We are excited to announce the brand new Gregory ambassador team! Our ambassador team is the embodiment of everything Gregory stands for. We could not be happier to have them represent us as they head off into their adventures.
Without further ado, please give a warm welcome to our amazing team for 2023:
▪️ Jenny Bruso @jennybruso
Jenny is a writer and a hiker with a passion for bringing people together. In 2016, she founded Unlikely Hikers, an outdoor community for all folks underrepresented in outdoor culture with an extra focus on plus-size and queer adventurers. Her proudest moments have been thru-hiking the Salkantay in Peru and partnering with Gregory for the first-ever line of plus-size packs. She dreams of becoming an author.
▪️ Jacey West @jaceywest
Jacey is an outdoor enthusiast living in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. She is a hiker, camper, creative entrepreneur, imperfect environmentalist, and lifelong learner. Self-described as an adventurous homebody, her goal is to show that there is no right way to be “outdoorsy” and inspire people to find adventure, and balance, in their everyday life.
▪️ Nathan Menezes @nomadicnaynay
Nathan is an Occupational Therapist by day and an outdoor adventurer after hours! He enjoys hiking, paddling, camping, cycling, climbing, and skiing in the Canadian Rockies. He often retreats to the outdoors as means to renew and refresh the mind and soul.
▪️ Ana Alarcón @anaalarcon
Ana is a lover of movement and the outdoors. You can find her running, hiking, or traveling around the world. She was born in the US but grew up in Mexico and has lived in 3 countries and traveled to about 32. She loves eating out, a good cold beer, and a sunset along with her favorite people. Her goal this year is to visit Japan for the first time, and run the New York City Marathon.
▪️ Stephanie McCnulty @thebackpackingmom
Stephanie is a Mom to 3 wild children, travel photographer, soon-to-be nurse practitioner, avid backpacker, and wannabe mountaineer. She fell in love with the mountains as a young mom and has been chasing them ever since. She’s been taking her kids backpacking and climbing mountains since they were babies and finds that the best way to truly connect as a family is outside on an adventure. Removing distractions and venturing to places where cell service doesn’t reach is where the real magic happens. She believes that fostering a deep love for wild places is the only way the next generation will take action to protect and conserve our planet. Stephanie also leads ladies backpacking trips to empower other women, assist them in realizing their own strength, and reconnect them with their pre-kid selves. You can usually find her on the trail somewhere with a baby on her back, kids in tow, and packing snacks for days.
▪️ Andy Neal @andyfilmsandhikes
Andy is a plus-size hiker, backpacker, and avid outdoors person who discovered the outdoors after graduating from film school at age 37. Growing up in Southern California and Las Vegas as a stereotypical city kid Andy’s newfound love of hiking led him to start The Hiker Podcast, a weekly show that explores how hiking has changed people and how those people are changing the world around them.
▪️ Melanny Rendon & Evan Hendricks @outofthisvan
Evan and Melanny are outdoor adventure photographers, videographers, mountain bikers, and dog lovers. Whether on two feet or two wheels, they can often be found exploring trails all over North America and always with their dog leading the way. They grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA but have lived on the road full time since 2019. You can always count on Melanny to be carrying a pack full of snacks while Evan carries the heavy gear.
▪️ Logan Reavis @itsloganmarie
Logan is a content creator based out of Oregon. She enjoys day hiking, pack packing, and spending time exploring what the PNW has to offer. When she’s not out exploring, you can find her gardening, spending time with her two dogs, and experimenting with bread baking.
▪️ Noah Cozzie @the_last_cozzie
Noah is a 27 year old professional ski patroller and paramedic living and exploring in Utah. On his days off he loves getting into the mountains – climbing/hiking in the warmer months and ski touring in the winter months. Photography has been a side pursuit of his that allows him to share his adventures with his community. He also has an 8-month-old Labrador named Finn who is his certified avalanche search & rescue dog.
▪️ Olivia Tati @theoliviatati
Olivia is 28 years old and has already traveled to over 50 countries. She is passionate about pushing her own personal boundaries, exploring the world, and having an absolute blast doing it. She quit her corporate engineering job so that she could fully immerse herself in her real estate career and spend time creating beautiful spaces for people to vacation at near national parks. Whenever she’s not being a busybody you can find her exploring the great outdoors with her favorite adventure pup or hopping on a plane across the world.
▪️ Vernan Kee @vernankee
Vernan Kee is a Diné Graphic Designer from Shiprock, NM. A graduate of a Bachelors in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California-San Diego and actively working as a freelance designer. Designing is his passion and is constantly inspired by his surroundings. Pulling from traditions of the past and creating designs with modern techniques. Specializing in typography, illustration, branding, and print design.
▪️ Emmeline Wang @emmelinewang
Emmeline is passionate about protecting our planet and uses storytelling as a medium to support her advocacy work. As a rock climber and backpacker, she finds peace and grounding through intimately interacting with nature. Outside of playing in the vertical world, Emmeline manages @AllTrails’ global social media channels and is invigorated by getting others to fall in love with the outdoors. PC: Rachel Ross
▪️ Lea Dawn @leadawnhart
Lead Dawn is an outdoor enthusiast passionate about empowering and educating women to get outside. She loves backpacking, hiking, camping, running, and anything outdoors. You can expect to see her on the most remote trails and in local coffee shops.
▪️ Nick Tortajada @nick.tort
Nick is a professional photographer and content creator specializing in shooting outdoor adventures. He is an avid backpacker, hiker, camper, and mountain bike faller-off-er (and considers that a skill!). He believes that life is best when shared, a philosophy that led him to create The Adventure Dispatch – a website to connect with the community, learn from others, share what he’s learned, and hopefully inspire people to live their best outdoor lives. He is a firm believer that every occasion has its perfect backpack match and happily admits he may have a problem.
▪️ Sandra Khoury @_sandrakh
The mountain lifestyle is a space Sandra fell into in her late 20s, and she hasn’t looked back since. You can always find her somewhere in the Canadian Rockies – backpacking, cycling, and hiking in the summers, downhill, and backcountry skiing in the winters. When not exploring her backyard, she enjoys traveling to new places and documenting each adventure along the way.