Our Chalet family
Meet our current staff and volunteer team
Jenny McLeod (Northern Ireland) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi, I’m Jenny, I’m 19 and I’m a Spring Volunteer at Our Chalet. I’m from Northern Ireland in the UK. I’ve been involved in Guides since I was 4 and am now an Assistant Brownie Leader. I’m really excited to spend time at Our Chalet before starting university in September. During my time in Switzerland I hope to explore the area and make great new memories!
Allison Hooper (Australia) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi there, I'm Allison, although most people in Guiding know me as Ally. I'm from Darwin in the tropical Top End of Australia, where it is hot and hotter all year round - we have no winter. So I'm really excited to be here at Our Chalet in the cooler weather and enjoying some snow before Spring arrives. In my day job I am a town planner, writing policies and making decisions for sustainable land use now and into the future. My Guiding journey began when I was 7 years old, and it has taken me all around the world and given me many wonderful opportunities. I'm looking forward to challenging myself through this next opportunity as an Our Chalet Assistant.
Caroline Pile (Wales) : Marketing and Communications Intern
Hey! My name is Caroline, I’m 22 and will be the Marketing and Communications Intern for Spring season. I am from Wales in the UK where I have been part of Girlguiding UK, since I was a Rainbow aged 5. I am now an assistant Rainbow and Ranger leader. Through Girlguiding I have been given an array of opportunities from international trips to places like South Korea to attending The Academy 2018 in Macedonia and I am currently the chair of Dyfodol y Ddraig the Girlguiding Cymru youth forum. I have recently graduated from university where I studied Spatial and Interior Design and hope to put these design skills to use. I am really excited about spending winter at Our Chalet and I’m looking forward to exploring Switzerland and playing in the snow.
Catalina Urquidi (Mexico) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hello, my name is Caty Urquidi, I have been a Girl Guide in Mexico since I was 11 years old and now I am a Brownie Leader. I love Girl Guiding because I have had the opportunity to develop as a person, meet people from around the world, learn new things each Saturday, get out of my comfort zone, travel, camp, and share my knowledge with other people. I am really excited to be a Spring Volunteer at Our Chalet and hope I have a great time.
Hola, mi nombre es Caty Urquidi, soy guía en México desde que tengo 11 años y actualmente soy guiadora de haditas. Me encanta el movimiento del guidismo porque he tenido la oportunidad de desarrollarme como persona, hacer amistades de todo el mundo, aprender cosas nuevas cada sábado, salir de mi zona de comfort, viajar, acampar y poder transmitir mis conocimientos a otras personas.
Estoy muy emocionada de ser voluntaria en primavera en Our Chalet y espero tener una gran experiencia.
Ye Won Kim (Republic of Korea): Our Chalet Assistant
Hi! My name is Ye Won and I'm from Republic of Korea. I'm 19 years old and I'm an Our Chalet Assistant for the Spring 2019 season. When I was 5 years old, I first started as a Girl Scout. I'm really excited about spending Spring at Our Chalet, I'm looking forward to meeting lots of new people and improving my English conversation skills.
Sophie Cheng (Canada) : Our Chalet Assistant
I'm Sophie, and I was born and raised on the stolen and unceded territories of the Lekwungen-speaking people in Victoria BC, Canada. I call this city home with respect and acknowledgment that I am a settler in a place with a history of systematic colonial violence against indigenous people, cultures, and lands that continues to this day, and that many of the industries and systems that have benefitted me are built on a foundation of oppression and genocide. This is my 12th year in Girl Guides and my 5th year as a Trex member. I'm happiest when I'm by the ocean or in the forest. I love to hike and camp, as well as backpack trails when I get the chance. I have hiked sections of the Sunshine Coast and the Juan de Fuca Trail, and want to work towards hiking the whole JDF trail start-to-finish. I also want to complete the West Coast Trail someday. I also love to cook and eat good food, as well as turn my doodles into embroidery. I'm super excited to be here at Our Chalet, and will be celebrating my 19th birthday here in April!
Laura White (Australia) : Our Chalet Assistant
G'day! I'm Laura and I'm from Australia. I've been a Girl Guide since I was 9 years old and have enjoyed a range of camps, activities, and meeting lifelong friends during my years as a youth member, unit leader. and Olave Program participant (18-30s program in Australia). I have recently graduated from university as a Speech Pathologist and as a reward am currently enjoying my first ever overseas adventure. I am super excited about being a Spring Our Chalet Assistant as I have always wanted to visit every WAGGGS World Centre. I was lucky enough to visit Pax Lodge for World Thinking Day recently and now I get the chance to live in the Swiss Alps for 3 months!
Matilda Pimlott (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi, my name is Matilda and I am from London
in the United Kingdom. I am 21 years old and have just graduated from
university where I studied Environmental Geoscience. I have been a member of
Girlguiding UK since the age of 11 and enjoyed attending international jamborees
in the UK as a Guide, a Ranger and a Leader in Training. I'm really excited to
be an Our Chalet Spring volunteer in Switzerland as I love hiking, which I have
never done in the snow before! I love being outdoors, especially observing the
natural landscapes and looking for geological features.
Alysha Williams (Canada) : Our Chalet Assistant
Hi my name is Aly and I’m from Vancouver,
Canada. I’ve been part of Guiding since I was 5. I wanted to come to Our Chalet
to explore more of Switzerland and to meet more Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
I’m a huge geek so I love all the Marvel and Star Wars movies. I enjoy spending
time in the outdoors. Whether it’s camping or sailing, I’ll happily come along.
Catherine (Northern Ireland/UK) : Guest Services Intern
Hey, my name is Catherine and I am 19 years
old. I am part of Girlguiding UK and a Guide leader in Liverpool, England. My
family is from Northern Ireland. I have
just finished sixth form/college. I was a winter volunteer here at Our Chalet and am staying on for Spring season as Guest Services Intern.
This is my first time living away from home, so it’s very exciting! I really
enjoy skiing, which I will hopefully be able to practice here.
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.
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.