Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Jennifer Everhart

Jennifer Everhart

Trail Name:

President
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.

Kailey Brown

Kailey Brown

Trail Name:

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

Jeannie Markosky

Jeannie Markosky

Trail Name: Diesel Bean

Treasurer
Colorado

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

Trail Name: Doc

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)

Abby Pitts

Abby Pitts

Trail Name:

Officer
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!

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Alabama

Christin Meents

Trail Name:

Ambassador
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

California

Chelsey Briggs

Trail Name:

Ambassador
California

Greetings! I’m Chelsey and I currently reside in San Diego with my husband Jake, who is Active-Duty Navy. I grew up in Southeastern Ohio where life consisted of backwoods Yeti hunting. I’ve always been outdoorsy, but Jake introduced me to the world of 14ers, which I talk about way too much. Besides hiking 14ers, I love all hiking in general, camping, kayaking, fishing, backpacking, biking, bouldering and running. I received my undergraduate degrees in Environmental Geography and Geology. My masters in education and I'm currently working on my doctorate. The outdoors keeps me grounded in this crazy world. Let’s get out and explore.

Favorite trip: Road tripping from Denver to Vegas. On the way, we hiked Mt.Elbert and visited all 5 national parks in Utah. We also camped at most of them..

Favorite trail snack: Clif Bar Nut Butter- Chocolate Peanut Butter

I always pack: Water, electrolytes, a first aid kit, sunscreen (if I don’t put it on at the car), and a knife.

California

Sami Hansen

Trail Name:

Ambassador
California

Hi my name's Sami :) I'm a military spouse of 6 years and currently live in California. We've been through 4 duty stations together, Hawaii to San Diego to Everett now back to San diego! I'm a domestic engineer, as my wife likes to call me but she means a sahm lol. I have a deaf son who does all my adventures with me and gets to explore so much in his first 2 years. I love hiking, 5k's, paintballing, baking and cooking, ASL, and football on the weekends (go blue!).

Favorite Adventure: I would have to say deception pass. It's so calming and gorgeous with it's ever changing views and scenery. One minute you can have such an overcast foggy day and then just a few minutes later it can be completely sunny.

Favorite Trail Snack: that's a tie between pistachios and cliff protein bars in mint chip

I always pack extra socks, sunscreen, water, first aid kit and an external battery

Florida

Christina Hamric

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Florida

Hi! Christina here. I’m a Coast Guard wife, originally from Tennessee, currently down in South Florida! I didn’t really grow up hiking, camping, or exploring the outdoors much as a child. Actually, the only camping trip I recall going on we ended up sleeping in the car in the middle of a thunderstorm and racoons stole our food. But then we got stationed in California and Hawaii. Being able to access beautiful beaches and trails so easily was life changing! Now I enjoy hiking, catching a nap in a hammock, playing at the beach, and camping with my family (my husband of 15 years, two kiddos, and our goofy golden retriever).

Favorite Adventure: Some of my favorite adventures have been traveling to new places! My first time out of the country was to Mexico when I was in highschool. Since then, I’ve been to Kenya on a safari, backpacked across Spain, camped in snow in the Sierras, kayaked to the twin islands just off the coast of Oahu, and fly fished the White River in Arkansas. I’m proud of each of these things, because they’ve all challenged me to grow in some way...one of the things I love the most about being outdoors!

Favorite Trail Snack: I’ve always got a KIND bar in the bag.

In my pack: Lots of water! I’m always afraid of running out so I bring a lot. I guess it’ll serve me well in the South Florida summers.

Georgia

Jazmin Bueno

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Georgia

Hola Amigos! My name is Jazmin, I have a B.A in Psychology and a M.A in Human Services Counseling. I am a native Texan who currently resides in the state of Alabama; however, my spouse is stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. 90% of the time you can find us enjoying the festivities, food, culture, and nature that the peach state has to offer. We have a Great Dane named Blu and a black short-haired cat named Bella. Growing up, my family and I often took trips to the Texas Coast or camped in various places along the Sierra Blanca Mountain Range in New Mexico. My love for the outdoors grew when my spouse and I got stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington State. If you haven’t visited or been stationed there it is definitely a state you want to put on your bucket list. Due to our recent move down south, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to explore all the states that surround Georgia. More than anything I cannot wait to make my way up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. So, grab your boots, snacks, and backpack and join the Georgia chapter as we hike our way around the state!

