Meet Our New Live Be Yoga Tour Ambassadors

Meet Our New Live Be Yoga Tour Ambassadors

John Currence’s contribution (Andrew McMeel Publishing, New Jersey, 2013) When it comes to food, John Currence has the kind of passion that can only come from a bright-hot family hearth — in this case, one that is firmly planted in New Orleans and that includes frequent pre-Mardi Gras celebrations, Tulane tailgating, and regular dinner parties hosted by Currence’s mother and father. So it’s no wonder that the Oxford, Mississippi, native and James Beard Award-winning chef favors intimacy, sensory impact, and comfort over appearance in his culinary technique.

Currence is unashamedly (and entertainingly) forthright in his introduction: “The mid-1980s,” when he got his start, “was not the period of stardom for restaurant personnel.” For the most part, kitchens back then were pirate ships filled of derelicts, washouts, and fuckups,” says the author.

And it comes across in the depth and immediacy of his food, which he presents with as many stories as practical tips, in chapters named for the many exquisite actions and motions: “Frying,” “PicklingCanning,” “BriningSmoking”—the stuff that makes Southern food and drink so enduringly satisfying.

This month, I’m excited to introduce Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan, the ambassadors for ourLive Be Yoga Tourin partnership withGaia. They’ll be driving across the country for the next six months to document yoga in America today and capture fellow yogis’ inspiring stories. Meet them below—and in person when they pass through your town!

Carin Gorrell: I’d want to thank you for your time. When did you first learn about yoga, and how has it changed your life? Tarah Stuht (interviewer): My mother invited me to join her for a yoga session one day, which I gladly accepted. I was able to make the adjustment quite easily because of my athletic background (soccer, softball, track, hip-hop dance), but everything changed when I came to understand the concept of mindfulness. In yoga, I learned that my brain and body are intertwined and that we have the ability to regulate our emotions and our boundaries.

  • I was dubious at first because I wasn’t willing to be flexible, but I’ve never felt more alive than I did during that first flow.
  • Unencumbered happiness, as they say.
  • CG: Can you describe your practice outside of the asanas that you do?
  • It’s a method for getting to know my most authentic self.
  • CG: Is there anything about this road trip that you are apprehensive about?
  • For me, chopping vegetables is a form of therapy.
  • Find out more about our LIVE BE YOGA Tour Ambassadors, as well as our four finalists.
  • TS:I am a huge fan of traditional country music.
  • TO:I can sleep anyplace, including boats, vehicles, trains, aircraft, hammocks, yoga mats, and other unconventional sleeping arrangements.
  • CG: Can you tell me about your favorite pose?
  • In terms of internal health, I can tell how I’m doing by whether or not I’m stiff and hesitant to get lost in the pose, or whether or not I can truly let go and fly.

“If you can’t live longer, live deeper,” as the saying goes. We only have a limited amount of time on this world; I vow to live passionately and to have a good influence on as many people as I possibly can. You may also be interested in 4 Travel Yoga Photos From Reader Adventures.

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It’s Official! Meet Our LIVE BE YOGA Tour Ambassadors + Our 4 Finalists

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Yoga Journal and Gaia are teaming up to bring you the LIVE BE YOGA TOUR, the best roadtrip ever. Here, meet the two incredible yogis we hired to capture the yoga stories they find along the way, and the finalists whose practice inspired us.

We began looking for two brand ambassadors for our LIVE BE YOGA TOUR, which will begin in April, at the beginning of this year. After receiving hundreds of applications and going through the incredible tales that accompanied them, we meticulously whittled the field down to a select group of finalists to be considered. As part of our yogi ambassador program, we are delighted to introduce Taylor O’Sullivan and Tarah Stuht, who will journey throughout the country for six months in pursuit of America’s most outstanding yoga instructors and other devoted yogis.

Meet Taylor and Tarah, as well as the other four fantastic finalists, all of whom have a strong yoga practice and who exemplify the ideals in which we believe.

Stop by our pages on Facebook @LIVEBEYOGA, @YogaJournal, and @Geo + post images of your own when we come to your area with LIVEBEYOGA.


Be a Yoga Tour Ambassador for a Day! Taylor has traveled to more than 30 countries as an adventure-seeking yogi and storyteller, documenting her adventures on her blog and social media. She is driven by the desire to inspire others via words and visuals. Her passion for human connection and for telling fascinating stories is mirrored in her professional life. She has over 10 years of experience in the media industry, both behind and in front of the camera, with a particular concentration on documentary and television.

