Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Hannah Wolt

Hannah Wolt

President
Florida

I grew up in Texas, and now I've lived in Mississippi, Guam, south Texas, and Florida as an Air Force wife. I've been hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and more for nearly 10 years, and it's been incredible exploring all the places we've lived and traveled by getting outside. From stateside deserts to island jungles, New Zealand's ridgelines, Thailand's beaches, and Peru's mountains, I've met so many incredible people through our adventures.

Being in the outdoors renews me, teaches me to love the places we live and visit, and has been most incredible way to make connections and form friendships everywhere this crazy life taken us.

Favorite Adventure: Hiking the Kepler Track in New Zealand, and paddling the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande

Favorite Trail Snack: Dried mango and pocket burritos

I always pack chapstick, my favorite worn out hat, and a camera

Kailey Brown

Kailey Brown

Vice President
Virginia

My partner serves in the USAF and we've enjoyed living on the paradise island of Guam, beautiful rolling plains of Kansas, and recently moved to Virginia.

My favorite part of getting outside is that moment where any inner turmoil is silenced by the calm and quiet of the nature around me...whether it's relaxing inside an isolated cave or dipping into a rushing waterfall.

Favorite Adventure: It's a tough call between swimming underground in the crystal clear waters of Pågat Cave or trailing along the Southern Mountain ridge along southern Guam

Favorite Trail Snack: Sahale Pomegranate and Vanilla Cashews

I always pack my SpyderCo Knife

Jennifer Everhart

Jennifer Everhart

Secretary
Hawaii

I am a Navy wife currently living on the beautiful island of O'ahu. I grew up exploring nature and love sharing it with others!

I love being outside exploring my surroundings. There is just something about fresh air, tall trees, flowing waters, and towering mountains that melt all your troubles and worries away.

Favorite Adventure: Each hike is always unique and special to me, it's so hard to choose one favorite. But nothing is better than wandering through the jungle, stumbling upon a waterfall, and climbing it just because.

Favorite Trail Snack: I love frooze balls, especially the chocolate hazelnut and lemon cheesecake flavours. They are protein packed, easy to eat, and taste so good!

I always pack a strong rope and pocket knife with me. You never know when you'll need to replace a rope on trail or leverage something heavy.

Jeannie Markosky

Jeannie Markosky

Treasurer
Pennsylvania

I'm an avid outdoorswoman from PA, currently back in the Keystone state after living all over the continental US and most recently, the beautiful island of Guam.

I love the outdoors because I love to challenge myself. There's nothing like the feeling of accomplishment from sending a difficult route or the rush of endorphins from jumping off a waterfall. Nature has pushed me to become a better version of myself.

Favorite Adventure: The time I rented a camper van and drove across the country from LA to NY, stopping in so many beautiful national parks to hike along the way!

Favorite Trail Snack: Dried mango and Lara bars

I always pack gloves! They're extremely helpful for scrambling, rope climbing, and bushwacking

Shelby Mata

Shelby Mata

Head of Ambassador Relations
Kansas/Missouri

Hello! My name is Shelby and I live in Kansas City, which is where I grew up (Go Chiefs!). My husband is active duty Air Force and is currently stationed in Guam.

My love for the outdoors started with all of the camping trips we took every summer growing up. Then getting to hike in Colorado, Montana, and Greece during college solidified the love and respect I have for finding those little pockets of natural beauty in our world.

Favorite Adventure: My friends and I love rafting on the Meramec River in Missouri. It's actually a yearly trip we all take to spend a full weekend outdoors.

Favorite Trail Snack: Kettle cooked chips and granola bars. They are easy to pack and eat while out on a trail!

I always pack SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN (only ones made with all natural and wildlife-safe ingredients, of course)

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Christin Meents
Alabama
Christin Meents

Christin Meents

Alabama

Hi, I'm Christin. I'm originally from central California. I have a degree in recreation, leisure, and sport management. My husband is AD Air Force and we are currently stationed at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL. We have so far been stationed in NV (twice), OH, VA, MD, and now here in AL. We have 3 fur children that we take with us everywhere and recently bought a camper to explore even more places with them! My favorite activities are those that combine the great outdoors with my love for animals...goat yoga anyone?! I'm very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Military Wild team and can't wait to meet new faces and waggin' tails!

