Our Chalet Family Autumn 2016
Meet our current staff team
Current Staff and Volunteers at Our Chalet!
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.
Nikki Tucker (UK) : Deputy World Centre Manager, Operations
Nikki comes from Warwick in the UK and has been involved in Girlguiding for many years. She fell in love with Our Chalet on the first visit and has since visited many times before becoming a member of the Long Term Staff team. Nikki is a big fan of the outdoors and is relishing the mountain air and the fantastic hikes. In her spare time she is passionate about music and plays tenor horn. She and her husband play in the Adelboden Salvation Army Band and also the Brass Band of Frutigen. In any remaining spare time she loves to travel.
Jennamari Terävä (Finland) : Deputy World Centre Manager, Programme
Jennamari is from Heinola, Finland and became a Girl Guide practically at birth. Jen’s Our Chalet story began as a volunteer in winter 2007, and even though she has been back to Finland to finish her studies, half of her heart has stayed at the Chalet since the beginning. She is very excited to be back and determined to channel all her energy into making the programme as fun, challenging and exciting as possible. Jen is a keen hiker and an avid skier, and she spends her remaining free time singing, running, climbing, sledding, sleeping in strange places, getting stuck in trees, learning languages (especially Swiss German) and admiring all the pretty flowers – Our Chalet is definitely the right place for her!
Malin Huusmann (Sweden) : Guest Services Co-Ordinator
‘Hej!’ as we say in Sweden. My name is Malin and
I am part of the operations team here at Our Chalet. I make bookings, issue
bills, prepare check-in and make sure that our guests feel welcome. I was born
and raised in Upplands Väsby, a suburb of Stockholm. I became a scout when I
was eleven years old, and I continued on to be a scout leader and ‘paper scout’
for many years. Before coming to Switzerland I worked in travel, and I also
have a photography business on the side. My camera and I have many Swiss adventures
to look forward to! If I have any free time left over you will probably find me
experimenting in a kitchen somewhere since I am a foodie who loves everything
related to cooking or baking.
Sarah Wach (USA) : Programme Co-Ordinator
Hello! I am Sarah from sunny Miami, Florida in the USA. I have been a Scout for over 20 years, as a child, adult, and staff member in the US and as a volunteer and now staff at Our Chalet. While here as a volunteer I fell in love with the Chalet, Adelboden, and all of the wonderful people who live at and visit the Chalet, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to return! I love spending time outdoors, although that means two very different things in Miami and Adelboden. I grew up near the ocean and spent a lot of time snorkeling, SCUBA diving and kayaking. Not a lot of time in the snow, but I’m excited to remedy that here in the Alps!
Stelios Epaminondas (Cyprus) : Grounds & Maintenance Assistant
Hello all! My name is Stylianos a.k.a Stelios, I will be doing my best to keep Our Chalet in good working order.
I am from the beautiful island of Cyprus on the eastern Mediterranean Sea. I am a DIY enthusiast with a love of the great outdoors. I was born in Kigezi, Uganda a place that was popularly known as the Switzerland of Africa, a region filled with lakes, mountains and forests.
Over the years I have worked as a Building Maintenance Operative for several companies in the UK. Before joining Our Chalet I worked on various campsites around Europe renovating and repairing Static Mobile Homes.
It is great to be here and I am looking forward to learning more about Our Chalet culture and tradition. It awesome to be a part of the team, I am certain my life will change for the better here and I hope I can make a positive change in others too, no matter how small. EFXARISTO and ASANTE, (thank you in Greek and Swahili)
Sonia Epaminondas (Burundi) : Kitchen Manager
Hi my name is Sonia, I am from Burundi I hope to keep everyone at Our Chalet well fed! I was born and raised in Bujumbura the capital city of Burundi, a small country neighbouring Rwanda. We have some beautiful sandy beaches on the shores of the worlds second deepest and second largest in volume freshwater lake (Lake Tanganyika).
I am loving it at Our Chalet I enjoy meeting new people and exploring new places. It is a privilege to be a part of something as great as WAGGGS and I look forward to learning new skills, cultures and languages.
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 as 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.
Celia Vaughan (Australia) : Guest Services Intern
Hi, I'm Celia from Canberra, Australia.
I have been in Guides for around 15 years in the UK and in Australia where I am currently an Olave Program member and leader of Senior Guides.
I love to travel, learn new things, read, cook, and spend time with friends, family and my two whippets.
I am very excited to be the Autumn Guest Services Intern here at Our Chalet and am eager to learn new skills, make new friends, and experience life in Switzerland.
Lisa Pfeiffer (Austria) : Programme Intern
My name is Lisa and I am the autumn programme intern. I am 21 and from Austria. Since I was 16 I have now lived in 3 foreign countries and through it have discovered my passion for tourism and leisure. Therefore I decided to study this at University in Austria. My studies brought me to Our Chalet for my required internship abroad. I decided to take my love for scouting and turn it into work. I am a girl scout since 17 years and since 3 years I am an assistant with boys and girls 10-13.
Bethany Travis (UK) : Marketing & Communications Intern
Helo! Beth ydw i, dwi`n dod o Gogledd Cymru yn y UK
Hi! im Beth from North Wales in the UK. I have recently graduated with a degree in photography and graphic design and I now work as a freelance graphic designer and photographer on the side. My story in guiding started when I became a Rainbow at 5 years old, I then moved up through brownies and guides, and now I am a member of The Senior Section as well as a brownie leader and assistant Guide leader. My ultimate aim is to get around all the world centres one day.
