Benner is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Alaska in 1998 with her husband, 4 children and 3 dogs. She lived in Juneau where she volunteered with the Juneau Raptor Center for over 20 years, rescuing and caring for hundreds of bald eagles and other birds. She helped educate school children throughout SE Alaska on the importance of conservation and protection of bald eagle habitat. She served on the board of directors in many capacities including Education Chair, Operations and Vice President. She managed a medical practice before taking on the role of manager at the raptor center. She briefly moved to Wasilla and is now happy to call Haines home.

As executive director, her duties include providing leadership to the staff, overseeing fundraising and program development and furthering the mission set by the board of directors. Aside from these responsibilities, she will also be providing a personalized tour at the foundation, based on her years of experience with bald eagles.

In her spare time, Benner is a plein air oil painter, loves being out in nature and spending time with her family.

Kathy can be reached at