We received so many impressive applications to our 2014-2015 Ambassador Program this summer, and had some pretty difficult decisions to make! Each ambassador applicant had something unique and amazing to offer, and we loved connecting with new women and communities. We want to thank everyone who sent in applications and recommendations–we hope to stay in touch with all of you.
We selected five new women to join the Stonewear Team, making our 2014-2015 Ambassador Program seven women strong! Help us welcome Jenny Nichols, Natalie Duran, Liv McCoy, Kathy Dalton and Lynn Petre as our newest ambassadors, and join us in welcoming back Amelia Mayer and Tami Mittan (also ambassadors from last year’s team!).
Jenny Nichols is an ultra runner, business owner of Mountain PrimaDonna- a jewelry and accessories line. She’s also one of our favorite buyers of a retail store in Bristol, VA called Mountain Sport, Ltd. You can read about her busy life and fulfilling adventures on her blog Freedom to Be.Jenny lives in the Appalachian Mountains with her husband, 2 sons and 3 dogs. Jenny also loves yoga, mountain and road biking, kayaking, hiking, camping and plays golf weekly. She runs about 10 races a year and is training all year round. She has also founded, sets-up and directs many charity road races in her area. Jenny is also a DIY craft geek and loves to read.
Fun Jenny Facts:
Next Big Goal: Race in the Fort Clinch 100 miler in Amelia Island, FL and become the overall winner for women and beat the woman’s course record!
Little known fact: Her most favorite things to do are listen to NPR, cut vegetables preparing for dinner and drink wine.
Favorite Quote: “Shine your Light while you’ve got one.” from a Dave Mathews Song called ‘Drunken Soldier.’
Connect with Jenny on Twitter @jendenichols
Natalie Duran is avid rock climber. She began her climbing career to avoid gaining the “Freshman 15” but then fell in love with it and since then has been a star on American Ninja Warrior and graduated from University of California with a bachelors in Neuroscience. You can find about all her climbing adventures on her blog Chik on the Rocks. Natalie’s job all through college was posting video’s on her YouTube account which she now has over 15 million views. She has also started a climbing club as a way to give back to the University of California. After taking this year off from school she will shortly be applying to medical schools to become a doctor. Natalie believes there should be more talk about balancing the love for the outdoors while still maintaining a job. She wants to become an inspiration to young athletes not to give up on sports they love, they just need to learn how to balance their priorities.
Fun Natalie Facts:
Favorite Quote: “Best of all would be the freedom gained on the summit, which the mountains gift to climbers simply for taking the last step: an unlimited horizon without the barriers and confines of the lowland world.” Early Days in the Range of Light: Encounters with Legendary Mountaineers By Daniel Arnold.
Fun known fact: Natalie has a fear of condensation on cups so she keeps a coozie in her purse at all times.
Favorite Food: Sauces- any kind on anything!
Connect with Natalie on Twitter @NickityNatNat
Liv McCoy is a freelance graphic designer and food photographer. She lives right here with us in Louisville, CO. Check out her photography and adventures at Liv’n Design. Liv is all around an athlete of all kinds. Her favorite’s are swimming, rock climbing, competing in tri-athletes, ultimate Frisbee, snorkeling, acrobat yoga, surfing, skiing, hiking, and canyoneering. (and these just to name a few) Adventure and curiosity inspires her to stay active for example when she sees a lake she immediately wants to swim across it.
Some fun Liv facts:
Favorite workout song: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and for rock climbing her favorite song is “If I Fall” by Dixie Chicks
Favorite Food: Chili with homemade cornbread, smoothies with fresh mint and sweet potatoes.
Little known Fact: Liv has swam in the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean. Plus she’s had cooking lessons in Thailand. (looks like we’ll be coming over for dinner!)
