Mountain Mentor of the Month: Katherine Bush |

Mountain Mentor of the Month: Katherine Bush

Katherine Bush, mountain mentor, and Nellie, her mentee.
Special to the Daily |

Katherine Bush is originally from New England and received her Bachelor of Science in business administration and Master of Science in leadership from Northeastern University in Boston. She first moved to Summit County in 2009 for an internship opportunity and, from then on, was hooked. She currently works as the co-manager at the Guess Factory Store in the Outlets at Silverthorne. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, camping, yoga and spending time with friends, family and two dogs, Brooke and Marley.

What led you to

become a Mentor?

I heard advertisements for the Mountain Mentors program on the radio and was always eager to join. I anticipated that it would be a great opportunity to get more involved in my community and to give a young adult the chance to participate in the activities that I usually take for granted. When I was confident that I could make the one-year commitment, I applied and was matched with Nellie.

What do you enjoy most

about being a Mentor?

This past winter, Nellie and I went snowboarding at Keystone, something that she rarely gets to do unless I take her. She’s normally pretty quiet around me, and sometimes I can’t quite tell what she’s thinking; but, when we go snowboarding, there is no doubt in my mind that she’s having a great time. On every single run, I see a huge smile emerge on her face, and this has been my favorite part of mentoring.

How does mentoring

fit into your life?

Nellie and I both have very busy schedules, so we usually plan our time together just a few days in advance. Sometimes, we’ll spend just a few hours together cooking dinner, or we’ll participate in the full-day Mountain Mentors sponsored activities.

What is a favorite activity you have done as a Mentor?

In late-July, Nellie and I went on an overnight whitewater rafting trip led by the BOEC. Camping and whitewater rafting are two of my favorite summertime activities, so I was eager to share this experience with Nellie. The guide allowed us to take turns rowing, we played many games and the teens cooked a delicious enchilada dinner. Nellie and I both really enjoyed the trip.

Do you have advice for some-

one who is considering

becoming a Mentor?

Just do it. I’m aware that there is large waiting list of kids seeking a mentor, so I advise interested adults not to hesitate to get involved. This is truly a rewarding and fun experience.

What Nellie says

about Katherine:

Katherine is a great and wonderful person; she is like family to me. I have had great adventures with her, and I would love to have more next year with her. She always has supported me through anything, and she is a very loving person. I love her as my mentor and as a friend. She is the type of person (whom) I can create many memories with and many adventures. I’m glad that I would be with someone with the same energy and creativity. Katherine is a very beautiful person inside and out and a very great person to be with for any adventures from overcoming fears (rafting) to things we know and love. Thank you so much, Katherine, for being my partner in adventures and a part in my life.

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