The WCC is pleased to announce the crew leaders for the 2019 season! The leaders started in early January with the Wilderness First Responder training and will be participating in our Leadership in Natural Resource Conservation class all Spring. Alongside the course the leaders will prepare for the summer work season by working to get their S212 Chainsaw Training, and by participating in various field training opportunities. Stay posted to see what the leaders are up to this Spring with their various volunteer opportunities in the Laramie community!
2019 Crew Leaders
My name is Rachel McArthur, I have served with WCC in ’16 and ’17 season and am really excited to be a crew leader for the ’19 season! I grew up in Star Valley, Wyoming, and still call it home even though my parents have moved away. I love camping underneath the stars, chainsawing, hiking, and exploring forests. I’m pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Wyoming. My plans after pharmacy school include adopting a pup from a local animal shelter, building a cabin in the woods, and serving people.
My name is Kevin Jacobs, I am a Wyoming native, born and raised in Casper. At Casper College I received an associates in biology. Now at the University of Wyoming I am pursuing a double major in rangeland ecology and a watershed management, and environmental system sciences with a minor in reclamation and restoration. I enjoy nordic skiing, camping, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, and hot springs. When I’m not outside I like to draw, build (woodworking and construction),design, and escape into books. Things that interest me are sustainability, mythology, behaviors, and certain technologies. After graduating, I plan to build a camper on the back of my truck and disappear, exploring the country before getting a reclamation or a land management position.
My name is Lily Salzer, originally from Columbia, Missouri, I am currently a fifth year senior at UW completing degrees in International Studies, Spanish and Environment and Natural Resources. I competed as a member of the UW Swim and Dive team for four years and recently hung my hat up after a 13-year-long swimming career. I love to travel and to explore outdoors in any way imaginable, and after graduating in May I hope to spend time working for a non-governmental organization in Central or South America before returning to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D.
My name is Tre Trofi, I am a Colorado native who currently resides in Fort Collins. I recently graduated with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from CSU. I am returning this year for my third season with the WCC, my second as a crew leader. One of my most defining traits is my love for the outdoors which stems from my mountain upbringing and the influence of my admittedly hippie mother. Early on I was exposed to the wonders of what nature had to offer and I now enjoy skiing, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, really all of it. This aspect of my life has only grown stronger through my involvement with the WCC which has brought me to new places, new experiences, and many new friends. I can only hope (well assume) that this year will only bring more of the same. After this term of service, I plan to use my AmeriCorps education award to receive Wilderness EMT training in the Fall and begin pursuing my career, wherever that may be.
My name is Caleb Johnson and I am a 4-year Army Veteran. I am originally from Texas, but now currently reside in Laramie, Wyoming. I am attending the University of Wyoming seeking a degree in Geography with a concentration in Natural Resource Management. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, and cooking. I enjoy all aspects of the outdoors and I enjoy sharing it with my friends and family.
My name is Russell Smalstig, I am a University of Wyoming graduate with a BS in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Environment and Natural Resources. This is my second year in WCC, but this time as a crew leader. My favorite place to be is in the mountains and my favorite outdoor activities include snowboarding, mountain biking and fishing.
My name is Mckenna Worden, I was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming. Growing up I spent a lot of time outdoors exploring the Wyoming wilderness, where I found a passion for the environment. I’m currently in my third year at UW pursuing a degree in Geology with a minor in outdoor leadership. I am apart of the OLDs program and play for the Wyoming Women’s Rugby Club team. I enjoy backpacking, hiking, X-country skiing and snowboarding. I’m very excited to spend my summer outdoors helping my community!
I’m Dane Asbury, and I’m from Kentucky where as a kid I spent most of my time exploring around the woods. After moving to Buffalo, Wyoming I gained a new appreciation for nature, especially the beautiful mountains there. I’m always looking for excuses to spend time outdoors and away from civilization, and the WCC is a great one. After enjoying the hard work, camaraderie, and beautiful outdoors as a WCC Crew Member in 2018, I decided to become a Crew Leader for the 2019 season.
My name is Claire Sebald, I am a 4th-year undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming. I plan on graduating December 2019 with a double major in Mathematics and Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources. I was born, bred and raised in Excelsior, Minnesota. My love for the outdoors started with family trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and grew to backpacking the Kananaskis country in Alberta. I enjoy everything outside related from; backcountry skiing, backpacking, fly-fishing and an occasional dip in glacial waters. I am really excited to spend my first season with WCC this summer!