The AGC Team is a collaborative effort of savvy office staff who manage all the details, and our stellar and dedicated guides who make the magic happen on each adventure. Together we share a vision of what women’s adventure travel should be and are thrilled to share these experiences that help women make meaningful connections across generations and borders.
Working as a 100% virtual team, we have a combined 60+ years of outdoor and active travel experience. Collectively we have travelled, trekked, and paddled on every continent. We’ve scouted and crafted all of our itineraries to ensure every trip is as remarkable as it sounds. It's a lot of work but we're not complaining! We all love what we do and feel like some of the luckiest women in the world to share our love of adventure.
Kelly’s love for outdoor adventure developed early growing up in New Hampshire where she took her first backpacking, biking, and skiing trips. She ventured west for college and spent years as a field biologist exploring the mountains and canyons of the Western US studying rare plants, endangered squirrels, various birds, and even bumblebees. After graduate school, her career led her to Fort Collins, Colorado where she’s found her professional passion in the adventure travel industry and a great community to continue her own explorations with. She’s thrilled to be at the helm of AGC and be providing amazing experiences for adventurous women! She is committed to helping women experience the transformative power of nature through the support and encouragement of the AGC community.
Jan lives in Western Michigan and is originally from North Carolina where her original love for the outdoors began. Her first career was as a registered nurse, then mother to 5 children. In 2001 she found AGC and has never looked back. Having the opportunity to develop and guide trips for AGC and travel with adventurous women is a ‘dream come true’. Her favorite activity is backpacking the AT and introducing other women to backpacking. If the opportunity to hike anywhere is offered, she’ll be there in a flash! Jan also works in the AGC office as a program manager. Outside of work Jan enjoys cooking, quilting and spending time with family, especially grandchildren.
Karen came to love the outdoors growing up in the Pacific Northwest. For the past 20+ years she has happily called Michigan home, but “The mountains are calling….”. Karen has been guiding and working in the office at Adventures in Good Company since 2016. She especially loves backpacking and hiking in mountains and canyons - and sharing that love with others. She feels honored to be working and traveling with women in a field that she loves. Karen has also guided for AGC since 2016, primarily trips in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and hiking and backpacking along the Appalachian Trail, all of which she loves. Outside of work Karen enjoys backpacking (surprise!), light carpentry, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Julie is addicted to fresh air and sunshine and is grateful to call northern Colorado home. She studied physiology in school and did two stints with the Peace Corps working in public health in South America. From there it was a fun transition to work full time in ‘meaningful travel’. Ever since reading Bill Bryson''s A Walk in the Woods as a teenager, she dreamed of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and in 2014, pressed pause on life to take that long walk in the "green tunnel". Julie is also happy to jump into the role as AGC Guide when she can find the opportunity to sneak away from her toddler. When not carrying a backpack on long solo trips or bouncing around in the backs of chicken trucks in other countries, Julie spends her time playing with her family and trying to convince her vegetable patch and fruit trees to stay alive.
Amanda hails from Los Angeles and is proud of her Southern California roots. She attended college at the University of Arizona and graduated with a double major in Classics and Art History and then moved to the UK and earned her Master's degree in Maritime Archaeology. After all that school she needed a break and joined the U.S. Peace Corps where she taught public health in a small village in Kenya for 2.5 years. After cramming in as much travel as humanly possible, Amanda settled into the outdoor industry and has been working since 2012. She has a particular fondness for geology and because of this she specialized in adventure guiding in the American Southwest. She has guided extensively in Grand Canyon National Park, taking clients both Rim-to-Rim and to the remote waterfalls of the Havasupai Reservation.
Originally from New England, Laurel now explores the outdoors from her homebase in Washington. She loves getting up close and personal with the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest, on foot and on skis, and considers it a bonus if she can sleep out under the stars. She comes to AGC with over a decade of experience in travel operations and program management. When she’s not helping others travel, she loves adventuring with her husband, with favorite trips including trekking in Nepal, sailing in Croatia and skiing in the Canadian Rockies.
Stephanie is a proud Colorado native fortunate to have grown up in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains where she learned to ski, backpack, and rock climb. The wilderness is where she finds the time and space to nourish her being. Her favorite way to get ‘out’ is through travel and the active escapades she can schedule into every trip. She is most proud to be an *adventure* mama, venturing with her two daughters. Stephanie’s background in communications includes time in the active travel industry, freelancing for small businesses, and most recently in the non-profit realm at Women’s Wilderness. She is passionate about promoting opportunities for women to find joy in the outdoors, encouraging them to be their biggest best selves at any age.
