In search of bigger mountains and a small, tight-knit community Hedda found herself at home in Crested Butte after growing up in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Her work with both the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mount Washington Observatory in Vermont and New Hampshire fueled her desire to explore, research and now protect her surrounding environment. Hedda graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Geography and German. She now looks forward to the Gunnison Valley serving as her classroom as she pursues her Masters in Environmental Management, with a focus in Integrative Land Management, at Western State Colorado University.