• Zachariah J. Kaiser, D.V.M. CHIEF VETERINARIAN

    Dr. Kaiser was born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, and family time with his wife and four boys.

    After high school, he worked as a welder mechanic at Air Liquide for 10 years. Choosing to pursue his passion, a career in Veterinary Medicine, he returned to school and graduated from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Upon returning to Alaska, Dr. Kaiser opened a mixed animal, house call veterinary practice with a focus on dogs, cats, and horses. He enjoys the personalized, one-on-one, low stress care he provides in the comfort of his clients homes and barns.

    Zachariah J. Kaiser, D.V.M.
    The Mobile Moose

  • Robert Sexton RACE MANAGER

    I’ve been mushing dogs since 2001. I started out running dog teams in Idaho, Montana, and Washington. I began competitively racing smaller sprint races. From there I expanded to mid-distance races. I enjoy the sport and eventually running long distances is one of my goals. I dedicated a substantial amount of my time to volunteering. I founded an Alaska non-profit group called Ikidarod. This is a non-profit organization that offers free sled dog rides to children with disabilities.

    I took over as Race Manager of the Knik 200 in 2012. A few years later, I added the Knik 100 race and named it in honor of Bruce Braden who managed the K200 for many years until his passing.


    In addition to building and updating the Knik’s official website and Facebook page, Jennifer oversees media communications. She updates the Knik’s social media and during the race she also shoots video and takes official race photos of teams and volunteers.

    Jennifer earned her private pilot’s license with a night rating in Canada’s Yukon Territory. In addition to flying, she enjoys hunting and fishing when she manages to sneak away from her day job as CEO of Ground Effect Media.

  • Harry Caldwell
    Harry Caldwell RACE MARSHAL
  • Jennifer Cicali, D.V.M. (Dr. Jenn) VETERINARIAN

    Dr. Cicali (“Dr. Jenn”) joined ACVC in July 2016 after graduating from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her veterinary training, Dr. Jenn worked as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Durham VA Medical Center as a clinical microbiologist and lead parasitologist; she has a B.S. in Chemistry from Wingate University, and she completed her B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2008.

    Dr. Jenn found herself in Alaska after numerous trips to the state growing up and two externships in the Mat-Su Valley during her final year of veterinary school. Dr. Jenn spends most of her free time spoiling her critters: Rogue & Rudy (German shepherds), Maggie (pitbull mix), Scrappy (mini Schnauzer mix), Hermione (Great Dane), and Gandalf, a Bearded Dragon. Dr. Jenn is an avid runner.  She also enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.

  • Kit Braden
    Kit Braden CHECKER

    Kit Braden has been a volunteer of the Knik sled dog races since 1999. In 2002, along with her husband Bruce Braden, Kit co-managed the races until 2012 when Robert Sexton took over.

    Along with her husband Bruce, Kit trained sled dogs for many years. She now enjoys organic gardening and building log cabins.

    The Knik 100 Bruce Baden sled dog race is named in honor of Kit’s late husband.

  • DeeDee Jonrowe RACE JUDGE

    DeeDee Jonrowe began mushing in 1979. DeeDee has won numerous awards for the care of her dogs throughout her career, including the best-cared for team, the best dog care award (given by staff veterinarians), the dog’s best friend award, and the Iditarod’s Alaska Airlines Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for excellence in dog care.

    DeeDee Jonrowe is the foremost female dog musher competing in the world today. She has both the fastest time of any woman in the history of the Iditarod and 14 top ten finishes in her career. Her second place finish in 1998 was the fifth fastest Iditarod time ever recorded at that point. In addition to the Iditarod, DeeDee has competed and won most major dog sledding races throughout her career, including the Copper Basin 300, Klondike 300 and the John Beargrease sled dog marathon. 

  • Terry Langholz
    Terry Langholz Head Checker

    Terry Langholz has been a checker for the Knik 200 race since it started back in 1984. In 2017, Terry was named as the honorary musher for his many years of service to the race and for all his hard work and dedication.

  • Maxfield (Max) Hawks
    Maxfield (Max) Hawks Husky Wrangler

    Maxfield (Max) Hawks was born and raised in the Yukon Territory of Canada. He spent much of his youth cavorting with a number of husky puppies who in later years would become top 20 finisher Iditarod team members. Now 7, Max is a proud volunteer of the Knik 200 & 100 sled dog races and feels it’s an honor to support the Iditarod and Yukon Quest competitors of the future.

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