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Meet our Team

Steve Atocha

Owner
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Steve is the owner of Middlebury Mountaineer and founder of Green Mountain Adventures. Steve is a father, an EMT, volunteer fire fighter, and a certified American Canoe Association Kayaking Instructor. He spends his free time hiking for fishing holes or backcountry skiing off of the Lincoln Gap.

Marion Atocha

Owner
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Marion is the co-owner and clothing buyer for Middlebury Mountaineer. She divides her time between the shop and working part time as a nurse in Bristol. An avid hiker, swimmer and nordic skier, Marion’s real passion is raising her three boys and working on her family farm.

Dave Konopke

Lead Fly Fishing Guide
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I grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, moving to Vermont in 1998. Soon finding the fishing to be excellent, I began to devote many hours to exploring local waters primarily for trout, but also bass and pike and other species. I really enjoy the places that chasing fish take me and always find something to learn on the slow and/or hard days. When not guiding or doing some personal fishing or tying flies, I work as a carpenter.

Chrisandra Sylvestri

Shop Employee/Guide
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Over a dozen years ago, after the birth of her fourth child Chris started kayaking. She would throw her boat on the car, head down to the Otter Creek or the flooded flats, and be back in less than two hours a rejuvenated person. She's been hooked ever since. Ratty in the Wind in the Willows summed it up best-"There is nothing worth doing half as much as simply messing around in boats."

Devin Schrock

Kids Camp Instructor
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Devin has helped guide Kids’ Camp for four summers, and her favorite camp activities are river tubing and kayaking. She teaches 5th and 6th graders at Lincoln Community School and loves playing outside with her busy toddler. Before moving to Vermont five years ago, she ran her own nature camp for children ages 4-9 and spent two years as the director of an outdoor education center in the Adirondacks of New York.

Devin Wendel

Fly Fishing Guide
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Devin is a lifelong resident of Bristol, Vermont. For as long as he can remember he has loved any and all sorts of fishing. After graduating from college he started pursuing fly-fishing and hasn't looked back. He can often be found chasing trout, bass, and pike on all of the great local fisheries in Addison County.

Sadie Thompson

Shop Employee
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Sadie grew up in Vermont and attended St. Lawrence University. She loves skiing, hiking, skating, and kayaking in the Green Mountains. Sadie Loves Dogs!

Levi Doria

Fly Fishing Guide
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Levi has been a longtime member of the Green Mountain Adventures crew. After graduating from Middlebury College, he headed west to Jackson Hole Wyoming to pursue a fly fishing career and completed the Western Rivers Guide School. He guided for Worldcast Anglers on the fabled South Fork and Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Now, back in Vermont, his fishing has come full circle, allowing him to reconnect with his home waters. Levi has extensive experience guiding both wade angling and fishing from a drift boat.

Min Brown

Fly Fishing Guide
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Min grew up fishing in the Middlebury area and just recently moved back to VT with his family. The local otter creek tributaries are his home away from home and more often than not he’ll be somewhere on the water.

Paul Almquist

Store Employee
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After retiring from the corporate world, Paul hung out in the store so much he was finally put to work. He loves to fish.

Craig MacDerment

Fly Fishing Guide
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Craig grew up in New York and found his passion for fly fishing when moving to the Green Mountain State after college. Craig is a full time teacher and also coaches lacrosse. When off the water his time is spent tying flies or planning the next fishing trip. 

Ross Crowne

Shop Employee
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I've grown up in Addison County, and for as long as I can remember, being outside has been an important part of my life. During summer break, I can usually be found fly fishing for any and all species of fish on Vermont's many great rivers and ponds. I spend a lot of the rest of my time thinking about fishing, tying flies, or competing for Middlebury Union High School's nordic ski team.

Mark Collins

Fly Fishing Guide
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Born and raised in northern Vermont, Fish for anything that swims. Grew up playing hockey and chased that until my college career ended at Norwich. After that I took up fly fishing and that has been my passion ever since.  My favorite type of fishing is Steelhead and Musky/Pike. I love to target big fish and meet great people along the way.

Evan Collins

Fly Fishing Guide
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Evan was born in Vermont and learned to fly fish from a guided trip through GMA and been addicted ever since. He loves all types of fly fishing from tight lining for trout to throwing big flys to pike and musky. His days off are spent behind the oars of his raft in search of his next adventure.

Ember

Shop Dog
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Big, sweet, and lazy