Chief Adventure Officer
Who Is Stacy Bare?
Stacy is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, U.S. Army Veteran and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. Stacy is a husband, father, and incredible friend.
What brought Stacy to Happy Grizzly Adventures?
Stacy had a transformational experience two years after his exit from the U.S. Army that altered his life’s direction. It was while rock climbing that Stacy discovered an internal desire to live and thrive that pulled him out of a multi-year struggle with suicidal ideation and substance abuse.
He went on to found the Great Outdoors Lab in partnership with Dr. Dacher Keltner at the Greater Good Science Center at UC-Berkeley. This lab exists to put scientific data behind the notion that time outdoors is not only good for humans, but essential for our health.
Happy Grizzly is the product of Stacy’s 10+ years of experience facilitating outdoor adventures for people looking to grow, heal and re-connect to themselves.
Learn more about Stacy
Stacy is currently working his way through a personal project called “Adventure Not War”. This project aims to return to the places where he served in the Army, to create restorative experiences with the land and the people who inhabit it.
Learn more about “Adventures Not War” here
Chief Health Officer
Who is Koorosh Rassekh?
Koorosh is a therapist (MMFT - Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy) whose work focuses on both addiction treatment and mindfulness. Core to Koorosh’s approach is his belief that regardless of your circumstance, you are already perfect. Koorosh has a way of bringing people back to themselves; back to their inherent worth.
What brought Koorosh to Happy Grizzly Adventures?
As an outdoorsman himself, Koorosh knows first-hand the effect that nature can have on our well-being. In his previous work with clients of various ages, demographics and history, Koorosh has seen the impact that being in nature has on everyone’s journey toward overall wellness.
When he and Stacy met in 2014, they both understood that between the two of them, their passion and skills could create transformational experiences for people that have a lasting impact.
In addition to guidance while on the adventure, Koorosh supports our clients in preparing for their adventure, as well as integrating the experience once they return home. It is in this holistic approach that Happy Grizzly Adventures creates lasting impact.
Learn more about Koorosh
Koorosh’s website is a great place to learn more about his approach to wellness.
Chief Operations Officer
Who is Mel Gill?
Mel is an avid outdoor athlete with a decade of experience in leadership development at the store level for lululemon. She is a yoga and pilates instructor, backcountry ski ambassador for WNDR Alpine and a student in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program.
She believes logistics are a love language and uses Google Spreadsheets for most everything.
What brought Mel to Happy Grizzly Adventures?
The mountains of Wyoming influenced Mel’s understanding of the world from a young age. Taking up skiing, trail running, hiking and camping, Mel spent most of her time outside as a child. She developed a strong understanding of how crucial time outdoors is for her well being.
It is Mel’s connection to nature that motivates her to support in creating the same therapeutic experience for others.
Mel thoroughly enjoys the experience of dialing in all operational logistics so that each adventure is a seamless experience for every person.