Alicia grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon with a childhood filled with outdoor experiences. This passion for the outdoors continued into her early twenties as she
contemplated what to complete her higher education in. She finished her associates degree in 2009 and decided to take a year off from school to spend the time
volunteering with an Americorps program called the Nevada Conservations Corps.
This program pushed Alicia mentally, physically, and emotionally but is what she pays credit to for her hard work ethic and resilience she has today. After her year off she returned to Oregon where she enrolled in school at Portland State University to begin her degree in Environmental Science. With one year of school under her belt she was ready for her next adventure and ended up spending the summer working with the Gifford Pinchot Forest Service and The Mount St. Helens Institute. It was a summer that showed Alicia the joy of educating others on the natural wonders of the outdoors.
This interest in educating led her to her next adventure in the fall of 2011. She returned to school part-time while becoming a teaching assistant full-time at a high
school forestry technical program. She worked for two years with the high school class where she got to witness students going hiking for the first time, use a chainsaw, complete aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling, trail construction, firewood cutting, and a host of other activities that were a first for most of the students. Summer of 2013, she went back to school full time and a year later completed her bachelor’s in environmental science and a minor in sustainability in June 2014.
Upon graduation, she got engaged to her now husband Ryan and they began their life together. However, finding work that paid a living wage in the environmental field was slim, so she ultimately began working for Providence Health and Services for 4 years where she learned the ins and outs of corporate health care. In 2017 they welcomed their first daughter Audrey and then in 2018 she became a stay-at-home mom and welcomed their second daughter Abigail in 2019. She has spent the past few years sharing her passion for the outdoors with her girls while instilling respect for nature and all it has to offer. Alicia and her family recently moved to Battle Ground on 5 acres to pursue their dream of having a “farm” where their girls can grow and learn the many positive attributes and skills having property and animals can provide.