Our Team

Brian Morgan
CEO and Adventure Lifer!

I wanted friends and family to experience the same excitement and wonder that I enjoyed while living and working in such fascinating places as Ecuador, Peru, and Russia, and friends and family wanted authentic travel experiences. They didn't, however, want to go it on their own. So I used my own experiences and lots of help from friends in Ecuador and Peru to create a travel company that offers everyone the chance to discover the culture and places that I love. It's an honor to be part of a community of such discerning travelers and to be part of planning their most perfect adventures.

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Jonathan Brunger
General Manager

Since starting at Adventure Life in 2003, I have had great opportunities traveling to destinations in Central and South America as well as Antarctica. People will often ask me which of my trips has been my favorite or the best, and it is certainly hard to decide. It is hard to compare hiking on Inca ruins with our great guides in Peru with floating in the Antarctic waters on a zodiac while a minke whale playfully pushes us along. Every experience brings a chance to learn, reflect, and most importantly, have fun. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for travel and especially like hearing from our guests when they return from their own adventures.

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Julia Kocubinski
Financial Controller

Growing up in the beauty of Montana, I have always been on the lookout for an adventure. Whether it is hiking my favorite trail, skiing at our local mountain, playing volleyball with my friends, or floating along one of Montana's beautiful rivers, I love to get out there and enjoy what our world has to offer. Working for Adventure Life fits right in with my lifestyle. I have had the amazing opportunities to bike in the Galapagos, climb a volcano in Guatemala, kayak in Antarctica and snorkel in Belize, just to name a few. Next on the list? Trekking in Peru!

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Aaron Conway, Web Developer/Graphic Designer

Aaron Conway
IT & Web Director

I joined the Adventure Life team in 2002. I have always been fascinated with the world community and had an unwavering desire to learn about other cultures. Throughout my life I have traveled halfway around the world including several trips to Western Europe. I moved to Missoula from Mankato, MN with my wife and daughter after earning BFA's in graphic design and ceramics. Being part of Adventure Life allows me to keep remain politically, environmentally and culturally aware and to educate others. I also like pizza.

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Monika Sundem
Sales & Marketing Director

A Pacific Northwest native at heart, the call of the great outdoors has always beckoned me to come and play. Enjoying all varieties of sports, hiking and camping, I love to use activities to develop relationships. I have traveled extensively in Central America and parts of South America, and have forged many cross cultural friendships that I hold dear. I am eager for others to experience their own unique memories with the beautiful people our planet holds. I love to play outside with my husband and three kids in the summertime, and cozy up with some chocolate chip cookies in the winter.

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Mary Curry
Voyage Product Director/Trip Planner

I'm a Missoula native who has been with Adventure Life almost from the beginning. With its family friendly policies and adventure- minded staff, Adventure Life is the perfect fit for me. I love to travel, especially on multisport trips such as the breathtaking Class V Futaleufu whitewater adventure. I also enjoy spending time with my fantastic family on outdoor adventures around Montana. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. As a Watson Fellow, Presidential Scholar and mom, I hope to instill a passion for international travel and global consciousness in my four young kids. They've started their travels early, accompanying me to the Galapagos, Ecuador, Belize, Panama, Germany, the UK, Costa Rica and Guatemala. I hope that is only the beginning!

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Marissa Jensen
Trip Planner

Growing up in Montana with family from Latin America inspired my love of the culture and the language. I started studying Spanish at a young age and pursued my degree in Spanish. Studying in Spain and Mexico proved that the Latin American culture would be in my blood forever. I enjoy speaking Spanish every chance I get! While traveling, I enjoy navigating narrow streets, stumbling upon "hidden gems" and interacting with the local culture. My favorite thing to do on a trip is to have a meal with a random stranger while asking them about their day to day and learning about how they view the world. In my interactions with these people, I have learned that the world truly is a small place. I am excited to help you make your world a little smaller!