  • Having the opportunity to meet with individuals from all over the globe and share their experiences on video has been a life-changing experience for her, and she is eternally thankful for it.
  • A hot Vinyasa flow at Core Power Yoga in Southern California was hosted by her mother, who brought her to her very first yoga session.
  • But she’s always been willing to try new things, so she decided to give it a shot.
  • And what about that first Savasana?
  • She had never before had such a sense of weightlessness, as if all of her concerns had been washed away.
  • She fell in love with the sensation, and she couldn’t get enough of it, so she kept returning for more.
  • Because of this, she has begun to meditate and manage her stress, in addition to challenging herself both physically and cognitively.
  • Although the asanas (yogic postures) are the most visible aspect of her practice, she believes there are many more levels to it.
  • She learned more than she could have expected by completely immersing herself in yoga, particularly in its sanctified home in northern India.
  • Rather than only doing yoga on her mat, she seeks to incorporate all of these aspects of the practice into her everyday life.
  • Taylor is excited that the Live Be Yoga tour will provide her with the opportunity to share her story with the entire globe about the tremendous influence yoga has had on her life, and she is grateful for the opportunity.

Getting on the road and meeting even more great individuals in the yoga world is something she is looking forward to! Instagram:taylorosullivan Website: Be Yoga Application (in English). Video:


Be a Yoga Tour Ambassador for a Day! Tarah is a foodie, a photographer, an adventure traveler, and a free-spirited individual. She grew up in the coffee capital of the world, Seattle, Washington, where she spent her childhood cooking with her mother, Julie, and learning the art of yoga from her grandparents, who also taught her how to make wine. Tarah enjoys being outside, especially in the woods, where she can trek, take in the fresh air, and take a moment to reflect. She is a member of the National Outdoor Leadership Institute.

  • Tarah’s first yoga session was a warm vinyasa flow, which she enjoyed very much.
  • Despite this, she fell in love with the way yoga challenged and amazed her in equal measure.
  • They worked together to constantly experiment with new postures and gradually refine their practices both on and off the mat.
  • Tarah’s enthusiasm for yoga blossomed into a commitment to pursue it as a profession.
  • She wasn’t sure how to combine her love of storytelling with her interest in yoga until she participated in a teacher training program in college several years later and discovered the adaptability of the yoga industry.
  • She has gone to several places to film documentaries, study various languages, practice yoga, and write.
  • Yoga, travel, music, and the French language have all been among her greatest interests throughout her life.
  • Tarah began her professional career as a production assistant for Discovery Channel, where she learned about media business methods and gained valuable experience in television creation.
  • She has evolved into someone who employs yoga to see the positive aspects of all circumstances, to see the best in all people, and to be patient with the path of life.
  • According to one of her favorite yoga teachings, ‘life is a journey without a definitive end point.’ This has become Tarah’s guiding principle.

Tarah never imagined that she would be able to achieve all of her goals at the same time, which is why she is overwhelmed with gratitude and ecstatic to get started on her journey. Website: Be Yoga Tour Application Video: Be Yoga Tour Website:


Finalist Whitney Renee is a yoga instructor, writer, and social justice activist. She describes herself as an anatomy nerd who enjoys a good grammatical joke and a nice vinyl record. While promoting the notion that yoga should be accessible to everyone, she continues to combine her passions for therapeutic writing and contemplative movement via her outreach efforts. A yin and restorative yoga enthusiast, she obtained her 200-RYT certification from the Evansville Yoga Center. When Whitney is teaching, she creates a safe environment for students to unwind, reconnect, and simply be themselves.


Finalist Washington, D.C.-based writer and yoga teacher trainee Jolie Lee works in the media industry. She is now engaged in the 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training program at Tranquil Space Yoga Studio, and she will graduate in May of this year. Yoga, breathing, and meditation, she believes, have the ability to alter lives. Her mission is to make yoga accessible to those who do not already have access to it. National Geographic Studios is where Jolie is presently employed as an associate producer for documentaries.


Finalist Kristina Reese is a yogi and designer who lives in the heart of the Midwest with her husband and son. Her physical background in team and individual athletics, as well as her philosophical desire to foster positivism and accept self-love, paved the way for her to pursue a career in yoga. Kristina’s practice and instruction are rooted in the Ashtanga tradition, and she strives to combine tradition with freedom of expression. When you practice with Kristina, you can anticipate to feel more confident and at ease.

Aside from individual lessons for youth in transition, cancer support, college athletes, and others, Kristina teaches weekly group classes at studios and gyms across the Champaign-Urbana area as well as cancer support workshops.