I love photography and I always like to experiment with different formats and styles. Some of my other favourite things include travel, exploring new places and Disney films. When I have free time you will probably find me out and about with a camera of some description.
Jackie Rank (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Autumn 2016
My name is Jackie and I am 22 years old. I grew up in Minnesota, USA, but now I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I am a student at Marquette University. I have always loved Girl Scouts and have been a member since I was 5 years old. My troop visited Our Chalet in 2008 and I always wanted to come back as a volunteer. I am excited to spend an extended amount of time exploring Switzerland, living at the Chalet, and meeting people from all over the World.
Hollie Thompson (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant - Autumn 2016
Hello! I'm Hollie and I am from Luton in the UK!
I have been a member of Girl Guilding since I was seven years old when I joined a brownie group.
At home, I help run a rainbow group which is for 5-7 year olds. I have just finished school and decided it was the perfect time to explore the world.
I visited Our Chalet two years ago with my guide group and knew I wanted to come back! Last year I was selected to represent my region on a trip to Ssangam and that's when I decided I wanted to volunteer at a World Centre. I can't wait to get to work, to meet lots of new people and to explore the area !!!
Anne Sauer (Germany) : Our Chalet Assistant - Autumn 2016
Hello, my name is Anne and I am from Germany. In Germany I have just finished my A Levels and am now taking a gap year.
I am a Girl Scout since I was ten years old, where I was a part of the project “Girl Scouts at school” in Germany. In the past four years I was a leader of a Girl Scout group in my school.
As I love travelling, scouting and getting to know to new people (especially to Scouts and Girl Guides), I use every chance to participate in these kind of things. For example I represented the Girl Scouts in events like the Women of the World Summit in London last year in October. I am looking forward to Our Chalet in the beautiful Swiss Alps.
Alison Wai Yan (Hong Kong) : Our Chalet Assistant - Autumn 2016
Hello! I’m Alison and I come from Hong Kong. I’m now 23 years old and I have been Girl Guide for nine years. I participated as a Girl Guide in the unit of my secondary school, and continued to be an Air Ranger in a Headquarters unit. I’m currently serving as a Guider of a Girl Guide unit of a community centre. I am a fresh graduate from the Hong Kong Baptist University, with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Humanities. I’m looking forward to my life at Our Chalet, working with people from different countries, different religions and different cultures.
Dorothy Chang (Taiwan) : Our Chalet Assistant - Autumn 2016
Back to zero point, Dorothy be a 2016 Autumn Volunteer at Our Chalet the World Centre of WAGGGS in Switzerland.
Everyone has his dream, to be successful, to be rich, to be powerful,………;
No! It’s not my dream.
In 1991, I be a leader of Girl Scout, then I found it’s so wonderful that I can have full-dimension vision. Be prepared for everyone is very important. B.P. is great, for this, I am grateful.
I am 55 and I retired this Autumn. I have the opportunity be a 2016 Autumn Volunteer at Our Chalet this World Centre of WAGGGS. It’s my honour and also my country's.
Although I am a retired school principal, I can learn everything from the beginning. I will accept anyone’s command in order to serve others.
Yes. I do. I can do. I want to do.
Mandy Wu (Taiwan) : Our Chalet Assistant - Autumn 2016
Hi everyone ! I am Mandy, and I come from Taiwan. I joined Girl Scout when I was 13 years old. I learnt lots of things and made lots of friends via different kinds of Girl Scout activities. Now, I have become a leader, because I wish other girls to have the same great experiences as I had.
I applied to be an autumn vollie at Our Chalet, hoping to spread fun and joy to more people. I also want to learn more games, songs, cheers and experiences from our team members and guests, and then bring all the things I learnt back to my unit and my country. I believe I will make many new friends and have lots of exciting moments at Our Chalet.
Rosanna Atkins (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant - Autumn 2016
Hello! My name is Rosanna
and I am 27 years old. I come from Bedford in the United Kingdom. I was a
brownie as a child and then became a Rainbow leader in 2011. I have just
graduated from university and am now a qualified Healthcare Play Specialist and
I thought it would be a perfect time to come to Our Chalet and learn more about
WAGGGS and to meet people from all over the world. I have also come to Our
Chalet to challenge myself and to overcome personal barriers. I am looking
forward to getting stuck into all the jobs and helping guests feels welcome and
at home at Our Chalet. When I am not doing Girl Guiding I enjoy photography,
arts and crafts and being with my family and having adventures.
Ellen Sayell (UK) : Our Chalet Assistant - Autumn 2016
Hi, I'm Ellen from Buckinghamshire in the UK. I'm 18 years old. I am currently in the process of completing my leadership qualification, I will then be a full leader at my Guide unit back home in the UK. I joined Rainbows at 6 years old an have been in guiding ever since.
I have just finished my A-Levels at school. I am currently undecided as
to what I will do when I get home. However, I am very much looking forward to
enjoying the rest of this adventure.
May Chua Yen (Malaysia) : Our Chalet Short Term Volunteer - Summer / Autumn 2016
Hi, my name is May. I am from Malaysia. I have a twin sister who looks exactly like me from far. I love traveling because you get to explore the world and it makes you see things from different perspective. Besides, I love adventure sports too. I have an advanced adventure diver license 😉 And skydive is on top of my bucket list.