2018-2019 Ambassador Team

Val Hopkins
Val Hopkins
Ambassador

Val Hopkins

Hometown: This is really tough. I’ve moved around a lot. Let’s go ahead and put where I am now – Herndon, VA.

Occupation: I’m currently a student studying Public Health and Communications plus I’m a CPR/First Aid Instructor, but my last real job was as the Nurse Educator for a hospice in San Francisco. I’d research, write and deliver seminars about end-of-life issues to audiences (health care professionals and community members) of 3-1500. I loved it. I’ve also been a nurse for almost 20 years.

Favorite Local Hike: I love to follow the trails at Sky Meadows up to the AT and follow that to Harper’s Ferry. It’s a good couple of days and it’s beautiful!

Shea Durkin 2
Shea Durkin
Ambassador

Shea Durkin

Hometown: New Canaan, CT (currently in Eugene, OR)

Occupation: Financial Analyst

Favorite Hike: Spencer’s Butte (featured in my picture). Not only is it my favorite hike, but it also is part of my favorite skyline, which can be seen from downtown Eugene, OR.

Victoria Fulfer
Victoria Fulfer
Ambassador

Name: Victoria Fulfer

Hometown: Narragansett, RI

Occupation: Ph.D. Student in Oceanography

Favorite Hike: Escoheag Falls in RI, Mt. Moosilauke in New England

Sam Palmer 2
Sam Palmer
Ambassador

Name: Sam Palmer

Hometown: Mission, British Columbia

Occupation: Stay at home Mom

Favourite local hike: Sandy Cove. It’s a short one, but the beach is magical!

Jessie Pulley
Jessie Pulley
Ambassador

Name: Jessie Pulley

Hometown: Charles Town, WV

Occupation: Veterinary Nurse & Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

Favorite Local Hike: Raven Rocks, Bluemont, VA

Lauren Fraser
Lauren Fraser
Ambassador

Name – Lauren Fraser

Hometown – Soldotna, Alaska

Occupation – Web Designer

Favorite Local Hike – I love them all! I enjoy getting above treeline, so I tend to choose hikes that get you out of the trees quickly.

Allison Gonzalez
Allison Gonzalez
Ambassador

Name : Allison Gonzalez

Hometown : Brentwood

Occupation : Customer Service Manager

Favorite Local Hike : Redwoods Regional Park, Oakland

Jana Strahan
Jana Strahan
Ambassador

Name: Jana Strahan

Hometown: Wheatland, WY

Occupation: Farmer, knitting instructor/youtuber, essential oil consultant

Favorite local hike: Anything in the Snowy Range west of Laramie. I love the mountains, the aspens and the alpine lakes!

Cheryl Ridlon
Cheryl Ridlon
Ambassador

Name: Cheryl Ridlon.

Hometown: Jemez Springs, New Mexico!

Occupation: I do investigations for the federal government, but my heart is in volunteering with the fire department as a firefighter and chaplain.

Favorite Local Hike: Just one?! Cerro Grande is my all time favorite “backyard hike”, or Wheeler Peak for a more adventurous all day or weekend hike.

Kristen Kupperman
Kristen Kupperman
Ambassador

Name: Kristen Kupperman

Hometown: Anchorage, AK

Occupation: Educator

Favorite Local Hike: Portage Pass

Laura Saufley
Laura Saufley
Ambassador

Name: Laura Saufley

Hometown: Greenville, NC

Occupation: I work night shift as an RN plus I homeschool my 5 kids–both jobs keep me super busy!

Favorite Local Hike: Define local? LOL! Our family lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for almost ten years and I still consider that our home away from home. When we visit, we love to hike along Skyline Drive. There are so many beautiful waterfalls and the hikes to them are relatively short and easy for kids. Hikes along or to water are my favorite!