Favorite Adventure: My top two are as follows: In 2017 my spouse and I went snorkeling in Cozumel, MX and 2018 my family and I spent my 25th Birthday Whale watching near Port Angeles, WA.

Favorite Trail Snack: PB&J’s, cashews, pistachios, and some type of fruit.

I never leave the house for a hike without my travel first aid kit, water, wipes, trash bags, sunglasses, pepper spray, and my phone.

Georgia

Stephanie Hughes

Trail Name: Flask Master

Ambassador
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.

Guam

Jessica Schultz

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Guam

Hafa Adai! My name is Jessica. My husband and I both grew up in upstate NY, and we currently reside on the beautiful island of Guam. My husband is a Supply Corps Officer for the US Navy and we currently have two of the cutest cats on the planet, Cheeto and Latte. I am a Middle/High school Math Teacher but am taking a teaching break while in Guam to enjoy island life to its fullest. I grew up camping, fishing and hiking as regular summer activities and snowshoeing in the winter in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of NY. I have always loved the outdoors and have collected many outdoor hobbies over the years. I love running, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, riding my bike, golfing, and of course I can’t forget going to the beach. I think I truly fell in love in the outdoors while on a family vacation to Arizona. The terrain was absolutely breathtaking and different than anything I had ever seen before. I had always loved hiking but I think it was the first time I had realized that there is truly nothing like seeing the world like there is through a hiker’s eyes. The first thing my husband and I plan to do when he retires is to through hike the Appalachian Trail and then become park rangers for the National Park Service. I am so excited to be afforded this opportunity through Military Wild and look forward to the adventure I know it will take me on!

Favorite Adventure: Any hike done in Sedona, AZ, and any hike with a waterfall that I can jump in!

Favorite Trail Snack: Honey Roasted Almonds, Apples, and Cucumber slices

I always pack a hat, bug spray, and my GoPro!

Guam

Tami Owen

Trail Name:

Ambassador
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.

Hawaii

Elizabeth Bosse

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Hawaii

Aloha! I’m Elizabeth and originally from Alabama. We moved to Hawaii in December of 2021. My husband is in the Army, and Hawaii is our 9th duty station. We have lived in Georgia, Vicenza, Italy, Hohenfels, Germany, Monterey, Manila, Philippines (twice), Boston, and DC. I am a yoga teacher and a reiki master and teacher. I did not grow up spending time outdoors but as an adult it has become medicine for my soul. I enjoy running, walking, and hiking. Since moving to Hawaii, we have really taken to paddle boarding and spending as much time as possible. We have an almost 6-year-old daughter and are really trying to instill the love of outdoors in her. When we aren’t outside, we enjoy reading and trying out new restaurants.

Favorite Adventure: We spent two weeks exploring Myanmar, visiting temples, and trying new foods. It was so fun immersing ourselves as fully as possible in the culture. My favorite hike that we’ve done is Mount Tallac near Lake Tahoe, California. My favorite hike in Hawaii has been the Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail.

Favorite Snack: My favorite snack to bring is either a Macro Bar, these snickerdoodle balls that we make at home or Honey Stinger Waffles.

Something that is always in my pack is a first aid kit, my head lamp, and a pair of slippers. I love nothing more than pulling off my socks and hiking shoes and putting on my slippers.

Hawaii

Jen Furey

Trail Name:

Ambassador
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!

Kansas/Missouri

Chelsey Paquette

Trail Name:

Ambassador
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.

