Katelyn is a USAF veteran who loves the way mountains humble and inspire; requiring resilience and interdependence of every team, developing who we are and how we show up for others.
She served four years active duty in the United States Air Force, including multiple deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After her honorable discharge, she was a Crisis Intervention Specialist in the adult and children’s ERs of San Antonio. She also served in India and Nepal as a children’s sex-trafficking aftercare facilitator. When stateside, she worked for the Mental Health Association of Orange County, New York as a Veteran Peer Support Specialist in their Vet 2 Vet program. In the last five years, she’s had a series of “self care” solo adventures including: riding a broken bike across Cambodia, trekking the Balkans, and hiking the Everest 3 high passes, all in all exploring and living in over 40 countries. Outdoor recreation is the foundation to her resilience and these trips are what allowed her to avoid burning out, while working in a profession with high trauma exposure.
In January of 2015, Katelyn decided to pursue a guiding career, taking her social work outside, wanting to help people find their passions, not their prescriptions. Katelyn is a Hindi Critical Language Scholar and will be graduating with honors in December of 2017. She’s excited to be working with Building Homes for Heroes : Service to Summit, taking the first all women veteran team up Denali May of 2018. Katelyn is a Wilderness Emergency Medicine Instructor, AIARE avalanche 1 trained, and most recently completed Swiftwater rescue course and White Water Guide certified, while heading into her second season as an Alaska Glacier Guide. She is so stoked to learn, and contribute, as much as she can!