Our Chalet Family
Meet our current staff and volunteer team
Tanya Tulloch (USA) : Our Chalet World Centre Manager
Tanya 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, Operations
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
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 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
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 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
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.
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
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
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.
Leah Simon (USA) : Programme Intern
Hello! My name is Leah and I am from Dayton, Ohio, USA. I am a lifetime member of Girl Scouts; this is my sixteenth year in Scouting, my first time in Europe, and my first time at a World Centre!
At home, I work at Girl Scout camps in the summers and volunteer during the other seasons (shout outs to Camp Gallahue and Camp Whip-Poor-Will!) At camp you can find me sailing, hiking, cooking pie iron pizzas, and singing crazy camp songs. I also attended the Girl Scout Jamboree in West Virginia this past summer. In addition to Scouting and being outdoors, I love maths and music. I graduated from college in December and I will start teaching high school mathematics this August.
I am so excited to be at Our Chalet working with and meeting people from around the world.
Andrea Lozano Lopez (Mexico): Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2018
Hola! My name is Andrea (I like to be
called Andie) and I’m from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico (a big industrial
city). I came to Our Chalet in 2016 and I fell in love with the World Centre so
I decided I have to come back and that’s the reason why I am here and I’m so
excited. This is also my first time seeing snow!
In Mexico I work with Guides aged 12 to 15. I joined Guides in 2010 so I have been a member for 8 years now. I’m studying Industrial Design so I love to work with different materials like wood, plastics, aluminium etc. I also love Graphic Design and love to draw. I enjoy the outdoors, camping is my favourite thing to do but I also enjoy hiking.
I hope you visit Our Chalet soon and fall in love with it as I have done!
Swechchha Bhandari (Nepal) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2018
Namaste! My name is Swechchha and I am from Nepal. I’ve been involved in Guiding and Scouting since my early childhood. I’m a student of Business Administration with a Marketing major. I enjoy travelling and trying new adventure activities. Travelling to Switzerland and volunteering in Our Chalet is something that I’d always wished for. I am really excited to be the first Our Chalet Assistant from Nepal. Whilst at Our Chalet I am eager to learn more about international guiding and gain cross cultural experience. Experiencing snow for the first time was amazing for me. I prefer to work in a team and believe that team work makes the dream work.
Lee Huey Yi (Malaysia) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2018
My name is Hueyyi, I am 23 and from Malaysia. I have been a Girl Guide since I was 10 and passionate about Girlguiding for 14 years. I am currently completing my final semester doing Cognitive Science. The happiest thing to happen to me is being able to relate Girlguiding into my education. I have a mission to complete my thesis - cognitive abilities between Girl Guides and non-Girl Guides - during my three months working with Our Chalet.
In Malaysia, I am a young leader and in WAGGGS I am a trainee facilitator. It is my pleasure to connect with sister Guides around the world and explore Switzerland from a different perspective. I love travelling and outdoor activities and I want to try winter sports here since Malaysia is humid all year long. My favourite quote from Baden Powell is “Look wide, and even when you think you are looking wide – look wider still.”
Ciara Watkins (England) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2018
Hi! My name is Ciara and I am from England. I am currently on a gap year but going to study History at University in October.
I have been part of Girlguiding UK since the age of 5 and I am currently a young leader of a local Brownie unit. Our Chalet is the second World Centre that I have visited but I hope to one day visit them all. Whilst at Our Chalet, I would like to try hiking and snowboarding and also learn about different cultures and make some international friends. I would also like to try lots of Swiss chocolate as chocolate is one of my favourite foods!
Jimena Gamiz Sandoval (Mexico) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2018
Hello! My name is Gamiz and I am from the very beautiful country of Mexico. I live in Mexico City but have just spent a few months in Cuernavaca volunteering in Our Cabaña.
I’ve been a Girl Guide since I was 9 years old and it has given me unique opportunities like going to the World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan. I love camping and volunteering and Girlguiding has become an essential part of my life. My plan is to travel and volunteer as much as I can so that when I become a leader I have first-hand experience and first-hand knowledge of the WAGGGS opportunities. I also like reading, hiking, and trying all kinds of new interesting foods. I’m loving the snow and am grateful for being able to be here.
Beth McCormick (UK/USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2018
Hi! My name is Beth. I’m 18 years old, and although I am originally from the UK, I’ve mostly grown up in the US. I joined Girl Scouts in the 4th grade and absolutely loved it. In the summer of 2014 I came to Our Chalet with my troop for the Swiss Challenge and it was one of my favourite experiences so I’m back as a Spring volunteer and very excited.
In my own time I love playing rugby and travelling and experiencing new cultures.
Lauren Gee (Canada) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2018
Hi! My name is Lauren and I am from the province of Alberta in Canada. I have been involved in guiding since I was five. This is my second time at Our Chalet – I visited in 2013 for a week and am very excited to be back for three months as a Spring Volunteer.
I graduated with an undergraduate degree and am currently on a gap year before starting law school in the fall. In my free time I like to hike, ski, read, cook, and travel. I hope to see you at Our Chalet!