Our meet up leaders are volunteers who make our club's meet ups possible. These moms are friendly, kind, fun, cheerful women. Each leader adds something special to our club and we are so happy to have each of them involved with WOC.
Ashley Meeks is a mother to a 3 year old girl, meet up leader, and is the Founder of Wild Outsiders Club (formerly Wasatch Little Explorers Club). She is native to Tennessee, and that is where she became a licensed cosmetologist. Shortly after starting her career, her inner gypsy brought her to move out to the western US and she now vows to never leave. She enjoys going on road trips with her family to their favorite places, and has already taken her daughter old to 8 national parks. Some of her hobbies (other than chasing around her toddler and running WOC) include skiing, rock climbing, and slacklining with her best friend and partner in life, Lee. WOC brings out her best qualities because it makes her heart happy knowing that she is making a positive impact on families and communities. She cherishes all of the beautiful friendships she has made through WOC. She has absolutely loved serving the communities of the Wasatch and can't wait to continue to serve in other places, too! Some of the best things about the club is how much she enjoys being a leader to her peers, and making new friends. She can't wait to see where this club continues takes her and shape her and her family's life! Location: Ogden, UT Instagram: @wildoutsidersclub
Jessica Hardcastle is a meet up leader in the Ogden area who has one sweet, cuddly baby boy. She is a Utah native, with a degree in Health Promotion & Nutrition Education. She loves adventuring with her family and pups in their truck and camper. Jess is a wonderful friend and is always welcoming to every person she meets. One of her greatest qualities is that she is always smiling and laughing! If you need a shoulder to lean on, or need a helping hand, Jess is sure to be there. Her happiness is contagious and we are so thankful that she was the first one to help expand our meet up leader group. Part of why she loves WOC is that it gives her the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and expose her son to the love she has for the great outdoors. She is excited to watch WOC grow and evolve, and she feels so blessed to be a part of it all! We are proud to have Jess as a leader for us because she never fails to bring her good attitude and never-ending happiness to every event she is apart of! Location: Ogden, UT Instagram: @okdarlin
Alex Zesiger is our running group leader who also leads hikes as well, both in the Ogden area. Alex is a wonderful first time mom to an adorable baby girl, and she is working towards her degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Pathology and Ethnobotany. She enjoys hiking in the beautiful mountains of the Wasatch, writing, and running along the Ogden River Parkway. Alex has a warm smile, quirky sense of humor, and can be friends with anyone. She is a little shy at first, but Alex's story of strength after overcoming postpartum depression is one that she shares in hopes to inspire other mamas that might be dealing with the same thing. Once you break through that shell, she will crack you up with her 'realness!' She feels that WOC helped her get through those hard times in the beginning of her journey as a new mom, and now she loves being involved with all that WOC can do to serve our community. We are extremely happy that Alex is a leader because she continually shows us how important it is to have community and acceptance within that community! Location: Ogden, UT Instagram: @atzesiger
Amanda Edmonds is a meet up leader, and WOC missions leader in the SLC area. She is an energetic adventure mom to 2 wonderful kids. Upon meeting Amanda, you will notice that she is full of HAPPY vibes. Similar to the other meet up leaders, Amanda is as 'real' as they come. She is unapologetically herself and loves getting to know new friends! Before becoming a meet up leader, Amanda was already leading her own adventures through her personal instagram account. She vows to try her hardest to take her kids on a camping trip once a month, and get outside in some way each day. She loves climbing and sharing nature with her family and that joy radiates from her! Amanda spear-headed our first service project 'Save Bonanza Flats' and she is full of love for the backcountry of the Wasatch. She's a people-person that anyone can relate to, and we are SO stoked that she is apart of WOC! Location: Salt Lake City, UT Instagram: @adventuringwithkids
Lisel Alexander is a meet up leader in the SLC area. She is a mom of 2, a sweet little girl and a newborn boy! During the winter she works at Snowbird and she is also a part-time nurse. Lisel grew up in Orem, UT but has lived in Hawaii and Alaska as well. Her family has settled back in Utah and they're excited to be back to skiing, climbing, hiking, biking and enjoying all that is offered in the gorgeous Wasatch. Lisel enjoys having an adventurous life and she hopes to continue to do so with her daughter and newborn son in tow. She has a warm smile, a great attitude, and caring personality. Lisel is the perfect example of an epic, outdoor-mama! We knew she'd be a perfect meet up leader because she is inspiring to others in so many ways. One of those ways is that she's a great example of even when you are a parent, you can still find time to do the things you love AND bring the kids along! She is excited to meet new friends and learn from all of the mamas who attend the WOC meet ups, and we are delighted to have her be apart of our expanding club! We feel lucky to have Lisel with us because her positive vibes and caring attitude are always contagious! Location: Salt Lake City, UT Instagram: @lisel73517
