Karina was born and raised in Avon, CO, and although she moved far away for college, she returned to the mountains she loves after graduating. She earned her Rhetoric & Media Studies degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Growing up in the Vail Valley, Karina’s first exposure to Walking Mountains was participating in its Youth Programs as a student when it was still the Gore Range Natural School in Redcliff. She joined the Walking Mountains staff as a full-time employee in October 2017.
Although she gravitated towards the social sciences in college, she always loved more traditional science classes and she is very happy to be working for the organization that blends her interests. When she’s not in the office you’ll find her skiing in the trees, occasionally doing yoga with baby goats, or on the disc golf course!