WMRT Board of Directors
Board of Directors, 2015-2016
Team Leader: Chris "Shooter" Mackie
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
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
Hometown: Muscatine, Iowa
4 years he joined so he could run around the woods looking for people and stayed for the awesome group of people who want to do the same.When not saving lives in the backcountry, he goes up and down mountains in various ways.
Support Trainer: Austen Beason
Primary Mission Coordinator: Brian Larson
Mission Secretary: Brendon Kratteenmaker
Communications Coordinator: Mark McClernan
Vehicle Manager and EMS Liaison: Rod Bergman
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.