Find Liv on Twitter @LivnDesign
Kathy Dalton aka Go Adventrue Mom lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her children of three, thier dog named Banjo and her kindergarten crush. The Dalton family has an insatiable appetite for the outdoor recreation which is luckily available to them just steps outside their front door. Their most loved sports are hiking, cross-country skiing and anything that entails a family togetherness and up-close look at nature. Kathy is a professional blogger of Go Adventure Mom which encompasses all her favorite passions: family, outdoor recreation and marketing. The mission is to get families outside. They also publish a quarterly digital magazine Go Adventure. Kathy also enjoys photography, traveling, skiing, camping and sleeping.
Some fun Kathy facts:
Her favorite quote: “You can do anything, just not everything.”
Little known fact: Kathy was in Odense, Denmark and English is her second language.
Favorite Workout Song: Alive by Pearl Jam
Lynn Petre lives in Denver, CO with her husband and Pup. You can read all about Lynn’s adventures on her blog: lgsmash. There she talks about her adventures of playing in the mountains year round and shows her love for skiing, trail running, rocking climbing, backpacking and camping. If it’s not yoga that helps her find her balance you can also find her and her husband riding bikes in downtown Denver looking for the next best happy hour. She’s also an active student and participant of Colorado Mountain Club.
Some fun Lynn facts:
Favorite Quote: “Never let your fear decide your fate.” -‘Kill Your Heroes’, AWOL Nation
Favorite Food: Anything with buffalo sauce!
Little Known Fact: Lynn has a cartilage condition called Osteochondritis Dissecans in her knees and has had 7 knee surgeries to help fix the issue. As you can tell this doesn’t stop her from being adventurous outdoors!
Connect with Lynn on Twitter @lgsmash
Amelia Mayer lives with her husband and three young children (aged 6 months, 3 and 5) and yellow lab, Katmai, in Yellowstone National Park. She believes whole-heartedly in the fact that outdoor time as a family makes everyone happier, and she loves to encourage all families to spend as much time in the fresh air as possible. Amelia also knows that staying active means that she is a better wife, mom, and woman and so does so without fail (otherwise no one is happy!), “I also hope that the message I send to my kids (without words) leads them to live a full and active life,” she says. Amelia runs, bikes, practices Pilates, does Barre3, hikes, skis, camps, blogs (check out Tales of a Mountain Mama), and enjoys taking photos and digital scrapbooking. This year, Amelia hopes to run her first half-marathon, train for a triathlon, and continue juggling her kiddos. She also hopes to further pursue her new-found love of mountain biking. Getting outside and being active is a daily endeavor – usually with her whole family.
Her favorite quote: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” -John Muir
Favorite workout song: “Hey Ya” by Outkast. “It makes me bump up the workout and start dancing every time!” she says.
Favorite food: Right now she’s crazy about peaches and could easily eat six a day.
Connect with her on Twitter @mtnmamatales.
Tami Mittan aka The Colorado Mountain Mom, joins us for a second year as a Stonewear Designs Ambassador. Tami lives in the high mountain desert area of Western Colorado with her two young kids, where she and her husband encourage their children to have fun in the “free” outdoors. She splits her time between full-time work as a system engineer and being a mom-at-home. And while her life is busy as it is, she prioritizes staying active, “Being healthy and active leaves me with that great feeling of being a strong, confident woman,” she says. “Also, when I’m living an active life, I cope better with its challenges and get more fun out of my days!” Her favorite activities and sports include hiking, biking, jet skiing, waterskiing, horseback riding, golf, camping, traveling, exploring, baking, scrapbooking, and reading.
Some fun Tami facts:
Her favorite quote: “That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.” -Walt Disney
Little known fact: After single living for a decade with her dog as her adventuring buddy, the sight of a Siberian Husky still makes her cry.
Favorite workout song: “Just one?!” she asks. “When all else fails, I click on my Pink playlist. OK, let’s go with ‘Raise Your Glass.’”
Favorite food: Pizza and chocolate cake (we knew we liked her!)
Send Tami a shout-out on Twitter @co_mtnmom.