Our Team


Left to Right: Todd Keller, Brian Joslin, Ky, Lisa, Brian Mack, and Elsa.

Ky Koitzsch, founder of Alces Post and Beam, has had over 20 years of timber framing experience, both owning his own company and apprenticing with other timber framers. He originally came to the Mad River Valley to coach alpine skiing and teach math and science at the Green Mountain Valley School. He attended the University of Vermont where he received a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. His graduate work focused on moose habitat and ecology in Vermont. His primary interest in wildlife is predator/prey interactions and he has worked in Yellowstone National Park and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan studying gray wolves and their prey. In his free time, he enjoys Nordic and backcountry skiing, cycling, deer hunting, backpacking, and tracking & photographing wildlife. Ky lives in Fayston with his wife, Lisa, and their dog Elsa.

Brian Mack, a native Vermonter who was raised in Sharon, came to Alces Post and Beam with a formal education in Civil Engineering and a Professional Engineer license. He graduated from the University of Vermont, where he and Ky were college friends. Brian worked for several engineering firms in Albany, NY, and Burlington, VT, before coming to work in Waitsfield. He now resides in a beautiful Alces Post and Beam home in Northfield with his wife Heather and their children Emily and Benjamin. They can often be found riding the VAST snowmobile trails or downhill skiing at one of the local ski areas.

Todd Keller has over 25 years of carpentry experience and has worked with Alces Post and Beam since its inception. Originally from Pennsylvania, he is a childhood friend of Ky's and moved to the Mad River Valley in 1995 to work at the Green Mountain Valley School as Maintenance Coordinator. Todd served for 4 years with the Special Forces in the Marine Corps. He is married to Jess and they have a daughter, Cheyenne. They live in Waitsfield with their two pit bulls, Duncan and Sierra, and their cat Makita. When he is not working on a Late Model race car (Todd is a pit crew member at Thunder Road, a local race track), he spends his time outdoors with family and friends.

Brian Joslin is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Biological Sciences and an 8th generation Waitsfield resident. A talented guitar player and master gardener, he has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and in Australia, New Zealand, S. America and the Caribbean. Brian is an avid photographer and is interested in wildlife, sustainable agriculture and alternative energy sources. He enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking and scuba diving. He and his wife Tracy, an accomplished marathoner, live in Waitsfield with their dogs, Rocky and Cody.
Dan von Trapp was raised on his family's dairy farm in Waitsfield, Vermont. He attended Harwood Union High School and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2004 with a degree in Forestry and Plant & Soil Science. He and his brother operate von Trapp Farmstead, an artisan cheese making operation on the family's farm. Dan built a timber frame barn to house the operation. When Dan isn't working at Alces or in the cheese shop at the farm, he enjoys skiing, playing ice hockey and soccer, extreme sledding and spending time with his girlfriend, Jordan.
Thomas Littlehales has been designing custom homes for over 20 years and has been working with Alces Post & Beam from its inception. Tom came to Vermont in the early 80's in pursuit of winter sports and spent several years at a major ski resort in central Vermont serving in many capacities from teaching skiing to area operations. He then went on to work in the civil engineering field and also started designing timber frames homes for a local timber framer. From there, in pursuit of his desire to get back to his love of architecture, Tom took on a design position at a central Vermont architectural firm, working there for a decade before starting his own design firm, mostly comprised of Alces projects. Tom first started designing at age 5, and in retrospect has been designing since that time. When Tom is not "at work" he can be found in the back woods of his home in Rochester, Vermont, skiing, biking, hiking and generally enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Jennifer, sons Erik and Jeremy and the family dog, Luke.
Lisa Osborn Koitzsch was raised in Switzerland and moved to Vermont when she was 12. She received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University where she studied International Relations and French. She has worked on several bird research projects in the U.S. and Central America, and spent a number of years working on wildlife conservation issues for Defenders of Wildlife. She is an avid bird watcher, gardener and reader and enjoys her time outdoors running, hiking, biking, skiing and adventure racing. She manages the Alces Post & Beam office and also spends six weeks a year working as a biologist for the Yellowstone Wolf Project.
Elsa Osborn-Koitzsch, a nine-year-old ridgeless Rhodesian Ridgeback, is the official greeter when visitors come to the Alces Post & Beam office. She loves to hike, eat, ski at Blueberry Lake, chase bunnies, look for moose antlers, burrow under warm blankets and sleep in late. She is frightened of fly swatters, air compressors, thunder, mounted animal heads and Christmas stockings. She is a very sweet, quiet, gentle and loyal girl.
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