Our Chalet Family Summer 2016
Our Chalet and Volunteer Staff Team Summer 2016
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.
Mary McCormick (USA) : Guest Services Intern
Greetings! My name in Mary and I come from the state of Alaska in the USA. I have been in Girl Scouts for the past eighteen years. I studied abroad in Australia where I was a leader for Girl Guides between eleven and eighteen years old. My favourite thing to do is travel and learn about new places. I spend my days writing, hiking, and bursting into random songs from musicals. I have a degree in writing and communications. I am an amateur Disney historian. I have worked in the hospitality and tourism field for four years doing everything from tour guiding to hotel management. I am excited to be spending my summer as the Guest Service Intern at Our Chalet!
Susan Manning (Canada) : Programme Intern
Hi there! I'm Susan and I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (though I grew up in Newfoundland, so consider that to be home as well)! I've been in Guiding since I was six years old, and am currently a Guider with the 1st Bedford Rangers (15-18 years old). This is my third time at Our Chalet. I was a summer vollie in 2010 and a Ready Steady Go volunteer in 2012. I'm starting a PhD in the fall, and thought there was no better way to prepare for that than a summer singing and hiking in the mountains. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing with my cats, hiking, and spending time with my friends. I'm looking forward to meeting our guests from all around the world this summer, and exploring new places in the Adelboden valley and the rest of Switzerland!
Abigail Scherer (USA) : Kitchen Intern
My name is Abigail Scherer and I am the kitchen intern at Our Chalet this summer! I am from Pasadena, California which is about ten minutes from Los Angeles. I love girl scouts and have been one since I was five years old. I have had amazing opportunities through scouting including, traveling to Sangam and Our Cabana. Also, I have worked for my council back home at a Girl Scout camp for the past three years. A year ago I graduated college with a foods and nutrition degree and fell in love with cooking. This past year I spent working as an emergency medical technician as I have an interest in going back to school for nursing. When I get back home I will probably apply for Althea food related internship and apply for nursing schools.
Chloe Heidt (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
Hello there! My name is Chloe, and I am 20 years old. I was born and raised in Georgia in the USA, and now reside in Savannah, GA where I attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. Although very busy with my Film and Television curriculum, I also work part time at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (founder of the Girl Scouts).
I have been a member of Girl Scouts for 17 years now, from Daisies all the way to earning my Gold Award as an Ambassador. It is so great to now be able to share the joy and empowerment of Girl Scouts first at the Birthplace, and now at Our Chalet.
Mary Ofure Marcus (Nigeria) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
Hello am Ofure from the the southern part of Nigeria, I am 26 years old and read Adult
Education and economics and presently teach back at home. Guiding has been
part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have also visited Sangam in
Pune, India. I am looking forward to learning more about the Swiss culture and
working with a group of great ladies.
Lindsay Schwartz (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
Hello! My name is Lindsay, I am 19 years old and live just outside Chicago in Illinois, USA. I have been a Girl Scout for 14 years and have earned my gold award. I was on the planning team for the Girls World Forum in 2012, saw Malala Yousafzai speak at the United Nations in New York City in 2013 and attended the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in 2015, representing Girl Scouts at each event. This is my second World Center after Pax Lodge and my first time to Our Chalet.
I attend Whitman
College in Washington State and will major in Biochemistry, Biophysics and
Molecular Biology. I also play division three lacrosse there and lead a Junior
Girl Scout troop. I am involved with our outdoor program, attending and leading
camping and hiking trips periodically throughout the year. I am very excited to
explore the Alps and hike as much as possible while here.
Setavya Mudalige (Sri Lanka) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
I am Setavya from Sri Lanka. I have been a Girl Guide since 2005. It’s been amazing and I’ve loved it all the way. Guiding has helped me find myself and given numerous opportunities to bring out hidden potentials in me.
Living in the Swiss Alps had been an all time dream of mine and thanks to Guiding I am here finally living my Alpine dream as an Our Chalet Assistant (there cannot be any better way to explore the Alps or Switzerland). At the same time I feel so proud as I am the first ever Sri Lankan to be a member of staff at the first ever World Centre of WAGGGS!
Looking forward to an amazing time over here in Our Chalet and take back a lot of memories that’ll sure last forever!!!
Olivia Dye (Australia) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
G’day! My name is Liv. I am 18 and I’m from a little place called Cairns in Queensland, Australia! I have been doing Girl Guides since I was 12 and am now a Unit Helper for a group in my local district.
I graduated from High School last year and I decided that I wanted to have a Gap Year before beginning university. I wanted an opportunity to travel and to challenge myself, and what better place to do that than at Our Chalet!
