BMC’s new program assistants—Emily Burns and Maia Pugh—already have experience working together. They met while studying in Chile, and both took jobs helping run operations for an outdoor adventure company in the Andes while living in tents.
Emily grew up in the Adirondacks, guiding raft and canoe expeditions on the Hudson River with her family’s Beaver Brook Outfitters company in North River. She studied French and Spanish at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and has worked translating programming into French for Quebec television. She lives in Chile part of each year. “The Adirondacks will always be my home, but I am very drawn to Chile,” Emily says. “There’s something about the way people live there, with a strong sense of community.” Her first project was helping organize a meeting of investigative journalists at BMC.
Maia comes to BMC from Frontier Co-op, a cooperatively owned natural foods and spice company in Norway, Iowa, where she worked in marketing and communications. She studied Spanish and communications at Luther College in Iowa, and taught skiing at a nearby slope. One of Maia’s first responsibilities was helping organize the recent work weekend, where volunteers come to help plant the garden and spruce up the buildings and grounds. “I love the balance here between indoor work and outdoor work,” she says.