Our Chalet Family

Meet our current staff team

Current Staff and Volunteers at Our Chalet! 

Tanya Tulloch (USA) : Our Chalet World Centre Manager

2016_Switzerland_Tanya Tulloch Our Chalet World Centre ManagerTanya comes to us from Beaverton, Oregon where she worked for Columbia River Girl Scout Council for 12 years as a Manager. As a Girl Scout growing up in Kentucky she liked to participate in adventure activities such as rapelling, hiking and camping. She has fallen in love with snow sports in her adult life inthe Cascade Mountains. 

The idea of reaching the mission of WAGGGS through the outdoor adventure and leadership experiences has drawn Tanya to work at Our Chalet. Her background with camp management, volunteer development and strategic planning will help her to add to the team as a World Centre Manager. She is looking forward to meeting Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and other guests from all over the world while she is here. 

Ray Davis (UK) : Deputy World Centre Manager, Operations2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_RayDavis_deputyworldcentremanageroperations

I’m Ray and 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 so I am well prepared for the Swiss winter! In my free time I like to be outdoors and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and cycling. I also enjoy flying and have flown light aircraft solo. I learnt some German while working in Austria and am looking forward to learning more and getting to grips with Swiss German. 

Sarah Wach (USA) : Deputy World Centre Manager, Programme

2016_Switzerland Sarah Wach Programme Co-ordinatorI'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 tries 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

2017_Switzerland_Rosie Greaves Guest Services Co-OrdinatorHi 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 am hoping to explore new hiking routes as well as re-visit old favourites. Later on, I am looking forward to playing in the snow and learning 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

2017_Switzerland_Simone Voit Programme Co-OrdinatorHallo, 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

2016_Switzerland_Adrian Topic Grounds & Maintenance AssistantMy 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.

Anne Sauer (Germany) : Kitchen Manager

2016_Switzerland_Anne Sauer Our Chalet Assistant Autumn 2016Hello, my name is Anne and I am from Germany. As the kitchen manager I ensure that everybody gets good food and stays well fed at Our Chalet.
After getting my A-Levels in Germany I became an Autumn Volunteer here and decided to stay because this is such a beautiful place in the Swiss Alps with so many things to do and challenges to complete.
I became a Girl Scout, when I was ten years old, and am a Girl Scout leader for four years now. I am still actively participating in some local leader teams of my member organization via Skype.
As I love scouting, meeting new people and traveling I am looking forward to learn a lot about the different cultures at Our Chalet and in scouting worldwide and learning new life skills.

Nicole Grossen-Wilhelm (Switzerland) : Bookkeeper

2017_Switzerland_Nicole Grossen-Wilhelm Our Chalet Book-keeperNicole 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.

Skippy Storrow (Switzerland) : Mouse Catcher

2014_Switerland_SkippySkippy 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. 

Meow.

Hazel Zaranyika (Zimbabwe) : Guest Services Intern

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_HazelZaranyika_guestservicesinternwinter2018My name is Hazel Zaranyika, I am a Girl Guide from Zimbabwe, Africa. I am currently volunteering at Our Chalet as the winter Guest Services Intern, which I am super excited about. I am a very open and fun person to be around, but at the same time very reserved and sensitive. I am also a very out-going person who loves to travel and make new friends a lot. In short, I am bubbly which makes me easy going. 

 

This is also my first experience in Europe which is totally amazing because I had my first encounter with snow. I think snow has just become one of my best friend's in nature! I had always imagined what it would look like and what snow would feel like and now that we have met I really have big plans for it. My trip to Our Chalet has just become one of my first long  trips in my life which I am going to make the most memorable of all my trips. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to be at the oldest World Centre.

Emma Travers (UK) : Marketing & Communications Intern

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_EmmaTravers_mediainternwinter2018Hi 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. 

Mary-May Hubert (Canada) : Programme Intern

2017_Switzerland_MaryMayHubert_ourchaletprogrammeinternwinter2018Bonjour a tous!

My name is Mary-May Hubert, I am from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and I am beyond excited to be crossing off my fifth World Centre here at the ever so snowy Our Chalet.

I joined Girl Guides of Canada at the age of seven [17 years ago already!] and never looked back. In my home town I am a Ranger leader, a trainer, and a District Commissioner. I have a huge love for camping, in all seasons, and am super passionate about Camp Wathikane; the Guiding summer camp at home in Quebec.

 

In my own time I love to try new high adventure activities like skydiving, cliff jumping, and paragliding just to name a few. I have a huge passion for travel and am always looking for new places to adventure out to.

 

I hope that you will start your own adventure and visit me here at Our Chalet!