Finalist Loretta is an E-RYT 200 who discovered yoga through the Ramapo College yoga club in 2009. She has been practicing yoga since 2009. She was instantly captivated to the asana since it was so strongly associated with her dancing background. Loretta graduated from the college’s teacher training program in 2011 and obtained her certification. Teaching an open-level vinyasa flow that is often described as “creative and flowing” while yet being “deceivingly demanding” is something she appreciates.

Through her work with Kula for Karma, she also teaches to a variety of vulnerable groups, including cancer patients, prisons, special needs individuals, and those in recovery from substance abuse disorders.

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Finalist Her yoga journey began in 2009, when she joined the Ramapo College yoga group. Loretta is an E-RYT 200 who has been practicing yoga since 2009. This asana, which was so deeply associated with her dance heritage, drew her immediately. Loretta graduated from the college’s teacher training program in 2011 with a certification in elementary education. In her classes, she specializes in an open-level vinyasa flow that is regarded as “creative and flowing” while still being “deceivingly tough.” With the help of Kula for Karma, Loretta is now working on her Yoga Therapist certification.

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Loretta Turner’s website has further information.

Meet the CO YOGA + Life® Magazine Ambassadors • YOGA + Life® Magazines

Our CO YOGA + Life® Ambassador Team is looking forward to seeing you! They not only write for us, but they also assist us with partnerships and events as needed. We are appreciative for everything they contribute to our publication, which includes keeping us up to date on all things yoga and life. Besides serving as a CO YOGA + Life® Ambassador, Ange Stopperanis a yoga teacher, business coach, mentor to other yoga teachers, sound healing practitioner, designer of sacred spaces, and facilitator of ritual creation classes.

  • Ange is a member of the Colorado School of Yoga’s teaching staff.
  • Cassie Scales has been a regular practitioner of yoga since the year 2010.
  • In addition to her work as a yoga instructor at Mountain Soul Yoga in Edwards, Colorado, she also serves as an Ambassador for CO YOGA + Life®.
  • During her spare time, she enjoys trail running and skiing in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, indulging in local cuisine, and curling up with a good book from the local library.
  • Karen Fienberg has been practicing yoga for 11 years and is presently pursuing her certification as a yoga teacher.
  • She discovered that true power comes from surrendering oneself to the practice.
  • Yoga nidra, Iyengar, Avida, and restorative yoga are some of her favorite types.

Shenna Jean is a freelance writer residing in Aspen, Colorado.

Book, podcast, workshop, or conference: Shenna Jean is a huge fan of personal and leadership development resources of any kind.

Shenna is also a CO YOGA + Life® Ambassador, which means she promotes the company’s products.

Lexi grew intrigued in the discipline of yoga and meditation after visiting a yoga ashram in the mountains of Colorado.

Lexi is originally from Chicago, and she has fallen in love with the holistic lifestyle she has discovered in Colorado.

Lexi spends the most of her time freelancing and teaching yoga, which she does in addition to her position as Managing Editor at Jaunt Media Collective, the publishing firm that produces YOGA + Life® and Spoke+Blossom magazines.

Aside from that, you may find her hiking or thinking about vacation adventures.

Engage Online

We understand what you’re saying. One of the most enjoyable aspects of a campus visit is the opportunity to meet new people, which is difficult to accomplish without being there in person. To your advantage, we’re providing online possibilities for you to connect up with other Tartans from all walks of life, including students, professors, and admissions staff. (This link will open in a new window) Learn more about your future Tartans by meeting them! During these events, you will have the opportunity to speak with current students, meet admitted students, and have a good time.

  1. Tartan Ambassadors are current students who are enrolled in a variety of institutions throughout campus and who are eager to speak with you.
  2. Take a look at the Tartan Ambassadors.
  3. Study Abroad, Housing, Athletics and other departments will be holding seminars where you can find out more about how to make the CMU experience your own.
  4. Don’t be concerned!
  5. Explore Life at CMUAt Carnegie Mellon, we are devoted to assisting you in your academic, physical, and mental well-being endeavors.
  6. You weren’t able to make it to a session?
  7. More information on CMU’s student assistance programs may be obtained by listening to session recordings.

While we are unable to personally welcome you to campus, we are providing virtual tours so that you may learn more about the Carnegie Mellon experience in a virtual setting.

Register for a Virtual Tour of the Facility Introducing a new option for accepted students to learn more about Carnegie Mellon University, which we are really thrilled to share with you.

Learn more and sign up for the event.

Come along with the Dean of Admissions.

They’ll be available to answer your questions and talk about what distinguishes Carnegie Mellon from other universities.

Call the “I’m In” Line to confirm your participation.

To talk with an admission counselor directly, call 412.CMU.IMIN (412.268.4646) or visit the website.

From 8:30 a.m.

