Don Kiely
Operations Director

Don oversees the day-to-day operations of The Folk School, including managing class registrations, memberships, finances, and the Pioneer Park facilities.

Don claims that he doesn’t have many outdoors skills, but he sure spends a lot of time outdoors. He is an avid ultramarathoner (middle of the pack), trail runner, whitewater paddler, fatbiking cabin hopper, snowshoer and Nordic skier. He and his partner Carol Kleckner used to mush and skijor a lot, but are down to only 4 dogs (after having 31 for years). Don and Carol live in a kennel…literally.

Don is a software geek, spending most of the last couple decades of his working life writing software, doing technical writing, speaking at software development conferences, and teaching technical classes.

(Photo above is of Don as Beethoven in the Beat Beethoven 5K — photo by Todd Paris.)

Kerri Hamos
Programs Director

Kerri is in charge of expanding and overseeing programs and classes for kids and adults, recruiting new instructors, promoting The Folk School in the community, and seeking support from many sources to support our mission.

You may have seen Kerri around The Folk School in the last couple of years, co-directing last year’s summer camp, volunteering, or teaching the Autumn Roots class. Kerri has a background in recreation management and elementary education, and has been involved in fundraising and event planning for various local organizations. She is a homeschooling mom to three children, and thoroughly enjoys camping, hiking, traveling and other outdoor pursuits, along with knitting and embroidery.


Maia Jones
Media and Communications Consultant

Maia JonesMaia has been a part of The Folk School since it’s very conception and has been doing her best to help the website meet the needs of the quickly growing Folk School community. She also publishes the weekly e-newsletter and manages our Facebook page.

Born and raised in Denali and Fairbanks, she now lives in western Oregon with her husband and two young daughters, but spends as much time in Alaska as possible. She enjoys working and creating with her hands in many capacities and loves to spend time outdoors exploring, hiking, and playing with her daughters.