KIDS AND TEEN PROGRAM

 

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MANDY ANZALONE

Kids' Program Manager
CPR/First Aid
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Returning to Vista Verde has been a dream come true for Mandy. A job as a wrangler brought her to VVR almost 20 years ago after graduating from Colorado College, and the ranch has held a special place in her heart ever since. Mandy met her husband in Steamboat and enjoyed living the ski town life, while she worked as a special education teacher and had a tutoring business on the side. After two kids came along, the Zirkel Mountains again beckoned her to North Routt. Mandy is extremely happy to now call Clark home! She loves spending time in nature’s wonderland, but is especially fond of horseback riding, skiing, photography and camping with her husband, two kids and golden retriever.

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LANCE ABBOTT

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ERINN AULFINGER

Kids' Supervisor
Hometown: Liberty Township, OH
School: Ohio State University
First Aid, CPR & AED Certified

Erinn is a passionate supporter of children and the under-served, including writing a self-help book for 9-11 year old girls to help offset the drop in self-esteem that leads to self-harm, depression and bullying. She’s a previous guest of VVR and says she felt the kindhearted staff was one of the highlights of her stay, so she wanted to provide that same level of care to others. She’s double-majoring in Marketing and Strategic Communications at Ohio State University and spends her weekends volunteering at a Women’s Drop-In Clinic, reading and taking Zumba classes.

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JULIA PLANT

Kids' Supervisor
Hometown: Zionsville, IN
School: Miami University
First Aid, CPR & AED Certified

Julia loved being a guest at Vista Verde so much that she couldn't resist the chance to come back as a kids' supervisor! She taught swim lessons and was a camp counselor for two summers back home in Indiana. In the fall, she will start her third year at Miami University (Ohio) where she is studying journalism, media studies and Spanish. Fun Fact: Julia spent last January in New York City studying journalism and hopes to work at 30 Rock some day!

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ETHAN COSGROVE

Kids' Supervisor
Hometown: Clark, CO

Ethan is a amateur video maker who has lived in Colorado for 18 years. He has worked around Clark doing various jobs such as ice cream scooper, landscaper, painter, and cold caller. Ethan loves writing both music and scripts for videos when he's not busy cheering on the Boston Red Sox. Ethan plans on attending Colorado Film School in the fall!

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MAX GROSSMAN

Kids' Supervisor
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
School: Skidmore College
Wilderness First Aid, CPR & AED Certified

Max has been coming as a guest to VVR since he was eight years old and couldn’t be more excited to be spending the summer working in the children’s program. He is currently a junior at Skidmore College and majoring in American studies and minoring in film and media studies. He is president of his SKidmore’s Outdoors Club and is an actor/writer in one of the college’s sketch comedy groups; Skidomedy. He loves watching Disney movies, collecting fun socks, and hanging out with his amazing 7 and 8 year old brothers at home in LA. Fun Fact: Max aspires to work in the entertainment industry and has worked on several well known TV shows!

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AARON EARL

Kids' Supervisor
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
School: Bowdin College
First Aid, CPR & AED Certified

Aaron has been coming as a guest to Vista Verde every winter for the past seven years and we are so glad to have him back at VVR as part of the staff! He is currently a junior at Bowdin College studying geology and visual arts. After a year of volunteering at an elementary school, he couldn't be more excited to spend his summer in the beautiful Colorado mountains working with the kids' program. Aaron loves to hike, kayak and cross country ski. One day he hopes to be a professor researching and teaching about mountains like the Colorado Rockies!

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NICOLE FINLEY

Kids' Supervisor
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
School: Auburn University
First Aid, CPR & AED Certified

Nicole came to the ranch as a guest several years ago and loved it so much she wanted to return on staff! She grew up riding horses and takes advantage of any opportunity to get in the saddle! She is always one for the outdoors, and especially enjoys fishing, running, and biking. She loves to bring out her creative side with painting, writing, and photography. Nicole loves being around kids and thinks we can learn unique things from their young perspectives. She will graduate from Auburn with a degree in Chemical Engineering in December 2018. Fun Fact: Nicole is an indoor cycling instructor in Auburn!