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First and foremost, Scotty finds himself daydreaming about the excitement of the Carnival.

Scotty’s experiences will be even more intriguing if you use your imagination and words to enhance them.

Here is a recipe for black bean quinoa burgers, which are a popular dish at The Underground restaurant.

Recipe may be downloaded here (PDF) One of Carnegie Mellon’s most cherished traditions is the annual painting of the fence.

Traditional practice dictates that the Fence can only be painted between the hours of midnight and daybreak, and that it must be completed entirely with paintbrushes.

Two students must keep watch around the clock, or else they risk another gang claiming their territory!

Decoratively paint the fence Virtually Get a head start on one of your Carnegie Mellon student perks: free Group X fitness classes.

Throughout the year, our Group X program offers a variety of aerobics- and strength-training exercise sessions to the whole CMU community, including Zumba, high intensity interval training (HIIT), indoor cycling, yoga, kickboxing, dance, and other activities.

Who knows what will happen?

Design a Download to Design (PDF) Can’t wait to see what life will be like as a Tartan when it begins in August?

CustomViewbooks allow you to explore academics, research, and student life at Carnegie Mellon in one convenient location that is personalized to your interests. Viewbook should be created.

Learn About Our Ambassador Program

BikramYogaWorks developed the “Breathe With Us” Ambassador Program in response to the turmoil that was taking place at the time. Please allow us to explain why we chose the name “Breathe With Us” for the service we are developing. Creating space for self-care and wellbeing in today’s society and atmosphere can be difficult for BIPOC (Black/Brown Indigenous People of Color) people. The trauma we’ve experienced as a result of watching unjust acts of targeted violence against persons who are similar to us has left us gasping for air.

  • Because we cannot allow others to dictate how we breathe for ourselves, we breathe in order to inspire others around us to find a moment of calm and do the same; we breathe for those who continue to battle hard for our freedom; and ultimately, we breathe for those who are unable to breathe.
  • When Blackett-Dibinga, 43, a mother of three children who are all Black, led them to a George Floyd protest in their neighborhood park in Washington, D.C., the campaign for the Baltimore yoga studio was sparked.
  • In the end, Blackett-Dibinga opted to utilize her teaching to encourage people to meditate, think, and breathe.
  • “I think you have the ability to bring things into existence.” -Washington Post et al.
  • All of us, regardless of our backgrounds, are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who want to continue the journey of self-exploration and improvement.

Using a customized promo code, we are also extending this gift to their family, friends, and loved ones, who can take advantage of an unlimited 7-day trial to participate in virtual classes such as Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates, Core Conditioning, Resistance Training, and more using the same promo code.

In addition, ambassadors will get a complimentary wellness box, which will include BYW items, nutritional samples, recipes, and other health tools, among other things!

Student Ambassadors

REBECCA GEIGERB.S. Architecture Pre-Professional; Minor in Global Sustainability; American Sign Language Springfield, Virginia is home to the Deaf Culture Minor in Third Year. Email:[email protected] Fun fact about myself: I’ve gone skydiving! Favorite A-School memory: Walking to the Lawn on the last day of our design class my first year and spending the rest of the day painting and playing creative games with my classmates. Hello, there! My name is Rebecca, and I’m a third-year student at the University of Virginia.

My friends and teachers frequently encourage me to be proud of my affiliation with the University of Virginia and my designation as an architectural student.

Outdoors Club, the UVA Student Garden, Dressember at UVA (an anti-human trafficking group), DEAFS (Deaf Education and Awareness for Students), and Greek life are some of the organizations I’m engaged with on campus.

During my spare time, I like participating in yoga classes at UVA with UYoga, exploring new coffee shops in and around Charlottesville to satisfy my caffeine addiction, and going on walks around this lovely town!

Ambassador Program

Among the most popular online sites for yoga, meditation, pilates, barre, and fitness courses are YogaDownload and its sister site, YogaStream. We have been offering high-quality online videos to people all around the world for more than 14 years, and we are one of the most popular yoga sites on the internet. Members can sign up for monthly or annual subscriptions, and we also offer the option to purchase individual lessons that can be accessed through a download link. We have over 1,700 lessons in our library, and we are always adding new content.

What is the Ambassador Program?

Do you have a passion for health, wellness, and yoga? Do you want to contribute to spreading the idea that you should bring your favorite yoga and workout instructors with you everywhere you go? Are you hoping to become a part of a yoga community that is full of like-minded individuals? If this is the case, we would love for you to become one of our YDL Ambassadors.

What Does it Mean to be a YogaDownload Ambassador?