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Kassandra Miller, Trip Planner

Kassandra Miller
Trip Planner

Growing up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and the waters of Puget Sound, I developed a passion for exploring the outdoors. While attending the University of Montana, I spent weekends exploring the mountains and the summers traveling through Europe. Most of my free time is spent skiing, rafting, hiking, fishing and mountain biking - always in pursuit of a new trail or unexplored section of river. I spent two years developing tourism programs in rural Guatemala and later earned a graduate degree in Ecotourism. My extensive travels throughout Latin America have ignited a strong passion for adventure travel and learning about new cultures. My favorite trips with Adventure Life have been Peru, Ecuador, Antarctica and most recently, Nicaragua! Next up: I can't decide! Should it be Costa Rica or Patagonia?

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Erin Correia
Trip Planner

Born near Chicago and growing up in Michigan, I decided to venture out of the Midwest to work as a Disney character for a semester in college and haven't been able to keep my feet planted since! My travel addiction grew as I spent the next year studying abroad and traveling in Australia and Ireland. I next joined the Missoula Children's Theatre where I married my tour partner and spent the next 6 years traveling the world to bring the arts to children in such locations as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Anjung-Ri, South Korea. After visiting 48 states and over 15 countries, I joined Adventure Life in 2011 and am excited to share my passion for travel by helping others plan their adventures. I hope to one day visit all 50 states and 7 continents.

Mindy Teini, Trip Planner

Mindy Teini
Trip Planner

Born and raised in Montana with a family full of eager adventurers, I grew up exploring the outdoors! I came to Adventure Life with experience in the industry and a varied and extensive travel background, having visited 41 countries and 6 continents to date. My love affair with travel and life-long hunger to learn led to a degree in Anthropology with an Emphasis in Cultural and Ethnic Diversity. If not traveling I spend my time hiking, reading, crafting, and spending time with my family of 7 and friends.

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Laura Cahill
Trip Planner

Coming from a military family the travel bug bit me early on. Born in Honolulu and raised in the Chicago-area, I traveled all over the US with my family, particularly to the Rocky Mountain West. I moved to Montana after college to work in Glacier National Park as a boat captain and naturalist for several summers. I have my MA in Cultural Geography, where my research took me to the Republic of Georgia for several months to research families involved in rural to urban migration. My love of travel has taken me to Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Turkey Ecuador, the Galapagos, Mexico, and Peru. When not traveling I love to hike with my husband and two dogs, roller skate with Missoula's local roller derby league, and I am forever on the hunt for the perfect chocolate malt.

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Sullivan Peraino, Trip Planner

Sullivan Peraino
Trip Planner

Raised in the wilds of Montana, I spent my formative years considering moose to be standard neighborhood fixtures. I first left the US to finish high school in Australia, and from there the travel seed was planted. While earning a BS from Purdue University, I studied tropical ecology in Costa Rica and Panama. I lived in a biological station in Monteverde, and found a passion for both the plants and people of Latin America. After completing my degree, I worked for a commercial diving company in Seattle and saved my pennies until I could get down to South America. In 2010 I spent three months gallivanting through Peru, Chile, and Argentina, and loved every minute. When not helping others plan their own adventures, I love to fish, play in the woods, and hula hoop.

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Jodi Domsky
Trip Planner

Growing up in a small mountain town in Wyoming, I became addicted to adventure at a young age. Not only was I surrounded by different hikes, secret ski spots, and rapid filled rivers, I was also in a town where people pushed their limits and traveled to the most distant of places. Having conversations about the peak that was summited in Bhutan, or the river that was rafted in Iceland spurred my eagerness to travel. My family and I took trips to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Rwanda, Kenya, Australia, France, and more! After heading off to Missoula to attend the University of Montana, I took travel into my own hands. I took trips to Nicaragua and El Salvador, and then spent 6 months in South America. One of my favorite spots was Easter Island. The Moai are bigger than you would think! The beautiful people, the incredible dancing, and the unimaginable scenery were just some of my favorite parts! When I am not dreaming of my next destination I love to kayak, ride my bike, and crochet bright colored hats.