Emily Marquis
Emily Marquis
Ambassador

Name- Emily Marquis

Hometown- Salida, CO

Occupation- Celebrant, Yoga Instructor & Life Coach

Favorite Local Hike- S Mountain or Tenderfoot

Liz Scott-McKean
Liz Scott-McKean
Ambassador

Name: Elizabeth (Liz) Scott-McKean

Hometown: Lakewood, Colorado

Occupation: Associate Managing Director at Miners Alley Playhouse

Favorite Trail: Abyss Trail

Francis Vaughan
Francis Vaughan
Ambassador

Name: Francis Vaughan

Hometown: Garner, NC

Occupation: Senior Manager, Customer Service

Favorite Local Hike: I love hiking in the NC mountains. There isn’t much that makes me happier than driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopping at various spots along the way. The smell, the views, the flowers and trees are all spectacular. If I had to choose one place about it would be Crabtree Falls. The hike is only a few miles long but worth every step.

Kathryn Jones
Kathryn Jones
Ambassador

Name: Kathryn Jones

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Occupation: Stay at home mom and part time teacher for VIP KID and Tinkergarten

Favorite Local Hike: I love so many local hikes, but my favorite has got to be the quarry trail at Ruffner mountain.

Nicole Maddox_Sierra Woods
Sierra Woods
Ambassador

Name: Sierra Woods

Hometown: Mitchell, SD

Occupation: Cardiac & Interventional X-ray Technologist / Part-time blogger

Favorite Local Hike: Meadow Falls Trail in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest (near Silver Lake)

Madelene Elfstrom 2
Madelene Elfstrom
Ambassador

Name: Madelene Elfstrom

Hometown: Virginia native living in Mesa Verde Colorado

Occupation: Wildland Firefighter

Favorite Local Hike: Just moved to this area but I really like the Spruce Canyon Trail

Kimberly Coats
Kimberly Coats
Ambassador

Name: Kimberly Coats

Hometown: ?? Born in Chicago, raised in Kansas City, my go to “hometown” is Las Vegas, my new hometown Savery, WY

Occupation: Director of Marketing & Logistics for Africa Rising Cycling

My favorite hike: Bristlecone Trail at Mt. Charleston, Las Vegas you can’t believe you’re only 20 minutes from Vegas and it’s so peaceful. It was my “UNVegas” hike.

2017-2018 Ambassador Team

Mickey Sanderson
Mickey Sanderson
Ambassador
April McPherson
April McPherson
Ambassador
Lori Roberts
Lori Roberts
Ambassador- Canada
Christina Brickwedde 
Christina Brickwedde
Ambassador
Felicia Leo Kemp
Felicia Leo Kemp
Ambassador
Nikki Carson
Nikki Carson
Ambassador
Elsye Chardonnay Walker
Elsye Chardonnay Walker
Ambassador
Marianne Hoffman
Marianne Hoffman
Ambassador
Crystal Osborn
Crystal Osborn
Ambassador
Jessica Hubbard
Jessica Hubbard
Ambassador
Sarah Kyllo
Sarah Kyllo
Ambassador
Meg Atteberry
Meg Atteberry
Ambassador
Jacquelyn O\'Connor
Jacquelyn O'Connor
Ambassador
 Bozenka Raich
Bozenka Raich
Ambassador-New Zealand
Diane Shearer
Diane Shearer
Ambassador-South Africa
Tanya Roerick
Tanya Roerick
Ambassador
Laura Friesen
Laura Friesen
Ambassador- Canada
Heather Smith
Heather Smith
Ambassador

2016-2017 Ambassador Team

Elisa Rispoli
Elisa Rispoli
Ambassador
Gretchen Blackmer
Gretchen Blackmer
Ambassador
Mara Kuhn
Mara Kuhn
Ambassador
Ardeen Duckworth
Ardeen Duckworth
Ambassador-Canada
Milka Shitandi Omukuba
Milka Shitandi Omukuba
International Ambassador
Jill 2
Jill Dunbar
Ambassador
Kathryn Petroff
Kathryn Petroff
Ambassador
Stephanie Mullins 2
Stephanie Mullins
Ambassador
Ruth Schmidt
Ruth Schmidt-South Africa
International Ambassador
Jamie Robinson 2
Jamie Robinson
Ambassador
Maiu Lünekund
Maiu Lünekund (Estonia)
International Ambassador
Ruth Schmidt
Ruth Schmidt-South Africa
International Ambassador