Board Of Directors
Sara Boilen, PsyD., is a clinical psychologist by training. She is the founder and owner of Sweetgrass Psychological, a community minded clinic with the aim of helping Montanans experience mental wellness. There, she works with individuals as they reveal their brightest selves through assessment and therapy. Dr. Boilen conducted her dissertation research on the effects of rock climbing on a woman's sense of hope and courage. She is the author of the book, Ethics in Rural Psychology: Case Studies and Guidance for Practice.
Sara Boilen grew up hating physical challenges and sleeping on the ground. Once the choice to participate in the outdoors became hers, she developed a passion for adventure and came to discover that she could, in fact, do (and enjoy!) hard things. She's a mountaineer, a telemark skier, an ultrarunner, and a swimmer. She is known to carry desserts of all sorts up mountains to share with her friends.
BOARD VICE CHAIR
Lace turned a love of listening to stories into writing stories through a Communication, Public Relations degree at Washington State University. This in turn led to over 12 years of grant writing, event planning, and donor development in-house for organizations big and small. In 2016, Lace took a deep-dive into her true passion for using stories to bring communities together, and created Laced Together, her own Grant Writing contract business. Through Grant Writing, Lace has been able to amplify the stories of those most often ignored, forgotten, or silenced by systemic oppression and support the growth of organizations working towards a more equitable society.
Lace was raised on Yakama Indian Reservation surrounded by elders who loved to regale her with legends. When she is not writing grants, Lace loves to challenge herself in the outdoors especially, backpacking, solo camping, mountaineering, and skiing, and is an avid traveler. She has traveled and hiked all over the world, including in Vietnam and Guatemala. Her favorite and most challenging trip included her leading a six day, all female hike from France to Spain and back again in the Pyrenees; sleeping in abandoned huts, avoiding wild boar, and spotting the rare Pyrenees Chamois. Lace has a habit of constantly seeking new challenges and is learning to Mountain Bike, Trail Run, and continuing to hone her backcountry ski skills. She has also has a ridiculous love for her two dogs, Trooper Thorne a 75lb Walker Hound/Aussie and Tokul Took the 15lb, mustached, Schnoodle pup.
With a combination of corporate experience at companies like Microsoft, and nonprofit experience with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs, Stephanie has a unique set of skills ranging from sales and program development to fundraising and community engagement. As a consultant and project manager, she works both independently as Tencap Consulting, and through other firms on contract with large organizations. Her favorite project to date was managing a successful political campaign to elect a local judicial candidate.
In her personal life Stephanie enjoys time in the mountains with her family – particularly at their 600 sq ft cabin (with no internet) in the North Cascades of Washington state. She grew up hiking and skiing in northern California, but living in Colorado and Washington deepened her love of snow and all things outdoors. She's taught skiing to young kids, snowshoes any chance she can get, and tackles a new ski mountain each winter.
Kristina is a skier, climber, runner, writer, and tutu enthusiast based in Seattle. Her passion for the outdoors began at age 3 in Bozeman, Montana, where she grew up skiing and camping. She moved to Seattle to attend UW, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Business marketing in 2006. Kristina passion for writing and adventure landed her a dream job as the Membership & Communications Director at The Mountaineers, a regional, volunteer-led nonprofit connecting people to the power of wild places. For the past 7-years with The Mountaineers, she's used her experience understanding consumer behavior, developing communication strategies, and growing relationships to foster thriving, supportive communities. Kristina is strongly committed to JEDI work, and believes that all people should feel belonging in the outdoors.
Kristina spends her weekends chasing snow in the pursuit of Turns All Year, a ridiculous endeavor to ski at least one day every month (she's at over 100 consecutive months), and her favorite time of year is 'volcano season'. Kristina credits the outdoor community with continually inspiring her to get outside of her comfort zone, and she's still writing about all things outdoors – from why you need a down skirt to how to be a beginner – on her blog.
Andria is PR Manager at Alta Ski Resort and a former competitive skier. After meeting fellow board member Connie Marshall while still in university, she decided to embark on a career in Public Relations in the ski industry. She has experience being an event director and has put on several events, including a 200-mile relay race event. Andria is grateful to continue Connie's legacy at Alta and in the ski industry.
Andria grew up in Idaho on a potato farm. She learned to ski at Grand Targhee with her parents, who both taught ski school at Targhee. She fell in love with steeper terrain, the powder skiing in trees, and the community at Alta, which she never left. She met the three founders of SheJumps in her early days competing on the big mountain circuit in America and the World Tour. She was one of the women who climbed the Grand Teton as the inaugural SheJumps event.
Heather Keen has 15 years of experience in public relations, communications, nonprofit, and government work with a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She’s the Strategic Development Director for Marimn Health where she oversees special projects including the development and construction of a new, state-of-the-art youth and family center that will open on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in late 2020. She also manages internal and external communications, marketing, and public relations for the organization. Prior to joining the team at Marimn Health, she served as the Public Relations Director for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe where she also managed philanthropic giving, facilitated community partnerships, and worked on legislative initiatives. In what feels like another lifetime, she lived in Washington, D.C. for several years where she worked in the United States Congress. In 2020, she was honored to be named one of Idaho Business Review's Women of the Year.
In Heather's free time, you can find her outside 'smelling the roses' - whether heading up to a summit on foot or via splitboard, travelling to new places, pedaling her mountain bike, or paddling her SUP on the lake - and probably with her best adventure buddies, her husband, and pup Koda.
A chemical engineer by degree, she had a very successful career in Oil and Gas operations and engineering, culminating in a role as Operations Manager for the Rumaila Oilfield in Iraq. She worked predominantly in the field, from the arctic of Alaska's Prudhoe Bay to the deserts of the Middle East, doing traditionally male roles in very male-dominated environments. She's now pivoting her career to performance coaching and working to design a passion-driven career and life!
Raised on the slopes of the Cascades, Kellie now lives in Girdwood, AK and lives an Alaska life-skiing, bush flying, kiting, mountain biking, wilderness adventuring, and appreciating the grandeur of Alaska. She also has a knack for travel and loves exploring around the world, connecting with people wherever she goes and constantly expanding her world view.
Sandy Chio's background includes over two decades of sales and marketing experience in destination tourism and the ski industry, as well as non-profit management. These career pursuits afforded Sandy and her family the chance to live (and play) in some amazing mountain communities from Girdwood, Alaska to Taos, New Mexico. She has had the privilege to call the Sierra, Wasatch, Cascade, Chugach, and Teton mountain ranges her backyard over the years. A pivot to experiential education brought Sandy to NOLS where we believe in the transformative abilities of the wilderness and intentionally develop leadership styles through outdoor skills.
Sandy is fortunate to have found a way to intertwine her passion for the outdoors and her professional path fairly early on. She approaches each day so grateful for the wonders the natural environment provides. She cannot imagine her life, including the joy of introducing a five year old to hiking and skiing, without the impact and influences of wilderness adventures.
Tallie is a long-time environmental educator focused on youth and adult conservation education programming, community based science, and justice-oriented /community-centered environmental education curriculum development. She's committed to anti-racist/ anti-oppressive education practices that celebrate cultural and community relationships to the land, biological diversity and how those relationships foster possibilities for a more just and sustainable future.
Tallie works in a variety of capacities to support environmental and outdoor learning for learners of all ages. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she is currently a graduate student at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec working on a PhD in social and cultural analysis focusing on the growing diversity, equity and inclusion movement in environmental education and relationships between environmental education and environmental/biodiversity conservation governance.