Meet The Dream Team

Meet Explorer Chick Nicki Bruckmann

Nicki is the Founder of Explorer Chick, a breaker of American Dreams, and the Head Instigator of SHE-nanigans. She did that whole Adult thing for a while – bought a house, got married, worked a promising corporate career. Turns out she didn’t fit that mold very well, so she broke that American Dream in 2014...

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Meet Explorer Chick Lauren Beatty

Lauren is an Explorer Chick Guide, with a passion for adventure ‘in the great wide somewhere’. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lauren has also lived in Georgia, Louisiana, and Kentucky- she loves exploring new places and meeting new people! Lauren graduated from Georgia State University with her degree in...

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Meet Explorer Chick Mandi Smith

Mandi is our lead Destination Specialist of the Explorer Chick Mini Adventures. Her days are filled keeping her busy family thriving in this beautiful crazy world. She loves hiking, kayaking, and fishing with her two very active boys. She is also magic in the kitchen capable of whipping up an epic breakfast with just...

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Meet Explorer Chick Amy Mixell

Amy is the Operations Manager for Explorer Chick. With her knack for organization, detail, and customer service she is the point-woman for communicating with you, your guides, and our partners. If you have a questions about a trip, Amy is your gal! She calls Cincinnati home and loves to explore with her husband, three...

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Meet Explorer Chick Katie Jones

Katie is an Explorer Chick Guide, with a passion for adventure in…well ANYWHERE! Katie was born in Georgia, but has lived in multiple states and overseas before making her way to her current home in Arizona. She graduated from Auburn University in 2009. In her former life she was a Project Coordinator for a...

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Meet Explorer Chick Kirstie Mullikin

Kirstie is an Explorer Chick Guide who loves scrambling up mountains and dancing on top of them. Hailing from May’s Lick, Kentucky, she’s a graduate of the University of Kentucky carrying a B.S. in Horticulture, Plant, and Soil Sciences. She developed her love for the outdoors and hiking by spending most of her...

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Meet Explorer Chick Laurie Fontenot

Laurie is the Digital Marketing Manager for Explorer Chicks, the woman behind the curtain of all social and email communications. With her passion for the outdoors and ability to understand consumer behavior, she speaks the “Explorer Chick” language fluently and knows what we need to see in our feeds and inbox. She...

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Meet Explorer Chick Anya Chang-DePuy

Anya is an Explorer Chick Guide who you’ll find traveling abroad, backpacking in the mountains, or with her hands in the earth trying to grow a thing or two to munch on. Immediately after graduation University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in cultural anthropology, Anya took off to Asia where she spent 13 months solo...

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Meet Explorer Chick Erin Halliwell

Erin is an Explorer Chick guide who is always thinking about her next adventure. She is an avid traveler who loves to explore new places internationally and domestically both solo and with friends. She has visited nearly 30 countries and lists South America as being a favorite destination. One of her most epic...

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Meet Explorer Chick Jeannie Panchal

Jeannie is an Explorer Chick guide who considers herself a nomad, having lived in four countries and 11 states. Currently residing in Anchorage, AK after a sporadic decision to move from Portland, OR during a pandemic. She follows her heart fiercely and quit a career in pharmaceutical sales to travel the world for six...

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Meet Explorer Chick Kelsey Doolittle

Kelsey is an Explorer Chick Guide who loves discovering every corner of the world. Originally from California, she now calls Columbus, Ohio home, and you can find her most weekends hiking hollows and chasing waterfalls around the Midwest. She loves to appreciate the beauty in the small things outdoors, finding...

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Meet Explorer Chick Lindsey Terrell

Lindsey is an Explorer Chick guide that has spent the last decade travelling around the country looking for whatever adventure can be found. From working on an oyster farm on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, to hiking the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, she can find fulfillment everywhere. When Lindsey’s not...

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Meet Explorer Chick Karen Kaylor

Karen is Director of Single Day Events working behind the scenes on your Explorer Chick Mini Adventures. A long-time traveler with Explorer Chick, she has been interested in being more involved with the company from the start. She got hooked at West Virginia Wild 2017 and became an ambassador shortly thereafter. Karen...

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Meet Explorer Chick Marquis Matson

Marquis is the SEO lead for Explorer Chick, finding ways to connect badass adventure women to this badass company. She takes care of content strategy and organic traffic, meaning that every word on this website was first planned by her. She first became a digital nomad in 2015, leaving the US to go on a permanent...

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