Needless to say, she did not opt to attend college in New York City—she chose Alaska, where she forged an even stronger bond with untamed beauty and wildness. Steeped in the science as well as the natural beauty of the wilderness, Annie spent years as a research assistant on Kodiak Island. She has taught outdoor education, conservation, and guiding in places like Catalina Island, Denali National Park, and Olympic National Park. In 2012, she transitioned into small ship exploration and fell in love with life aboard.
Annie’s bona fides include exploring the natural world kayaking, running, backpacking, and climbing—a few years ago, she summited Mt. Shuksan in the Cascades (9,131 ft in elevation). Annie also has, surprisingly or not, a definite domestic side. She loves to cook, do yoga, and curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.
More recently, Annie transitioned into a new position, as Field Staff Scheduling and Recruiting Manager. She may have stepped off the ships and into office life, but she's stepped up in a big way. Now, she uses her wealth of on-the-ground knowledge to help manage our roster of field staff and to find and groom new hires to join our fleet.
We celebrate Annie as a leader, a genuine citizen of the natural world, and for her passionate desire, and advocacy, for finding true moments in nature wherever she may be—in a city or on a mountain top. We salute her for inspiring us, and all who meet her, to indulge our sense of wonder and share the exhilaration of discovering the unexpected.