Favorite Adventure: Kayaking the CO river near the Hoover damn

Favorite Trail Snack: Trail mix

I always pack sunscreen and all the doggies necessities.. collapsible bowl, poop bags, treats, and water

Samantha Peterson
Georgia
Samantha Peterson

Samantha Peterson

Georgia

Hey MW Family, I'm an Army wife and mom of 3 who recently moved from the PNW to Savannah, GA. Every chance we can, we're getting lost somewhere together outdoors. My go-to is water, which means I love tide pooling, kayaking, alpine lakes, rafting & any beach any time. I'm currently an Anthropology grad student focusing on human-environmental interaction, so you can often find me participating in community-based environmental efforts. As a military family, we fully embraced constant change, centering our lives around finding the best local outdoor opportunities near each base.

Favorite Adventure: Ruby Beach, WA tidepools. Cape Perpetua (Thor's Well) near Yachats, OR. Tubbs Hill trail in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Rafting the Clearwater in Idaho with our oldest, Sliding Rock in Pisgah Forest, and hanging at the driftwood beaches on Whidbey Island, WA.

I always pack 98678 snacks for my kids (Plus bribery chocolate) and an identification guide for flora & fauna.

Stephanie Hughes
Georgia
Stephanie Hughes

Stephanie Hughes

Georgia

Hello there! My name is Stephanie and I currently reside in Georgia where my husband Luke is Active Duty Air Force stationed at Moody AFB. We’ve got two spoiled pups, Walter and Hank, that love to join us on our adventures and we wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been in love with the outdoors since I was a kid but it wasn’t until my early 20s that I began tent camping and hiking and I haven’t looked back since. I love snowshoeing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, gardening, camping, and cooking – there’s nothing better than a meal prepared in a cast iron dutch oven over an open fire.* To me, nature has always had a way of healing my soul and getting outdoors refreshes and revitalizes my spirit like nothing else. In the words of the great naturalist and writer John Muir, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” (Our National Parks, 1901, p.56)

Favorite Adventure: My husband and I were able to backpack the entire Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail over 10 days and it was such a rewarding (and challenging!) experience. The mountains in North Georgia are beautiful, especially in the fall, and following the white blazes for 80ish miles was such a neat experience. My favorite day hike by far is the Green Monarch Ridge Trail with breathtaking views of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in the Idaho panhandle.

Favorite Trail Snack: CLIF bars, Gu, and Buddy Fruits (the multifruit is the best!)

I always pack extra water and plenty of snacks – no one wants to be dehydrated or hangry. And I never leave home without bug spray or chapstick.

Emily McCormick
Georgia
Emily McCormick

Emily McCormick

Georgia

Hi - my name is Emily! I currently live in Fort Benning with my son and husband of two years who is Active Duty Army. I was born and raised here in Georgia and have always loved the outdoors. I spent a lot of time outside as a kid and one thing my family would do regularly was go camping on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. I truly fell in love with all things outdoors when I was an intern at a camp nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. Since then, I've done everything from canoeing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, back packing, hiking, spelunking, kayaking and camping! What I love most about being outside is connecting with nature. It relieves a lot of my anxiety and allows me the chance to sorta recalibrate and focus on becoming a better version of myself :) Plus, it is a lot of fun. There is so much to learn about the nature around us!

Favorite Adventure: Definitely the time I went camping on Assateague Island off the coast of Maryland. There were wild horses that ran through our camp and ate our bacon!

Favorite Trail Snack: Homemade trail mix - I switch it up everytime I make it!

I always pack a first aid kit, water, pepper spray, a multitool and my camera!

Abby Pitts
Guam
Abby Pitts

Abby Pitts

Guam

“Hi! My name is Abby!! I am a Navy wife who is passionate about the outdoors, fitness, traveling and a huge animal lover. I love the gym, hiking, snorkeling, paddling, yoga, diving and basically anything and everything that gets you moving!My husband and I were both born and raised in Colorado Springs. I have been married to my best friend for almost 10 years. Married on Christmas Day 2011! Fortunate enough to be stationed in Florida, Virginia and now Guam! We have 5 fur children (3 dogs and 2 cats) that mean the world to us.
Being in the outdoors truly is my therapy. It gives me clarity and makes me appreciate all that life has to offer!