I am excited to learn about life in Switzerland, make new friends and step out of my comfort zone!
Laura Brewer (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
Hello! I’m Laura, I’m 18, and I’m from California, USA. I have been a Girl Scout since I was four years old. I spent the last 3 summers as a CIT (counselor-in-training) at Girl Scout Day Camp in San Diego. I also went backpacking for the first time with the Girl Scout backpacking program. In summer 2012 I visited Pax Lodge and Our Chalet. I was only here for 3 days, but I fell in love with Adelboden and knew I wanted to be a vollie.
I just finished my first year at the University of Redlands where I am studying psychology and working towards my credential to teach elementary school. At my University, I have been involved in the Outdoor Program where I have gone backpacking, hiking, camping, and snowshoeing. Next semester I will be starting my training to be a trip leader for Outdoor Programs. In my free time I enjoy exploring the outdoors, and hiking with friends. I am so excited to be here and I can’t wait to explore Switzerland and get to know the other summer vollies!
Tinashe Chuka (Malawi) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
My name is Tinashe , am 22 and Malawian.
I have been guiding since I was a brownie and now I am a young leader in our country. I really like leading the brownies because I love kids and I like visiting remote areas so that I should get more girls in Girl Guides.
Camping and hiking are my favourite Girl Guiding activities.
Am really enjoying my stay here.
Megan Zmetana (Canada) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
Hello! I’m Megan. I’m 19 years old, I’m from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and I’ve been a member of Girl Guides for 15 years. I started as a Spark at the age of five and continued on as a Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder, Ranger, and am now a Link Member.
During that time, I have attended multiple Girl Guiding and Scouting Camps such as Guiding Mosaic 2010, SOAR (Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous) 2011, and California Dreamin’ 2012, which allowed me to meet individuals from all over the world and experience many new things.
I just completed my second year at the University of Guelph, which is found about an hours drive away from Toronto, Ontario. I’m currently pursuing a major in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Psychology: Brain and Cognition.
This is my first time both at Our Chalet and in Switzerland. I’m really looking forward to meeting new people from all around the world, to explore everywhere I can in Switzerland, and to make countless memories.
Virginia Torres Lopez (Mexico) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
My name is Virginia, I'm 23 years old. I live in Mexico, in the City of Querétaro (awesome City by the way!). I have been involved in Girl Guides since I was 12 until now, currently I am troop leader of girls between the ages of 9-12.
My interests are volleyball, girl scouting, sleeping and spending time with my family. I have recently graduated college. I am an international business graduate.
Kelly Sarkis (USA) : Our Chalet Assistant - Summer 2016
Hello, I’m Kelly and I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. I am 19 and attend the University of Pittsburgh studying chemistry or biochemistry (I’m not entirely sure yet). I have been a Girl Scout since I was 6 years old, starting as a Daisy. I worked my way up to becoming a Lifetime Member, doing a bunch of really cool things along the way! I was in a “normal” Girl Scout troop and the PACA Patrol, which was an interest patrol that focuses on the caring, raising, and showing of alpacas. My favorite Girl Scout activity is camping! I was a camper at Camp Wood Haven for 5 summers, and then was a counselor for 5 more.
My first WAGGGS experience was during the summer of 2013, when the PACA Patrol visited Our Cabana. I am so excited to be spending summer at Our Chalet, to work with such amazing ladies, and to learn more about the Swiss culture!
Alva Schlegal (Sweden) : Our Chalet Short Term Volunteer - Summer 2016
My name is Alva and I’m a Swedish Scout!
I just turned 20 in the end of April and I will soon begin my military education.
On my spare time I like to be outdoors, sailing, drawing, and hang out with my friends.
I only been a scout for a few years but it was the best decision I have ever done in my life, becoming a girl scout!
Kelsey Maber (Canada) : Our Chalet Short Term Volunteer - Summer 2016
Hi! I am Kelsey and I am from Rothesay, New Brunswick Canada. I have been a member of Girl Guides of Canada for 18 years. I have wanted to spend some time at one of the World Centres since I was a Girl Guide and this summer provided the perfect opportunity. I have graduated with a BA from Mount Allison University (2016) and will graduate this December with a degree in Social Work from St. Thomas University. I am passionate about both guiding and the outdoors. Some of my favourite outdoor activities are hiking, canoeing, skiing, and sailing. Throughout my time in Guiding I have had many amazing opportunities such as attending an international camp in Australia (ACE 2010) and Guiding Mosaic 2010 as part of the communications team. I am super excited to be here at Our Chalet for the next month or so, and can only hope that every member of guiding gets the chance to someday visit this special place in the Swiss Alps!