|SEAN McNELIS — STAGE COORDINATOR
Sean is a carpenter who lives in Wilson, Wyoming with his wife and two rescue dogs, Dorito and Giblet. “They keep us plenty busy, and I can’t imagine having a kennel.” When not on the race circuit, Sean builds homes in Jackson, Wyoming. “I love the passion and dedication of the mushers, handlers, and everyone else which makes it easy to give my all to help ensure they have the best possible experience at our race. The race family is just that, and I have made friends for life even though we see each other only a week or two every year.”
|MATT REDWINE — TRAIL BOSS
Matt lives in Jackson, Wyoming with his wife Brook, and Louie, their dog. After many years of construction, guiding on the river, and being a volunteer firefighter, Matt found his dream career at Jackson Hole Fire/EMS. Frank Teasley recruited Redwine with the promise that “it’s a dog race and anything can (and will) happen. Redwine started as assistant trail sweep in 1993. John Welch was the Official Trail Boss then, and taught him everything he needed to know. His only advice, “Don’t screw this up, Redwine.”
“I love the compassion everyone shows for each other, and the sport of mushing,” says Redwine. “It’s a combination of Mother Nature’s elements, the Rocky Mountains, fierce competitors, rural communities and the world’s fastest dog teams!”
|CODY GRUBBS — TRAIL CREW
Cody has been a vital member of the Pedigree® Stage Stop Race Trail Crew for several years — so many he’s lost track. He's right hand man to Trail Boss, Matt Redwine. In fact, the whole family, including wife and young son, join in the fun of the Stage Stop Race, hosting a sled dog team, and participating in the festivities again this year.
Cody says that he’s always loved dogs. He lives in Alpine, Wyoming, where he owns and operates Grubbs Painting. He loves to hunt, fly fish with his family, and be outside as much as possible. He’s a hard worker who puts his family first. Cody loves the beautiful Wyoming back country, making friends with the race crew and mushers who’ve become part of his extended family, and, of course, the dogs.
|KATIE WILLIAMS — LEAD TEACHER
Katie is a fourth-grade teacher at Pinedale Elementary School in Pinedale, Wyoming. This is her 14th year teaching, and she absolutely loves her job. “My husband Randy and I have been the Chairs for the Pinedale Stage for the past four years and have enjoyed involving our community in this great race. I’ve also had the pleasure of working as the Lead Teacher for the race. The 2022 race season will be my fifth year as the Lead Teacher. I work with schools to get mushers into classrooms throughout Wyoming and Idaho and facilitate field trips out to the race in each of the communities we visit. It is an honor to be associated with such a wonderful display of sportsmanship and passion.”
|RANDY WILLIAMS — RACE TIMER
Randy lives with his wife, Katie, and children Maggie and Hayden, in Pinedale, Wyoming. In addition to being chair of the Pinedale Stage the last four years, Randy and Katie also work for the race — she is the Lead Teacher, and Randy is a Race Timer. "We are both lifelong residents of this great state, and have deep roots going back many generations here,” Randy says. "I greatly enjoy the outdoors and adventure. I spend my extra time hiking, hunting, mountain biking, skiing, and being a recreational pilot. We really enjoy helping with the race and having time with all the great competitors and crew."
|BOB HATTON — RACE MECHANIC
Bob is the official Pedigree® Stage Stop Race Mechanic. As he tells it, Frank Teasley's invitation was to become the mechanic and travel with the Stage Stop. "Bring your wife,” Frank said, “it might be like a vacation for the two of you!” The gullible Bob responded, “Sure, sounds like fun!” But it turned out that "it was all I could do to keep up with the taillights that didn't work, a generator that worked but lacked any voltage to run the race motorhome, the random flat tire on support vehicles and, then, there were the race's trail sleds. Well, that's a story in itself, but you get the idea."
For years Bob had repaired Frank's snowmobiles and ATVs at his shop in Jackson, Wyoming, so he was familiar with the equipment, even if he was a total novice at racing. "Joanna and I go on more traditional vacations now, but I’m still the Official Mechanic. It's my seventh year, and I enjoy it more than ever. Yes, I still stay pretty busy. If it can break, it will break. And I'll be ready when it does."
|KAELYN FRABLE — CONCESSIONS
This will be Kaelyn’s first official year working the race, although she’s been around the Stage Stop since she was nine. “I work at Lander Valley Animal Hospital, and am currently in school to be a Vet Tech. I have experience with the concessions trailer helping my mom for years behind the scenes,” Kaelyn says. “I’m excited to come onboard working concessions, and look forward to serving coffee, hot cocoa, and chili to many new people, and a lot I already know.”
|JEREMIAH RYAN — CONCESSIONS
Jeremiah and his wife Abby live in Riverton, Wyoming. He’s a maintenance worker at South Pass City State Historic Site. This will be Jeremiah’s first year with the Stage Stop family. “It will be great to meet everyone involved in the race. I’ve heard what it takes to do the job — many 5-gallon buckets of chili and soup, biscuits and gravy, and making two huge 110-cup pots of coffee in the wee morning hours.” When asked "are you up for an adventure?” Jeremiah replied, “I am!”