Since graduating from JSC with a B.A. in Outdoor Education in 1999, Alisa Anderson has worked all over North America, leading sea kayaking trips in British Columbia, driving a tour van around the United States, working with youth-at-risk in Oregon and leading canoe trips in Minnesota. Alisa then took a break from the road and spent 8 years at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado. There, she spent winters teaching snowboarding and skiing to people with disabilities and summers running camps and doing raft guiding.
A career change for her husband resulted in a move to Asheville, North Carolina, where Alisa and her husband started their family. But they realized that they missed winter, Alisa says. “I put my application out to jobs in the ski industry and landed one at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont, where I have been ever since.“
As the director of the Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program, Alisa relies on her Johnson State outdoor ed and business education to develop successful new programs. And she’s helping new Johnson State (and other college) students gain skills and experience by hosting internships!