The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race has a new Executive Director – Yukon.
Natalie Haltrich, who was previously Vice-President of the Yukon Board of Directors, was chosen for the position and will start in July. In addition to her experience on the board, Haltrich also managed the Carmacks checkpoint for the past two years, and was a handler for musher Abbie West in the 2013 race.
Haltrich has a strong background in management, including work as Program Director for a Vancouver-based program dedicated to the development of leadership and social responsibility in youth, Catching the Spirit (CTS) Youth Society. Most recently, Haltrich was Office Manager at Nahanni River Adventures.
“On behalf of the Yukon Board of Directors, I would like to welcome Natalie as our new Executive Director,” said Board President Michael Peterson. “We are very grateful that someone with her race knowledge and management background has committed to joining our team. Natalie brings the experience, dedication and enthusiasm that we were looking for.”
Haltrich says being on the board for the past year has given her insight into the Quest’s sponsorship and administrative needs, as well as the many teams and partnerships that need to function in union for the organization to be successful.
“In addition, I take pride in knowing I helped turn the Carmacks checkpoint around, rebuilding a connection between the race and the community. I am no stranger to challenge – in fact, it drives me – and I look forward to the opportunity of building a sustainable Yukon Quest organization for the mushing community and beyond.”
The 33rd Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race starts February 6, 2016 in Fairbanks.