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Meet our recent Trip leaders

Colie Haahr

Colie graduated from Alfred University with a degree in English and Secondary Education. During her time at Alfred, Colie was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She also spent much her free time participating in Cross Country and Track, and was the women's team captain for two years. After college, she started teaching for Nature's Classroom, an outdoor education company with different sites all over New England. The job took her to Cape Cod, Lake George, and Becket, MA, where she was the program coordinator for two years. Through her teaching experience she has gained a genuine love and respect for the environment and an interest in hiking and exploring. Colie came to BCCYMCA as the Becket nature director in 2009, and then in 2011 she joined the TSP staff leading a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Since then, Colie has been lucky to lead ICEP Australia in 2012, the first Travel Service Program to Uruguay in 2013, ICEP Japan in 2014, and ICEP New Zealand in 2015. That’s a lot of trips, but each year brings something new and exciting. She currently works as a graduate assistant at the University of New Hampshire, where she is a graduate student studying Recreation Management and Policy. Colie loves the seacoast of New Hampshire where she lives, and in her free time she likes to work on art projects, visit farms, read, and go hiking, running, or biking.

Nick Mead-Fox

Nick has been involved with the BCCYMCA since his first summer at Camp Becket in 2002. He worked as a cabin counselor at Camp Becket, and an outdoor instructor for the Berkshire Outdoor Center. Nick led ICEP Australia in 2014 and ICEP New Zealand in 2015. In 2012 he worked for YMCA Camp Adair in New Zealand where he designed experiential education programs on sustainability for the Auckland YMCA. He also worked for a reforestation company planting 98,000 trees in the Northern Ontario wilderness. While he loves outdoor work, Nick paid his dues behind a desk as a Solar Research Fellow for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from McGill University in 2015. When he’s not hiking or rock climbing, Nick enjoys playing board games, making music, and designing sustainable sewage treatment systems.

Torrie Hazelwood

Torrie hails from Scarborough, Maine and graduated in 2012 from Franklin & Marshall College (B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies) and just completed her Master’s (M.S. in Kinesiology, Sport Sociology) at the University of Minnesota in 2015. While in Minnesota, she worked at the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports and on a community-based research grant to design religiously and culturally sensitive athletic clothing with East African Muslim girls in Minneapolis. Torrie has traveled extensively in Scandinavia due to her Norwegian roots, and in her junior year of college she studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. While abroad she took advantage of the great public transportation and was able to explore the diverse cities and cultures of Europe. Though sports were the focus of her academics, Torrie also partook in the fandom and follows soccer and gymnastics closely and likes to relax with either yoga or juggling a soccer ball. Though recent revelations have led Torrie to pursue a profession in a more creative environment than what her academic field could offer, she is currently doing what any responsible twenty something would do when at a crossroads - traveling in East Asia before heading down to work in New Zealand for the Spring. As for camp, Torrie was a camper at Chimney for seven years before going on ICEP Japan and becoming an Invaider (Aide) in 2006 and onto a junior unit counselor for three years. Torrie led TLS in 2013, ICEP Vietnam in 2014, and ICEP Peru 2 in 2015.

Jack Shepard

Jack grew up as a camper at Camp Becket YMCA, was an Aide in 2007 and went on his own TSP program in 2006. Since that time, he has returned for several summers as a member of the counseling staff at Becket. During a year off between high school and college in 2009, Jack thru-hiked the Appalachian Trial with three of his Aides brothers. With an interest in travel and working in the outdoors, he has visited Central and South America as well as Europe. Jack was the counselor of the Adventure/Odyssey cabin at Becket in 2012, a program centered on backpacking and climbing. While studying abroad in Argentina in 2013, he volunteered in Patagonia with the Argentinean National Park Service. Jack graduated from the University of Massachusetts in the spring of 2014 with a degree in Geography. He led YAS in 2014 and ICEP Chile in 2015 and has spent time working for Berkshire Outdoor Center as an instructor facilitating team building, communication skills and leadership for a wide variety of groups. In his free time, Jack enjoys skiing, fishing, camping and a rousing game of ping-pong.

Dave Lovely-Taillon

Dave graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Outdoor Education & Business Administration. He has been involved with the YMCA almost his whole life as a camper, counselor, outdoor educator, and trip leader. He first came to the BCCYMCA as an Program Instructor with the Berkshire Outdoor Center and YAS trip leader in 2010. Originally from New Hampshire, Dave has spent a lot of time teaching, traveling, and working abroad. He taught English to children and adults in Kyrgyzstan and South Korea and held odd jobs such as a sheepherder and door-to-door milkman to make his way around New Zealand. Dave currently works as a Program Coordinator for Berkshire Outdoor Center. When he isn't working Dave loves trekking, Sudoku, playing basketball, taking photos, rock climbing, planning future adventures, and exploring his backyard with his dog.

Kristen Gianaris

Kristen is currently working towards her master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology of Development through The Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Since growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, she has also lived in Taiwan studying Chinese and in Mainland China teaching English. After finishing her bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University, she spent time in India where she researched women’s rights and the criminal justice system, worked on a farm in Illinois, led groups of international volunteers in Vermont and Maine, and led YAS and ICEP China. In Switzerland, her time is usually consumed by lots and lots of research and studying, organizing her university’s student food cooperative and coordinating events for the Student Initiative on Asia. When she’s not enjoying Swiss chocolates and the Alps, she spends her free time doing yoga, photography, and swing dancing.

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