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Brian Morgan CEO and Adventure Lifer!

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 at 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

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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Aaron Conway IT & Web Director

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 remain politically, environmentally and culturally aware and to educate others. I also like pizza.

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Joe Devine Web Developer

Joe Devine
Web Developer

I've spent the majority of my life in Missoula, Montana and after starting work with Adventure Life in 2015 I am finally able to begin my international adventures. I've been able to explore the beauty of Western Montana for the last couple decades and am happy to begin to expand my horizons to see what the rest of the world has to offer. I have always had an affinity and curiosity for technology. Working as a web developer at Adventure Life keeps me constantly challenged and gives me the opportunity to grow and develop my skills while allowing me to maintain a happy life with friends, family and our wonderful community.

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Monika Sundem Product Development Specialist

Monika Sundem
Product Development Specialist

As a Pacific Northwest native I was raised to love playing in the mountains. I now enjoy living near Glacier National Park and learning how to master the adventure called "motherhood". I hold an innate love for Latin Culture, particularly Central America, and now love to develop amazing experiences in other cultures around the globe.

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Julia Kocubinski Financial Controller

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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Jenny Johnston Content Coordinator

Jenny Johnston
Content Coordinator

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 ice cream with my husband, hiking, visiting our National Parks, my family, and trying new foods/restaurants. I discovered my appreciation of different cultures through multiple family trips to sample street food, 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, people-watching in Paris, snorkeling in the Bahamas, exploring Mayan ruins in Belize & Guatemala, rafting the Pacuare in Costa Rica, hiking glaciers in Norway, and searching for the ultimate tapas bar in Spain!

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Lynessa Nelson Office Manager

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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Mary Curry Voyage Product Director/Trip Planner

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 kids. They've started their travels early with special trips one on one with mom, accompanying me to the Galapagos, Ecuador, Belize, Panama, Germany, the UK, Costa Rica, Baja, Guatemala, Argentina, the Arctic and the Antarctic. I hope that is only the beginning!

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Kassi Magruder Trip Planner

Kassi Magruder
Trip Planner

Growing up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and the waters of Puget Sound, I developed a passion for exploring wild places. This ultimately led me to the University of Montana in Missoula, where I studied forestry and recreation as an undergrad. Most of my free time is spent skiing, rafting, hiking, and fly-fishing - always in pursuit of a new trail or unexplored section of river. I spent two years developing tourism programs as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and later earned a graduate degree in Ecotourism. My extensive travels throughout Latin America have ignited a strong passion for indigenous cultures and adventure travel. My travels with Adventure Life have taken me to Peru, Ecuador, Antarctica, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Lapland, the Canadian Arctic and most recently a trekking trip through the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. Who knows where I will end up next?

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Erin Correia Trip Planner

Erin Correia
Trip Planner

Growing up in the Midwest, my parents were great at making sure life was full of adventure. Whether it was a hike through the dunes or a road trip to the National Asparagus Festival, they instilled a sense of curiosity and need for exploration in me at an early age. My first big journey into the “unknown” was heading to Orlando to work as a Disney princess in college, which was quickly followed by semesters abroad in Australia and then Ireland with weekends country-hopping throughout Europe. After college, I worked for the Missoula Children’s Theatre. I married my tour partner and we spent 6 years traveling the world bringing theater to children in areas such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Anjung-Ri, South Korea. In 2011, I left my nomadic days behind me and joined Adventure Life. When not planning trips, I love to pass along the love of adventure to my daughter as we explore the great Montana wilderness with our giant dog!

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Kevin Moore Trip Planner

Kevin Moore
Trip Planner

I remember that moment of hesitation during the summer after sophomore year in college. I was at a non-descript campsite in the middle of the Plains states, on my way for a summer job in the Rockies. I was momentarily unsure about leaving the comforts of home and friends in Ohio, and considered turning around during that lonely night on the Plains. I did make it to the Rockies, fell in love with the mountains and quickly gained an itch for further travel. I have been lucky enough to find a partner and best friend who has that same itch for travel and love for the mountains. Together we’ve lived in and traveled to some pretty amazing places – Iceland, Antarctica, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Nepal… I like putting my own travel experiences to work in connecting other travelers with the next great place on their ever-growing list of destinations.

