Sally is a native Arizonan and an avid student and interpreter of the Colorado Plateau and Grand Canyon. She divides her time between working part time as a veterinarian and teaching natural history and women’s classes for Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute, which she has done since 1996. When asked why she has chosen to steer her career path towards outdoor education, her reply is one word—PASSION!
“I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and explore the complex entity that we call Grand Canyon, and then to pass that knowledge on to others through experiential learning. I get enormous satisfaction from many things large and small…like when I see the “light go on” as someone finally understands the Great Unconformity, or when we share a rainbow over Zoroaster, or the day that they hiked just a little farther than they thought they ever could. I know that they will go home empowered with an understanding and respect for this place that will inspire them to protect it and the other wild and beautiful places on earth. I also learn just as much from the participants- about other places, other ways of looking at things, and about myself. Many have become friends close to my heart, even though they live far away.”
Working with GCFI has also given her the opportunity to participate in other endeavors in the outdoor education and canyon community, such as the National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, Grand Canyon River Guides, and serving on the board of the Grand Canyon Hiker and Backpacker Association.
Sally is married, has three kids, and lives in Dewey, Arizona. She also teaches indoor cycling, strength training, and aerobic conditioning classes and likes to cross country ski, sea kayak, rock climb, and learn Spanish.