Susan Arnot, Tour Planner
Susan’s first jaunt abroad was a trip to England in company with that illustrious organization, the Girl Scouts. She caught the travel bug from this early visit and a few of her favorite adventures have taken place in Yugoslavia, Italy, the Middle East, and Colombia. Prior to Walking Adventures International, Susan worked with educational events at the Smithsonian Institution and has also acted as a project manager for a global consulting firm, where she spent a lot of time helping out clients with fascinating tales from around the world. Her travel bucket list is ever growing and her current list of destinations includes New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, and Machu Picchu.
Chris Cooper, Accountant
Chris manages the accounting functions at Walking Adventures. In addition to enjoying the great hiking and camping opportunities available in the Pacific Northwest, he has traveled within the United States, visited Canada, Europe, and Central America, and is always looking forward to his next Adventure!
Dani Friesen, Marketing Coordinator
Dani has lived overseas in Indonesia and traveled extensively as a part of WAI guide teams. She loves interacting with other cultures and trying exotic cuisine! She spends much of her time keeping the website updated and sending out email notifications, as well as answering the phones and fulfilling traveler requests, as she looks forward to checking more destinations off of her bucket list.
Jeannette Friesen, Office Assistant
Jeannette guides tours during the summer and helps out in the office part-time for the remainder of the year. Her favorite destination is Ireland, and she loves introducing travelers to the lush green hillsides and friendly culture of the Emerald Isle. Her duties in the office include a little bit of everything – answering phones, keeping up with customer files, putting together mailings, and generally keeping the office organized.
Linda Friesen, Graphics and Marketing
Linda works on much of the paper materials visible to our traveling public – catalogs, flyers, brochures, and final travel packets. Wife of WAI owner Dan Friesen, Linda has enjoyed accompanying Dan on several tours, as well as providing behind the scenes support for nearly 25 years during the growth of the business.
Melanie Henderson, Administrative Assistant
Melanie provides invaluable assistance behind the scenes here at the office, offering support to coworkers and travelers alike. Melanie loves to hike and has traveled throughout the majority of the 50 states, visiting many of our National Parks. Her travel bucket list grows by the day, but as her ancestors emigrated from Ireland and Scotland, visits to these countries are at the top of her list!
Scott Isom, Tour Planner
In addition to guiding tours and scouting out new trails for upcoming itineraries, Scott works in office as one of Walking Adventures’ main tour planners. With a love for seeing new sights, interacting with different cultures, and hiking breathtaking trails – Scott has a passion both for travel and for connecting our travelers with the best each region has to offer!
Kerry Pinney, Graphic Design
Kerry moved from Portland to Hockinson, Washington almost 7 years ago to start a small farm. She lives there now with her husband, her 2 daughters, and many animals (horses, goats, chickens, bunnies, cats, fish)! Kerry loves getting outside and exploring new spots and old favorites as often as possible – Hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, fishing! One day, Kerry hopes to take the whole family to visit Norway and Sweden to visit relatives living there, and to learn more about their Scandinavian heritage.
Sierra Suits, Tour Planner & Adventure Guide
Sierra has a head for details and the heart of an explorer! As a tour planner in the office, she spends much of her time pulling together the ins and outs of WAI Adventures. Her favorite travel experiences so far have both taken place in Eastern Europe – namely exploring Prague, and hiking in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. She believes all destinations have the power to teach and transform, and her only question is… “When do we leave?”