Favorite Adventure: My husband and I took a trip to Chiang Mai Thailand for our Anniversary and it was the best trip of my life. We stayed at an Airbnb with a million rescue animals. Went to a elephant sanctuary, climbed all the mountains, enjoyed multiple yoga studios and ate all the food! And we did that all on a Scooter!! It was an experience I will never forget.

Favorite Trail Snack: Oh definitely Uncrustables!!!

I always pack a baton, Pepper Spray, Gloves, Sunscreen, Bug Spray First Aid and Water!

Tami Owen
Guam
Tami Owen

Tami Owen

Guam

Hafa Adai! I’m Tami. I currently reside on the gorgeous island of Guam with my husband (Active Duty Navy), our two kids and three dogs. I am originally from a small town just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My love for the outdoors began as a child traveling and vacationing with my family. However, it wasn’t until we were stationed on the beautiful island of Oahu that my love for hiking peaked. There’s just something about going from “what was I thinking” as you’re sweating and having to catch your breath (what feels like) every minute to “this is incredible” as you reach your destination to be able to truly appreciate all that nature has to offer. When not on the trails hiking, you can find me at the beach snorkeling, diving or exploring the ocean on a stand up paddleboard with my kids.

Favorite Adventure: My favorite hike is Sella Bay in Guam. Sella Bay will always hold a special place in my heart. Funny story: I had set out to hike Sella with a group of spouses when we had found a sweet abandoned puppy near the start of the trail. Despite being severely malnourished, she hiked all 3.4 miles with us and never left my side except when she went back-and-forth to check on everyone else. Needless to say, she came home with me that day and joined our pack. Leaving a hike with a furry plus one is totally normal, right?!

Favorite Trail Snack: Mandarin Oranges and Uncrustables

I always pack a First Aid kit, bug spray, plenty of water and snacks and then some MORE bug spray.

Christina Burk
Hawaii
Christina Burk

Christina Burk

Hawaii

Aloha! I was born and raised in Metro Detroit and to be completely honest I did not consider myself someone who would ever be ‘outdoorsy’ enough to apply to be an ambassador for a hiking group, but moving to Guam changed all of that!

My husband Ryan and I got married July of 2019. Ryan is in the Coast Guard and was stationed in Guam from 2018 to 2020. He convinced me that after 3 years of long-distance dating that we should get married and I should leave everything I know to move to an island in the middle of the Pacific with him. I’m happy to say it’s the best choice I ever made!

I joined Military Wild in Guam and because of this amazing group I fell in love with the island and all of its beauty. We loved it so much we decided to island hop right over to Hawaii, where I get the opportunity to be an ambassador for our Hawaii chapter.

Hobbies for me involve being around the water. I have an inflatable kayak and some great snorkel gear. I love to scuba dive and do open water swims. Land hobbies include just about any sport I can figure out how to play!

Indoors I like boxing, cooking, puzzles, Hawaii Five-0, telling stories about my crazy Italian family in Detroit, and calling all my friends and family in Michigan.

Favorite Adventure: Lower Sigua Falls in Guam

Favorite Trail Snack: Perky Jerky

I always pack a First Aid Kit because I’m clumsy

Jen Furey
Hawaii
Jen Furey

Jen Furey

Hawaii

Aloha! I’m Jen and am originally from Maryland, but relocated to Hawaii with my husband about a year ago. My husband is in the Navy and was stationed in the DC area for about 12 years, so this is my first real move. I’ve traveled a lot for my job as an environmental engineer and even had the opportunity to work at National Park Service sites across the country. Since moving to Hawaii I’ve been looking to get out and see more of the island and Military Wild has provided a great way to do just that while meeting some awesome folks. I have two large dogs, so I love finding adventures to take them on too! We have also taken up sea kayaking, and my husband is trying to turn me into a golfer in his spare time. When we aren’t outside, we enjoy watching football, specifically the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Baltimore Ravens, or just lounging on the couch watching a movie.

Favorite Adventure: I’ve been to over 100 National Park Sites, but my all-time favorite is the Grand Canyon. My husband and I did a hiking and biking tour along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, and that’s definitely up there too!

Favorite Snack: I generally pack pretty simple snacks, just fruit and granola bars. I love to try new recipes and cook for friends and family.
 

I always pack sunscreen because you can't underestimate the tropical sunshine!

