Wild Wilderness Women is run by its co-founders, a dedicated team of board members, an inspiring social media maven, and its crew of Wilderness Ambassadors who continue to spread WWW’s message beyond the D.C. Metro Area. This group of gutsy gals shows the power of what is possible when women partner. Below are the fierce females leading WWW today!
Korrin L. Bishop, Co-founder & President
Korrin co-founded Wild Wilderness Women in November 2014 with the hope of using the empowering quality of wilderness to champion positive partnerships between great women. She is a northern California native, Oregon Duck, former D.C. local, and current artist-in-residence for the National Park Service. She works on local and federal initiatives to end homelessness, and is a staff writer for Misadventures Magazine and freelance essayist. Korrin has an affinity for kayaking, and a deep love for the Everglades, Redwoods, and great Pacific Ocean. She enjoys a good group hug.
Photo by: Jaymie Shearer
Liz Luckey Suspanic, Co-founder & President
Having benefited deeply from her own outdoors experiences, Liz co-founded Wild Wilderness Women (WWW) in November 2014 in order to help empower more women to get outdoors and engage meaningfully. Liz continues to provide strategic guidance to WWW while she completes her MBA at Cornell in beautiful Ithaca, New York. Liz has a love for water and snow sports; she spent a summer training as a backpacking and rafting guide in the Yukon Territory and a year teaching (and skiing!) in the French Alps. Upon graduation, she will be headed to New York City and will serve as a WWW Wilderness Ambassador for other adventurous women in the area.
Mika Weinstein, Partnerships Chair
Mika joined Wild Wilderness Women as a part of the inaugural group in November 2014. As a Board Member, she assists with process development and other activities to help grow the organization. Her bond with the outdoors was solidified during her teenage summers, which were spent meditating and soaking in the earth on solo retreats in a Coloradan meadow. She loves tramping through the woods on or off the trail and skinny dipping in cold mountain lakes. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Mia Zavalij, Annual Trip Chair
Mia joined Wild Wilderness Women (WWW) in October 2015 as a nature lover and an advocate for spaces where women can be challenged and grow together. As a Board Member, coordinates trip planning for the D.C. Metro Area’s members. Her background in adventure includes a 5-month study abroad trip to New Zealand, where she was completely transformed by the great outdoors. Mia enjoys swimming in the waves, all types of parks, hiking and camping, and new exhilarating experiences. In addition to her love of the outdoors, Mia co-founded the Food Recovery Network (FRN) while she was a student at the University of Maryland. FRN is a nonprofit that empowers students to fight food waste and hunger on their campuses.
Sara Gassman, Communications Chair
Sara joined Wild Wilderness Women in October 2015 and is thrilled to be in the company of so many adventurous ladies. She grew up with a deep appreciation for the natural world, camping and canoeing in New York’s Adirondack Mountains and traveling to national parks with her parents during school breaks. Sara majored in Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire, and spent a transformative semester living and learning in New Zealand with the EcoQuest Education Foundation. As Communications Chair, Sara aims to elevate WWW’s mission and vision through visual storytelling.
Allison Strauss, Board Member Emeritus
Allison was raised by outdoorsy folks in Los Angeles, and attended an outdoors-oriented, entirely illegitimate little school for her pre-teen years. She spent her teen summers with Deer Hill Expeditions in the Four Corners area of the Southwest, backpacking, paddling, and working on service projects with Native American communities. She later spent a summer as the Outdoor Living Skills Instructor at a FreshAir Fund girls’ camp, where she met WWW’s president, Korrin. Allison graduated from Colorado College with outdoor leadership training and a degree in art. She continues to make art at the Milepost 5 Studios in Portland, Oregon, and lends her graphic design skills to WWW. Allison coordinated and co-led the group’s inaugural Babes off the Beaten Path trip to Glacier National Park.
Kristen Grace, Board Member & Wilderness Ambassador in Denver, CO
Kristen joined Wild Wilderness Women in December 2016 after relocating to Denver, Colorado in search of mountains adventures. She spends her weekends hiking, running, and taking pictures, but is always looking for new activities to try. During the week, she works as a copywriter for a small digital marketing agency just outside of Denver. She shares stories and photos from weekend outings on her blog, Muddle + Joy, and can’t wait to connect with more awesome women in the outdoors!
Nicole Lesnett, Wilderness Ambassador in East Bay, CA
Nicole became a member of Wild Wilderness Women after joining the group for a weekend of cross-country skiing in rural Maryland. While living in Washington, D.C., she was stoked to have such a great group of women to adventure with. Currently residing in Berkeley, California, Nicole is working to provide healthcare for the underserved. She can also be found making as many bad jokes as the average dad.
Marlene Haggblade, Wilderness Ambassador in Davis, CA
Marlene joined WWW at its inception in 2014. The space created by these strong, outdoorsy women made living in D.C. such a charm. She is now living in Davis, CA working on her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Marlene’s favorite things in this world include: dark chocolate (>72%), rock climbing, backpacking, dogs, and yoga. Please hit her up if you want to hike, run, climb, ski, or play in northern California.
Sara Scheller, Wilderness Ambassador in Chapel Hill, NC
Sara joined WWW in 2014 while she was living in Washington, DC. Although she’s since moved to North Carolina, she still loves opportunities to connect with members of the Washington crew when she can. She loves trail running, which counteracts her love of food, and is looking forward to some fantastic, nature-focused trips in the coming months!
Kelly Rincon, Wilderness Ambassador in Boston, MA
Kelly joined Wild Wilderness Women in 2014 to take advantage of the beautiful nature surrounding D.C. and meet other women excited about the outdoors. She grew up in New Hampshire where she spent her summers hiking and rafting and her winters skiing. Kelly relocated to Boston in 2016 to earn her MBA from MIT Sloan with a focus on Sustainability. She’s looking forward to getting to know the outdoor women in New England.
Kim Aagaard, Wilderness Ambassador in Paris, France
Kim joined Wild Wilderness Women in 2016, but soon left Washington, D.C. for a new type of adventure in Paris: a master’s degree in international relations. Originally from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California, she loves skiing, camping, and hiking. Kim has also recently discovered a love of mountain climbing. Her goal to summit Mount Rainier has been thwarted for two consecutive summers, but she hopes to summit in the next couple of years. Kim is excited to be WWW’s European ambassador and is looking forward to some great adventures in France.
Header photo credit: Nicole Lesnett