Meet the Team

Ambassadors

  • Rietta Boksha

    Aloha 🤙🏼

     

    I’m Rietta. I’m originally from the Chicagoland area but now living the island life on Oahu! I’m married to my best friend Kyle who is a US Marine, have a kiddo named Jackson, and a puppy and kitty. I’m an aspiring author and have always loved being outside.

     

    Favorite trail: Crouching Lion. The views are spectacular and you feel like you are on top of the world.

    Favorite trail snack: beef jerky

     

    I always pack: a knife! You never know when you might run into an angry hog

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  • Meggan Burggraf

    I am a 1LT in the Alabama National Guard, MP by trade and loving it! 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!
     

    I have two gorgeous fur babies who mean the world to me and who accompany me on most of my outdoor excursions, and occasionally I can get my husband to tag along with us (although the Army keeps him busy too). But whether it is a solo trip or group adventure, I cannot wait until I get outdoors!
     

    Favorite trip: Colchuck Lake, WA- This mountain lake changed my life. Challenging route to the top but beautiful lake was a treat worth every climb.

    Favorite trail snack: Peanut Butter Sandwiches- great for a quick energy boost!
     

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

    • Christina Burk

      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 has been stationed in Guam since July 2018. 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 have fallen in love with the island and all of its beauty. Now we're getting settled at our new home in Hawaii and I'm looking forward to exploring new trails any chance I get!

      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, Netflix or Hulu, telling stories about my crazy Italian family in Detroit, and calling all my friends and family in Michigan.

      Favorite hike: Lower Sigua Falls in Guam


      Favorite trail snack: Perky Jerky


      I always pack: A First Aid Kit because I’m clumsy

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    • Robin Coale

      New Mexico Ambassador

      I’m a Captain in the Air Force, and I’ve been in a little over six years! I grew up always playing outside and riding bikes until the sun went down! My true love for the outdoors really came out while in college, I worked at the Outdoor Pursuits Center and loved it! We got to student lead trips and the staff would go on trips of our own all the time! My favorites were definitely rock climbing and mtn biking-but I love a good day hike too!


      Favorite trip: in my two PCSes I traveled across 3-4 states both times and stopped for some quick hikes through Garden of the Gods and Arches National Park!


      Favorite trail snack: smuckers uncrustables! Easy to pack and you can’t go wrong with PB&J!


      I always pack: sunglasses! I seriously have the most sensitive eyes ever!

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    • Shelby Mata

      Hello! My name is Shelby and I live in Kansas Citiy, 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 trip: 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)

      • Shelby Mata Instagram
    • Carmen Miller

      I am a college grad, navy wife, and autism mom with a love of the outdoors. Not only does it help me, it has really made a difference for my son. Recently moved to Washington but instantly fell in love because it has so many of my favorite terrain types. 

       

      Favorite Trip: driving across country twice this year (2019) and seeing so many states I hadn't seen yet. I love Montana, we went to see Mt. Rushmore, I really enjoyed Idaho too. Coming down the Cascades was amazing as well. I'm just in love with the mountainous west coast.

       

      Favorite trail: probably Grand Forest West, which is where I'm taking our Washington chapter on my first hike. It's more gentle but there are a lot of interesting things to see. 

       

      Favorite place: Point No Point, which is a lighthouse park farther north from us. The beaches are great, there is tons of driftwood to see, and the ocean is mostly gentle there. Which is great because my son loves water.

       

      Favorite trail snack: oranges, bevita cookies, chips, really whatever I can fit in my pack and what will go in my son's pockets while we hike!

       

      I always pack: extra clothes for our son because, as previously mentioned, he loves water. So we always take a change of clothes so there's no trouble with him getting wet. Our camel pack is crammed full with all our stuff but we manage.

      • Jessica Riley

        Originally from Northern Virginia, the Army has currently brought my family to San Antonio, Texas!

         

        Being outdoors has always been something that has kept me grounded and a way for me to escape from the stresses of daily life. I work full time as a nurse in the operating room, and enjoying doing hikes with my family and friends on the weekends. I love exploring all things from trails to cities, reading a good book, checking out a museum, finding good wineries and breweries, and seeing live music. 

         

        Favorite trip: Hiking into the Rockies in Colorado. We went in June and spent 5 days exploring different trails through out the mountains. There was still snow on some of our trails, so we never knew what to expect, the mountains were gorgeous, and the lakes we came across were breath-taking.

         

        Favorite trail snack: Sliced apples. Easy snack, that usually maintains well in my bag, but honestly still leaves me hungry so then I grab a protein bar. 

         

        I always pack:  extra socks. Sometimes the only way across a stream is straight threw it. 

        • Leah Roush

          Hello! My name is Leah and I’m currently living on Guam with my husband, who is Active Duty Navy. We both were born and raised in Virginia Beach though, and miss it terribly! I recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education, so I’m always looking for opportunities to help kids grow and learn.

          Favorite trail: would have to be Anao. It’s definitely a tough one, but the view of the coastline and the crashing waves are more than enough payoff for me! 

          Favorite trail snack: is beef jerky. Or as my husband calls it, a meat stick. That’s his favorite snack too though, so when he comes along I usually have to settle for a Kind bar - my second favorite! 

          I always pack: my Go Pro or Canon camera! Do I remember to charge them beforehand? Usually not...thank goodness for iPhones! 

          • Brittany Whalen-Davila

            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, museum, etc.! 

             

            Favorite trip: would have to be the Kearsarge Pass summit in the Inyo National Forest. Hardest day hike I have ever done in my life but 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.

            • Brittany Whalen-Davila Instagram

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          Board of Directors

          • Hannah Wolt

            President, Texas Ambassador

            I grew up in Texas, and now have also lived in Mississippi and Guam 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.

             

            Now that we're back in Texas for a bit, I've loved exploring one of my places again, Big Bend National Park, and filling up on all the tacos in south TX.

            Favorite trip: 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

            • Hannah Wolt Instagram
          • Kailey Brown

            Vice President, Kansas Ambassador

            My partner serves in the USAF and we are getting ready to leave the paradise island of Guam and head to our next adventure in Kansas.

            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 hike: 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

            • Kailey Brown Instagram
          • Jennifer Everhart

            I am a Navy wife currently living in the beautiful state of Washington. 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 hike: 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 a simple granola like Kind Oats and Honey Bar

             

            I always pack: I always take 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.

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          • Jeannie Poletti

            Treasurer, Guam Ambassador

            I'm a Navy wife originally from rural Pennsylvania but currently enjoying the island life on Guam.


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


            Favorite trip: I have so many favorites but my most challenging/rewarding one was a one day, 19 mile hike in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. He even has a tattoo of the gorgeous snowmelt lake we reached at the summit!

            Favorite trail snack: Deer jerky if I can get it! And if not - Lara bars of every flavor

            I always pack: Gloves! They're extremely helpful for any scrambling or rope climbing endeavors

            • Jeannie Poletti Instagram

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