Chelsey Paquette
Kansas/Missouri
Chelsey Paquette

Chelsey Paquette

Kansas/Missouri

Hey, I’m Chelsey! I’m currently stationed with my husband at Whiteman AFB, MO. Growing up close to the White Mountains of New Hampshire gave me a big love for hiking and being out in the wilderness. In addition to hiking, I enjoy kayaking, bicycling, running, and surfing—basically anything that gets me out in nature! As an environmental engineer, I have a passion for keeping the world a safe and healthy place for both society and the ecosystem we occupy! Being a military spouse has its challenges, but I enjoy joining a new community and getting to know new parts of the country. I hope to see some of you in the near future as I explore the beauty that Missouri has to offer!

Favorite Adventure: This summer (2021) I hiked Half Dome in Yosemite National Park! It was a hike that took a lot of planning and preparation, which made it so rewarding to reach the summit!

Favorite Trail Snack: My favorite trail snacks are fruit gummy’s or fruit bars.

I always pack doggie bags. My trail pup Ellie loves to come along when she can, so I always keep doggie bags in my pack.

Meggan Burggraf
Kentucky/Tennessee
Meggan Burggraf

Meggan Burggraf

Kentucky/Tennessee

Hey! I'm Meggan and I am a 1LT in the Alabama National Guard! Being outdoors is something I love whether it is hiking or Army training. I have always been an outdoor enthusiast from my earliest days as a Girl Scout, and thankfully the love of the outdoors has stuck around ever since!

My husband John is a pilot for the Army and we love getting out with our two trail pups, Max and Aurora. We've been lucky to be stationed in Alabama our entire time in the Army, but we live to travel and explore and see all that we can. We are hoping to knock of the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland of the bucket list soon!

Favorite Adventure: Colchuck Lake, WA- This beautiful mountain lake changed my life!

Favorite Trail Snack: Peanut Butter Sandwiches- great for a quick energy boost!

I always pack a pocket knife (old Army habits die hard)

Mike Haigh
Ohio
Mike Haigh

Mike Haigh

Ohio

USMC currently stationed in civilian life. I love hiking and backpacking, camping, and ignore the pun, but I'm hooked on fishing. A weekend rarely goes by that doesn't find me trying to get outdoors somehow.

Favorite Adventure: Always the last one and the next one.

Favorite Trail Snack: I'm not picky but if it has peanut butter in it then I'm happy.

If you find me outside without a knife then something has gone terribly wrong.

Allison Galford
Ohio
Allison Galford

Allison Galford

Ohio

Hello, I’m Allison. My husband and I are originally from the West Coast (I am from San Francisco, California and my husband is from Portland, Oregon) and we’ve been married for over 15 years. I am AD Air Force stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, Ohio. We love getting outside on the many trails in the area whether walking, running, hiking or biking. We live in downtown Dayton and it’s amazing because we have instant access to the extensive trail network only a block away. During my down time, I love to get outside on those trails or explore the many beautiful parks and preserves in Ohio and the surrounding states. My favorite inside activities include sewing, scrapbooking and reading. I also really enjoy camping and we have a small trailer we take on our camping adventures around the area. My favorite states are Colorado, South Dakota, Utah, and Ohio (of course!). I am very grateful for this opportunity to be part of Military Wild and hope to inspire others to get outside and explore the beautiful areas right in our backyard!

Favorite Adventure: In November 2019 my husband I took the trip of a lifetime. We stayed in Moab, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado for a week and spent time visiting and hiking the local, state and national parks in the area. Highlights included both epic hikes and lesser-known gems in Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Capitol Reef NP, Colorado National Monument, and Goblin Valley State Park. We hiked a total of 46 miles that week and it was unforgettable!

Favorite Trail Snack: Cashews, That’s It fruit bars, Clif Nut Butter bars

I always pack a hat, sunglasses, Buff, Gerber multi-tool, and water.

Bethany Andreas
South Dakota
Bethany Andreas

Bethany Andreas

South Dakota

Hey y’all, I’m Bethany, a native Texan, currently in South Dakota! I work on Ellsworth AFB, where my husband, Justin, is currently stationed. We live in Rapid City with our two dogs Moose and Tiga. We both have fallen in love with the area and the variety of activities available here. My love for the outdoors began when I was very young, and I have been enjoying it in one way or another ever since. Favorite outdoor activities are hiking, trail running, camping, fishing, and photography. Current bucket list items include visit as many National Parks (or other sites) as I can and run a trail ultra (50K)! I am excited to discover more of this beautiful state and share it with you all!