  • When your followers use your special code to purchase YogaDownload, you will receive a preferred 30 percent commission (which is more than double our standard commission!). Help people understand the significance of mental and physical wellbeing in our day-to-day lives by educating them. Yoga Downloadand our purpose – to bring yoga and workout courses into your home, as well as wherever you travel – are both available for download. YogaDownload Instagram and other social media sites are looking for attractive content to showcase, so go creative! Receive a UNLIMITED monthly subscription to YogaDownload’s library, which contains over 1,700 courses, programs, series, workshops, challenges, and other resources, all for a low monthly fee. This will automatically renew every month as long as you continue to satisfy the Ambassdor standards. Participate in Ambassador-only challenges for a chance to win fantastic wellness goods as well as a yoga photoshoot with a professional photographer in your region (which will be used in YDL marketing and which you can retain and use as you see fit)
  • Join our exclusive group of YDL Ambassadors and gain access to their resources. Gain access to exclusive early-bird prices for our YogaDownload retreats, which are held in breathtaking settings throughout the world. Benefit from exceptional savings on a wide range of items from our favorite wellness companies
  • Possibility of contributing to the YogaDownload Blog (by including links to your website, blog, or social media channels)
  • Make a lot of new pals who share your interests
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Ambassador Expectations

  • Whenever your followers use your unique code, you’ll receive a preferential 30 percent commission on all YogaDownload sales (which is more than double our standard commission!). Make a contribution to spreading awareness about the significance of mental and physical wellbeing in our daily lives. Yoga Downloadand our purpose – to bring yoga and exercise courses into your house and with you wherever you go – are both available for download. YogaDownload Instagram and other social media sites are looking for great stuff to post, so start creating now! Join YogaDownload’s library for a monthly fee that includes unlimited access to over 1,700 courses, programs, series, clinics, challenges, and more. Providing you fulfill the Ambassdor standards, this will automatically renew every month. Participate in Ambassador-only challenges for a chance to win fantastic wellness goods as well as a yoga photoshoot with a professional photographer in your region (which will be used in YDL marketing and which you can retain and use as you see fit). Join our exclusive group of YDL Ambassadors and gain access to their expertise. You may save money by signing up for our YogaDownload retreats in beautiful destinations throughout the globe early. Discounts on a selection of goods from our favorite wellness companies are available to you. possibilty of contributing to the YogaDownload Blog (by including links to your website, blog, or social media accounts)
  • Develop an abundance of new pals that share your interests


In addition to our regular commission rate of 10-12 percent, we are giving a 30 percent commission on any order that comes through utilizing your unique code or link as part of this program.


We handle the tracking element of the transaction through our partner network, Shareasale. The network keeps track of sales, profits, and commissions, and it provides you with real-time access to your sales and commission statistics.

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Become a member of our YogaDownload Ambassador Program right away. The procedure of signing up is simple and quick:. Our Ambassador Program is hosted by and maintained by the following organizations:

Meet Our Ambassadors

Hello! My name is Lisa Silva. As a wife, a mother, a friend, and a hiker, I am a lot of things. I reside in the Central Valley of California with my husband and our four children (three teenagers and an infant!). I found my love of the outdoors when I was in my thirties, but I didn’t consider myself to be an active hiker until the first year I participated in this competition (2018). Most of the time, you will find me on the path with a child or my husband. My favorite playgrounds are Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

  1. I enjoy going off the main road and am constantly on the lookout for new routes to explore.
  2. On our days off, we may be seen riding our bikes, playing badminton or volleyball in the garden, going on a run with our dogs, or making sandcastles on the beach.
  3. I feel privileged to have been chosen to serve as an ambassador for this extraordinary organization.
  4. I’m here to provide you with encouragement and inspiration.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith introduces herself: “My name is Jennifer Smith, and I now reside in the north metro Atlanta, Georgia region.” This is my fourth year participating in the 365 Mile Challenge, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as an Ambassador this year. When I’m not working, I’m a Stay At Home Mom with three very busy sons (8, 7, and 2 years old) who are usually there for the ride, but if I have the chance to go on an adult-only or solo trip, you’ll be the first to know. Hiking, biking, kayaking, geocaching, and working on junior ranger badges are some of our favorite activities.

Seeing everything through their eyes opens my eyes to a whole new perspective.

My rehab will take up a significant portion of the year.

I’m hoping that by sharing my battle with being active again, I’ll be an inspiration to you, and that you’ll realize that you, too, can achieve your goals.

