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Eric was born in Concord, CA. His family moved to the Ogden Valley in 1985 on a tip from some family friends about this beautiful valley hidden in Northern Utah. Once they arrived and saw the beautiful lake and outdoor attractions, the Hoffmans knew this would be their permanent home. Eric learned how to snowboard at Powder Mountain, a local resort that claims the most acres available for skiing in North America. Fishing, camping, and hunting also consume most of Eric's free time. In 2012, Eric married a local named Ashley who was also raised in the valley and shares many of the same interests. They now live in their beloved valley where they spend the summers riding horses and winters hitting the slopes. Once Eric received the opportunity to be a counselor at the academy and realized how much he enjoyed working with youths, he knew this would be a great career for him. Eric is thrilled that he can share the same great experiences he had growing up here with the wonderful students of WayPoint Academy.
Melodie was born in Arizona, and she was raised with six adopted siblings in Ogden, UT. She attended Weber State University on an Art/Interior Design scholarship. For the past nineteen years, she has lived and played in the nearby town of Eden, UT. It is because of this beautiful valley that she is passionate about nature and loves to share and discover it with others. Melodie has two grown sons, one adorable granddaughter, Charlee, and an energetic Springer Spaniel, Gunner. Along with all things outdoors, Melodie enjoys learning and teaching and finds fulfillment in working with youth.
Austin was born and raised in Utah. He received his Bachelor's in Social Work from Weber State University in 2017 and is continuing his education to earn his Master's degree. Austin loves spending his free time with his family and friends. His passions include astronomy, agriculture, gemology, anthropology, geography, archaeology and especially history. Some of his hobbies are backpacking in Southern Utah, exercise, and traveling anywhere and everywhere. Austin also loves sports and is a big Ogden Raptors fan. Austin enjoys all that Northern Utah has to offer, but especially the great outdoors and its incredible ski resorts as he is an avid skier during the winter months.
Jacob Hancey was born and raised in Utah. He has worked with youth for the past 3 years and graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Political Science. Jacob has a fascination with Russia; he spent most of his time throughout his degree learning about the country and spent a year in Moscow teaching English. He is an avid reader, and loves to share books with everyone he meets, particularly fantasy novels. Jacob enjoys going to Southern Utah to hike or backpack in the back country. His other interests include photography, traveling, and collecting comic books.
Monica was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. Growing up she spent a lot of time outdoors with her 3 brothers. During high school she participated in track and field, graduating with state medals and a school record in long jump. Monica studied music at Snow College and Weber State University. She currently spends the majority of her free time hiking, climbing, and camping with her dog, friends, and family. Monica's favorite hobby, though, is snowboarding, which she learned at age 6. She devotes the majority of her winters to the slopes. Monica loves working with youth, encouraging them to get out and enjoy life!