Favorite Adventure: Backpacking in Vietnam and camping on the beach in Alaska

Favorite Trail Snack: Fruit chews, apple sauce, and homemade trail mix

I always pack my camera, gps map, and water in my handy dandy fanny pack!

Sara Yandell
Texas
Sara Yandell

Sara Yandell

Texas

Hey y’all, Sara here! Originally from Oklahoma but currently serving in the world's greatest Air Force as a K9 Instructor located in the beautiful Sun City of El Paso, TX! You could say I've always been down for adventure. I love to do just about anything as long as I'm outside! I spent a number of years up in the frozen tundra of North Dakota and got to venture in the Minnesota wilderness, most of my time doing winter sports or kayak and camping. Once I moved to the Sun City, the mountains became my friend. I ventured on many trails and there's still more to explore!

Favorite Adventure: Back in January, I hiked the Organ Needle with this awesome group! It was very challenging and at times scary. However, the views made it all worth it.

Favorite Trail Snack: I always enjoy some craisins or almonds. And when it’s a big hike, PB&J all the way!

I always pack coffee, because coffee is life!

Katie Aiesi
Texas
Katie Aiesi

Katie Aiesi

Texas

Hey there! My name is Katie. I hail from suburbs of Philadelphia. My husband serves in the Army and we have two kids. One thing I love about this crazy military life is exploring all the places the Army takes us with my kids and husband. “I go into the woods and I am home” This John Muir quote rings true in my heart! Since my early years, the outdoors has been a place of exploration, peace, adventure, beauty, and wonder to me. I’ve always been excited to see the wild place around me - and I am always excited to connect with others who want to get out and explore wild places too!

Favorite Adventure: “Favorite” is a hard word. So top three: Backpacking with my hubs thru the Enchanted Valley on the Olympic Penisula in Washington State. Kayaking down the Owyhee River in Oregon. Trekking thru the India Himalayans. Okay, four becasue, my kids are great. Any time I get outside with my kids and they expereicne the wonder and the beauty of nature.

Favorite Trail Snack: Jerky. Almonds. Apples. Trader Joe’s canned Mackerel… if its a longer hike and lunch is involved.

I always pack a bandana, snacks, extra clothes for my kids.

Koti Bostic
Washington
Koti Bostic

Koti Bostic

Washington

Hey! My name is Koti. I’m an Army spouse currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington with my husband and our adventure pup. We’ve been fortunate enough to be stationed in: Hawaii, Georgia, Texas, Kansas and now the beautiful PNW! I’m currently in a Master’s program for Biology/Conservation. When I'm not studying, I love hiking, snowshoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and practicing photography. One of my favorite things about hiking is that the challenge is rewarded by the view and feeling of accomplishment. I'm always on the lookout for new places to explore!

Favorite Adventure: One of my absolute favorite experiences was going on a safari in Botswana and Zambia. We saw the most amazing animals, felt connected to nature and the people, and even did a Bush walk to see endangered white rhinos and a new baby calf. We took a boat through the Okavango Delta (with hippos and crocodiles following) and swam at the top of Victoria Falls.

Favorite Trail Snack: Bobo’s bars, trail mix, and dried mango.

I always pack lots of Water! Clif Bloks for quick energy, first aid kit and my phone/camera because pictures or it didn’t happen! LOL!

Megan Rice
Washington
Megan Rice

Megan Rice

Washington

Hello! My name is Megan and I am a United States Navy wife, originally from Eastern Ohio but currently enjoying the Evergreen State -WASHINGTON- with my husband and two kids. GO BUCKEYES! The Navy has taken us from Ohio to Virginia, Mississippi, California and now here to Washington. Our love for adventure started when we were stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. We started visiting National Parks and continued our journey as the Navy moved us across the US. We are so lucky that the military allows us and our kids to experience the great outdoors.

Favorite Adventure: Mount Saint Helens Summit

Favorite Trail Snack: Chomps Beef Sticks, Lemon LaraBars and kid approved-homemade Trail Mix

I always pack my trusty fanny pack. It holds everything you need in arms reach: chapstick, sunscreen, multitool and a snack.