MEET OUR TEAM

WE ASKED THEM 5 QUESTIONS:

1. What are you up to in your life right now?
2. What is your favorite part of Nature?
3. Who did you look up to when you were a kid?
4. What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
5. What is the nerdiest thing you do?


 

Athena Allen

1. I am currently a first year student at UC San Diego, majoring in human biology. 
 

2. My favorite part of nature is the trees! I love being surrounded by huge pine trees in the mountains and feeling minuscule compared to them. 
 

3. When I was a kid, I loved Harry Potter and always looked up to Hermione Granger, because she had so much intelligence and bravery. 
 

4. The best advice I've ever received is that you always miss 100% of the shots that you don't take. This has helped me so much as I've been stepping outside of my comfort zone with new experiences in college! 
 

5. The nerdiest thing I do is having a picture of my school's library as my phone background!

Jo James

1. Currently I am living in Honolulu, Hawaii! Two friends and I moved out here in September. I work as a preschool teacher and an after-school counselor through the YMCA. I will be returning home to Vermont in a few weeks, then road tripping with a friend back out to Colorado for pre-camp in May. I graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, VT in May 2019 with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I am hoping to find a teaching position in Colorado this fall. 
 

2. My favorite part of nature would have to be the clouds and the moon. I love looking at the clouds during the sunset and watching the colors change. I also love the moon’s calming presence in the sky. I feel safe whenever I look up at it. 
 

3. My teachers. I was fortunate enough to, mostly always, have cool, supportive, and compassionate teachers from elementary school to high school. They made me feel like I could do anything, even when I felt like I couldn’t. 
 

4. “When someone says you hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t.” Either that or the simple but powerfully true advice of, “Follow your heart.” OR, “There are no cards [in life]; we’re all just here.” 
 

5. I talk to myself CONSTANTLY. I sing about everyday life (i.e. sing-talking so like, narrating things that I am doing through song). Play with silly putty and squishies. I really like cognitive skills puzzles and fidgets. The list could go on. 

Harvey Holman

1. I just graduated from Purdue with a degree in chemical engineering. After this summer I will be working as a consultant for a company in Chicago called Hilco Global. I just learned how to play guitar this January, I’ve been reading a lot, and I really like climbing and hiking.
 

2. I like that Nature is raw and in your face always.
 

3. I looked up to Carl Sagan.
 

4. Be nice to everybody. You don’t have to be their friend, but at least be nice.
 

5. Calculus and science. 

Nicholas Meyer

1. I am a fourth grade teacher. I skied every day that I wasn’t teaching this winter, and one of my new hobbies is studying local geography.
 

2. Water.
 

3. My high school band director
 

4. Adapt and overcome. My dad used to tell us this when we were kids and as an adult I can see how that’s just what you do.
 

5. I study spiders.

Britt Starks

1. I just graduated from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa with a degree in Sociology and Secondary Education. I am planning to move to Seattle WA or somewhere in that area hoping to get a teaching job.
 

2. My favorite part of Nature is its resilience. It disregards everything that is thrown at it and just continues to survive. I feel like people can learn a lot from the way Nature handles its problems.
 

3. My Aunt because she is the most gracious and giving person that I’ve ever met in my life and is constantly trying to make everyone else around her feel safe and comfortable and loved and that is something I aspire to do as I get older.
 

4. My High school Physics teacher had a long list of advice that he always gave us and the best one was Don’t settle. I’m still trying to keep this in mind as I go through life.
 

5. Sometimes I think about how maybe Rocks have feelings. When I was a child I would get so upset when I would kick rocks because I was worried that they would get hurt.

 Sunshine Wethington 

1. I play soccer for the City of Austin’s coed soccer coalition, and I also spend a lot of time geocaching around Texas. I am working on building lasting friendships and relationships.
 

2. Probably the sounds that Nature makes. When you take a moment to be really mindful and hear each and every sound it is so calm and so loud and I can really get lost in just listening, especially to moving water.
 

3. I looked up to my best friend Hannah. She is the kindest person I’ve ever met and she is so pure and honest. I try to think of how she might handle a situation and it has always helped me think of another perspective and look for the positives.
 

4. When you feel loved and safe, that’s when things begin to change.
 

5. Geocaching….I love going out and finding treasure!

Cherylyn Bohannon

1. I have been working on making a lovely bird oasis in my backyard in Wichita, Kansas.
 

2. All of the animals that you get to see when you are outdoors
 

3. My older sisters
 

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff
 

5. Bird watching

Miranda Delaney

1. I live in D.C. Currently, I am searching for employment. I love going to concerts on the weekend and I am getting really into wood burning.
 

2. Animals
 

3. My dad.
 

4. Lead in a way that you would respect being led.
 

5. I play hidden object games.

Sabrina Huang

1. I’m a senior at Georgia Tech studying business and computer science. I’ll be graduating in December 2020, and I am interested in exploring the intersection between sustainability and business. I am very inspired by the leaders of Patagonia - Yvon Chouinard and Rose Marcario.
 

2. Mountains! I’d pick mountains over the beach any day. Some of my favorite mountain ranges that I’ve visited include the Appalachian Mountains, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains (Czech Republic/Germany), and Kverkfjöll Mountains (Iceland).
 

