Addie teaches Special Education at North Routt Community Charter School. She is married to one of the Adventure Center guides… the one and only Ben Simms. The things that make her smile most are watching her dog run free in the wild, dancing to “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison with her husband, meeting interesting people, painting flowers, jumping on trampolines, running on new trails, and skiing down mountains… fast. She dreams of one day becoming a horse whisperer. One interesting fact about Addie is that she does not brush her hair.
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Fresh out of college in 1999, Mandy came to Vista Verde and enjoyed working as a wrangler for two summers. After meeting her future husband in the winter between, she moved to Steamboat, got married, and worked in the Steamboat School District for 12 years as a special education teacher, at both the elementary and middle schools. She currently works part time for the Yampa Valley Autism Program and spends as much time as she can outside with her kids. This fall, Mandy moved back up to Clark with her husband, 16 month old daughter, 5 year old son, golden retriever, 2 cats and snake. It is a dream come true to be back near the Zirkels and working at VVR again with kids and horses.
Hometown: Fishers, IN
Jacob has many interests. He's a hobbyist, and does pretty much anything he can get his hands on from chess to particle physics. He's been in seven musicals and plays, ran track and cross country, played soccer, and was on the mock trial team. Jacob sings and dabbles in half a dozen instruments, and most of all loves music theory. He's the analytical, type B kind of INTP who loves deep conversations. He plays ultimate frisbee, ping pong, and super smash bros melee. Is most passionate for philosophy, but wants to study software development. He's traveled his whole life, as his dad is a full time comedy ventriloquist, and has been all around Eastern Europe, a couple places in the south part of Africa, and all over North and Central America.
CPR and Emergency First Aid Certified
Hometown: Newark, Ohio
The Ohio State University
Max is 21 years old and currently a student at The Ohio State University studying Computer Information Science. Travel and Photography have always been two hobbies he is very passionate about. Max loves anything in the outdoors, climbing, shooting, fishing, hiking, and riding dirt bikes to name a few. Max enjoys traveling to National Parks with his family during the summers and traveling to new places. Aside from the outdoors, Max’s other hobbies include building computers, going to the gym and videography. Prior to Vista Verde, Max worked with kids at an outdoor adventure camp near his hometown, where he himself was a camper for many years as a child. Max visited Steamboat Springs in the winter with his family on a ski trip and was instantly in love with the mountains. He even hopes to one day move out west.
CPR/First Aid Certified
Hometown: Lake Charles, LA
McNeese State University
Last summer, Ruby visited Vista Verde and enjoyed it so much that she wanted to come back to work here! She loves serving Christ by working in the nursery of her church and being a leader in her college bible study. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and two goofy dogs. Back at home, she works at a veterinarian's office as a vet tech and is currently going to school at McNeese State University... Go Pokes!
Hometown: Chillicothe, OH
School: Miami University (Ohio)
Jonah is an undergraduate at Miami University where he is studying electrical engineering. In his free-time, Jonah likes to cook meals for his friends and family, go backpacking, learn new instruments, and drink good coffee. Here are a few of Jonah's favorite memories: raising pigs for three years at his house in Chillicothe, Ohio, going backpacking with his brother-in-law in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, and spending a week exploring Utah's five national parks with his Mom. Fun Fact: Jonah is red/green colorblind!
CPR, First Aid, AED Certified
Hometown: Portage, MI
School: Central Michigan University
Lance is an avid hiker, camper, and lover of the outdoors. He has spent many summers in the Rockies, including a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. Currently, he is studying at Central Michigan University with plans of becoming a High School Science Teacher. He also loves working with kids and is still secretly a kid at heart. This is Lance's second season and he is excited to be back in the mountains!