Beginning at the age of two weeks old, Angie moved away from her birthplace in Nevada and developed a naturally nomadic lifestyle. With her family constantly on the move due to her father’s job, she lived in five states before finishing elementary school. Because of this, Angie developed passions for exploring the outdoors and learning about different cultures at an early age. Ultimately, her upbringing led her to study cultural anthropology at Northern Arizona University, where Angie was able to compliment her love for cultures with her love for the outdoors.
During her undergraduate studies, Angie decided to learn more about the neighbors to the south and jumped at the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Mexico. After graduating, Angie was still inspired by her experience abroad traveled to Nicaragua to complete a five month internship with the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Living in a small coffee-farming community, she helped train locals to become guides of an archaeological and nature reserve, secured funding for an environmental remediation project along the creek running through the reserve, and assisted with a community-run reforestation project. Yet, after traveling around Central America, Angie knew she wanted to learn more about sustainable development, so she returned to school to get her M.A. in Anthropology with a focus in sustainable development from Colorado State University.
During her graduate studies, Angie received a research fellowship from the Center for Collaborative Conservation to travel to the Peruvian Amazon and to carryout community-based and capacity-building workshops with several Shipibo indigenous communities. While in Peru, Angie also had an opportunity to lead a trip for teens through the Andes and to Machu Picchu. This was her first taste of facilitating an experiential education program instead of being a student in one, and something clicked. Angie realized that her passions lie not only in sustainable development, but also helping others understand through firsthand experiences the beauty of cultural awareness and the unforeseen realities of ecotourism and development work.
Since graduating from Colorado State, Angie has spent her time working for various nonprofit and governmental organizations in the Pacific Northwest, guiding whitewater rafting trips, foraging for and cultivating edible and medicinal mushrooms, and deepening her spiritual connection to the planet. Angie is excited to join forces with Carpe Diem again!
Angie lived in five states before finishing elementary school.
Angie completed a five month internship with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nicaragua- in a small coffee-farming community.
Angie has spent her time working for various nonprofit and governmental organizations in the Pacific Northwest, guiding whitewater rafting trips, foraging for and cultivating edible and medicinal mushrooms, and deepening her spiritual connection to the planet.