Flying Saucers - Meet our squad!
2018/19 FLYING SAUCERS
We are thrilled introduce you to our team of ambassadors.
Follow them as they SPREAD the SAUCE, Share their ZEST, COVER the distance & RELISH life in real-time:
Member of the National Ski Team from 2003 to 2014, Dasha competed in 115 World Cups, 4 World Ski Championships and 2010 & 2014 Olympic Games. Two-time World Cup medal winner and 14-time Canadian Champion, Dasha was the top female Canadian skier for the last 4 years of her racing career. Since retiring from racing, she has been coaching a group of highly competitive adult skiers in Calgary (Space Dogs Ski Club), as well as the University of Montréal cross-country ski team in 2015-2016. Dasha speaks fluent French, English and Russian and she loves coaching skiers of all levels. Dasha is a NCCP-certified coach
Amy completed her first sprint triathlon in 2011 with no experience in any of the disciplines and attempting to train herself. Surprisingly, she got hooked by the sport, the support, and the amazing triathlon community and joined the Women Who Tri group in Bozeman. With the great support that the WWT group provided, Amy has completed many sprint triathlons as well as seven Ironkiwis, which are the Ironman length distances in under a month. She is still in disbelief and amazement about the athletes that complete that distance in one day! Amy has a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and currently works in the school settings. In addition to triathlons, Amy enjoys reading, participating in events with the Mountain Belles, clogging with the Bridger Beat Cloggers, being a Beachbody Coach, learning new things, and spending time with family, friends, and her dogs. Sauce has been a great part of Amy's journey and her comfort in training gear!
Cameron Blake moved to Montana in 2000 and took up Nordic Skiing. Winters now include lots of skiing, coaching middle schoolers for Glacier Nordic Ski Team, teaching adult clinics and operating the non-profit Glacier Nordic Club as its Executive Director. She loves getting others outside in the winter and introducing them to his life-long sport and watching the network of groomed public trails grow in Whitefish and the Flathead Valley. Living in Bozeman for a Winter introduced her to SAUCE and the perfect hats and headbands for skiing. Summers bring hiking, trail running, biking and paddle boarding. With Glacier National Park as her backyard, there is never a shortage of trails to explore!
I've loved running for as long as I can remember. Since my first marathon back in 1998, I've competed in everything from road 5-kms to 100-mile ultra trail events, and represented Canada at both the Trail and Mountain Running World Championships. These days, I'm happiest racing anything from a half marathon up to a 50-km on dirt or pavement - or just chasing my sweet mutt Dora around the yard. I recently turned 40 and am now racing in the Masters category. Instead of slowing down, I've actually achieved several PR times which is very exciting and motivates me to keep training hard. Outside of running, I do a bit of road biking and cross country skiing and am co-Race Director for the Mighty Quail 100k trail race in Penticton, BC.
Michele, born in the Endless Mountains of PA, calls the East Coast home. You can find her taking kids cross country skiing in a farm field to climbing rocks in West Virginia. Michele finds fun and adventure close to home but loves the opportunity to travel. Michele has a heart to share her outdoor lifestyle and prefers group hikes over solitary ones and is always looking for that kindred spirit. Her favorite activities are cross country skiing when the weather cooperates and hiking the trails up and down the East Coast because she loves to stand on the top of an overlook and see green as far as the eye can see.
Pam Fickenscher is a convert to winter. She grew up in central California but has now lived in Minnesota for twenty years and loves being outside in every season. She runs in every weather and bikes a little bit, but her brain is completely taken over by Nordic skiing from November to March. She is a mother of two high school athletes and also the lead organizer of the Northfield chapter of the Minnesota Ski League, teaching cross country ski skills to kids ages 4-12. In her professional life she is a Lutheran minister and lead pastor of a large congregation. Her proudest accomplishment was qualifying for Boston in her second marathon in October 2018. Her biggest goal for 2019 is to find a new canine running and skijor companion.
Jenny Fiebig lives in Bozeman, MT. She is a lover of distance swimming in mountain lakes and running along wilderness trails with her dog. You can also find her hanging around with the Women Who Tri. During the day, she is a mental health counselor helping people work through their blocks in order to find deeper connection to self. Jenny is currently on an 1800 mile river expedition. She and her husband are traveling by foot, pack-raft and whitewater dory from the headwaters of the Green River in the Wind River Mountains, to the confluence with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park, and then following the Colorado River to Gulf of California. (onerivermanyvoices.com) Her Sauce gear is keeping her warm, comfortable and happy along the way!
My name is Traci Gujer, and I am a local small-town gal just trying to fit a little outdoor fun in my life. I have lived in small towns my whole life. From Hugo, MN to Big Flats, NY, and now back in Deerwood, MN. The quiet serenity, the beauty, the slower pace just seems to fit my wellbeing. I have been married to my best friend for over 25 years, and we have raised two extraordinary children together. The love for the outdoors runs deep in this family, each of us have found our own joy and purpose. My favorite activity currently is mountain biking. I just happen to live in a mining town that repurposed the area for world class mountain biking, along with a host of other outdoor activities to enjoy. My highlight is being a part of our local high school mountain bike team coaching staff. I have the great pleasure of volunteering and coaching these outstanding young athletes. While I am outside, you will see me with a smile and often, if the weather is cooler, a Sauce hat. I look forward to representing Sauce as a 2018-2019 ambassador!
