Kitchen & Food Manager
Filled with a thirst for adventure and a trust in the wind carrying me, I have always embraced the opportunity to travel and explore. I grew up on the lakes of Minnesota with a profound love and respect for the wilderness. After a short backpacking trip in high school, I followed the call to the mountains. I spent college migrating between the East Coast and the Southwest, studying Philosophy and Studio Art in Maine, while spending my summers doing conservation work in New Mexico. After graduating in 2018, I decided to use the Southwest as a homebase to explore the Rockies and the world, with memories of travels to countries like Sri Lanka, Japan, Spain, and Chile inspiring my wanderlust, as well as my curiosity about food. My favorite part about experiencing new cultures is indulging in the flavors and textures of their cuisine, so I was not surprised to discover a passion for cooking soon after settling in Durango. I believe that great food has the exclusive ability not only to nourish the body, but also to spark joy and cultivate community. I see this magnified in the backcountry, where the hard days are eased by a comforting, delicious meal. As a member of the Deer Hill team, I am excited to share my love of food with those doing the meaningful work of deepening their connection to Community and Mother Nature.