WHO WE ARE

The Wild Canyon Discovery Team is comprised of four long-time residents of the Southern Utah town "Big Water".

Jennie, Sheri, Michelle, and Ashley have worked together often throughout the many years they have been neighbors and friends.
They believe deeply in the cause of Wild Canyon Discovery.

☼ Gratitude ☼ Curiosity ☼ Experiential Education ☼ Courage ☼
☼ Respect for self, others, and the natural world ☼
☼ Resilience ☼ Diversity ☼ Responsibility ☼
☼ Teamwork ☼ Leadership ☼ Honesty ☼ Integrity ☼ Stewardship ☼ ☼ Generosity ☼ Resourcefulness ☼ Health ☼ Wellness ☼

OUR VALUES

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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JENNIE LASSEN

Jennie has been a resident of rural Southern Utah for the past 28 years. She has worked in public schools with all grade levels, but finds outdoor education to be her best fit. Jennie has worked as an addiction and substance abuse recovery group leader in Page, AZ. She is a certified yoga instructor and has taught yoga and meditation in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs and to local kids and adults. Jennie has worked as a river guide on the Colorado River in Glen Canyon for the past 2 years. Recently, she also attended a Twin Eagles Wilderness School training program in Northern Idaho.
Jennie loves learning about the region’s natural and human history, sharing that knowledge, and helping others connect to nature. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking in the beautiful landscapes of the Southwest.

BOARD CHAIRWOMAN

SHERI HILL

Sheri has called Southern Utah her Home for 21 years, though she first fell in love with it 45 years ago.  She has spent lots of time throughout her life boating on Lake Powell, off-road exploring, and hiking the many trails. When she first moved here, opportunities to be involved with the community started right away. She has served as a volunteer art teacher and substitute teacher, on the Big Water Town Council, in addition to some time spent as the acting Mayor.
Currently, she is the manager at the "Care and Share" Community Food Bank, and is excited
for her newest adventure as a member of
Wild Canyon Discovery.

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VICE CHAIR, SECRETARY

ASHLEY RANKIN

Ashley has lived in Southern Utah her entire life, and has no desire to ever leave. She has worked in Graphic Design and Marketing, volunteered with local festivals, and is now a B&B Innkeeper.
She is passionate about music, writing, exploring, domestic violence survivors advocacy, homesteading, and public lands advocacy.
Ashley is a single mother, and feels one of the greatest gifts she can offer her sons is a childhood near the Desert. Noah and Archer love hiking, kayaking, sleeping under the stars, taking day trips, and camping with their mother.
Ashley suffered a Brain Injury at age 12, and believes spending time outdoors in the Canyon Country region helped her to heal so miraculously.
She is excited to participate in Wild Canyon Discovery to help others discover the healing powers of Nature.

TREASURER

MICHELLE TENNEY

Michelle Tenney is a Hypnotherapist, and has always been drawn to the outdoors. That is why she chooses to live in Southern Utah, in the Grand Circle, surrounded by National Parks and Recreational Areas. Michelle grew up in a rural area enjoying nature. It has been a mainstay in her life, as well as in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree and worked as a Social Work Supervisor for 13 years. Her focus was foster care and adoption. She has served on the Big Water Town Council, Planning and Zoning and Utilities Board, and currently volunteers at the  "Care and Share" Community Food Bank.
Michelle is excited to help launch Wild Canyon Discovery because she feels that every individual can benefit physically, academically, spiritually, and emotionally from participation in WCD activities.

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