THE AWESOME PEOPLE THAT MAKE THE MILL, THE MILL >
Megan Michelson, Writer/Editor
Megan Michelson, a co-founder and manager of the Mill, is a freelance writer. She worked as the freeskiing editor for ESPN.com, and before that, as an editor at Skiing Magazine and Outside Magazine. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Powder, Men's Journal, Outside, Backpacker, and more.
Dan Abrams, Flylow Gear
Dan Abrams, one of the co-founders of Tahoe Mill, is the president and co-founder of Flylow Gear, an independent manufacturer of backcountry freeride ski outerwear, now sold in stores around the globe. Abrams started the company in 2005 in his mom's basement in Denver and moved to Tahoe in 2012.
Bruno Damico is sales rep for Dynafit, Salewa, Wild Country and Pomoca across California, Arizona, and Nevada. He studied jazz drum set performance and international business at Denver University and lived in Boulder prior to moving to Tahoe. Before his current job, he worked as a customer/dealer service rep for Backcountry Access.
Ben Kimple, Gus Banuski, Tahoe Brew Tours
Tahoe Brew Tours was established in 2016 by Ben Kimple and Gus Banuski, transplants to the Lake Tahoe region from upstate New York. The brewery tour company was founded on a foundation of degrees in Recreation Management and Tourism studies, coupled with over a decade of experience in outdoor guiding. Acting as owner/operators, Ben and Gus double as designated drivers and local guides during brewery tours; educating guests on the brewing process and history of beer, as well as the rich natural and human history of the Lake Tahoe.
Rachel Levin, Rustic Pathways
Rachel Levin is a brand engagement manager at Rustic Pathways, a travel company. She embraces the ability to work remote, living and working in a number of different states, countries, and continents over the past few years. Originally from New England, she focuses her love of travel, storytelling, and her unquenchable curiosity of humans in nature through marketing educational travel experiences that focus on social impact. Rachel is also a talented ceramicist.
Gabrielle Heath, Content Marketing
Gabbi does content marketing for Zeus, a San Francisco startup that is reimagining business travel/corporate housing. Gabbi spent six months of van life after spending the previous four years at Google. Hailing from Burlington, Vermont, she originally made her way West for the skiing, coaching the Mighty Mites at Squaw. She’s psyched to have found a balance living in the mountains while pursuing a creative career. Outside of the Mill, Gabbi is usually skiing, snapping photos, making cutting boards or hanging with her Alaskan Malamute, Moose.
Ryland Hormel, Live Better
Ryland is a partner and the creative lead for the wellness platform Live Better, which hosts retreats around the world, a week of surfing, yoga, meditation, and workshops. Outside of Live Better, Ryland has a production company called Roots Visuals that provides creative solutions to Live Better, the non-profit Anything is Everything and he helped launched the podcast, Better Human Project. Ryland spends his time on the mountain skiing and in the water paddle boarding. His dog Moose pretty much runs his life and they are both always down to explore.
Ian Bolliger, PhD Candidate
Ian is a 5th-year PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He studies socioeconomic impacts of climate change, developing models to estimate climate-driven risk from extreme events (like hurricanes) and incorporating satellite imagery to adapt resource management practices to account for this risk. When not glued to a computer screen, you’ll find him inadvertently tomahawking down some line at Squaw or teaching avalanche courses with Tahoe Backcountry Ski Patrol.
Jarrett Barbuto, Geospatial Analyst
Jarrett Barbuto is a geospatial analyst and research scientist at Spatial Informatics Group (SIG). He holds a degree in environmental ecience with a focus on Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Jarrett is a FAA Certified UAS Pilot and has completed over 150 UAS missions. Jarrett has been involved in a wide-variety of GIS projects, which have utilized different sources of remotely sensed data that mostly focused on the creation of high-resolution land cover maps.
Chase Schweitzer, Sierra Watch
Chase Schweitzer is field representative for Sierra Watch, a conservation advocacy group focused on development threats to the Sierra Nevada. As a community organizer, he is focused on preserving the environment and heritage of the greater Sierra Nevada range, including Squaw Valley, where he grew up skiing and snowboarding. A recent graduate of UC Berkeley, he draws from experience in communications and journalism, as well as organizing volunteers for meaningful service projects.
Isaac Silverman, Sierra Watch
Isaac Silverman is an environmental attorney and organizer with deep roots in the Sierra Nevada from growing up in the Placer County foothills. He joined Sierra Watch as their staff attorney in 2014. He previously worked as legal clerk for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Natural Resources Defense Fund, as a consultant to the climate and air program at Environmental Defense Fund, and as an advocate and organizer at Environment America.
Kirstin Guinn, Marketing Director
Kirstin Guinn is the Director of Marketing for Destination Residences Snowmass in Colorado. A firm believer in learning from every opportunity, Kirstin learned from experience that she actually doesn’t want to run her own company, and so is happy to have landed back with Destination Hotels, the country’s largest operator of independent, boutique hotels. She has been in Tahoe since 2001 but is seeing it with fresh eyes now that her son Miles has become her most trusted adventure buddy.
Brett Smith, Architect
Brett Smith is the Tahoe pioneer for DeForest Architects. DA+ is known for modern design that plays well with others. Brett joined DA+ while pursuing his Masters in Architecture at the University of Washington. He spent 4 years in the Seattle studio before returning to his native California. Brett and his wife, daughter, and dog take every opportunity to explore the mountains around their Tahoe home by ski, bike, boat, and boot.
West Coast Design
Mike Attolico owns West Coast Design, a structural steel detailing company. His work involves creating detailed plans to fabricate steel assemblies, like columns and beams for buildings, for structural steel fabrication shops to work off of. “For us, it’s all computer work, and the job can be done from anywhere as well,” Attolico says. He has a few team members who work remote in various cities.
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