Sally Groffman (Australia) : Our Chalet Assistant - Winter 2017/2018

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_SallyGroffman_ourchaletassistantwinter2018Hello! My name is Sally, I’m 18 and I’m from Brisbane, Australia. I’ve been a guide since I was nine and I have loved every minute of it. I’m currently on a gap year which has seen me take many adventures, including my most recent one – living at Sangam as a Tare for 12 weeks. With a quick stop in Iceland for a few days, I’m now here at Our Chalet. This is my last stop before home, although I am very excited to be here and live through my first proper winter. I love to swim and hike and I am excited for the season ahead and the adventures it will bring.

Hannah George (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant - Winter 2017/2018

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_HannahGeorge_ourchaletassistantwinter2018Hello, I’m Hannah and I live in Scotland. I have been a member of Girlguiding since I was five, my most recent role being a young leader at my local Rainbow unit in Muirhead. When I am not guiding I love to run in the woods near my house, go swimming and watch sunsets and sunrises. Our Chalet is the first WAGGGS World Centre that I have visited and I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to explore the beautiful country of Switzerland and meet people from all over the world. 

Erika Bjarkadottir (Iceland ) : Our Chalet Assistant - Winter 2017/2018

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_ErikaBjarkadottir_ourchaletassistantwinter2018Halló, I’m Erika Eik from the land of fire and ice – Iceland. Scouting has been part of my life for the past nine years. I am a Scout Centre traveller and I am so excited to be in Our Chalet and learn about the Centre and guiding.

Monica Hoetjes (New Zealand) : Our Chalet Assistant - Winter 2017/2018

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_MonicaHoetjes_ourchaletassistantwinter2018Kia Ora! My name is Monica and I’m from the Garden City of Christchurch, New Zealand. Back home, I’m a Pippins leader for girls aged 5-7. We just opened half way through the year. I’m enjoying passing on what I’ve learnt through guiding to the girls and they are always teaching me new things too!

I’m on my ‘summer’ holiday from University where I study natural resources engineering. I feel most at home in the outdoors and I try to get out camping and tramping as much as I can. If I’m not outside, you might catch me playing the recorder in strange places around Chalet.

This is my first visit to a World Centre and I am excited to learn about everyone’s cultures and guiding experiences, and of course, play in the snow!

Karen Salas Velazquez (Venezuela) : Our Chalet Assistant - Winter 2017/2018

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_KarenVelazquez_ourchaletassistantwinter2018Hi I’m Karen and I’m from Merida, Venezuela. I have been in Girl Guides for 10 years. I am a Daisies troop leader and I have been to National and International Guide and Scout events.

I fell in love with Our Chalet the first time I ever saw a picture of it. I love hiking and trekking because I grew up in the mountains. In my free time I enjoy reading, listening to music, and swimming.

Carmen Chu (Hong Kong) : Our Chalet Assistant - Winter 2017/2018

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_CarmenChu_ourchaletassistantwinter2018Hello! My name is Carmen and I am from Hong Kong. I have been a Ranger for seven years. I plan to be a leader of my Ranger unit in the future.

I came to Our Chalet as a guest in the summer of 2014. I was mesmerized by the green grass and magnificent views of the Swiss mountains, so I am excited to be here now in winter to see the snowy side of Our Chalet. I also met wonderful people from all around the world last time I was here. I would love to meet people from different places and cultures as an Our Chalet Assistant.

Hong Kong is a small, crowded city, but there are beautiful rural areas and hiking trails as well. I enjoy going on a hike or camping with my friends, just to chill out and enjoy the beauty of nature. Guiding has been a great part of my life, besides that, I like traditional Chinese art. I like to play guzheng and guqin which are both traditional Chinese plucked instruments. I do Chinese calligraphy and painting sometimes. These are great activities for me to spend some quiet time alone.

I am looking forward to this brand new experience and I will definitely share it with my Ranger unit and friends back home. 

Morgan Sibbit (Canada) : Our Chalet Assistant - Winter 2017/2018

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_MorganSibbit_ourchaletassistantwinter2018Hello! My name is Morgan Sibbit and I am a vollie here at Our Chalet for the Winter 2017/2018 season. Coming from Canada, I LOVE the snow and I am so excited to be able to spend my winter here in the beautiful snow of Adelboden! I am so excited to be here and to be able to spend every day getting to know my fellow coworkers as well as the wonderful guests.

I am a lover of all things outdoors as well as nature photography and videography. Throughout my time here at Our Chalet, I hope to be able to do some travelling both in Switzerland as well as throughout Europe.

If you plan on visiting Our Chalet this season, I can’t wait to meet you!

Alyssa Meredith (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Winter 2017/2018

2017_Switzerland_OurChalet_AlyssaMeredith_ourchaletassistantwinter2018Hey! I’m Alyssa and I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States. I’ve been involved with the Girl Scouts since I was a Brownie and am now a lifetime member. I’ve volunteered in various capacities and interned with the Girl Scouts of Utah and Washington for five years and love kayaking, windsurfing, backpacking, and hiking. I’m so excited to be a part of the 2017/2018 winter team at Our Chalet. 

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