Montana Northern Cheyenne Director
Lydia was born and raised in Maryland, where she spent a lot of her childhood in the great outdoors with her family. Since beginning her college education as a geology major at Humboldt State University, she decided to put college on hold while she grew and explored. She spent the next 4 years working with animals on organic farms in California, Montana and Oregon. She loved the physical work, problem-solving, and being part of a team. Lydia is now back to completing her formal education at the University of Montana Western in the small but charming town of Dillon, Montana, where she’s completing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with her sights set on a master’s in Environmental Education.
Lydia appreciates the greater depth of connection and meaning that can be achieved through service. After high school, she participated in a month-long international volunteer work camp in France, where she lived and worked everyday with 9 people from 6 countries.
Later, Lydia worked as the project leader for the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, a student-run sustainability demonstration center and community hub, at Humboldt State. She directed volunteers on building and gardening projects and enjoyed working with others toward a meaningful goal. Lydia now looks forward to bringing some of these same skills and interests into play during the Northern Cheyenne program. She will be joined by the full VISIONS leader team, along with our long-time partners and friends on the reservation.
In her free time, Lydia likes hiking, reading, knitting, petting dogs and experimenting with food fermentation and preservation. She also dabbles in baking, weaving, spinning yarn, sewing, and natural dyes. She is always looking for new ways to learn old skills and dreams of putting them to use on a homestead of her own some day.