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Alaska Huts Staff


Adam Thomas: Manitoba Hut Keeper

Adam is an avid outdoors enthusiast who began his career in outdoor recreation, conservation, and education in 2020. Since then Adam has worked in outdoor industries in New Hampshire, Colorado, and Alaska. Currently, Adam works for the Forest Service working on spruce beetle management, and the Alaska Huts Association maintains the facilities so that others can enjoy the Alaskan backcountry.







Amanda Sweeting: Social Media and Communications Manager

Amanda grew up on the coast of California but Alaska has been her home for the last eight years. She has worked in marketing for non-profits for the last decade and is also a former Alaskan outdoor guide. Her passions include packrafting, reading, film photography, and having outdoor adventures with her dog. She hopes to use her digital skills to give back to the wild Alaskan landscapes that have given her a home.



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Philip Swiny: Executive Director

In 1999, Philip signed on as a trail crew leader for a conservation youth program and has worn countless hats in his outdoor career since. Recent positions were Director of Facilities for the American Alpine Club (AAC) and Director of Safety & Operations for the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), two of the larger member-based outdoor non-profits in the country. He is excited to join the Alaska Huts’ Association team and continue to add to the solid foundation that past staff and volunteers have built.



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Sam Lilly: Development and Grants Manager

Despite being born and raised a Hoosier, Sam is a flourishing example of an “Alaskan transplant.” Since putting down roots in 2020 when her two-month vacation turned into a new adventure, Sam has found fulfillment in non-profit work that gives back to Alaska’s public lands and those who recreate them. As a stewardess of community and the outdoors, she is eager to connect with new people and places, further sharing and enhancing the Alaska Huts’ mission.