We partner with the Municipality of Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department on our programs and projects. This combination of public-private skills and resources makes our work more efficient and effective. The team is listening closely to community priorities and methodically chipping away at the long list of parks and trails in need of maintenance and rehabilitation.
Josh Durand, Director of Parks and Recreation
907.343.4427 | DurandJA@muni.org
Josh joined the Parks and Recreation planning department in October of 2010. Growing up in Anchorage, he spent his youth exploring and developing his appreciation and connection with outdoor places. This connection with the outdoors started his career path in the green industry that has ranged from residential landscape & garden improvements to million dollar outdoor pool facilities.
Josh received a B.S. degree in landscape horticulture after leaving degree paths in fine arts and landscape architecture. Upon graduating he worked in the landscape design industry in the greater Denver area for the first 1o years of his career. Now he truly enjoys his daily tasks of improving the outdoor assets that he, his family and the entire Anchorage community are blessed with.
He can often be found at his favorite park Lyn Ary observing how users appreciate the park and its connection the coastal trail. This activity stays true to his mantra that to design successfully you must constantly observe.
Maeve Nevins, Senior Park Planner
907.343.4135 | NevinsMV@muni.org
As a young competitive “extreme” skier, Maeve had always dreamed of living in Alaska. Her dream became a reality when she relocated from Colorado to Alaska to pursue her passion for outdoor adventure balanced by her career as a Park Planner.
When it comes to trails, plazas and technical slopes, she knows first-hand what it takes to construct them from the bedrock to the surface. Her previous professional experiences as a “hard-hat” wearing excavation laborer on landscape, utility and road crews lead her to a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University. From there, Maeve gained valuable design skills with an international resort landscape architecture firm. She went on to work as a rangeland technician alongside ecologists and biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and most recently she was with a leading trail engineering design firm.
Maeve has been a nationally published writer with topics that vary from edible landscapes to an interview with a former member of the UK Parliament. When not working on park or trail projects she can be found playing on the Kincaid Park singletrack trails with her English Springer Spaniel or skiing under the full moon in the Chugach backcountry.
Tom Korosei, Land Manager
Tom has been in Alaska and with the Parks and Recreation Department for over nine years, with background experience and education in planning and land use. He believes in the importance of outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone—opportunities that start with a healthy environment and safe, public spaces. His favorite park is Delaney—an oasis in downtown Anchorage, with great potential.
Steve Rafuse, Park Superintendent
Steve joined the Parks and Recreation planning department in July of 2013. Inspired by Anchorage’s unique balance of nature and urban environment, Steve enjoys the endless possibilities for year round recreation available right out his backdoor. Originally from northern Virginia, Steve attended the University of Utah where he studied economics. After finishing his studies, Steve moved to Alaska where he divided his time between working seasonally and traveling abroad as a freelance photographer. Steve’s travels have taken him on countless adventures from living in a remote village in Nepal to hitchhiking across Patagonia. In 2013, Steve received a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. He brings with him a wealth of professional and life experience. Steve specializes in environmental and natural resource planning, project management and public engagement.
Taylor Keegan, Park Planner
Taylor joined the planning team in June 2015 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the College of Wooster and her Master of Landscape Architecture from Temple University with special focus in ecological restoration and public lands. Taylor has a diverse résumé; most recently working for the Botany department in Denali National Park and Yukon Charley National Preserve, which established her love for the Alaskan wilderness. While pursuing her MLA, she worked on landscape performance metrics with storm water management within Philadelphia, waterfront redevelopment in Reading, Pennsylvania, and streambank restoration projects across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Her goal as a landscape architect is to use an interdisciplinary approach to create spaces for people to become more involved with their communities and the environment by utilizing community outreach, ecology, and design. She has specific interest in using spatial data systems to improve asset management and incorporating adaptive management strategies into design. Taylor describes herself as “farm-raised, mountain-climbing, sunshine-praising, and urban-dwelling” and can be found riding her bike on the Coastal Trail or in Kincaid, running around Far North Bicentennial Park, or hiking up one of the many trails in the front range of Chugach State Park.
Brad Muir, Natural Resource Manager
Brad joined the team in October 2015. He is originally from Washington D.C., but after a ski trip to Utah as a high school student, he fell in love with real mountains and the West. Since then, he has lived in Utah, Montana, Arizona, Washington State, and Ecuador before moving to the great state of Alaska. With degrees in Environmental Studies and Communications, Brad worked with the Bureau of Land Management in Anchorage as an Outdoor Recreation Planner and an Environmental Educator from 2002 to 2015 with a five year break as a Ranger in the Washington State Parks system. He is excited to be part of an energetic team that is focused on improving Anchorage Parks and Trails, and Anchorage as a whole.
Cathy Janigo, Citywide Events
Cathy raised her son and daughter playing and exploring within the parks and trails of Anchorage. Her background in sales & marketing of Alaska tourism combined with experience planning events within multiple industries creates a strong foundation for her to lead community events in new and creative directions. As an event coordinator, she helped develop the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Alaska and created the décor for The Duct Tape Ball for 15 years which raised over a million dollars for Anchorage charities. Cathy looks forward to bringing her expertise and creativity to the table of professionals within the Anchorage Parks & Recreation department and the Anchorage Park Foundation.