Lyndon at Work
With over 500 alums employed in the public and private sector in every aspect of the recreation industry, Lyndon grads provide a powerful network for those who wish to follow in some interesting footsteps.
Established over 40 years ago by Vermont State Parks Director Ed Koenneman and Sno-Engineering President Jim Branch, Lyndon State was in a perfect position to provide a training ground for summer park leaders and winter ski area employees. The program evolved to prepare recreation professionals for community, therapeutic, natural resource, and adventure-based recreation positions.
It’s said that one may change careers five or more times in a lifespan. We believe that the combination of liberal arts and core/concentration theory and practice provide transferable skill sets for many careers. We treasure our alums as good citizens and partners in advocating quality of life through positive leisure and recreation experiences.
“Megan is a different kind of person, but not a very different kind of MRM student,” said her professor Sean Doll.
Megan Hinds ‘11 graduated from Lyndon’s Mountain Recreation Management: Ski and Snow Sport Management program and then worked seasonally at Burke Mountain for the next couple years progressing from Ski School Coordinator and Sales Representative to Marketing Director and Group Sales Manager. She spent summer months as the office manager for Raft NH, the assistant kennel manager of the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, and worked as a guide for Canopy Tours in NH.
In fall of 2013, she accepted a position as the Events and Activities Assistant Manager at the Omni Mount Washington Resort specializing in programming for the ski area and for children. In the spring of 2014, Megan became Assistant Front of House Manager at Natural Retreats South Fork Lodge and Outfitters in Swan Valley, Idaho.
In September 2014, she accepted a full time position with Natural Retreats at their Charlottesville, VA. Headquarters. Megan now lives with her dog in what she feels is the “deep south” and enjoys traveling to all of Natural Retreats different locations as often as her schedule allows.
Erica (Kelleher) Rasmussen ’09 majored in Recreation Resource and Ski Resort Management with a minor in marketing. In 2008, she was named the Ski Area Management (SAM) “Recruit of the Year” which helped propel her ski industry career. Shortly thereafter, Erica began working in Durango, Colorado as the Program Manager of “Snow Monsters,” the national children’s ski and snowboard program helping to introduce and encourage snow sports among youth at more than 100 ski areas.
Erica is now the Interactive Marketing Manager at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado.
In 2014, she was named one of SAM Magazine’s “Top 10 Under 30” which recognizes impressive young professionals under the age of 30 within the ski industry. Erica has helped Crested Butte Mountain Resort win the 2014 Powder Magazine “Ski Town Throwdown” as well as a 2013 National Ski Areas Association Safety Week Award for “Best Website & Use of New Media.”
Her self-proclaimed super power: “Make it snow powder on demand.”