Marian Marbury founded Adventures in Good Company in 1999 to share her passion for travel and spending time outdoors with other women. She loves learning about different cultures, challenging her own assumptions, laughing (especially at herself), and sleeping under the stars. After growing AGC from a tiny company that offered 10 trips to its current size, she was delighted to hand over the reins to Kelly Kimple in January 2020. And after 30 years of guiding, she realized that it was time to focus on her own adventures and became Guide Emeritus that same year.
Our guides are a diverse group of women who love helping other women reach their goals and have incredible experiences. They are wise and passionate outdoors-women who are keen to make every trip a challenging and fun itinerary. They are there to ensure you eat delicious food, laugh a lot, and walk (or paddle, horseback ride, or snowshoe) away with a perfect mixture of deep satisfaction and a hunger for your next adventure. The AGC guides strive to create an atmosphere where women feel comfortable being who they are, and where everyone enjoys sharing their similarities and celebrating their differences.
Anne lives in Duluth, Minnesota and has guided for AGC since 1999. She was introduced to her favorite outdoor activity, cross-country skiing, while living in Russia after graduate school. Anne enjoys trail running, paddling, biking, and orienteering and is also quite happy to sit around reading a book. In addition to guiding, Anne works as a program evaluation consultant and freelance writer/editor and volunteers with non-profit organizations.
Deb has been guiding with Adventures in Good Company since it opened in 1999. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, son, 2 dogs and a cat. When she isn''t out guiding a trip or busy with her family, she can be found baking and cooking (sometimes as her paid job and sometimes just for her own enjoyment), swimming, bicycling, playing Ultimate Frisbee and broomball, cross country skiing and hiking/running. She also loves a challenging crossword puzzle and a competitive game of Scrabble.
Brenda is a passionate world traveler. Just out of high school she traveled to India on a Girl Scout exchange and fell in love with experiencing other cultures. She worked with women’s groups and lived in rural Honduras as a Peace Corps Volunteer where she learned Spanish. She is one of AGC’s most experienced guides and has led trips across the world from Everest Base Camp, to Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu. She is an avid backpacker, yoga instructor, and watercolor artist. Her secret goal is catching moments to sketch on trips (and encouraging others to do the same) forging connections with nature. Brenda lives with her wife and Kali, the golden retriever, in a co-housing community in Colorado.
Alicia resides in Colorado, where she relishes the opportunity to ride her bike every day! She also enjoys hiking, backpacking, trail running, and snowshoeing, often accompanied by her family and dog (who famously proved that she is truly part border collie when she spontaneously herded 100+ head of cattle in Boulder open space). Alicia has a well-rounded adventure background and a great appreciation for the friendships that can be forged among adventurous women, across different backgrounds and different generations. When she is not guiding, Alicia works in academia as a SAS programmer and data analyst.
Anne lives in beautiful Lake Placid, NY located in the Adirondack Park and has been a guide for Adventures in Good Company since 2012. She has guided extensively in the Caribbean but loves the cold north country as well. When not guiding she is busy running her own businesses- she owns and publishes a print and digital magazine that promotes many facets of the Adirondack and also owns Placid Waters, a small kayak guiding business. Her husband, step-daughter and two dogs spend thir free time skiing, hiking, paddling and spending time at their family cottage.
Carrie has lived in Saranac Lake, NY in the Adirondack Mountains for 34 years. Her first guiding experience was when she was 20, a job that entailed taking US students to the USSR and Siberia. Her love of the outdoors comes from her parents. They taught her many outdoors skills and showed her how to hike, ski, row, sail and fish from an early age; in fact,the first peak she climbed was Camels Hump in Vermont at the age of 6! These days she is an avid downhill, cross-country and backcountry skier and is a licensed guide for whitewater rafting, hiking, camping and paddling.
After retiring from higher education and raising a family, Chris found her next adventure hiking the Camino de Santiago with AGC in 2016. Sharing her love of the outdoors with others has always been a passion of hers throughout her life. Chris has hiked in all 50 states and traveled all over Canada, Mexico and Europe. When she is not guiding, Chris works in the hospitality industry with Marriott hotels. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and loves biking, hiking, reading, and discovering new vistas.
Claire is a long-time lover of nature, fitness and all things outdoors. She first attended an AGC backpacking trip as a participant in 2014, and later joined as a guide! Guiding came as a second career for Claire after she retired from her role as a public school art teacher. Having always drawn inspiration from nature in her personal artwork, Claire’s creativity shines through in her guiding. Claire lives with her husband Emil in Stockertown, PA where they raised their three children. When not guiding, she spends the winter months as a visiting Artist in Residence, sharing the connection of art and nature with local students. She also instructs kayak and stand-up paddle board. Claire enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, biking, hiking, camping and travel
Debra is a native New Englander and is currently living in Rhode Island. As part of a military family she has lived in a number of places around the world, including Italy and Cuba. When she is not guiding she is helping out in the office and teaching fitness and spin classes at the local gym. She loves to hike, kayak, bike, snowshoe and sail on the waters off Rhode Island. She especially loves sharing these experiences with others.
