OWA Utah Grassroots Team
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Elizabeth Paashaus
Elizabeth PaashausGrassroots Program Manager
Elizabeth first came to love adventure in the outdoors through backpacking as a way to prove her self-reliance. After earning her degree in graphic design, Elizabeth thru-hiked 1600 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She spent 15 years working in outdoor retail before leaving to travel North America full time in her school bus, pursuing outdoor adventure with her family.
Elizabeth enjoys backpacking, rock-climbing, trail running, and outdoor play with her husband and two daughters (6 and 8). For her girls, she prioritizes teaching them a love and respect for nature and to find the strength within to overcome adversity and obstacles. Together they take weeklong backpacking trips anywhere from the Appalachians to the canyons of southern Utah, climb classic multi-pitch routes, scramble on big boulders, and play in creeks. Elizabeth will be heading up program management for selected Regional Areas of our Grassroots Program once established.

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Maria Paspuel
Maria PaspuelTeam Leader
Maria is a native Ecuadorian who grew up in Utah where her love for the outdoors grew. In her words: “I climb. I cycle. I hike. I snowshoe. I dream about travel and love exploring. These things are the spice of life.”

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Do you love exploring your local outdoor areas? Want to help expand adventure programming to women where you are? Join our volunteer force-for-good! :) Find out more about becoming a Program Manager, Team Leader, or Regional Volunteer + bringing programming to your area: outdoorwomensalliance.com/join-us