3. Al Gore. I honestly don’t know much about him as a politician, but I really admired him as an environmentalist. I read his book called An Inconvenient Truth when I was ten years old and it prompted me to become a tree hugging, environmental activist starting from a young age.
 

4. Be kind to people; treat others the way you want to be treated.
 

5. I read Morning Brew everyday! It’s a daily email newsletter covering the latest news from Silicon Valley to Wall Street.

Anna Poeht

1. I am spending time learning about myself and the world.
 

2. The unknown and mystery of it.
 

3. Bert from Mary Poppins
 

4. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
 

5. Play Dungeons and Dragons

Kate Saylor

1. Studying for the MCAT and job hunting again. I am happy to be back at the ranch and I am taking it one day at a time.
 

2. The ability to go and escape, especially during quarantine, being able to go out and feel like I can breathe again is so important.
 

3. The Dixie Chicks. When Natalie Maines spoke out in 2006 about the state of the country and she unapologetically stood up for what she believed and didn’t back down.
 

4. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
 

5. Up until now I worked in a lab doing immunotherapy cancer research. And I did marching band and went to band camp.

 Samantha Stunkel 

1. I have about a year and a half left of school for Elementary Education. Hopefully after that I can move to Colorado and substitute for a year before I get my own classroom.
 

2. Probably the sounds. I find it really relaxing and calming to listen to the wind in the trees and the birds and feel like I’m in the present with the Universe for a moment.
 

3. My mom because she’s the most dedicated, strong person that I know and she taught me perseverance and no matter what’s going on in life you just have to have a positive attitude about it and just keep going.
 

4. Live in the moment and appreciate what’s happening in that moment. I’m a person who likes to be in control so I like to be sure of what is coming in the future so I like the reminder to stay present and pay attention to what is going on in that moment.
 

5. I watch teacher Vlogs on YouTube every day.

Cassidy Gillard

1. Currently, I am a full time student at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where I am working towards getting my bachelor’s degree in Special Education. I also work full time as a paraeducator in an autism program in BVSD. I spend most of my free time snowboarding and working at the Ranch. 
 

2. My favorite part of Nature is the silhouettes. Every mountainscape on the horizon and tree silhouette is mirrored perfectly by the sky, and I feel the most calm when I can just sit and trace over the ridge of a mountain or around the branches of a tree with my eyes. Also, I love dirt. 
 

3. When I was younger I looked up to my sisters and relied on them for basically everything, and I had many teachers whom I idolized (and still do!). I definitely wouldn’t have become the person I am without them. 
 

4. The best advice I’ve ever gotten was “Take responsibility for the choices you make, and live that way with joy.” My cousin John Gillard said that to me, standing in my aunt’s living room, and that moment constantly rings through my mind and my memory. 
 

5. I think the nerdiest thing I do is collect and read children’s books. There is a copy of the original Winnie-the-Pooh that stays next to my bed, and when I can’t sleep or just need a good laugh I’ll read a few stories and disappear into the Hundred Acre Wood for a while.

Brandon Hansen

1. I live in Hawaii and I am a dive boat guide. I love to surf in my free time, and I love to spend time with my friends. I am looking forward to whatever comes next, but I love spending my summers working hard and having fun at the ranch.
 

2. I love how pure nature is, even when it is imperfect, it is still exactly as it should be.
 

3. Mike Walker.
 

4. Have fun and work hard
 

5. I’m super into Marvel comics, specifically Spiderman. 

Andrew Kopel

1. I just got licensed as an elementary school teacher in Colorado and I am looking for a job in the Denver area hopefully teaching fourth or fifth grade.
 

2. Trees because they can look really cool and they symbolize a lot of things like growth and survival and dirt because it’s fun
 

3. My older sisters. They’re pretty awesome and have always been very ambitious and driven.
 

4. From my sister: Don’t create expectations for an experience you’re about to have. Instead, do all the prep work you can leading up to in and let the experience wash over you and be what it’s going to be.
 

5. Harry Potter trivia with my family

Ray Sloan

1. I just graduated from Illinois State with a Social Work Degree and I came to the ranch to figure out what I’m going to do next
 

2. I really like running water and just being around it and listening to it. It is very meditative.
 

3. My Grandma on my Mom’s side because she was a watercolor artist for her whole life. She dedicated her whole life to art and being happy and I really looked up to that.
 

4. I’m human and I make mistakes.
 

5. I really like Jazz music and I play string bass

Evan Smith

1. I am starting my second year of college at Texas A&M studying Urban and Regional Planning.
 

2. I think just being out there feeling the fresh air with a friend or someone I don’t know is a great way to spend time.
 

3. I looked up to a football player, Robert Griffin III, who played for Baylor, and now he’s in the NFL.
 

4. Try Everything.
 

5. I actively read Harry Potter books.

 Karen Turocy 

1. I’m a student at the University of Pittsburgh. I just finished my first year studying computer engineering. 
 

2. The serenity and the beauty.
 

3. Captain America. I thought he had all the good qualities of a human.
 

4. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
 

5. I have memorized most of the periodic table and 50 digits of pi.

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