Jenny Johnston
Office Assistant/Web Content Editor

Born and raised in Nashville, making beautiful Montana home has been a wonderful adventure and a great opportunity to introduce chocolate gravy & biscuits and the word "y'all" to the West! My interests include, but are not limited to: card making, music, eating Big Dipper ice cream with my husband, hiking, tea-drinking, the Audrey-Sinatra era, my family, and trying new foods/restaurants. I discovered my appreciation of different cultures through multiple family trips to sample street food, ride elephants, bargain at markets, and visit mountain tribe villages in amazing Thailand. My love of travel has also been inspired by visiting the Great Wall in China, going to Paris for a dance program, snorkeling in the Bahamas, exploring the jungle and Mayan ruins in Belize, and living in Spain for a semester of study and the search for the ultimate tapas bar!

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Lynessa Nelson
Office Manager

My passion for travel began in college while studying abroad in Spain, Scotland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico. Upon graduation, I became a resettlement counselor in Seattle for refugees arriving from around the globe. I enjoyed the relationships made while learning to cook spicy Ethiopian foods, experiencing the art of Somali henna, and occasionally joining in a Liberian dance party. Now at Adventure Life, my desire lives on to help others experience new cultures for themselves and learn about the adventures awaiting in a foreign country. When I'm not working, I like getting out to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, zumba, and cooking new ethnic dishes!

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Haley Rowell
Office & Operations Staff Support

My love for travel began as a little girl on a cross-country road trip to the Oregon coast. I was carted around the Pacific Northwest by my family for several years, who eventually introduced me to Hawaii, the Southern states, the Gulf of Mexico, and the mid-west. As a college graduate, I was gifted with the opportunity to spend a summer in Europe with my mother and sister, which ruined my 'content in the United States' mindset. Experiencing culture after culture and crossing borders left and right inspired me to see all fifty states, swim in every major ocean, and set foot upon all seven continents. I narrowed down my checklist after a study abroad in New Zealand and a trip to Australia, and now need to visit only three of the seven continents before I can start re-tracing my way through those I have already seen. I am currently and ambitiously planning five different trips for myself and can't wait to see where my passport takes me next. At all times, I carry a deck of playing cards and a camera, as I am constantly on the lookout for National Geographic's next cover photograph.

Meet Some of our Overseas Partners

Milagros (Miracle) Polo: Peru Coordinator

Milagros Polo
Peru Coordinator

I was born and raised in Peru and then lived abroad in Europe for almost a decade. I returned back home and my husband and I opened the friendliest hotel in Pisco (Posada Hispana). I love to ensure that our travelers always get extra special hospitality when they pass through. As the Adventure Life coordinator, I am based in Lima and I manage all of our guides, hotels, and local crews for your trip. When you travel with us in Peru, I will strive to make it a special trip of a lifetime!

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Betty Jarmillo-Zurita: Adventure Life Ecuador Coordinator

Betty Jaramillo Zurita
Ecuador Coordinator

I am excited to greet you and share my contagious enthusiasm for my country! I love to ensure that all our clients enjoy their visit here to the fullest and that everything runs smoothly. Before joining Adventure Life, I worked with a Quito-based Galapagos yacht company and also as a tour guide in the city. My husband and I live in Quito with our two young children. I love to join our travelers on day trips around the area when I get the chance.

Fabio Salas: Costa Rica Coordinator

Fabio Salas
Costa Rica Coordinator

I grew up in Orotina, a small town at the foot of the western plateau of the Turrubares Mountains in Costa Rica. My childhood was mostly spent wandering around the neighborhood chasing iguanas and parrots, playing in the local stream, climbing trees, and generally exploring the forests and valleys of Machuca River Canyon. This is likely where my passion for the countryside and all things natural originated. I have traveled extensively throughout Costa Rica, Central and South America and have been coordinating trips with Adventure Life since 2002. I love a challenge, especially to create a new itinerary! My favorite adventures include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking and visiting rural communities to meet new people.

 

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