DiDi McPhillips

Hello! My name is DiDi McPhillips, and I’ve always enjoyed being outside. When I was a youngster growing up in a little seaside town in Maine, we were always outside, no matter what the weather was like. Since then, the woods have served as a haven for me. The fragrance of pine needles in the summer heat will always remind me of my childhood days spent exploring and playing in the woods. I served in the Army for five years, which enabled me to relocate away from New England. I served in Korea for a year before being stationed to Fort Lewis in Washington state (now known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord).

  1. After leaving the Army, I worked as a defense contractor, which allowed me to continue travelling everywhere.
  2. ), Utah, Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania, and I’m currently a resident of Pennsylvania.
  3. Ideally, I’d want to retire in the northern Arizona or southern Utah areas of the United States.
  4. I hike to go to the locations where I wish to take photographs.
  5. Nature has a way of inspiring me on a regular basis.
  6. This was my first year participating in the challenge, and I set a high standard for myself.
  7. I was able to achieve my aim, but only with the assistance of this entire community.
  8. I like being a part of this group, and I hope that my tales and photographs encourage people to get up and begin moving as much as I do.

Becky Drinnen

My name is Becky Drinnen, and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother who resides in West Central Ohio. I used to like going outside as a child. In the summertime, when my siblings were out playing ball with their friends, I was the child who sat in the shade reading a book. Going to the library was one of my favorite places to ride my bike. It was through regular camping visits to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park that my passion for exploring nature on foot evolved as an adult. On the trails of the Smoky Mountains, I discovered that exercising my body in nature is so much more than just a fitness routine.

  1. As much as I enjoy traveling, I am even more excited when I get the opportunity to visit a new location, particularly one of our State or National Parks.
  2. Taking in our ordinary surroundings while walking and conversing is a wonderful experience!
  3. I consider it an honor to serve as an ambassador for the 365 Mile Challenge.
  4. I want to make it a point to move my body every single day.
  5. Despite my best efforts, I failed to achieve my goal of doubling my income by 2021.

This year’s miles have been coming in at a slower pace than I had hoped. In order to provide inspiration on this journey we are all on to exercise our bodies and explore the world around us, each in our own manner, my purpose is to share stories from my own life.

Rosemarie Coulthard

Salutations to all of my fellow 365 Mile Challengers. Let me tell you a little bit about my path to this fantastic organization. I grew raised in the Marin County region until my family and I relocated to Fresno, California, in 1969. From riding, showing, and training horses until about 10 years ago, working cattle on the ranch after I was married (32 years ago) until we sold the cattle, working as an Orthopedic Tech for 18 12 years until taking time off to have our son (now 25), and being involved in the Boy Scouting program as a Den Leaderthen many positions in the Troop with our son from Tiger Cubs to Eagle Scout are just a few of the things I have done in my life.

  1. This was the point at which hiking, camping, and backpacking re-entered my life.
  2. Working as a docent at the Buck Rock Lookout in the Sequoia National Forest as a trail work volunteer for the Kaiser Wilderness Foundation has been a highlight of my involvement with the organization.
  3. I worked there for 4 1/2 years until COVID came along.
  4. Joined the 365MC group four years ago, and it has been a lifesaver during the COVID -19 pandemic.
  5. It does help that we live on a 1,200-acre ranch along the San Joaquin River, which is surrounded by mountains.
  6. This new stage in my life as a 365MC Ambassador is something I am looking forward to.
  7. So, with that in mind, keep walking, jogging, hiking, biking, treadmilling, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing up your sleeves.
  8. Whatever it is that gets you moving.

Pamela Armijo

Hello to all of my fellow 365 Mile Challengers, and welcome! Let me tell you a little about my path to this fantastic bunch of people. Growing up, my family and I lived in the Marin County region until 1969, when we relocated to Fresno. I have always been an outdoor person (almost a tomboy), from horseback riding and showing training until about 10 years ago, working cattle on the ranch after I was married (32 years ago) until we sold cattle, working as an Orthopedic Tech for 18 12 years until taking time off to have our son (now 25), involved in the Boy Scouting program as a Den Leaderthen many positions in the Troop with our son from Tiger Cubs to Eagle Scout.

  1. hiking, camping, and backpacking were among the activities that returned to my life at this point.
  2. Working as a docent at the Buck Rock Lookout in Sequoia National Forest, I’ve been active with the Kaiser Wilderness Foundation’s trail workvolunteer program since 2007.
  3. When COVID came along, I stayed for 4 1/2 years before deciding to retire at approximately 67 years old after considerable soul searching.
  4. Although we reside on a 1,200-acre ranch along the San Joaquin River, it does help that we are surrounded by nature.
  5. This new step in my life as a 365MC Ambassador is one that I am looking forward to.
  6. So, with that in mind, keep walking, jogging, hiking, bicycling, treadmilling, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing up your sleeves.