Tanya Bates is a meet up leader in Salt Lake County. She was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. Her large family hiked, camped, backpacked, and explored a ton growing up. Tanya has lived all over the US and she and her husband are both gypsies at heart. Tanya appraised homes for several years, but after she gave birth to her 3rd child, she has been a full-time mama with a lot of volunteer work mixed in! Tanya struggled after she gave birth to each baby. Staying busy and giving back to her community seemed to help her cope. With kids, she found it extremely difficult to get back to nature, but WOC has helped her realize how easy it truly is! Tanya is naturally positive and exudes pure joy. You seriously won't see her without a smile! Also, her patience is something to seriously strive for! When you meet her, you'll quickly learn that her favorite thing to do is help. She really feels that through our club, and other organizations like ours, she has been inspired to begin to challenge herself to be brave, and she has found "her people." We welcomed Tanya to become a leader because we knew that she fit our culture of positivity and inclusive nature and we are happy to have her on board! Location: SLC, UT Instagram: @tanyambates
Cindi Opdycke is a meet up leader out of Davis County. Cindi was born and raised in Bountiful, but after graduating from University of Utah, she got a major case of wanderlust. She spent most of her 20s backpacking through 38 countries in Europe, Asia, Central America, and Africa. She is also a PADI dive master! She and her husband have two kids ages 6 & 3. Cindi stays home with her kids and works as the owner of her business, Fry Sauce Hats! She loves canyoneering, traveling, skiing, scuba diving, hiking, cooking and running. You could say that she's a big lover of DOING rad stuff! This woman is a great example of someone who puts her mind to something and then goes for it! But, one thing you can't miss about Cindi is how mellow she is. Cindi might be the easiest person to talk to in the world! She's a great conversationist and has a great attitude. We value these qualities in a leader because her presence is very welcoming. That's truly just who she is! We are beyond stoked to have Cindi on our team because she is full of love and so many life experiences to share! Cindi is excited to be apart of WOC as a leader and she's stoked to work with us on our first item to purchase- our club hats! Check out her business, support her, and look out for WOC hats coming soon from this talented mama! www.frysaucehats.com Location: Bountiful, UT instagram: @scubacindi
Shaylene Dye is a mom to 2 sweet kiddos and a meet up leader in the SLC/Utah County area. She is a collector of ball caps, if you meet her out on the trail she will most likely be wearing one! She is an explorer and an adventurer at heart, she has to know what's down that dirt road, what's up that canyon, what's over that ridge. She loves to experience the world as many different ways as possible! Shay grew up in rural Colorado. Even her city in Saratoga Springs feels super big to her. She likes to referee high school basketball, cook gourmet food, and snowboard. She hiked and hunted with her dad all her life, but for some reason that all just stopped once she had kids. That's finally changing and being apart of WOC has been a great group to influence that change! Shay is inspired by every parent she meets in the club. She already feels that she learns so much from each of you! She is such a sweet and thoughtful woman- the kind that you could spend all day around and continually feel comfortable and welcome. She would like to learn how to rock climb and mountain bike and those are her two next endeavors! She wants to show her kids that adventure doesn't have to stop, just because you become a mother. We are happy that Shay is apart of our team of leaders because she exudes sincerity and care, and she is a wonderful, friendly being! Location: Provo, UT Instagram: @shaydye
Lindsey Zimmerman is a meet up leader in Davis County and has lived there most of her life. Some of her hobbies include hiking, camping, kayaking, playing the guitar, reading and cooking. Lindsey graduated with her bachelors from Utah State University in Family & Community Services and Psychology and she hopes to start her own non-profit or business in the future! She is a mom to two little wild things, ages 7 & 3. Becoming a mother was difficult for her and she had a hard time taking on that new role and trying to fit societies expectations. Once she embraced herself and started taking her kids with her to climb mountains she felt like she could be herself and be the mom her kids needed. Hiking and exploring nature has been empowering for her and full of lessons and laughter. She loves sharing her love of nature with her kids and knows they cherish the memories of all their little adventures. She hopes to share this same joy with other families and is a huge advocate for connecting families to nature, which is one reason she loves WOC! Lindsey is quiet at first, but she has the best welcoming energy. She is patient with her kids and she is calm and collected. She is also one of those women who just doesn't stop smiling and promoting positivity! She is a stay at home mom who works part time from home for a humanitarian organization that helps kids and families in South America, and has had several opportunities to travel there. She loves traveling and seeing the world! Lindsey is an amazing addition to our WOC leaders because she is a wonderful mom who is continually inspiring us with her ability to mother so well and bring her kids into nature as much as possible. We are exciting for our future with Lindsey in it because she is, dare we say, too stinkin' sweet!! Location: Layton, UT Instagram: @littlemountaineers
