Our Chalet Family
Meet our current staff and volunteer team
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 such as rappelling, hiking and camping. I have fallen in love with snow sports in 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.
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 aircraft solo.
Sarah Wach (USA) : Deputy World Centre Manager, Programme
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 snorkeling, 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 programme and the people; I especially enjoy challenging young people to try things they never thought possible (both guests and staff alike).
Rosie Greaves (UK) : Guest Services Co-Ordinator
Hi I'm Rosie and I'm from from Cambridgeshire in the UK, and in 2010 I was a Spring Volunteer her at Our Chalet. Since then, I have mostly been working in France but have managed to make regular return visits and am very excited to be back in the Swiss Alps! I have been involved in Guiding since I was five, and help out at my local Rainbow, Brownie and Guide meetings and events whenever possible during my flying visits back to the UK. In my free time, I enjoy horse riding and hiking, and exploring new hiking routes as well as re-visiting 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.
Simone Voit (Germany) : Programme Co-Ordinator
Hallo, I’m Simone and I’m from Germany. Before finally making it to the beautiful valley of Adelboden I was also living in the US, 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, at least a little bit. 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 & 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 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 s a true Swiss at heart is a life time devotee to white sports - perhaps being a Ski Instructor at Adelboden Ski & Snowboard school for several years has something to do with it. She has two young children and a very patient husband. Nicole works with us one day a week but we are of course always badgering her to come more often, even if only to give us beginner ski tips and have fun with us. 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 in Guiding since I was a Brownie, both at home and abroad. I help run Guide and Ranger units and I am involved with British Girlguiding Overseas as a Guide Adviser and I run a Line Guide unit. My hobbies include cooking, baking, walking and quilting. I am very much looking forward to my adventure at Our Chalet.
Skippy Storrow (Switzerland) : Mouse Catcher
Skippy is from Adelboden in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Her Scouting experience is vast as she has spent much of her time at Our Chalet and is currently our longest serving member of staff!
She loves to explore the grass, eat bugs and mice and protects the grounds and guests from any possible predators such as marmots and slugs. In her free time she likes to sleep in the sunshine or in a cardboard box on someone's desk.
Katy Millgate (UK) : Guest Services Intern
Hello! I’m Katy from the UK. I joined Girlguiding as a Rainbow when I was 5 and have been an active member ever since.
My love for international guiding began when I participated in a regional project to South Africa in 2010. Since then I have been to Madagascar on another region project in 2013 and worked at a Girl Scout Summer Camp in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2014. Most recently I have participated in GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) projects to Cambodia in 2015 and Ghana in 2017.
Emma Travers (UK) : Marketing & Communications Intern (50%) and Kitchen Intern (50%)
Hi there, I’m Emma from Surrey, England. I first visited Adelboden when I was 14 with my guide unit. That week was a turning point for me as I was introduced to the international world of guiding and saw my first real mountains. When I got back home I set my computer background as the beautiful valley of Adelboden, looked at it every day since, and promised myself that I’d volunteer there in the future.
Between then and now I have also taken part in county, regional and national events as well as an international GOLD trip to South Africa and volunteering for a memorable season at Our Cabaña. I enjoy rock climbing and hiking and any activity where I can catch a whiff of that fresh mountain air. I can’t wait to explore more Swiss peaks and meet more Guides from around the world.
Nicola Menzel (Canada) : Programme Intern
Hello! I’m Nicola and I’m from Surrey, BC in Canada. I’ve been in Guiding for 15 years. I’ve completed my diploma in interior design and I hope to pursue my love for film and become a director.
I’ve been a leader for the same group of Pathfinders since they were Sparks. I can’t get enough of them! It’s been one of the most valuable experiences of my life and I plan to continue for as long as I can. It was through my group of girls that I learned of the opportunity to come to Our Chalet and I have been waiting for years to be old enough to volunteer here!
One of my most memorable Guiding experiences is going to Guiding Mosaic in Ontario, 2010. I’m excited to make many more memories here in Switzerland.
Helen Sleeman (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2018
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 I got to have adventures with friends from all over the world.
This is my first international Guiding experience and first visit to a World Centre so 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.
Madi Buzza (Australia): Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2018
Hi, my name is Madi and I’m from Melbourne,
Australia. I’m currently on a gap year, after dropping out of university last
year. I have been a Guide since I was 6 and now I run a unit for 6-11 year olds. Our
Chalet is the first World Centre I have visited and it is actually the first
time I have travelled outside of Australia. Switzerland is very green and the
mountains are bigger than I imagined. While at Our Chalet I am looking forward
to meeting people from all over the world and trying hiking.
Frances Whittaker (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2018
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 eight-years-old and have always wanted to give back to it after
everything it has done for me, so by becoming an Our Chalet volunteer I hope
this can earn me some ‘Brownie points’! I’m super excited for this adventure at
Our Chalet and I can’t wait to see what happens.
Nora Teagan (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2018
Hello! My name is Nora, I am from the United States, Michigan. I have just completed my first year of college at Michigan State University, I am studying International Relations. In my free time I enjoy skiing, hiking and just being outdoors!
I have been a Girl Scout since I was six-years-old. From summer camps to council events, I stayed very active within my council. So far this is the first World Centre that I have visited; hopefully I will see all of them one day. This summer I am very excited to be here in Switzerland and learn more about WAGGGS. Girl Scouts has always been a very important part of my life and I cannot wait to see what this summer holds.
Susan Young (New Zealand) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2018
Kia Ora! I’m Susan from New Zealand. I have
been in Scouting and Guiding in some capacity since I was five-years-old. I love
to travel and in recent years I have lived in Australia and England. I am
currently traveling around Europe hoping to hit 30 countries before I’m 30 (1
year to go!).
I love being outdoors and while I’m afraid of heights, I will climb anything to get a great view. I also like crochet and embroidery. I heard about Our Chalet when I was 10 and I have really wanted to come here ever since. It’s really a dream come true. The thing that I love most about Guiding is the opportunities available – the sky is the limit.
Lindsey Waggoner (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2018
Hi! I’m Lindsey and I’m from Birmingham, Alabama, USA. I’m a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and have spent 13 years as a girl member of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. Now, I attend Auburn University, where I study Aerospace Engineering and get to serve local Girl Scouts as an adult volunteer.
This is my first time traveling abroad and my first World Centre visit! I formerly served as a delegate to the 2014 Girl Scout National Convention, which sparked an interest in the governance side of Scouting. I’m also a musician, so you can usually find me at camp leading campfire songs and games. One of the most exciting things about meeting other Scouts and Guides is learning their unique local songs, so I can’t wait to meet everyone at Our Chalet!
Emma Cooper (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2018
Hey! I’m Emma and I’m 26 and from
Birmingham, UK. I’m taking the summer out from my job in a college for young
adults with additional needs to work as a volunteer at Our Chalet.
I’ve been in Guiding since I was eight and I love all of the opportunities it’s given me, especially all of the outdoorsy stuff. I visited Our Chalet in 2004 and have wanted to work here ever since. I have also taken part in a great GOLD project in Rwanda in 2015, which was my favourite Guiding experience. I’m a Rainbow and Brownie Leader now with two big units in Birmingham. I love to cook, read, scrapbook, hike, swim and collect badges. I probably have too many hobbies!
I’m hoping that over this summer I can do lots more hiking, make lots of friends and challenge myself on a regular basis. I’m trying to be vegan but not sure how well that will go with all of the chocolate and cheese!