The Waterfall Group leadership team that manages Waterfall Resort formed in 1980, when they converted the historic Waterfall Cannery into a high end, all inclusive Alaska fishing lodge. Ken Dole came to Waterfall Resort in 1980 and assumed the role as President and Managing Partner in 1984 along with two other General Partners, Ken Abe and Marj Boyd, from Hawaii. Since then Waterfall Resort has gone on to host over 50,000 guests, making it the most popular fishing lodge in Alaska. And we’ve put that experience to good use.
For more than 30 years now, Waterfall Resort has assembled a strong, professional crew committed to running the day-to-day operations and providing you with the best in service and warm Alaskan hospitality. The long-standing tenure of dedicated, expert staff is due to the pride we take in providing the best sport fishing experience in SE Alaska – from the knowledgeable guiding to maintaining the historic property to professionally processing all the fish you take home. Our guests let us know it’s our team that makes the difference, and we’re pleased to have earned a 99% customer satisfaction rating. Perhaps that is why so many of our guests return to Waterfall Resort year after year.
Waterfall Group – Leadership Team
Ken Dole, President and Managing Partner – 32 years
Steve Cockrell, General Manager / 7 years
Marcella Bettis, Director of Sales & Marketing / 1 year
Waterfall Resort – Operations
Scott McKelvey, Operations Manager / 20 years
Timothy Chappell, Executive Chef / 2 years
Ron Koch, Bartender / 22 years
John Takata, Lead Guide / 18 years
Colleen Cockrell, General Store Supervisor / 7 years
Glenn “Babe” Wilks, Maintenance Supervisor / 7 years
Brigitte Malessa, Airlines Supervisor/ 1 year
Katie Skogen, Housekeeping Supervisor / 1 year
Whit Micek, Dockhand & Fishcutting Supervisor / 8 years
Marketing, Reservations and Group Sales
Chuck Baird, Group Sales & Business Development / 24 years
Mike Dooley, Reservations Manager / 23 years
Nola McCamy, Reservations Coordinator / 6 years
Geoff Stevens, Marketing Manager / 2 years
Carol Stoop, Marketing Administrator / 2 years
Pat Leary, Controller – 27 years
Melvin Newbill, Accounting – 28 years
Martha McAlpin, Accounts Payable – 23 years
Contact Us to receive more information about Waterfall Resort, or call toll free: 800.544.5125.
In the early 1900's, Waterfall was the largest salmon packing plant on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island. Like most canneries in Alaska, this remote operation on the Ulloa Channel was a complete, self- sufficient, temporary community. When the season was over, all but a few workers departed until the next summer's migration.