Board of Directors, 2015-2016
Team Leader: Chris "Shooter" Mackie
I started as a student at western as a freshman in 2003 and have been an active member of the team for the last 12 years. I enjoy the leadership and problem solving aspects of mountain rescue, as well as the physical, and mental challenges that it presents. My goal is to provide leadership and support needed for WMRT to provide excellent mission response and grow as a professional community based organization. I enjoy fishing, skiing, rafting, hunting, dirtbiking, hiking, jeeping, and anything else outdoors related.
President: Amy Allbritton
The Mountain Rescue Team held equal weight to a good degree program in my decision to attend Western State Colorado University. The opportunity to help out fellow outdoorsmen on what may be the worst day of their life drew me to the team, and the personal skills and friendships I have made from it have made my decision all the more worthwhile. Being a part of Mountain Rescue has given me a heightened awareness of the safety of myself and my partners while in the backcounty that will stay with me for life.
Vice President and Equipment Manager: Ryan Woods
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
I joined the team 3 years ago and have been continuously learning and improving my skills with the team, and in the backcountry. The team has allowed me to be able to see some of the most incredible places in the Gunnison valley that I would not have seen otherwise, while giving back to such a great community.
Secretary: Whitney Zerr
Hometown: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
She has been on the team for 6 years now and joined because she thought that it looked like something fun to do and she just wanted to help people.
When not saving lives in the backcountry she works as a nanny, cooks lots of food, and goes outside and does anything that sounds like fun while trying to catch as much sunshine as possible.
Treasurer: Erik Niemeyer
I joined WMRT after moving to Gunnison in 2008. I've been involved in mountain rescue since 1999 serving on another MRA team, AMRC in Albuquerque, NM. All of my life the outdoors have provided me everything that matters and I continue to enjoy climbing, skiing, cycling, and simply being in them. Being a member of WMRT affords me the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, refine my rescue skills, and help people in their hour of need.
Training Coordinator: Ben Ammon
Hometown: Arvada, Colorado
Ben joined WMRT 4 years ago, and stayed for all of the like-minded climbing and skiing partners he found there. He spends almost all of his free time ascending and descending mountains in various ways all year long, but prefers to play on ice and snow.
Field Trainer: Kyle Juszczyk
Kyle Juszczyk is a senior Recreation Major at Western. He has been on the team for 3 years and held the positions of Mission Secretary, Field Trainer, and Mission Coordinator. He states that he joined the team because of his goals to help people in the outdoors, and to meet new people. He said he has more than accomplished those goals with his time on the team.
Support Trainer: Austen Beason
I grew up in southern Missouri and moved to Gunnison in 2012. I was, and am, an avid climber and skier, so I joined the team my freshman year as a way to give back to the outdoor community. Over the last 4 years on the team I've been the equipment manager, support class trainer, and vertical rescue instructor.
Primary Mission Coordinator: Brian Larson
Mission Secretary: Brendon Kratteenmaker
Hi my name is Brandon Krattenmaker and I am the current mission secretary with WMR. I am a sophomore here at WSCU and this is my second, support, year with Western Mountain Rescue. I joined Mountain Rescue because I love helping people and I love the outdoors. It is really awesome to be able to help someone when they really need it. I have also had an interest in a career in EMS and the team is a great way to start off being a first responder. As mission secretary my job is to keep track of reports for our missions and deliver them to the Sheriff's Office. I am proud to be a member of WMR.
Communications Coordinator: Mark McClernan
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Joining Western State Mountain Rescue three years has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I joined because it looked interesting and fun. Gunnison is a wonderful and outdoorsy place, I didn’t realize is how fast it grows on you. I am proud the help the community so that others can experience what I experienced my first few weeks exploring the valley. In my free time I enjoy downhill biking and unicycling.
Vehicle Manager and EMS Liaison: Rod Bergman
Hometown: Festus MO
I joined WMRT 4 years ago, to learn backcountry rescue skills along with the opportunity to help people in their time of need. When not working or at training, I like to get out and explore Gunnison County, camp and go fishing in different places in the area.
Dog Team Coordinator: Ryan Paull
Medical Coordinator: Cody Roberts
Fundraising Coordinator: Madison Hayden
I am an exercise and sports science major and this is my 2nd year on the rescue team. I am the fundraising coordinator and the strength and conditioning instructor. I joined the rescue team to learn more about the backcountry and meet new people. Being on the rescue team has taught me so many things that have helped me grow into the hardworking lady I am today. I've always enjoyed working in the emergency response field and have met some incredible people along in doing so. Mountain Rescue has given me wonderful opportunities to travel and make lifelong friends.
Team Historian: Megan DiGirolamo
When I visited Western 3 years ago, it was my first time hearing about the team. From the second I heard about the team, I was interested in joining. When deciding where I wanted to go to college, the team made it clear which school I would choose. I love doing anything outside but I also want to give back to my community and help out others. Western Mountain Rescue team is a perfect combination of the two.