Amanda Lindsay is a meet up leader in Davis county. She came to Utah to study Geology in college and she decided to stay because she fell in love with the mountains, desert, and her husband, Steve. She and her husband are weekend warriors with their three babies (age 6, 3, and 9 months) and they are motivated to spend as many nights as they can in their tent with their kids seeking adventure. Amanda has a gentleness about her that shines. Upon meeting her, you may sense that she is quiet, but get her talking and she's an open book full of knowledge and different experiences! She is also a wonderful listener! Amanda is the type of mom that we admire in many ways because she stays calm, she continually includes her kids in her passions, and she keeps it real- in the sweetest way possible. We adore her and her kind and calm demeanor, and we also love that she has a hint of spunk, too! She love hikes with WOC because it gives her kiddos a chance fall in love with hiking and wild places. Her kids get to explore at their own pace and make new friends and this is something that she values tremendously. We are fortunate to have Amanda on our team of leaders because we are pretty sure she is one of the most positive-minded women around and she is one motivated mama; she pushes limits and always involves her kids on her adventures! Location: Layton, UT Instagram: @izzylindsay
Tara Kappos was born in Salt Lake City but grew up in Farmington, Utah. She has a bachelors degree in psychology, a bachelors degree in human development and family studies, and a master of education in foundations of behavior analysis. She has worked in a residential treatment center, ran an after school program for kids in foster care, conducted ABA therapy, and wrote behavior plans for kids and adults with disabilities. After she had her youngest child, she stopped working to focus on raising her tribe. Tara is a self proclaimed hippie and loves hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and rock climbing. She enjoys being outside with her kids and also hiking with other women. She is passionate about empowering women to be vulnerable, learn new things, and express themselves more. When she isn't outside, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband. Tara is a wonderful addition to our meet up leader team because she embodies our all-inclusive nature and truly cares for people. We are happy that she is also spearheading our Mama's Hikes, which will be meet ups each month that are for moms only! Tara is excited to be a part of WOC because she believes that WOC exudes authenticity and is full of moms who are amazing and kind mamas. We just love her and couldn't be more excited that she's with us! Location: Layton, UT Instagram: @a_wandering_wild_one
Brittany Kutz is a meet up leader in the Ogden area. She has a master’s degree in English from Weber State University. She has been an emergency dispatcher, an internet producer for the news and freelance writer for several online publications, but currently is a full-time stay at home mom to a rambunctious, adorable little boy. Little Man, as she likes to call her son, is her adventure buddy. In his first year they visited nine national parks and twelve states together! They have many more adventures planned for the future that involve travel, camping, and hiking—some of Brittany’s favorite things. She hopes to instill a love of nature in Little Man. Brittany is also passionate about helping kids and giving back to her community. She spent many years volunteering as a court appointed special advocate and as a board member for the Weber-Morgan Children’s Justice Center Friends Board. Brittany is excited to be a hike leader for Wild Outsiders Club because it combines her love for kids and the outdoors! Location: Ogden, UT Instagram: Kutzbrittany
Haley Taylor is a Hike volunteer in Ogden. She loves to take her three kiddos (5, 4, and 9 months) on adventures (and go by myself sometimes) all over Utah and sometimes even Oregon where her family lives. Haley served in the military for 6 years and got an early start on having kids. Mommin' is her full time job right now and on the side she teaches fitness classes. She became a group fitness instructor this year and loves it! Exercising and getting her kids involved with exercise has become a hobby and she hopes she can share that with others. Now that she found the Wild Outsiders club it has sparked the adventure bug even more! She just wants to get out and make it to every meet up and show her kids the whole world. She loves all the fantastic mamas she has met. Being a part of WOC has made her feel so much more confident about getting out on adventures. She enjoys road trips, camping, hiking, star gazing. Location:Ogden: Instagram: haytay_11