(might even have some climbers among you). Whatever it is that motivates you to get out of bed. Sincerely, Coulthard’s mother, Rosemarie (Rose) Coulthard, was known as the moonrose (trail name with a story)

Jodi Hulst

Greetings to all of my fellow 365 Mile Challengers. Just a few words on my path to this fantastic community. I grew raised in the Marin County region until my family and I relocated to Fresno, CA, in 1969. Having grown up on a ranch and working cattle after marriage (32 years ago) until we sold cattle, working as an Orthopedic Tech for 18 12 years until taking time off to have our son (now 25), and being involved in the Boy Scouting program as a Den Leader and then many positions in the Troop with our son from Tiger Cubs to Eagle Scout, I have always been an outdoor kind of gal (almost a tomboy).

  • For many years, I was a member of the Central Valley Hiking Meetup group.
  • Towards the end of my Scouting duties, I returned to work at REI.
  • After considerable soul searching, I chose to retire at the age of almost 67.
  • I am compelled to get out every day to get in miles, despite the fact that many parks are closed as a result of the disease.
  • I appreciate the encouragement we provide to one another when we are going through difficult periods in our lives, such as illness, accident, or just trying to keep one foot in front of the other.
  • Hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, strolling on the beach, camping, and backpacking are some of the activities that I like.
  • Whatever it is that motivates you to move.
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Hello to all of my fellow 365 Mile Challengers. Just a few words on my path to this fantastic community. I grew raised in the Marin County region until my family relocated to Fresno in 1969. I have always been an outdoorsy gal (almost a tomboy), from horseback riding and showing training until about 10 years ago, working cattle on the ranch after I was married (32 years ago) until we sold cattle, working as an Orthopedic Tech for 18 12 years until taking time off to have our son (now 25), involved in the Boy Scouting program as a Den Leaderthen many positions in the Troop with our son from Tiger Cubs to Eagle Scout.

  • This is when hiking, camping, and backpacking re-entered my life.
  • I have been working with the Kaiser Wilderness Foundation as a trail workvolunteer and as a docent at the Buck Rock Lookout in the Sequoia National Forest.
  • I worked there for 4 1/2 years until COVID came along.
  • Joined the 365MC group four years ago, and it has been a lifesaver during the COVID -19 epidemic.
  • It certainly helps that we reside on a 1,200-acre ranch beside the San Joaquin River.
  • As a 365MC Ambassador, I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life.
  • So, with that in mind, keep on walking, jogging, hiking, bicycling, treadmilling, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing (might even have some climbers among you).

Whatever it is that motivates you to begin going. Sincerely, Rosemarie (Rose) Coulthard was known as the Moonrose (trail name with a story)

Meet the Student Ambassadors

Take a look at the First Wave Ambassadors from Seaver College. Those that serve as ambassadors are first-generation sophomores through seniors who serve as a resource for new first-generation students. You may get in touch with them by clicking on the link provided below.

2021 – 2022 Ambassadors

My name is Adriana Baez, and it’s a pleasure to meet you. The Liberal Arts for Education degree I am pursuing at Seaver College is in conjunction with a multi-subject teaching credential I am working for. I am currently a senior. It was in January of 2020 that I officially became part of the Pepperdine family. What a year it has been to transfer! Born from a working-class family in Sonoma County, California, I grew up in the city of Santa Rosa. When I made the choice to apply to and transfer to Pepperdine, I had been a student in the public school system my whole life.

What it is like to come from a lower socioeconomic background as well as some of the identity struggles that come with being biracial are something I am familiar with.

Everyone, no matter what sort of society, religion, color, or culture they come from, has the right to achieve their aspirations, and I want all pupils to realize this.

Personal Bio

Greetings! I’d want to take this time to express my gratitude for the chance to serve as a First Wave Ambassador, for which I am really thankful. I am committed to seeing that everyone achieves their full potential, and I am here to assist them along the journey. I am looking forward to getting to know you more! Since going to Pepperdine, I have discovered extracurricular activities that help me grow as a student, as a person, and as a potential educator. Currently, I am participating in broadening Pepperdine’s curriculum through a mentoring program, a book club organized by an organization called MapSo, and a virtual event called “Dreams For Inclusion” in which I advocated for inclusion of students with disabilities in regular classrooms.

I do hot yoga and hot pilates, go on walks, and read whenever I get the opportunity.

It’s always lovely to catch up over a good cup of coffee!

Anytime you have a question or concern, please contact me.