I’m Susanne Holmes - outdoor enthusiast and lover of all things Saucy! My passions include cross country skiing (I won silver medals in two 30k races in the Methow Valley Pursuit, Washington wearing my Swift Toque!), mountain biking, road biking, stand up paddling - flat water and surfing, golf, hiking, fly fishing and more! In 2015 I broke my arm and shoulder in a mountain bike crash, and started swimming as part of my recovery. One year after the crash, I came in first place in my age category in a recreational triathlon at Lake Padden, Washington, my first ever triathlon. Nothing is impossible! I have been an avid supporter of Sauce ever since I found the hats in a ski shop in Whistler, Canada - love the variety and quality.
Melanie Layton is a Midwesterner who made her way west 25 years ago because the mountains were calling. After the flat-lander climbed a Colorado peak on her first trip to Colorado, she was hooked. A year later she moved to foothills near Denver, and continued to climb all 58 of Colorado’s “14ers,” (mountains over 14,000 feet high), along with the highest mountain in every state west of the Mississippi, and notable high peaks around the world including Mont Blanc, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Pico de Orizaba. Since turning 35, Melanie has completed over 30 marathons and ultra-runs including the legendary Leadville 100 Trail Run in under 30 hours. Melanie is a married mother of three children, and four furry children: a cat, dog and two donkeys.
Always up for a challenge, Melanie trained her two donkeys to compete in Western Pack Burro racing, Colorado’s official Heritage Sport. Her burros, Maverick and Goose, finished six races in 2018 including the historic Triple Crown Series which includes a 15-mile trail race in Leadville.
In her professional life, Melanie is co-owner of Colorado’s oldest government affairs and lobbying firm, where she represents several Colorado associations and Fortune 500 companies. She is also a state board member of Girls on the Run and has been an assistant instructor at the Colorado Mountain Club’s High Altitude Mountaineering School.
Follow Melanie’s adventures on Instagram @layton.runs.long
Megan Maier is a Nordic skiing enthusiast. You can find her skate-skiing the in-town trails in her hometown of Bozeman, Montana or out finding new places to hike and ski in the Rocky Mountains. Megan is an animal lover and enjoys wildlife watching and tracking, especially in her own backyard. She was a high school and collegiate athlete, and even coached for a few years while in school. She holds an M.A. in Classics and is finishing her law degree while working at Montana State University. Megan is an enthusiastic volunteer with her local ski and biathlon clubs and occasionally even joins her wife in a race! Her favorite thing about being a Flying Saucer is sharing her zest for athletics and a healthy lifestyle — she tells everyone who will listen about the joys of Nordic skiing and biathlon!
Dana calls the chilly seacoast of New Hampshire home. She is a lover of long distance and trail running. Dana has completed countless marathons and has now gotten into ultra marathoning as well. During the day she is a speech-language pathologist. When not working or running, she can be found chasing around her 3 kids, testing out the sport of competitive jump roping, and being inspired by an incredible group of like minded friends. She gives back to her community as co-race director of a local half marathon which annually donates 100% of its profits to local charities in need. Dana strives to run a little less in 2019 and find some more namaste in her new yoga and strength practice. Dana likes to keep her pony tail flying in her favorite Chill Toque hat which keeps her warm in all the conditions NH has to offer. No weather keeps her in!
DIANA PROEMMDiana is a nationally certified recreation therapist (CTRS) and resides in Bozeman, Montana. She started her outdoor adventures with skiing at an early age. Skiing, mountain biking, hiking and trekking as well as white water paddling have carried her to places she would never have imagined. She took her love of the mountains and explored Montana, Alaska and mountains on most every continent spending time traveling, camping, exploring and biking. Job experiences that included leading backcountry adventure programs, teaching and directing adaptive summer and winter outdoor adventure programs in rock climbing, skiing, ice skating and biking built her leadership and training skills. Leading others, especially women through challenging situations, allowing them to grow made Diana thrive.
Adventure Rx is the culmination of these experiences. Diana is knowledgeable in creating adventure experiences that provide a physically and mentally safe but inspiring environment. Strengthening body and mind together allows women to reach greater heights in their personal and business lives. Follow Diana here: https://www.instagram.com/youradventurerx/
Cate Stillman leads an evolutionary grassroots movement at Yogahealer.com, guiding people to thrive in their bodies and their lives since 2001. She hosts The Yogahealer Real Thrive Show, a weekly podcast featuring dozens of experts in the field. Cate splits her time between the ski and surf in Wyoming and Mexico. Her first book, Body Thrive, is being re-released by Sounds True Publishing; her second book, Master of You, later in Nov. 2019. Get your free Ayurveda training at Yogahealer.com. Cate Stillman founder + podcast host @ www.yogahealer.com Author of Body Thrive
Hi! I'm Celeste and I love adventuring. I grew up in Montana and moved to Idaho 11 years ago. I like to call myself a runner who is out to finish the race. I enjoy hiking, dirt biking, skiing, snowshoeing, basically being outside. I am a proud member of the Bonneville County Sheriffs Search and Rescue. This organization has allowed me to help community members, build lasting friendships, and improve my outdoor survival skills. I also love spending time with my family and I'm convinced my little boy was born to be an adventurer, even though his face doesn't always show it. I have enjoyed wearing Sauce hats for years and I'm honored to be a Flying Saucer.
My name is Jenn and I'm a runner at heart (trail, road and track), but also love cycling (cyclocross and mountain bike), xc-skiiing and snowshoe running. I'm a mama to an amazing littleman, and wife to a thrower. I race, train and play as much as possible with my son and as a family. We have frequent trips to the mountains to explore that are filled with family hikes, mountain bikes and so many amazing experiences and adventures! The mountains are a second home to us! My lifestyle is living by example - showing my son that adventure, passion, health and activity all go hand in hand; and how to live your life through your passions, the outdoors, respecting nature and the environment and making healthy choices. Life is the adventure!