Rashel was born in Ottawa, Canada, and grew up in Toronto. Being surrounded by people from all over the globe catalyzed her drive to learn as much as possible about the world’s many cultures and ecosystems. With family from six different continents, Rashel has always had a passion for culture and adventure. She’s scuba dived with bull sharks in the Pacific Ocean, sky dived over the Rocky Mountains, surfed off the coast of Portugal, and Vespa’d through the hills of Tuscany. After traveling to more than 20 countries during her youth, she landed in Boulder to attend the University of Colorado, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Spanish in 2018.
While at CU, Rashel was involved with the annual Conference on World Affairs, which hosts some 200 events and 100 speakers over the course of a week to discuss all things imaginable. As chair of the Science and Technology committee, she was responsible for contacting major figures in the global scientific community. Her university honors thesis
focused on finding balance between humans and wildlife when addressing conservation concerns in Sub-Saharan Africa, concluding that community-based conservation and ecotourism both assist in conservation success.
When she’s not assisting Nat Hab guests with every aspect of their pre-trip details, Rashel loves taking her friends’ dogs on hikes in the mountains, trying out new craft breweries and traveling as much as possible. Her life goals include working on conservation policy that helps balance the needs of humans and wildlife and assisting in community- and tourism-based conservation initiatives.