When Gina retired after 27 years in law enforcement she knew she was ready to pursue a new challenge but wasn’t quite sure what it would be. Her love of hiking and the outdoors led her to Adventures In Good Company and it was a perfect fit! Gina’s other passions include tennis, biking, reading, baking and more tennis! She lives in Pensacola, FL with her husband Lee and their two rescue mutts, Zippy and Lamb Chop.
Heather has been guiding with AGC since 2017, but spent decades working in the outdoor field helping women and girls experience the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She is passionate about supporting women to try new things and loves kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, hiking and backpacking. She lives near Seattle and spends her volunteer free time working with K9 search and rescue, helping outdoor adventurers recover from accidents in the mountains near her home.
Ikwe is a nomad and travels for seasonal work, but the places they call home are California and Minnesota. They are currently back in school getting a master's in history to teach high school history and government. They have been guiding since 2014, mainly canoe trips in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota (at a French immersion camp!), and doing environmental education in the high desert of Southern California. Ikwe joined AGC in 2020 and is stoked to continue sharing their love of the outdoors. Ikwe loves hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and, above all else, rock climbing! When not climbing, Ikwe can often be found reading a good book. Ikwe is a Wilderness EMT and loves safety even more than they love danger.
Jenny O'Connell lives in Portland, Maine, where she's hard at work on Finding Petronella, her debut book about her 2014 solo trek across Finland following the footsteps of a female legend into the Arctic Circle. Her eleven years as an outdoor guide have brought her all over the globe leading backpacking, sea kayaking, cultural exchange, and river trips from the Peruvian Andes to the wild waters of her home state of Maine. When Jenny's not guiding or freelance writing, she enjoys making music, playing ultimate frisbee, salsa dancing, and exploring hidden local outdoor gems. She never leaves home without a trusty pair of neon adventure pants and a waterproof ukulele.
Kaitlyn Shinney lives just south of Boston along the ocean with her husband and sons. She first became part of the AGC family in 2007 with trips to the Grand Canyon, Northern Cascades, Kilimanjaro and Greece. Over the last few years she assisted trips to Acadia, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Adirondack, and Utah. Her friends and family love when she returns from a trip and talks about all the inspirational women she met. Kaitlyn is a 15 year Firefighter Paramedic with a Masters in Public Administration and Emergency Management as well as a certificate in Labor Studies. Love of the ocean and outdoors is her true passion spending time camping, kayaking, skiing, fishing and the theater with her family making memories for a lifetime. She hopes to check Everest and Patagonia off her bucket list sooner than later.
Lainie currently lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, two teenagers, and two adopted street dogs. She has lived most of her adult life overseas and is a seasoned traveler and adventurer. In addition to guiding, Lainie also works international aid programs, specializing in youth violence prevention. Lainie loves meeting new people and exploring new places and is an avid hiker. She started working with founder Marian Marbury close to 20 years ago, and after living overseas, has recently come back to the region and returned to guiding.
Laurie was filled with wanderlust from an early age and has always had a sense of adventure. From backpacking Europe to leading corporate incentive trips she has explored 15 countries on 5 continents, hosted 3 exchange students, lived in the US Virgin Islands and spent 3 months in Spain. She is a lover of all activities: hiking, paddling, yoga, pickleball – you name it, she’s game! When not adventuring, the Kansas City area is home where she and her husband keep busy keep with their 2 very active boys, dog ‘Charlie’ and cat ‘Mango’. She loves traveling with her family and her favorite saying is ‘Do more things that make you forget to check your phone’. Laurie enjoys the opportunity to meet new people and challenge women to get outside of their comfort zone. She can think of nothing better than sharing adventure, exploration, and breathtaking views with a group of like-minded women.
Laurie is a former college administrator who lives in Amherst, MA with Anne, her long-time partner and Honey, the Mexican street dog she rescued while kayaking in Mexico. Two of the most popular courses she developed while teaching was hiking and dog sledding which fueled her love of sharing outdoor adventures with others. Her favorite activities include hiking, sea kayaking, snow shoeing, biking, swimming and yoga. She joined AGC in 2013 and loves adventure travel and meeting new people.
