Meet the Team

GoNorth! is about team work.

Over time, on these pages you can meet the team members who will be traveling to Beringia in Alaska - or the Beagle Strait in South America!

Mille and Jora will be traveling the full length of this adventure learning expedition by dogteam throughout Beringia, both for the Hope Race in Chukotka (Russia) and along the Northslope on the coast of the Arctic Ocean in Alaska (USA). Aleks will join the team to dogsled in Alaska.

Christine will work with youth during her extended stays in Alaskan communities.

Last, Chris and Tasha are our teacher / student team heading to the other end of the Americas to sail the Beagle Channel onboard the research vessel the Sea Dragon!

To meet the Polar Husky team members go to the Kennel


Make sure to meet the sponsors of GoNorth!
without whom there would
be no program!


...And keep in mind, to deliver involves the dedication and skills of all members of Team GoNorth!, and team members are by no means just the people on the trail.

That includes both Education and Expedition Basecamp managed by Tiffany Simonsen, and James Chick as well as the many people that work tirelessly behind the scenes; those that support the program helping out with specific tasks to Polar Husky sitters, supporting government agencies -- and not least the incredible students and teachers around the world taking part in the program.

Together, we all make it happen! Thank you!



Mille PorsildMille Porsild

Expedition Leader, Executive Director

Country: Denmark       Born: Copenhagen, Denmark

Age: 37 Height: 5'9 Weight: 122 lbs

Bio Interview


Christine GermanoChristine Germano

Expedition team member

Country: Canada        Born: Scarborough, Canada

Age: 41 Height: 5'2 Weight: 135 lbs



Chris Ripken

Chris Ripken

Expedition team member. Teacher Explorer

Country: United States   Born: Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

Age: 38 Height: 5'11 Weight: 170 lbs

Bio   Interview

Joar UlsomJoar Leifseth Ulsom

Expedition team member

Country: Norway        Born: Mo i Rana, Norway

Age: 24  Height: 6'2 Weight: 167 lbs

Bio    Interview

Tasha ErdingTasha Erding

Expedition team member, Student Explorer

Country: USA        Born: Lino Lakes, Minnesota

Age: 15 Height: 5'6 Weight: 115 lbs


Aleksander FjellvangAleks Fjellvang

Expedition team member

Country: Norway        Born: Mo i Rana

Age: 24 Height: 6'0 Weight: 170 lbs