Our Chalet Family Spring 2017
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!
Adrian Topic (Slovenia) : Grounds & Maintenance Assistant
My name is Adrian, I am 29 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
Hello, 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
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.
Megan Ziemer (USA) : Guest Services Intern
Hi all! I am Megan from Oregon, USA. I am 24 years old and
have been exploring the great big world since graduating university in 2014.
I am the Winter and Spring Guest Services Intern here at Our Chalet and look forward to answering your questions about activities, Adelboden, and sharing scout experiences. I also manage the shop and make sure that there are plenty of items for you to take home to remember your visit by.
I have been involved in Girl Scouts in some form since I was 7 years old; Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Troop Assistant, Camp Counselor, Co-leader and Leader. It has been some of the most wonderful experiences! From campfires with songs and stories, to Girl Scout cookie booth sales (as a girl and leader), I have loved every minute.
When I have downtime you can find me in a window seat reading with tea, watching Whose Line Is It Anyway clips on YouTube or wandering around this amazing valley that I get to call home for the next four months. I am looking forward to exploring a bit more of Europe and making too many ridiculous snowmen!
I’ll be seeing you soon!
Eunice Akinyi Obath (Kenya) : Guest Services Intern
My name is Eunice; I am a Young Leader from Kenya and currently serving as the Guest Services Intern here at Our Chalet. I have recently completed my undergraduate studies in BSc. Strategic Management and am waiting to graduate soon.
I have been a Girl Guide since the age of 5 and this experience has been life changing for me as it has molded me into the person I am today. Getting an opportunity to serve in a World Centre is therefore a dream come true for me and I only hope to make the best out of my time here while selflessly giving back to Guiding. I hope to gain immense leadership skills, make lifetime friendships and enjoy the international experience that Guiding offers while planning to share the same with my fellow Guides back home. This experience I believe will not only contribute to my Guiding and social life but also offer me a platform to gain professional skills that I will need in my career life in future.
I love travelling, adventure and exploring new things and during my free time here I would love to travel around Switzerland to experience the beauty of it.
I am greatly looking forward to having the most amazing and life changing experience of my lifetime!
Kirsty Sayers (United Kingdom) : Marketing & Communications Intern
Hi! I’m Kirsty, I’m 21 years old and from Hampshire in the UK.
I recently graduated from Reading University where I studied Marketing & Consumer Behaviour.
I’ve been in guiding since the age of 7 and have been a Brownie, Guide, and Young Leader and am now an Adult Leader for a Ranger Unit in the UK. I have also been an Explorer Scout and both my parents have Guiding or Scouting backgrounds. I’m also involved in Basingstoke Gang Show, where I help promote the auditions and show to the local community.
I’m a keen sportsperson and play Rugby and Netball at home and exercise where and when I can. I love trying new extreme sports and look forward to discovering more of these whilst being here at Our Chalet.
I also like meeting new people and am excited to meet from around the world and learning about the different cultures.
Hailey Morey (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2017
My name is Hailey and I am from Oregon, Wisconsin. I am 21 years old and recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I have been a member of Girl Scouts for 16 years and some of my most memorable scouting experiences includes Eco Valley, Brandenburg, and a community service trip out to Washington State.
I love all things outdoors as well as softball, rock climbing, and writing. I am super excited to be living in the mountains as well as experiencing the diversity of cultures that Our Chalet brings!
Kalia Velazquez (Mexico) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2017
My name is Kalia, and I'm from Querétaro, Mexico. I started my guiding experience in 2005, and it's been an amazing adventure ever since. I love hiking, camping, rock climbing and outdoor activities.
In Mexico I used to be a Brownie leader because I really enjoyed playing and spending time with kids.
I love the World Centres and I'm specially excited about this season at Our Chalet, it's gonna be amazing!
Yoshika Tai (Japan) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2017
Hi everyone! I'm Yoshika
from Osaka , Japan.
I have a pharmacy degree and worked at a hospital in Japan as a pharmacist for 3 years before coming to Our Chalet.
This is my first visit to Our Chalet and my first challenge to work as a volunteer abroad.
I love nature and outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, camping and just relaxing in nature. I also like to make new friends from all over the world. This is why Our Chalet is a great place for me to stay.
I have a little difficulty to speak and communicate in ENGLISH.But this isn't a problem as all staff and volunteers are so kind and friendly, they always help me a lot. So don't be afraid of language problems, come and join us! We have the same Girl Scout promise and law across the world.
Hope to see you soon, somewhere in the world
Maddy Edwards (Australia) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2017
Hi I'm Maddy Edwards and I am a Spring 2017 Volunteer here at Our Chalet. I am from Melbourne, Australia and have just finished school. I love to travel and like doing adventurous things such as white water rafting, hiking and boating. I have been a Guide since I was 8 years old and have loved every minute of it. I look forward to the challenges and adventures to come during my time at Our Chalet.
Charlotte Støvring-Preussler (Denmark) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2017
Hi! My name is
Charlotte and I’m from the western part of Denmark! I’m 20 years old and
currently on a gap year.
I’ve been a Girl Guide since I was 6 years old. Back home I am a leader for a patrol of girls aged 12-14. I am also involved in different projects and courses within my member organization.
I enjoy hiking, watching movies, travelling, and I love experiencing new things and to challenge myself.
This is my third time here at Our Chalet, but it is my first time here during the spring season. Every time here at Our Chalet has been an incredible experience, so I am really looking forward to having another, and I especially look forward to learning about different cultures and so much about Girl Guiding all around the world.
Georgie Moore (United Kingdom) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2017
Hello, my name is Georgie! I come from Leicester in the UK. I am 18 years old and currently on a gap year before starting a history degree at university in October. I was a Beaver, Cub and Scout before joining the Guiding Senior Section as a Ranger. I love Guiding and Scouting because there are always new challenges and opportunities! When I start university I plan to become a leader at a unit nearby. Before volunteering at Our Chalet, Guiding took me to Paris and Vietnam, I would love to be an international trip leader in the future! Outside of Guiding I like dancing, cooking and travelling. Whilst volunteering at Our Chalet, I plan to travel around Switzerland and hopefully try skiing too! It such an amazing place because you get to meet people from all over the world, try new things and explore.
Anna Ekström (Sweden) : Our Chalet Assistant - Spring 2017
I'm Anna, a 26 year old from Sweden.
I've been a Scout since I was 8, and continued on to be a leader at 18.
I did my Explorer Belt in Ireland and got hooked travelling and sharing the differences and similarities of Scouting around the world.
As I've previously volunteered at Pax Lodge in London and KISC (Kandersteg International Scout Centre), I thought it was time to live in the valley of Adelboden for a bit. I hope I get the best of two worlds here, the WAGGGS spirit and the mountain views. I'm looking forward to challenge myself by hiking more of the mountains and hope to see more wild animals.
If I'm not outside petting all the animals I can find, I'll be found inside watching Doctor Who, reading Harry Potter and crafting. Usually I cross-stitch or knit a long scarf.