Ohio

Kara McWest

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Ohio

Howdy! I'm a transplanted Texan in Ohio. I grew up hiking and exploring in the American southwest and am grateful for the lovely green scenery with no "stickers" and few thorns. Active duty brought me to Wright-Patt in 2015 and now I'm a Reservist at my new "home base." I've lived in California, Arizona, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, and now Ohio. I've traveled to/through 34 states and 7 countries. I've done a lot of camping, glamping, medieval-style recreation, tubing, canoeing, white-water rafting, fishing, hiking, and more! BUT! It was all done as I heavily leaned on the expertise of others to guide me. I'm not really a novice, and I am no expert, but I want to learn more and do more! I joined MW | OH a couple of years ago with the aspiration to become more knowledgeable and skilled so I can help my daughter become a skilled and thoughtful explorer. I love being one with nature, and I love what MW has given to me: growth and community.

Favorite Adventure: camping and floating down the river in Texas Hill Country

Favorite Trail Snack: Fruit leather

I almost always remember to bring water and sunscreen, and I definitely always bring my cell phone for pictures!

Ohio

Allison Galford

Trail Name:

Ambassador
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.

Okinawa

Sara Hunold

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Okinawa

Hi, I'm Sara, an Arizona girl and Marine Corps spouse living in Okinawa with
our three kids and I love all things that build community and encourage
people to find friendships and grow their networks through positive outlets.

Being active outside tends to be the one place our entire family can enjoy
the moment. Once we figured that out, we are trying to incorporate it more
into our lifestyle rather than a camping trip here and a beach day there.
We've always loved going to National Parks, but now that we are on Okinawa,
we are trying to do the uniquely regional outings that are offered here.

My favorite adventure will always be going our trip through the Tetons and Yellowstone. We only spent three days there, but It has given us years of talking about doing a much longer road trip & camping trip through Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

My favorite outdoors snack has to be making a smore by the campfire, but if
we are talking hiking or beach day snack a good ol' PB & J.

The thing I always remember to pack is water, water and more water. The need to have water on you at all times is what Arizona and Okinawa have in common.

South Dakota

Bethany Andreas

Trail Name:

Ambassador
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!

Texas

Katie Aiesi

Trail Name:

Ambassador
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.

Virginia

Brittany Whalen-Davila

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Virginia

I’m a California native getting to travel the world with my spouse who’s in the Navy. I work full time outdoors and on the weekends I love experiencing something new in or around Norfolk. Whether it be a new trail, brewery or museum.

Favorite Adventure: Would have to be Kearsarge Pass summit in the Inyo National Forrest. Hardest day hike I have ever done in my life but with that view... I would definitely hike it again!

Favorite trail snack: freeze dried mango slices and dark chocolate, together.

I always pack toilet paper, cus leaves don’t work.

Virginia

Stefany Knickelbein

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Virginia

Greetings! I'm a proud mama to an adventurous toddler and pup named Torch, military spouse to an incredible human, and long distance runner. My family is new to Virginia, we have traveled from coast to coast and have seen so much! From Joshua Tree to the Grand Canyon, parts of West Texas and now exploring the beauty of Virginia, we feel at home where nature grows and thrives. My passions in life are trail running and trash clean up. There is no better way to thank the Earth for all it provides than leaving it cleaner than we found it. Through so many changes, sharing our love of the outdoors with our child has been the most incredible feeling as a parent. Every moment we stop to feel bark on a tree, touch fresh raindrops on a leaf, and look up at the cloudy sky swirling above us, we are leaving a strong impression to keep the love of the outdoors alive for future generations.

Favorite Adventure: The Redwoods will always have a special place in my heart. Walking among ancient giants and breathing in such crisp, fresh air is what life is all about.

Favorite Trail Snack: Peanut Butter Clif Bars, fresh fruit, and endless sips of cold water.

I absolutely love hiking with my Luna Sandals, make sure to pack plenty of snacks to share with my child, and a raincoat/headlamp just in case!