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Jess Liles Trip Planner

Jess Liles
Trip Planner

There is no shortage of adventure when you grow up in the heart of the Cascades; a mountain to climb, a river to float, a forest to wander. As for the rest of the world, I didn't give it much thought. That is until I did a study abroad in England my sophomore year in college. Suddenly I realized I had some serious ground to cover! From there I traveled to Peru, Japan, Singapore, Guam and over 30 US states while on tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre. There is nothing more satisfying than finding that super secret spot while traveling; that tucked away waterfall in Tokyo or that Thai place with the magic soup in London. I can't wait to find the next one. Where ever I go next I'll remain an avid backpacker, theatre enthusiast and dark roast coffee drinker.

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Jenna Fedyschyn Trip Planner

Jenna Fedyschyn
Trip Planner

I grew up on the same street in rural Pennsylvania until I was 18, but experiencing different cultures was always a priority for my family. As a student at the University of Richmond, I jumped at the opportunities to study abroad in Chile, Argentina, and Peru, staying with host families and soaking up as much of my surroundings as possible. I remained in Virginia after college to work with a medical non-profit organization, coordinating pediatric surgery trips to many countries in Central America and the Caribbean. My love for travel continued to grow as I experienced these new cultures and introduced them to others! Now I find myself in beautiful Missoula, Montana, and when I'm not camping, skiing, or floating down a pristine river, you'll find me brushing up on my Spanish and plotting my next adventure!

Callie Woody Trip Planner

Callie Woody
Trip Planner

It was in the back of a trotro in West Africa that I first fell in love with travel. I was sixteen and over 7,000 miles from home, nearing the end of a semester study abroad program in Ghana’s bustling capital city of Accra. I was sweaty, exhausted and overwhelmed, but I felt a sense of joy unlike any I had ever known. This initial enthusiasm has since become a lifelong passion, and my college years brought some remarkable experiences, like hiking with gorillas in Rwanda, conducting research in Bosnia Herzegovina and deep sea fishing in the Cook Islands. I graduated and spent the last two years working and traveling across Africa, Asia and South America, but my Missoula roots eventually called me home. While I often find myself dreaming of Nigeria’s jollof rice, Ecuador’s towering volcanos and spectacular sunrises along the Annapurna Circuit, I am ready to embrace the reverse-culture shock, reconnect with Montana’s wilderness and begin a new journey at Adventure Life!

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Liz Boeheim Trip Planner

Liz Boeheim
Trip Planner

What I love most about traveling are the sights, sounds, flavors, and more that I would have never come across in my day-to-day life. Each new trip is a chance to learn more about the world and about myself. I’ve spent time in Central America, Western Europe, and China, am thrilled to continue my discoveries as a member of the Adventure Life team. Originally from Upstate New York, I also have a passion for my hometown sports teams – Go Orange! – I am pursuing my Sommelier certification, and love to spend time as much time in the mountains of Montana with my pup Hugo as I can between trips.

Rae Brouwer Trip Planner

Rae Brouwer
Trip Planner

When I crawled into my bed after my first trip abroad, I immediately imagined myself back in South East Asia. I could still hear the sounds of temple bells. I could see the smiling shop keepers waiting with their offerings for local monks. I could smell the curries, meats, and sweets steaming in the air. I was eighteen years old and was lovesick. Since that moment, my life has been motivated by international travel and culture. I have spent much of my adulthood returning to South and Southeast Asia and have the rest of the world left to explore! Living in Missoula, Montana, I keep the motivation alive by sharing with you, the humbling experiences of travel!