Ambassador Contact Information

  • Hours of operation: Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Adriana Baez through email at: [email protected]

Halle Bowe

Waves of greetings! My name is Halle Bowe, and I am thrilled to be selected as one of your First Wave Ambassadors for the academic year 2021-2022. Please accept my greetings. As a first-generation college student at Seaver College, I have undoubtedly encountered some of the difficulties that come with being a first-generation college student. The first time I experienced this was during my freshman year of college, when I felt completely overwhelmed after moving from a small island in the Bahamas to the Los Angeles region.

Whenever I’m not in the classroom, you’ll find me touring Los Angeles, shooting photography with my friends, or experimenting with new cuisine.

I like igniting dialogues about issues such as social justice, financial literacy, and personal development. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in getting to know me better.

Personal Bio

A junior at Seaver College, Halle Bowe is majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications and minoring in Journalism. She plans to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree. She is the world’s first worldwide First Wave Ambassador, originating from the Bahamas capital of Nassau. Her worldwide experience enables her to lead with empathy and inclusion in her leadership style. She has been actively involved in school events for many years, previously served as Sophomore Class President, Co-Host of the student-produced news program NewsWaves, and a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Halle is enthusiastic about public speaking and about raising the voices of others in her immediate vicinity.

She has firsthand knowledge of the challenges First Generation students encounter in terms of schoolwork, class scheduling, and social acceptance.

Ambassador Contact Information

  • Office hours are on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Contact Halle through email at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Jerry Calderon

Greetings, Ayo Waves. The honor of welcoming you to our first-generation family on campus is something I take great pleasure in doing. Being in your shoes three years ago, I understand the trials and problems that many of us go through in order to become adjusted to the tough curriculum and wealthy society that is associated with higher education. Because many of us lack mentoring and hands-on experience in the area, we spend the majority of our educational careers creating and curating our own individualized educational plans.

Fortunately, the Student Success Center has created the First Wave Program in order to foster a sense of belonging among first-generation college students in a supportive environment.

Having a first-generation community that is already established at Pepperdine, you will have no trouble finding your home here.

Personal Bio

Greetings, friends! As previously said, my name is Jerry Calderon, and I am a senior at Seaver College, where I am pursuing a double degree in Political Science and Psychology, as well as a minor in English literature and composition. Because I grew up as a low-socioeconomic student from the San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley, I have firsthand knowledge of how adversities such as poverty and poor health can influence the lives of many low-income people of color, particularly in terms of mental health.

I am outraged and disappointed by the lack of institutional, psychological support for children from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

When I’m not studying, I participate in a variety of on-campus activities that encourage me to learn about and advocate for social justice issues, such as the Indigenous People’s Club, Inter-Club Council, Latino Student Association, the inaugural Seaver College Student Fellowship for Equity and Social Justice, Student Government Association, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and research with Dr.


In the end, I enjoy chatting to individuals and learning about their unique experiences and tales that they bring to the conversation.

Ambassador Contact Information

  • Monday, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Jerry Calderon through email at [email protected]

Stephanie Duensing

Greetings, Waves! I understand that for many first-generation students, like myself, the journey to college can be both an exhilarating and a frightening experience. As someone who was in your shoes only a few years ago, I can empathize with the questions and difficulties you may be experiencing now. Getting to know you while also assisting you in discovering and creating a meaningful Pepperdine experience is my greatest wish for you. I would want to congratulate you on being a member of the first generation college student community, and I would encourage you to seek assistance when you require it.

I am looking forward to seeing you and encourage you to contact me at your convenience.

Personal Bio

Hello! My name is Stephanie Duensing, and I’d like to introduce myself. I am presently a senior at Seaver College, where I am earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, but my family and I relocated to Indiana this past year after many years there. My sophomore year, I had the opportunity to transfer from Pepperdine’s Malibu campus to the Heidelberg campus in Germany. As someone who is partially descended from German ancestors, the opportunity to study the German language and live in a place where my ancestors originated was a fantastic opportunity for me.

In addition, I serve as the president of the First Generation Club, where we endeavor to plan activities and meetings for first-generation college students and their families.

Contact Information for the Ambassador

  • Hello! Stephnie Duensing is the moniker I go by. Currently, I am a senior at Seaver College, where I am working for a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, but my family and I relocated to Indiana this past year because of work. The opportunity to study abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, during my sophomore year was a wonderful experience. As someone who is partially descended from Germans, the opportunity to study the German language and live in a nation where my ancestors originated was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As someone who has always enjoyed traveling and learning about different cultures, I am really grateful for the time I was able to spend overseas. In addition, I serve as the president of the First Generation Club, where we endeavor to plan activities and meetings for first-generation students, among other things. Hope to see you at one or more of them this year. Contact Information for the Ambassadors

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