Our Chalet family
Meet our current staff and volunteer team
Salma Teber (Tunisia) : Our Chalet assistant
My name is Salma, I’m 24 years old and I’m an autumn 2018 volunteer. I’m from Tunis where I am a Brownies Leader. I graduated from university last year after studying English literature and civilization. This is my first experience leaving Tunisia. I’m very excited and happy, I hope to make a lot of friends and learn from them. I also wish to learn more about Our Chalet and WAGGGS. Switzerland is an amazing country and I’m looking forward to discovering and enjoying it.
Johanna Ertle (Germany) : Our Chalet assistant
Hi, my name is Johanna and I’m from Germany. I finished school this year, and now I’m working as an autumn volunteer at Our Chalet. I haven’t been a Girl Guide for very long, but I love it. I also really like the idea of leaving a place in a better condition than I found it. I would describe myself as a creative and cheerful person. I like playing music with other people and being outside in the countryside. In the future, I would like to meet lots of people from different countries and explore the world.
Hannah Stubbs (Wales) : Marketing and communications internShwmae! I’m Hannah, I’m 22 and the marketing and communications intern for autumn 2018. I’m from Wales in the UK, where I’m a Brownie assistant leader. As a part of Girlguiding UK, I’ve had lots of opportunities, including joining a camp in Italy, working with the charity The Book Bus and being part of the Girlguiding advocate panel. I’ve just graduated from university where I studied French and German. I’ve never been to Our Chalet before, so I’m excited to meet lots of new people and have lots of new experiences.
Helen Sleeman (UK) : Guest services intern
Hi, I’m Helen from Preston in the North West of England. I joined Girlguiding when I was 5 years old and am now a Rainbow Leader. I recently graduated with a degree in chemistry and spent an amazing year on exchange in Canada, where had adventures with friends from all over the world.
This is my first international Guiding experience and first visit to a World Centre. I hope to learn a lot about how Guiding and Scouting works in different places. When I’m not working I love baking and musicals. While I’m here I’m excited to explore Switzerland, meet lots of people and spend plenty of time outdoors.
Ashley Jurgens (Canada) : Our Chalet assistant
Hello, my name is Ashley Jurgens, and I’m an autumn volunteer at Our Chalet. I am from Canada, 18 years old and taking a gap year to travel. I have been in Girl Guides for 10 years. I learnt about the World Centres at Brownies and I’ve wanted to visit them since I was 8 years old. Girl Guides is a big part of my life and I am so happy to be here in this amazing country. I can’t wait to make lots of new friends in Guiding and Scouting from all around the world.
Ines Naylor (Australia) : Our Chalet assistant
Hi, I’m Ines but I go by Nes. I’m an autumn volunteer for 2018. I’m currently on a gap year before I start my business degree at university. I have been in Guides since I was 10 and I’m now a leader with Brighton Brownies. In Australia, I love walking along the beach, hiking and travelling. Since 2014, I have wanted to come to Our Chalet and Switzerland. I’m super excited to volunteer at Our Chalet this autumn.
Cerys Baker (UK) : Our Chalet assitant
Hi! My name is Cerys and I’m from Birmingham in England. I have been in Girlguiding since I was 5 years old and have loved every minute of it. I’m now a Leader for Rainbows and Brownies and I really enjoy it. I was lucky enough to visit Our Chalet when I was 12 years old and ski at Kandersteg. Today, I am back as an autumn volunteer. I’m looking forward to meeting Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all over the world, having fun and making new friends.
Frances Whittaker (UK) : Programme intern
Hi, my name is Frances and I am from
Guildford in England. I am currently on my third gap year in a row
after dropping out of University before even starting. I have been part of Guiding
since I was 8 years old and have always wanted to give back after
everything I have received. By becoming a volunteer at Our Chalet I hope
this can earn me some ‘brownie points’ towards this. I’m super excited for this adventure at
Our Chalet and I can’t wait to see what happens.
Lizzie Meade (USA) : Our Chalet assistant
Hello, I’m Lizzie, I’m 18 and from the USA. I’m currently taking a gap year before I begin studying medicinal chemistry at the University of Newcastle in the UK. I’ve been a Scout in the Girl Scout Council since I was 6 and have earned my Gold Award. My troop has visited Juliette Gordon’s home, the first headquarters, Pax Lodge and Our Chalet, which inspired me to volunteer with the Girl Scouts. My love of travel was also a motivating factor, as I have visited 13 countries and 18 USA states. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, reading and making music. I also speak French and English.
Louise Odgaard (Denmark) : Our Chalet assistant
Hej! My name is Louise and I’m from Denmark. Officially, I have been a Scout since I was 7 years old, but as both of my parents are Scout Leaders, it has always been part of my life. I am a leader for what we call “minier”, who are 8 to 10 years old. At home, I spend a lot of time acting, mostly at a local theatre. I also love music, I play the piano and a little bit of ukulele because you can’t travel with a piano. I have also been singing in a choir for 10 years. I’m excited to start my season as an autumn volunteer at Our Chalet.