Rachel Shull Trip Planner

Rachel Shull
Trip Planner

In early college, I was gifted with the travel bug when I was invited to join a small archeology trip to New Zealand, Australia, & Fiji. My eyes were opened to the beauty of the little things in life and the joys of living simply. My favorite memory of seeing the stars of the Southern Hemisphere for the first time will always hold a special place in my heart; right next to my excitement for all the future travel moments I have yet to experience.

Erik Shutvet Trip Planner

Erik Shutvet
Trip Planner

I’ve always loved learning about different countries and planning epic adventures on maps. A month in chaotic Cairo during a study abroad trip was my first jump in the deep end of international experiences! Later, an amazing three-month solo trip from London to Turkey gave me a serious case of wanderlust. Four more lengthy trips soon followed to places like: Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Africa, and another solo Europe land trip. In between I lived for a year in Seoul, South Korea teaching English to (mostly) adorable children. Originally from Chicagoland, Adventure Life has brought me to Missoula where I’m excited to discover Montana and help fellow travelers experience new countries and cultures.

Molly Hutchison Trip Planner

Molly Hutchison
Trip Planner

I have always had a passion for learning about other cultures: the language, the food, the art, the music. After studying Foreign Languages & Literature in university, I spent the better part of the next few years abroad. I taught English as a Foreign Language in Peru and South Korea followed by extended backpacking trips throughout Southeast Asia and Central America as well as some shorter trips to Ireland, Iceland, and Italy. After a few years at home in Delaware, my love for the mountains has brought me to Montana and Adventure Life. I’m excited to experience all that Montana has to offer while I plan my next international adventure!

Franny Friesz Trip Planner

Franny Friesz
Trip Planner

Raised in the foothills of the Mission Mountains, I have always been addicted to the outdoors. As a little girl, I spent my time exploring the acres of forest that surrounded my house. I grew up hiking through Glacier National Park with my family and spending time on Flathead Lake. My first adventure was to Brazil when I was 10 years old and is easily my favorite trip. From there, I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout Europe to France, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. I've built houses two different times in Mexico and have discovered parts of Canada. My recent travels have taken me to the Caribbean coast and rainforests of beautiful Costa Rica in September of 2016. I returned in February 2017 from an amazing trip with my husband to Patagonia. We explored Santiago, saw penguins on Magdalena Island, hiked through Torres del Paine, rode horses at El Galpon, and trekked on Perito Moreno Glacier. I am excited for my future adventures and to continue to explore the world. In the meantime, I love everything I get to experience in and around Missoula; camping with my husband and dog, floating the river, hiking trails, and photographing everything along the way.

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Kate Arntz Trip Planner

Kate Arntz
Trip Planner

Growing up on the west coast I was exposed to a melting pot of cultures at a young age. Whether it was dinner in Japantown or taking a stroll in Little Italy, I always secretly wished I could be experiencing the real thing. It didn’t take long for my fascinations to kick in and for me to accrue a large bucket list of places I want to visit. In college, I was fortunate enough to visit Europe and after that first trip, I was officially hooked on travel. When I’m not day dreaming of places I’ve yet to visit, you can find me hiking, competing in mud runs, in the kitchen cooking sweets, or taking photographs of the beautiful place I call home.

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Katie Thies Trip Planner

Katie Thies
Trip Planner

I grew up in northern Minnesota spending every summer going to camp, soaking up the sun at the lake and fighting off mosquitoes. My first travel experience happened in 7th grade with a family trip to Florida, complete with matching shirts. After that I knew there was a lot more of the world I wanted to see. Over my high school and college careers I was able to sing in a choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City, plant trees in Rio Chico, Mexico, road trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado and honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta. Next on my list is multisport trip in Thailand! After graduating from college I got married and my husband and I decided to start our lives together in Montana. Since moving here I spend my time hiking, playing volleyball, learning how to hunt and fly fish, and dreaming of owning a dog.

