Janelle Curtis- Herd Manager
Born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania, Janelle Curtis grew up on a family run dairy, beef and sheep farm. Upon graduating high school Janelle sought all the adventure that Alaska has to offer and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While attending school she was introduced to musk ox for the first time while working as a student worker at the Large Animal Research Station. Janelle has been working at the farm as herd manager since spring of 2011. Since her arrival at the farm Janelle has been working to implement low-stress animal handling techniques with the musk ox. The most rewarding part of her job is working with the calves and watching them grow into happy, productive members of the herd.
Dani Biersteker-Education Programming Coordinator
Dani was born and raised in Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources emphasis in Wildlife and Fisheries from Northland College. After graduation she worked for several years as a GIS technician before deciding to go back to school to pursue her passion for wildlife education. Dani completed a one year, place-based education graduate program with Teton Science Schools in Wyoming before fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving to Alaska by transferring to Alaska Pacific University to finish her Master's in Outdoor and Environmental Education. Her work revolved around discovering attributes to successful wildlife education. Dani came to the Farm in the winter of 2015. The most rewarding part of her job is being able to share the farms amazing project and animals with all our visitors and students!