Tanya Tulloch (USA) : Our Chalet World Centre manager
I have been at Chalet since 2013, arriving from Beaverton, Oregon where I worked for Columbia River Girl Scout Council for 12 years as a manager. As a Girl Scout growing up in Kentucky I liked to participate in adventure activities like rappelling, hiking and camping. I have fallen in love with snow sports during my adult life in the Cascade Mountains.
The idea of reaching the mission of WAGGGS through the outdoor adventure and leadership experiences is what draws me to Our Chalet. My background is in camp management, volunteer development and strategic planning. I am proud to call Adelboden and the mountains of Switzerland home and look forward to sharing them with you.
Rosie Greaves (UK) : Guest services coordinator
Hi I'm Rosie and I'm from from Cambridgeshire in the UK. In 2010 I was a Spring Volunteer here at Our Chalet. Since then, I have mostly been working in France, but have managed to make regular return visits. Now I'm very excited to be back in the Swiss Alps. I have been involved in Guiding since I was five. I continue to help out at my local Rainbow, Brownie and Guide meetings and events whenever during my flying visits to the UK. In my free time, I enjoy horse riding, hiking, exploring new hiking routes as well as re-visiting my old favourites. In the winter I am like to play in the snow and try to ski. I also enjoy exploring new cities and countries, trying new food and hopefully learning some of the local language along the way.
Sarah Wach (USA) : Deputy World Centre manager, programmes
I'm Sarah and I am from sunny Miami, Florida in the USA. I've been a Scout for over 20 years and have filled many roles within the movement, eventually finding my home here at Our Chalet. Growing up near the ocean means I spent a lot of time snorkelling, SCUBA diving and kayaking, but relish the opportunity to spend so much time playing in the snow in this winter paradise. I try to get outdoors as much as possible, using my free time to hike, raft, sledge and ski. Here at Our Chalet my heart lies in the programmes and the people. I especially enjoy challenging young people to try things they never thought possible (both guests and staff alike).
Simone Voit (Germany) : Programme coordinator
Hallo, I’m Simone and I’m from Germany. Before finally making it to the beautiful valley of Adelboden I was living in the USA, Norway and Austria.
I’ve been a Scout since I was 8. In my association we sing a lot, so I can play the guitar. Walking up mountains is one of my passions, just as much as snowboarding, but I also do not mind a cozy night in with tea and a movie.
Adrian Topic (Slovenia) : Grounds and maintenance assistant
My name is Adrian, I am 30 years old and I come from Slovenia. For the last few years I have been working as a professional truck driver. I have always loved nature and the outdoors ever since I was a child, especially the forest. I have also been a volunteer fire fighter for the past 15 years. I am looking forward to working at Our Chalet and discovering more about life here in the Swiss Alps.
Nicole Grossen-Wilhelm (Switzerland) : Bookkeeper
Nicole is one of several Swiss members of our long term staff team. She studied accounting which eventually brought her to Our Chalet as a bookkeeper. Nicole Swiss at heart, as a life time devotee to snow sports and was a ski instructor at Adelboden Ski and Snowboard school for several years. She has two young children and a very patient husband. Nicole works with us one day a week. However, we are always badgering her to come more often, if just for her beginner ski tips. She is also one of those efficient, hard working young women who simply knows how to just "fix things" when it comes to numbers, or taking calls in Schwytzerdütsch, an exotic language which none of us can really understand. She is fun too and joins us keenly in laughing at our office fun.
Clare Nathan (UK) : Interim kitchen manager
Hello my name is Clare, I live in Cambridge and I have been involved with Guiding since I was a Brownie, both at home and abroad. I help run Guide and Ranger units, I am involved with Girlguiding UK overseas as a guide dviser and I run a Line Guide unit. My hobbies include cooking, baking, walking and quilting. I am looking forward to my adventure at Our Chalet.
Ray Davis (UK) : Deputy World Centre manager, operations
I grew up in the UK where I was involved in both Girlguiding and Scouting. As an adult I spent several years living in the USA, in Alaska, Massachusetts, and Oregon. I also worked in Austria and Sweden and spent six months in New Zealand. In my free time I like to be outdoors and enjoy hiking, kayaking, sledding, and cycling. I also enjoy flying and have flown light aircrafts solo.
Skippy Storrow (Switzerland) : Mouse catcher
Skippy is from Adelboden in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Her Scouting experience is vast. She has spent much of her time at Our Chalet and is currently our longest serving staff member.
She loves to explore the grass, eat bugs, mice and protect the grounds from possible predators like marmots and slugs. In her free time she enjoys sleeping in the sunshine or a cardboard box on someone's desk.