Susan Tams finds that her greatest peace and happiness has been anywhere in nature. From her youth on a boat fishing with her parents or camping, to her teen years where she would hike with her dogs alone, she has found adventure. He mother used to say she had too many guts or too little brains! She has a couple of stories to share with you one day on the trail about that! Now as an adult her other greatest joys are her three children! Susan is so grateful for Wild Outsiders Club, it has blessed her and her children's lives! It is so great to have friends to hike with! She believes that by feel that teaching her children to love nature, see the beauty, respect and honor Mother Earth that it will bring them so much happiness! She is also a Flower Essences Practitioner and also an Earth and Moon Priestess, Medicine woman! It's true! Here’s to loving all of you! Location: Instagram:suzentams Location: Ogden, UT
Kate Rowan is a Colorado mountain girl who recently bumped over to Utah! She is married to an IT guy who she frequently helps to bring hiking with her . She has three kids (7, 3, 1) and a constantly fluctuating number of animals due to fostering homeless dogs and cats This is hard but important work. She is a SAHM who loves watercolor painting, reading alternative history comic fantasy, hiking slowly to identify plants, and gardening. She realized early into college that she wanted to have a family first, so she took time to do that. I look forward to going back to school. In the meantime, she has taught painting, been a horseback riding instructor, done graphic design, worked in gardening food production, been a nanny, and much more! She is definitely just a multitalented kind of woman! Kate lives in West Jordan, and wants to bring more hikes and activities to the central west part of the SLC Valley. She is exploring constantly and she is always on the lookout for new ideas. She likes to plan ahead, always be on time, and start my day with a leap. Kate is a fantastic listener, loves connecting with others, and wants to be there for others. Location: SLC, UT Instagram:katehasaclan
Jen Pudge is a Hike Volunteer from Anchorage, Alaska. She was born and raised in Southern Oregon and moved to Alaska 8 years ago. She was raised to love the outdoors and have a deep love for nature and adventure. She is a mom to two incredible babies under two. It is so important to her to include our kids in our adventures and raise them outdoors and wild. Her family loves hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, boating, hunting and fishing. One of her biggest passions is supporting other women and girls and helping them to find and build confidence and competence in the outdoors. Jen is so excited to be a part of this group and community!
Location: Anchorage, AK Instagram: @fortheloveofkindness
Abi Gutierrez is a meet up leader on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. She loves serving local families as a birth and postpartum doula. Birth work is her passion. You can usually catch Abi on the weekends singing up at her dad’s café when she’s not at a birth. Abi is also a wife and a homeschool mom to 3: 8 years, 3 years, & a 1 year old. Her family took a 3 month road/moving trip in an RV last year when they moved up to Alaska. This trip really sparked their love for hiking and adventuring. Abi enjoys foraging for food and for herbs and chaga to make teas. She loves getting families together for kid lead play and hiking. Every hike is a new experience. She loves for families to walk away learning something that they didn’t know before. Come join Abi and her family for some fun on the Peninsula. Location: Kenai Peninsula, AK Instagram:
Alexandra Moritz-Hanson is a mama of wild-things; three of her own kiddos and co-parenting her niece and nephew. she is a California native turned Midwesterner. But her heart is in Montana, which is where she met her husband and had her first son. She is a lover of mountains and road trips-She is always planning our next adventure. She is a self-proclaimed restless spirit. There are few adventures I’m not excited to try!
The outdoors has always held a special place in her heart but it wasn’t until her second son was born that she realized how important it was for her mental health. With five kiddos under seven in our house, somedays it’s a zoo! She realized how essential the outdoors is in everyone’s well-being. Alexandra is a recent advocate for women’s’ mental health through the outdoors. She believes everyone should have the chance to explore and experience nature together. She is inspired by the empowering community of women and wants to give back in anyway she can. I’m so stoked to be a part of WOC. And am hopeful that sharing this community here in WI will help bring more families together and foster a sense of outdoor community- which is something I genuinely miss about the west!
Alexandra graduated from UW-Platteville in December with a degree in English- literature. She is a book worm, lover of writing and good words. She loves blogging about the experience of motherhood and the outdoors. She is definitely funny and outgoing; a type “b” personality by default. You’ll find her sharing stories and laughing about the wild and crazy moments of parenting , exploring the trails with her wild crew of kiddos, crowding onto the paddle board at the lake, skating on it when it’s cold and generally making mischief outdoors. Alexandra is looking forward to meeting new friends and sharing the trails with them!!” Location: Wisconsin Instagram:
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