Aspen Jacquet is a senior at Jackson Hole High School and has enjoyed singing since she was very young. She continues to sing in the Jackson Hole High School Choir. Aspen enjoys performing for audiences, singing and writing songs. In her free time she loves playing the guitar, doing musical theater and playing the piano.
Deputy County Attorney
Brian was a 45 year old deputy county attorney when he attempted to complete his 10th riding of LOTOJA. During the race, he suffered a massive stroke that left him in a wheelchair with significant aphasia. Two years later, he is attempting with his team, FirstLight, his physician and his wife, to finish the race. The recovery in Brian's body and head will continue on past the race. It has not been an easy road but with great therapists, and the support of his wife, Wendy, and their three lovely children, Emmaline, Audery, and Bennett the ride continues to get smoother and smoother.
Damien is a former sniper in the Australian Special Forces who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy, overseeing the training of up to 700 cadets at one time. Frustrated by the inability of law enforcement and national governments to effectively counter rhino poachers during a trip to Zimbabwe, he founded the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) and applied military training and techniques to wildlife units in hopes of protecting endangered species around the world.
Ellen is a cardiologist and climber who dreamed of summiting Everest for over a decade. After years of training and climbing in order to be worthy of this mountain, she found herself at base camp on April 18, 2014 when an ice release above camp killed 16 climbers. Despite that event, she chose to return to the Himalayas in 2015 and was again at base camp on April 25 when a massive 7.9 earthquake and avalanche hit camp including her own tent, killing 22 climbers plus over 9000 others throughout Nepal and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
Josh is dancing his way back to health after a rare staph infection from a fishhook to the foot forced him to amputate both legs, his right hand and the fingers of his left hand. But the 35-year-old coconut farmer and former pro snowboarder hasn't given up hope. Instead he has expanded his dreams, which include going to Hollywood to try to break into the movies and setting up a nonprofit organization to help people with prosthetics.
Louie is a master of filmmaking. With over 47 million views of his TED talks, Louie’s gift of visual storytelling has touched people across the globe, and includes Mysteries of the Unseen World, Wings of Life, Moving Art on Netflix and Super Soul Sunday. His Gratitude Revealed is now featured on oprah.com.
Mariah Morales is a performer born and raised in Jackson, WY. She recently played 'Rizzo' in the high school production of Grease and won 'People's Choice' at the Sing Off as well as Jackson's Got Talent. She participates in the High School’s Dance Team, Choir and Drama Department. She hopes to perform at college and beyond.
Pioneer Conservation Dog Trainer
Megan is a pioneer in training dogs to work to for conservation and preserve endangered species. She has been involved in dog training, obedience, and search-and-rescue since childhood. She received a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.S. in raptor ecology from Boise State University. She returned to her home state of Montana to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Montana in Wildlife Biology on the scent-marking behavior and territoriality of wild dogs in Botswana. She began pioneering training methods for conservation detection dogs in 1996. Megan has been involved in dog training, obedience, and search-and-rescue since childhood. She is interested in the international use of conservation working dogs to help under-funded projects acquire excellent data, reduce costs and preserve endangered species.
Senior Editor at Mountain Magazine
Tracy wrote the critically lauded memoir The Source of All Things, which grew out of an essay about the sexual abuse she suffered a the hands of her stepfather. Prior to writing her book, she worked as an editor at both Skiing and Backpacker magazines, and after, she has written for such publications as Glamour, Bicycling, Popular Mechanics, Ski, Runners World, and others. Her other stories span topics ranging from skiing in Iran to green Evangelicals and their fight against mountaintop removal mining to the war over Denali’s most-prized and embattled wolf pack. She’s currently senior editor at Mountain Magazine, in Boulder, Colorado, and is working on her next book.