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Meet the Staff of OPR!

 

Kayla Gallentine

Hometown: Battle Ground, WA

Picture of Kayla GallentineFavorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking & skiing

Favorite quote: "The earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Hiking in Yellowstone National Park and running into a wolf.

Dream job: Running a non-profit conservation group

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Living in a cabin in the woods with a small farm and herds of dogs.

 

 

Tonya Morrey

Hometown: Morrison, Colorado                       Picture of Tonya Morrey                

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking, climbing and rafting 

Favorite Quote: "It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude."                             

Most memorable experience with mother nature: A two week back packing trip in the deseret of Arizona. We got to rock climb, explore an abandoned copper mine and do a 36 hour solo out in the wilderness!

Dream job: Environmental Activist

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Sharing my passion for the outdoors with other people.

 

Andrew McDonald

Hometown: Puyallup, Washington                  Picture of Andrew McDonald                   

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking

Favorite Quote: "Try and leave this world a little better than you found it" - Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Most memorable experience with mother nature: A week long 50 miler

Dream job: National Park Ranger

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Retired and living in the Orting Valley managing a small goat farm.

 

 

 

Kendra Turner

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Hometown: Lynden, Washington 

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Kayaking

Favorite Quote: "Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures." 

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Kayaking Ross Lake

Dream Job: Dietitian 

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Traveling the world 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ava Barabasz

Hometown: Kingston, WA

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Favorite Outdoor Activity: hiking, paddle boarding, Disc-golf!

Favorite quote: "Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of our desire to understand." Neil Armstrong

Most memorable experience with mother nature:  So many to choose from! One that stands out as a history and anthropology student though is hiking along Hadrian's Wall in the UK.

Dream job: archaeologist doing digs in South America

Where do you see yourself in 50 years:  still exploring the world

 

 

 

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Grace Burke

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Downhill Skiing

Favorite Quote: “Never let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world.” 

Most memorable experience with mother  nature: Skiing while it was snowing.  The sun came out and it looked like I was skiing with glitter falling from the sky. It was absolutely beautiful.

Dream Job: Athletic trainer/doctor for an international sports team.

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Skiing all over the world with my level three ski teaching certification.

 

 

Alaina Thomas

Hometown: Vancouver, Wa

Favorite outdoor activity: Snowboarding

Favorite quote: "My hair is so big because it's full of secrets."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: white water rafting

Dream Job: Horse Trainer

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: retired living on a farm with lots of grandkids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aleah Bradfield

Hometown: Selah, WA

Favorite outdoor activity: Floating the river with friends.

Favorite quote: “Follow your dreams”.

Most memorable experience with Mother Nature: Hiking to Joffre lakes in Canada and swimming in the turquoise water.

Dream job: Being an EMT in Cle Elum, WA

Where do I see myself in 50 years? Hopefully retired, traveling to different countries.

 

 

 

Ellie Alexander

Hometown: Yakima, WA.

Favorite outdoor activity: paddle boarding and fishing.

Favorite quote:"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing"- Camille Pissarro

Most memorable moment with mother nature: Probably the time when time I did a night hike on a full moon up Chinook Pass called the Naches Loop. Mount Rainier was gorgeous and I was so shocked by the amount of scenery that was visible.

Dream job: would be to teach little kiddos around the grades 3-5.

Where do I see myself in 50 year:s I see myself realistically still paddle boarding, reading books like mad, and camping every summer.

 

 

 

 

Eric Mala

Hometown: Redmond, WA

Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking

Favorite quote: "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough" (Muhammad Ali).

Most memorable experience with mother nature: When I went backpacking for 2 weeks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico with my dad.

Dream job: To be a flight paramedic, there's no better and more rewarding job in the world.

In 50 years: I see myself still being active in the outdoors, hopefully being a teacher and teaching future paramedics, still living in Washington, and enjoying time with my family while telling stories about my life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Campbell

Hometown: Graham, Wa

Favorite outdoor activity: Snowboarding

Favorite Quote: "Life ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward, that's how winning is done." -Rocky Balboa

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Seeing the sun rise from the middle of the ocean while fishing in Alaska.

Dream Job: Working as a mechanical engineer for a car company.

In 50 years: Having a high up position for a company and going on adventures with my friends/ family.

 

 

Kyle Hergert

Hometown: Pasco, WA

Favorite outdoor activity: Skiing

Favorite Quote: "I'd like to live like a poor man—only with lots of money." - Pablo Picasso

Most memorable experience involving mother nature: Had a baby seal jump on my paddle board while paddle boarding on an inlet in Canada.

Dream Job: Hosting a sports podcast/radio show
See Myself in 50 years: Relaxing, and going to every single sporting event that I can afford to go to

 

 

 

Jackson Bourne

Hometown: Issaquah, WA

Favorite Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” – Hunter S. Thompson

Most memorable activity: Backpacking on the Loowit Trail around Mount St. Helens

Dream Job: Flight Nurse


Where do I see myself in 50 years: Living in a sprinter van traveling around North and South America

 

 

 


 


Picture of Bradley GasawskiBradley Gasawski

Hometown: Troy, Illinois

Position: Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals Coordinator (a.k.a. Fearless Leader)

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Telemark Skiing

Favorite Quote: "If you think you can, or you think you can't. You're right." - Henry Ford

Most memorable experience with Mother Nature: Riding my bicycle down the Pacific Coast Highway from Canada to Mexico.

Dream job: I would like to own my own mountain and run a ski resort.

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Hopefully I can still ski in 50 years!

 

 

 

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