Virginia

Julie Behnke

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Virginia

Hey, I’m Julie! I’m originally from Maryland but currently stationed in the Hampton Roads area finishing up my twilight tour in the Navy. It has been a wild ride and I have met so many amazing people through different duty stations from Japan, North Carolina, Virginia and deployments all over the world. Some of my fondest memories are of the time I spent with the Marines outside doing anything from landing helicopters to teaching combat lifesavers. I have always enjoyed being outside and in the water from an early age. I fell in love with the outdoors on a hike with my husband when a mama bear and her three cubs casually walked past us. Since then, I have gotten outside and specifically to the mountains as often as possible. Hiking has brought me a sense of peace and freedom but also an opportunity to really connect with my kids. I also enjoy cycling, kayaking, paddleboarding and camping.

Favorite Adventure: Hiking the Inca Trail to see Machu Picchu at sunrise.

Favorite Trail Snack: Welch’s Fruit Snacks. It is one snack my whole family enjoys and easy to pack when out on the trail!

I always pack sunscreen, a flashlight, and a robust first aid kit.

Virginia

Elena Huffaker

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Virginia

Hi! My name is Elena. My family and I reside in Virginia. I am a mother, military spouse, veteran, digital experience professional, and more. Nature is awesome (truly awe-some) and being outdoors and moving make me feel alive. In addition, I feel you can connect with yourself and others in a way you can’t in other environments. Having the ability to experience different seasons in Virginia provides the opportunity to diversify outdoor fun. I enjoy running, hiking, cycling, snowboarding, and more. I’ve only started paddling, camping and backpacking here within the past several years. This year I am working on obtaining my scuba certification and look forward to adventures with it. My love of the outdoors and moving was fostered by my dad and I strive to share it with my family and others.

Favorite Adventure: The one that just happened and the next one that’s upcoming! I find each adventure has its own gifts.

Favorite snack: A couple of recent favorite snacks for hiking include pickle infused beef jerky and single serving chocolate squares with coffee mixed in them (Pocket Latte).

I always pack sunscreen and more water than I think I need.

Virginia

Christina Burk

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Virginia

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

Washington

Melissa Walter

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Washington

Hey! My name is Melissa and I’m an Army veteran and Navy spouse. My family and I are currently stationed at Naval Submarine Base Bangor where we have called home for the last 2 years and hopefully for another tour. We have been lucky enough to call home in many places such as: Hawaii, Connecticut, Guam and now here in the beautiful PNW! I’m currently a stay at home mom with 2 kids who keep me quiet busy with school and their activities. I’m also waiting to be accepted into the Dental Hygiene program where I will hopefully receive my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree. When I’m not busy with my kids and school I love to hike (with or without my kids), paddle board, kayak, golf and on occasion you can catch me in my garage building or making something.

Favorite Adventure: Every adventure I’ve been on so far has been my favorite!

Favorite Trail Snack: You won’t catch me without my homemade trail mix and chomps beef sticks!

I always pack lots of water, first aid kit, knife, my phone for pictures and a rain jacket (because it’s Washington)!

Washington

Karelisse Poventud

Trail Name:

Ambassador
Washington

I am a Navy wife, mom of two plus our pup Lona. Beach girl at heart, but will escape to the mountains when they call. My husband took me on my first hike when I visited him Guam. Ever since then I found any excuse to go out and find a trail to explore. I've hiked trails in Guam, Hawaii, Florida and Washington. Hiking is just one of many things I enjoy to do, I also enjoy paddleboarding, snorkeling, diving amd camping. I love being outdoors and I love that I get to share my love for it with my 3 year old and 5 month old.

Favorite Adventure: Hiking Colchuck Lake with my son when he was 1.5 years old for my birthday. I plan to go back when he's older and hike it with him and possibly explore more of the Enchantment trail.

Favorite snack: M&Ms, sunflower seeds and homemade jerky my husband makes.

Hiking with my toddler and baby girl I'll always have extra extra snacks, wipes, and band-aids for those clumsy falls.

Washington

Koti Bostic

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Ambassador
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!

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Megan Rice

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Ambassador
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.