Meet the Staff

Molly “Hopper” MosenthalMM_headshot

Camp Manager

Molly spent her childhood exploring the magic of the Green Mountains in Vermont, where she developed an untamed curiosity for the natural world. Craving more exploration of the unknown, she took off to Colorado, where she graduated from the University of Denver with degrees in Geography and Spanish. She has spent time adventuring, studying, and teaching place-based education across North and South America and in Europe. Most recently, she was an educator with Community Energy Project, and prior to that was Assistant Field Coordinator with Thorne Nature Experience. She comes to Adventure WILD and Mazamas with experience in environmental and social services, mental and behavioral health with youth and adults, experience in camps and educational settings, and a passion for fostering nurturing relationships between young people and their natural surroundings. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, swimming in chilly mountain waters, and letting the wind blow her in the direction of her next endeavor.

Mackenzie “Sunshine” MyersSunshine headshot

Overnight Camp Coordinator

After two years as a Camp Counselor for Adventure WILD, Mackenzie is excited to return this summer as Camp Coordinator. Currently, Mackenzie is in his third year at the University of Oregon, majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus in Environmental Education. This year, Mackenzie completed a two-term project with the University of Oregon’s Environmental Leadership Program. Alongside 8 other team members he planned and then led Environmental Education field trips for local 6 th grade students to HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, an innovative site for old-growth forest research. As a tactile, hands-on, and experiential learner himself, Mackenzie believes strongly in student-directed learning and tapping into children’s natural curiosities for the world around them. While Mackenzie spent his childhood moving around the U.S.—Colorado, Florida, and Tennessee—he feels at home here in Oregon and loves the geographic diversity of the Pacific Northwest, with its rushing rivers and towering trees, volcanic peaks and jagged coastline. When not in school, you can find Mackenzie climbing, hiking, and skiing in the Cascades, or reading Harry Potter inside while the rain falls gently against the windows.

Danielle “Squirrel” LuchkowecDanielle headshot

Education Coordinator

Hello all, Squirrel here! I am originally from New York State, and I have a B.S. In Biology & Environmental Studies. I have been working seasonally, traveling and working all across the USA for the past 4 years, working for State and National Parks, as well as for conservation corps, and most recently MESD Outdoor School. I have been working in the realm of environmental education with kids for 5 years now, and I have 5 additional years of experience working with day and sleep away camps. I have a passion for being in and connecting with the outdoors, travelling, hiking, yoga, camping, backpacking, climbing, meeting new people, and being silly. You would most often find me laying in a hammock under some tree cover or doing some meditation or yoga in the sun.

Sara “Spud” Hillsara headshot

Camp Counselor

Sara was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and loves everything that the Pacific
Northwest has to offer. Growing up, she did everything from off-road bike racing to building her own kayak and exploring the west coast, all of which instilled in her a long time love for the outdoors. She just finished her first year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC studying English Literature and Geography, with a specialization in Environment & Sustainability. When she’s not studying, she can usually be found skiing, hiking, and climbing through the mountains and preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail after graduation. Sara loves spending time with kids, and, constantly grateful for all of her adventures growing up, she strives to share the beauty and excitement of the great outdoors with them.

Kate “Pluto” Grenhamkate headshot

Camp Counselor

Kate grew up hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and canoeing in the Pacific Northwest. During the summer, her favorite place to be is camping on Timothy Lake or at the beach in Massachusetts. After high school, Kate spent a year working for an Americorps program called City Year in Seattle, Washington. She worked as a mentor and tutor in a third grade classroom. Kate is currently attending Scripps College in Southern California where she is studying Psychology and Spanish. On the weekends, she enjoys spending days at the beach, hiking, or exploring a new part of Los Angeles.

Abby “Poppy” WestfallAbby headshot

Overnight Camp Counselor

Abby is a newcomer to the Portland area. She grew up in Los Angeles where she graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a major in history and minors in Spanish and Theology. She is currently working toward her elementary teaching credentials and Masters degree in education. Some of her greatest memories come from her own childhood camp experiences in Northern California and three summers working as a camp counselor throughout the state. As she developed a greater appreciation for nature, Abby also realized the importance of sustainability and enjoys finding new ways to do her part for our planet. She loves all things camping, hiking, swimming and (of course) puppies. Abby is so excited to share her passion for education and love for all things camp with the Adventure WILD family!