Originally an Ohio midwesterner, Linda has called Colorado Springs home for over 30 years. Currently she is a “vanabonder” exploring life on the backroads and in the backcountry with her partner and an older smushy-faced dog named Charlotte. In previous guiding with Outward Bound and Women’s Wilderness, Linda especially enjoyed sharing adventures with women from all walks of life. Linda recently retired from a rewarding university career in sustainability. Her favorite activities are telemark skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, international travel, and plenty of hammock time with a good book near the ocean.
Lindsay works to conserve water and land in Florida and is always seeking out new places to explore - whether it’s tromping through swamps, paddling rivers, hiking through pine forests, or surfing or diving in our beautiful oceans. A big part of her heart is also in the mountains and she loves skiing moguls, climbing mountains, and jumping into icy alpine lakes! Lindsay is a certified yoga instructor and SCUBA dive master. As a newer guide to AGC, she draws on her facilitation, teaching, and coalition-building skills to ensure that participants have a wonderful and safe experience. She has traveled extensively, especially in Central and South America, where she uses her Spanish-speaking skills to immerse herself in the culture and savor the local cuisine.
Mel is a native of Santa Barbara and grew up on the California coast running through oak forests, surfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. After moving to New Zealand for a year, she found her love of backpacking and a career in outdoor adventures. She’s worked as a sea-cave kayaking guide at Channel Islands National Park and a hiking guide in Rocky Mountain National Park (Boulder, CO is now home). As an outdoor educator and naturalist, she loves teaching children about ecology, wildlife, and land conservation. Mel’s deep passion for travel has led her to 35 countries, Mongolia is on the bucket list soon! Some of her favorite experiences include backpacking in Patagonia, seeing the Northern Lights in Norway, and snorkeling in Thailand. The way to Mel’s heart is tacos, swapping travel stories, and talking about wolves.
Sarah has been passionate about nature all her life! She has been a Naturalist for over 35 years. Being a guide is so much fun because it enables her to introduce and motivate women to learn new skills that get them outdoors. Watching women be transformed by their experiences and the excitement of trying new things, overcoming fears makes her day! Sarah lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, along the shores of Lake Huron with her husband, cat and dog. She is also a freelance Naturalist and Science/ Nonprofit consultant. She and her husband have completed two long hikes, 1,000 mile and 500 miles and she likes to ski, SUP board, kayak, hike, backpack, do yoga, read and swim.
Scout lives in the greater Seattle area where a lifelong love of the outdoors began on camping trips with her dad with a bright orange pup tent for shelter. The camping trips eventually led to summers at Girl Scout camp where, in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the hiking and backpacking spark was lit. While honing her backcountry skills with the Seattle Mountaineers Scout discovered a passion for sharing the outdoors with others as a volunteer leader for the scrambling and basic mountaineering courses and separately as a ski instructor at Crystal Mountain. Following a career in tech, Scout now spends as much time as possible in the mountains and sometimes in/on the water. Scout finds joy guiding trips for Adventures in Good Company and being a part of the growth, confidence and teamwork which the trips facilitate.
Sharon is a life-long outdoor sports enthusiast who loves helping people find beauty in nature and take on challenges in the outdoors. She has hiked and climbed throughout the United States, Europe, the Himalayas and Peru. She started guiding for AGC in 2017. Sharon is also a certified Alpine and Telemark ski instructor and has been teaching women to ski for over 25 years. Horseback riding is another passion of Sharon’s and she can often be found atop a four-legged friend. When she isn’t hiking, skiing, or riding, Sharon is a healthcare lawyer for a nonprofit health care accrediting body located in Washington, DC.
As a lifelong Alaskan, outdoor adventure has always been a part of Sharry’s life. As she gets older she gets more adventurous, not less. Her family (husband Thane and daughter Rowan) routinely kick her out of the house for being too grumpy if she hasn’t been getting her fair share of fresh air and solitude. Her husky mutt, Scout, is her usual companion while hiking, but every once in awhile she appreciates human company, too. Guiding for AGC not only gives her great company for fun adventures but also allows her to share her love of the outdoors with other women. Her goal is to keep inspiring others to push their boundaries for decades more.
Tali lives near Lexington, Kentucky and has been with AGC since 2014. She loves meeting women from all over who enjoy hiking and exploring. In addition to hiking and backpacking, Tali enjoys kayaking, and cycling. She has hiked the Sheltowee Trace, Kentucky''s long trail, and is taking a break from her job as a physician assistant to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019. She is originally from Utah and loves the desert Southwest as well as the Eastern forests. When not guiding or hiking, she loves to visit her grown children and be with her husband and dogs.