Our Chalet family
Meet our current staff and volunteer team
Katherine Jesty (Canada) : Guest Services Intern
Maria Fernanda Hernandez (Mexico) - Our Chalet Assistant
Kennedy Latta (Canada) : Our Chalet Assistant
Alice Hangartner (NZ): Our Chalet Assistant
Ellen Waara Ankarstrand (Sweden): Programme Intern
Kate PickUp (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant
Tanya Tulloch (USA) : 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.
Chiara Bartolucci (Italy) : Programme Coordinator
Ciao, my name is Chiara and I come from a lovely medieval Italian town called Viterbo. I have been committed to Scouting and Guiding since the age of 6 and still am, because I believe in the positive changes Scouting and Guiding bring in people’s lives and in the changes people could in their turn bring to their communities.
What brought me to Chalet is eagerness to be part of a team able to provide to all those who will come to experience Our Chalet and its challenges the opportunity to discover more about themselves and WAGGGS mission, as well as how to be more engaged in it.
I am a passionate being always up for new adventures and discoveries, trying out new things and learning something new from other people. From hiking an over 3.000 m Alp to a chill board game night; I love them all!
Adrian Topic (Slovenia) : Grounds and Maintenance Assistant
My name is Adrian and I come from Slovenia. Before working at Our Chalet I worked as a professional truck driver. I have always loved nature and the outdoors ever since I was a child, especially the forest. I was also a volunteer fire fighter over 15 years. I enjoy working at Our Chalet and discovering new things about the Swiss Alps every day.
Karin Josi-Pieren (Switzerland) : Bookkeeper
Grüessech (Hello)! I am Karin, the bookkeeper. I grew up in Adelboden and now live with my family here in the beautiful, refreshing Swiss Alps. I chose to work for Our Chalet because it's very lively and challenging. I am pleased to welcome you to Our Chalet and my home village. Have a nice stay!
Sonia Epaminondas (Burundi) : Kitchen Manager
Hello again I am Sonia and I am from Burundi. I was here in 2016 and am glad to be back hoping to add more flavor and delights in the kitchen.
I enjoy sharing my experiences with all volunteers and staff at Our Chalet, and I am grateful for the opportunity to play a part in so many lives. It is an amazing experience being here - come join us!
Ray Davis (UK) : Deputy World Centre Manager - Programme
I grew up in the UK where I was involved in both Guiding 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.
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.