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Erin White

Volunteer Coordinator

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Erin’s appetite for adventure began in college. After a tame suburban upbringing in Silicon Valley, she headed north to Chico State University, where she began signing up for adventure outings. After a few burly hikes and sweaty mountain biking adventures, she was officially hooked on outdoor recreation. Since then, she’s tallied up many remarkable outdoor experiences: zip-lining in Costa Rica, snorkeling coral reefs around the island of Bonaire, backpacking in Canyonlands National Park and summiting Fourteeners in Colorado.

Over the last two decades, Erin served as a volunteer, counting bighorn sheep for Colorado’s Division of Wildlife, planting trees for a habitat restoration nonprofit, and guiding snowshoe outings for individuals with developmental disabilities. Because of these experiences and more, Erin has a keen understanding of the passion that drives RAF’s dedicated team of volunteers. “I am honored to serve in such a vital role for the RAF,” Erin said. “It is truly fantastic—a dream situation, really—to come into this nonprofit organization with such dedicated volunteers.” 

Erin’s belief that people from all walks of life can reap wellness benefits from outdoor recreation has guided her untraditional career path. She’s led at-risk youth on nature hikes and served as the marketing and communications director for a nonprofit that provides outdoor adventure activities for people with disabilities. In 2017, her travel guide about Rocky Mountain National Park was published by Hachette Book Group, and Erin’s outdoor writing has appeared in numerous consumer and industry publications.

Erin was naturally drawn to the RAF because it provides people with outstanding access to outdoor recreation gems across the country. “I’m excited to learn about the people, their projects, their flying experience, and everything in between,” Erin said.

While she is not a pilot herself, Erin’s husband holds a pilot’s license and her father-in-law flies a Piper Warrior. Her young son enjoyed his first plane flight with ‘Grand Dad’ at age three.

“In the coming months, I’ll be learning the ins and outs of this very unique position,” she said. “Over the longer term, I plan to introduce some new ideas for team building and communication. I’ll also focus on encouraging younger generations to become involved with the organization, further diversifying RAF’s volunteer base,” she added.

 

 

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