Karen DiGangi Trip Planner

Karen DiGangi
Trip Planner

An East Coast girl, missing her Maryland blue crabs, my newest adventure has brought me to the mountains of Montana, and I'm loving every minute. I've spent most of my life focused on travel and adventure; from being born in Germany, to family cruises to the Caribbean, working as an archaeologist in Italy, chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland and running the Great Wall Marathon in China. While it might take some time, I'm on my way to run a marathon on every continent (among many other adventures) - up next is Antarctica!

Laura Haidet Trip Planner

Laura Haidet
Trip Planner

In seventh grade my family moved from Ohio to Romania, where I loved experiencing a country so different and getting to meet people from so many different cultures at the English-speaking school. I loved my experience there and have since had the opportunity to study in Greece, work at a hiking camp in British Columbia, volunteer on organic farms in New Zealand, and more. Having previously worked in the recreation, ski, and sustainability industries, I was attracted to the mix of trips and general ethos that Adventure Life offers. When not planning trips, I’m off on my own adventures, which usually include hiking, skiing, or rock climbing.

Austin Lords Trip Planner

Austin Lords
Trip Planner

Attending college in San Diego was the best decision I have ever made. Nearly everyone at my university studied aboard at some point during their college career. I did not want to miss all the fun, so I chose to study in Madrid, Spain for a semester. During my semester abroad I was able to brush up on my Spanish, cheer on Real Madrid, watch a gorgeous sunset at the Eifel Tower, and ride a camel in Morocco. It was an incredible 4 months. And thus, my thirst for travel was born. When I’m not helping others plan the trip of a lifetime I’m probably watching the NBA, riding my bike, or dreaming of my next vacation!

Haley Rowell Bookkeeping Assistant

Haley Rowell
Bookkeeping Assistant

I began crossing borders at an early age and have been filled to the brim with wanderlust ever since. Some of my travels have seen me weave my way across Europe, study abroad in New Zealand, trek through South America, and sail the high Arctic seas. A Montana girl at heart, however, my roots always manage to pull me home where I spend the majority of my days hiking nearby mountain ranges or kayaking Montana's many rivers. My winter hours are typically spent snowshoeing in Idaho or writing America's next great novel.

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Naeyshae Morgan Asia and Europe Advisor

Naeyshae Morgan
Asia and Europe Advisor

Malaysia is a true polyglot country and is the root of my love of language and culture. I spoke Mandarin with one side of my family, Malaysian with the other, voraciously watched Hindi movies, and everything official was in English. As a teenager, I traveled through Thailand, China, and Japan before moving to Europe where I split the next twelve years of my life in Sweden and Germany - Ja, ich spreche Deutsch und Schwedisch!. Since falling love with my gypsy husband, I’ve also fallen in love with Montana’s outdoor lifestyle. Now, I’m delighted to share my experience with others as Adventure Life introduces to travelers to my two homes of Europe and Asia.

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Emily Stanton Support Staff

Emily Stanton
Support Staff

Growing up in the lakes and forests of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, I spent more time outside than in. Being surrounded by natural beauty helped inspire my love of writing and my eventual decision to move to Missoula, Montana to complete a degree in English Literature. During that time, I was lucky enough to join a year-long study abroad program that took me to the coast of Wales, where I could wander romantic Britain, devour novels and books of poetry, and meet some unforgettable people along the way. Now a part of the Adventure Life team, I'm excited to see what new paths I get to travel and find new beautiful places to explore.

Molly Stanko Support Staff

Molly Stanko
Support Staff

I was bitten by the travel bug early on in life, when my mother took the opportunity to cart my brother and myself off to live in Wales. Living in Wales for the better part of the 5th grade, I was hooked after being exposed to the concept of “Study Abroad.” Later spending my college years in Belize, Peru, Japan, Mongolia, and Guatemala, my Missoula roots eventually pulled me home so I could pursue my other life passions: horses, fly-fishing, and hunting. I treasure the unique opportunity to work and play in a small community with such globally minded individuals, but when I’m not working, you can find me on the river with my dogs by my side, or in the woods listening for bugling elk.

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Betty Lorena Jaramillo Zurita Ecuador Coordinator

Betty Lorena 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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