Originally from Chicago, IL, Mara joins Adventure Treks for their first season as an instructor, though they’re no stranger to our programs: Mara spent five summers as an AT student; between the three Hoplamazian siblings, they have 13 AT trips under their belt! Currently, Mara is a fellow at Coro Northern California, a leadership development program focused on building effective and ethical leaders in public affairs. Before that, Mara was an investigative reporting intern at the Sacramento Bee; a community health educator in New Haven, CT; a media intern at the Smithsonian; and a peer liaison for the Office of LGBTQ Resources at Yale. They also worked two summers as a trip leader at Camp Pinnacle, and as a first-year outdoor orientation leader at Yale, leading week-long backpacking trips for freshmen students. Before Mara headed northeast for school, they traveled with Thinking Beyond Borders, a gap year program, studying global issues like public health, food systems, and environmentalism.
- Education: Yale University, bachelor’s degree in American studies
- Medical certification: Wilderness first responder
- Favorite outdoor memory: Hiking up John Rock in Pisgah National Forest with a group of Pinnacle campers to watch the sun rise!
- Favorite outdoor achievement: Climbing Mt. Rainier with friends I met as an Adventure Treks student!
- Countries visited: Armenia, Botswana, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, England, France, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand
- Favorite hobbies: I love hiking, biking, swimming, playing sports (rugby and water polo are my favorites!), cooking for friends and family, and challenging my siblings to games of contact. Right now, I’m teaching myself how to play the guitar!