Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Welcome New Staff Members!



February 23rd, 2009 dawned a snowy, blustery day; Spruce Knob’s welcome to our new staff members! Upon turning off Highway 28 onto Sawmill Run Road, they ventured into our winter wonderland on Spruce. We spent the following eight days both inside and out, building huge fires in the woodstoves inside and hiking and playing games to stay warm outside. We learned about The Mountain Institute, ourselves, and each other as they prepared to work with us.

Our new staff members join us with varied academic backgrounds, enriching our diverse skills and experience. Their Bachelors and Masters Degrees include: Geology, Social Work, Literature, Electronic Media, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Youth Ministry, Health and Physical Education/ Outdoor Education Administration, and Forestry.

Prior to working with The Mountain Institute, our new staff members worked on trail crews, counseled and mentored at risk and adjudicated youth, helped with desert and prairie restoration, served with Americorps, worked at environmental education facilities, cooked for groups, led mountain biking trips, coordinated volunteer groups, fueled and analyzed recycling efforts, provided grassroots outreach, were camp counselors, completed graduate research in outdoor education, taught college classes, worked with city parks and recreation, and one was even a professional bridesmaid and wedding dress fitter!

We are excited to welcome this diverse, talented, and animated group of individuals to our staff “family” here at Spruce Knob.

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