Rachel “Sparrow” KatoRachel headshot

Camp Counselor

Rachel grew up in Oregon and returned after living in California, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Rachel has Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Jazz Dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has been a children’s dance teacher for the past 7 years. Since a young age she has loved hiking, gardening and nature. She is currently taking classes to transition to a career in environmental science. Rachel is so excited to spend the summer sharing her love of nature, science, and of course, movement!

Camille “Chameleon” GluskoterCamille headshot

Camp Counselor

Camille has lived in Oregon for the majority of her life, spending as much time as possible  gardening, hiking, and exploring. Her primary interest is in food, be that foraging for seasonal snacks outdoors, getting into passionate discussions about food justice, or cooking up a storm for her friends. Camille has a degree in Anthropology and Japanese from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Over the past three years, she has trained in education theory and gained classroom experience with preschool aged children in Copenhagen Denmark, as well as with middle and high school students at Northwest Academy in downtown Portland, Oregon. Camille is very excited to translate her love of education and working with students to an outdoor environment, and to be part of the Adventure WILD team!

Hannah “Hamster” CrosfieldHamster Hannah headshot

Exploration Guide

Hannah was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is currently looking forward to starting her first year of college at PCC in the fall. Hannah loves anything and everything that has to do with camp. Throughout high school she volunteered as a Student Leader for MESD Outdoor School. She enjoyed teaching sixth graders about animals, leading games, and leading songs at campfire each night. Hannah is super excited to be returning for another summer of fun at Adventure WILD!

 

Brighid “Juniper” HarrityBrighid headshot

Activities Guide

Brighid grew up on the Sandy River, exploring the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge with her family. She has spent time as a camp counselor at many summer camps in Portland, New York, and even Costa Rica. Additionally, she has participated in Outdoor School as a Student Leader 6 times in high school. She just graduated from Reynolds High School and plans to continue her education at Lawrence University as an Environmental Studies major this fall. You can catch Brighid chilling in a hammock while camping or skateboarding while in the city. She is very excited to be  a part of the Mazama’s Adventure WILD team!

Sarah “Geode” Lydeckersarah lydecker headshot

Climbing Coordinator

Sarah Lydecker is originally from West Texas. She came to Oregon initially to attend Willamette University in Salem where she studied Art History and Theatre. After finishing her studies, she moved to Portland for work and began hiking in her spare time. As she trekked higher into the mountains, Sarah encountered a strange thing called “snow” and decided to enroll in the Basic Climbing Education Program (BCEP) through the Mazamas where she learned how to safely travel in and climb the snowy Cascade Peaks. Interestingly, it was the thing that scared her the most, rock climbing, that became Sarah’s favorite activity. Many amazing leaders taught Sarah mountain skills and that she could also share her skills with others. Over the years, Sarah has assisted with BCEP, various youth groups, taken courses in traditional rock climbing, high-angle rock rescue, crevasse rescue, wilderness first aid, and climbed all over the Rocky Mountain states.

Riley “Neptune” DysartRiley headshot

TALON Program Intern

Riley is a nonbinary teen from Portland, OR. They love the outdoors, traveling (been to 7 states!) animals, teaching, leading, public speaking, and befriending all. Riley has a lot of experience in the conservation field—they were in a program at their high school called MYC (Multnomah Youth Cooperative) and it lead them to find their passion in ecology and restoration. From there, Riley spread their wings and made it into the TALON program at the Portland Audubon. Along with that, they’ve done some volunteer work. Some goals Riley has are to become a climatologist and an activist for LGBT+ rights and environmental protection.

Ben “Taro” NguyenBen headshot

TALON Program Intern

Ben was born in Vietnam but moved over to America when he was 5 and has spent most of his life in the outer Portland area. He spends most of his free time hiking in the Gorge, exploring the mountainous regions of the Pacific Northwest and splurging on the amazing food in the heart of Portland. Ben also enjoys any kind of water sport and rock climbing, though he’s only climbed and bouldered indoors. In the fall, he’ll be attending Stanford University with the hope of studying bioengineering and possibly minoring in environmental science. Working with kids is a great passion of his, and he’s super excited to learn and show how vibrant and indispensable nature is to all of us. Also, feel free to call him Taro as that’s his favorite drink—second only to water, of course!

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