, Maritime Information Specialist

Telephone (907) 463-3064

Erik began his nautical career at an early age of 7 months when his parents purchased a Nor’Sea 27 sailboat. Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, his family spent summers on the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. He left the state in 2003 to pursue a degree in Geology from Montana State University. After spending time in Montana and Utah enjoying the skiing and mountain biking, he returned to Alaska working as a mining geologist and state geologist. Feeling the call of the sea once more, his wife, dog, and he spent the last 3 years refitting and sailing an old 36 ft sailboat from California to Mexico, across to Hawaii, and ultimately to Juneau, AK. In all, a journey of some 15,000 sea miles. He now holds a USCG captains license and is excited to explore more of the waters of Southeast Alaska.







Zoe Page, Ship's Dog

Telephone: (907) 463 2607

Zoe joined the Marine Exchange in the beginning of 2011. Since joining the Marine Exchange Zoe has become a permanent member of the crew of the CLEAT, the Marine Exchange's AIS Test, Maintenance and Resupply Vessel. Zoe has made all voyages in the CLEAT to many destinations in Southeast Alaska including Haines, Skagway, Eldred Rock, Cape Decision, Point Baker etc. When not engaged in marine operations Zoe usually can be found sleeping on the deck in one of the Marine Exchange offices or under the desk of the Executive Director.