Meet our Team

Steve Atocha

El Jefe
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Steve is the owner of Middlebury Mountaineer and founder of Green Mountain Adventures. Steve is a father, paddle instructor, and fly fishing guide. 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.

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.

Brewer Atocha

Manager/Kids Camp Instructor
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Brewer is a first year at Carleton College in MN. In his free time he enjoys reading, hiking, playing pond hockey, golfing, mountain biking and skiing. Brewer currently works as the shop manager and guide for our kids summer adventure programs.

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. 

Abel Atocha

Retail Sales Associate
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Abel works in the shop and keeps the day to day running smoothly. He enjoys running, road biking, hiking, playing pond hockey, split boarding, and nordic skiing in his free time.

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.

Max Akey

Social Media Guru
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Born and raised in the greater Burlington area, Max has spent the majority of his life participating in all kinds of activities ranging from snorkeling Vermont rivers to skiing the slopes of Mt. Ellen. Since picking up fly fishing during his sophomore year of high-school, Max has developed a passion for studying/protecting the environment. Max is finishing up his senior year at the University of Vermont where he studies environmental studies with a minor in biology. He loves spending time on the water with his friends and family!

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!

Lorenzo Atocha

Kids Camp Fun Facilitator
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Loren-T is our newest memeber of the GMA staff.