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Meet Our Team

Happy Grizzly Adventurers

 
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Stacy Bare

Chief Adventure Officer

A National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, US Army Veteran, and former Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Stacy has been leading transformational expeditions in the outdoors since 2010.

It was rock climbing, two years after his exit from the United States Army and a year in Baghdad that helped Stacy move through his own multi-year struggle with suicidal ideation and substance abuse. This put him  on a path to connect first more veterans, and then all people, to the outdoors as a means to engage and resolve trauma. 

Through the outdoors he found himself, his passion, and a renewed excitement for life.


He  founded the Great Outdoors Lab in partnership with Dr. Dacher Keltner at the Greater Good Science Center at UC-Berkeley to put scientific data behind the idea that time outdoors is good for you.

He has also spent time working in substance abuse recovery and non-profit management.


Stacy is working his way through Adventure Not War, a personal project taking him back to all the places he served, was supposed to serve, or cleaned up after war as an adventurer.

He partnered up with Alex Honnold to climb in Angola; led a team of fellow veterans to be the first recorded team to ski up and down the highest mountain fully in Iraq, and lead ski expeditions to Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. Bosnia and Abkhazia remain.


Stacy’s work has been covered in multiple publications. He has also written book chapters and numerous magazine articles, is a popular guest on podcasts and an award-winning film producer.

You can learn more about Stacy here.

email Stacy at stacy [@] happygrizzlyadventures [.] com

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Koorosh Rassekh

Chief Health Officer

Koorosh Rassekh, MMFT (Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy) is a pioneer in the field of mental health. He brings over 10 years of experience in therapy, with a focus on both addiction treatment and mindfulness. In his work, he has served a wide range of individuals, couples, and families, helping them to identify the riddles or traumas of their past, stories of the future yet to happen, and ultimately support being in the present and flow of possibilities. Core to his approach is the value that clients already possess the inherent ability to respond effectively to the difficulties they face.


Koorosh's approach to mental health has included taking people outside and engaging in a variety of activities including, skiing, hiking, surfing, slacklining, cycling, mountain biking and a variety of mindfulness and breathwork practice.

Koorosh is a sought after instructor and trainer in his field. He has been a lecturer at the University of Southern California where he also earned his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from USC. He has completed extensive advanced training in multiple therapeutic approaches, including: Assertive Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA), Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Motivational Interviewing, and numerous meditation and mindfulness techniques.


You can learn more about Koorosh here.

email Koorosh koorosh [@] happygrizzlyadventures.com 

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Melissa Gill

Chief Operations Officer

Mel joins us with 9 years of leadership development experience, 4 years of event planning, an ever-growing interest in mental health and a strong background of outdoor adventure. She is a certified Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. 

Mel teaches reformer pilates at Rocksteady Bodyworks in Utah where she also leads various outdoor mindfulness experiences. 

She is an athlete ambassador for WNDR Alpine and helps organize backcountry ski trips with a focus on mindfulness. She also teaches the occasional backcountry skiing education courses for local college programs. 

Mel lost her life partner in an accident in the mountains in 2014. Years and years of personal work has brought Mel to a place where she is continually looking to harness the power of being in nature as means of healing and connecting human beings. This is what brought her to Happy Grizzly. 

Mel works on the backend of our operations to ensure things run smoothly. From our booking platform to our website to our waivers, Mel's goal is for each participant to have a smooth experience from start to finish. 

If you have any questions regarding Happy Grizzly Adventures and logistics, you can email Mel at: mel@happygrizzlyadventures.com

 

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