Take a peek into life at Shadowcliff, and learn more about our staff members through our profile series! This month, Compassionate Kitchen cooks Sarah Ann Sperry and Jacob McCormack share some of their favorite Grand Lake activities, cool places to visit and a few fun facts about themselves:

  • Name: Sarah Ann Sperry
  • Age: 31
  • Where are you from? The Road. Also Florida, Alaska, Washington State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Colorado.
  • What made you want to work at Shadowcliff? Shadowcliff’s Mission Statement and location.
  • Coolest place you’ve ever visited: Alaska
  • If you could be an expert in anything, what would it be? An expert Jack Of All Trades.
  • Favorite movie: Hot Rod and Nacho Libre.
  • What is something you would definitely want in your dream home? Monkeys. (My dream house is a tree house).
  • The next place you would like to visit? Somewhere with monkeys and sloths.
  • Favorite activity in Grand Lake: Hiking, kayaking, eating banana splits at Dairy King, and chipmunk-watching.
  • Do you have a weird talent/skill? What is it: I’m double jointed/making people uncomfortable
  • What was your first pet? A big black cat named Buster, followed by Buster II.
  • If you were stranded on an island what three items would you want to have with you? Seeds, a blanket, and a nail file.
  • What famous and/or historical figure, dead or alive, would you want to have dinner with and what is one question you would ask? Mark Twain. And I’d just let him talk.

  • Name: Jacob McCormack
  • Age: 26
  • Where are you from? Berea, KY
  • What made you want to work at Shadowcliff? The location and the spirit of Shadowcliff.
  • Coolest place you’ve ever visited: Mendocino, CA
  • If you could be an expert in anything, what would it be? Weight lifting.
  • Favorite movie: The Green Mile.
  • What is something you would definitely want in your dream home? A garden.
  • The next place you would like to visit? A warm beach.
  • Favorite activity in Grand Lake: Kayaking and hiking.
  • Do you have a weird talent/skill? What is it: I can throw up on demand.
  • What was your first pet? Lucy the dog.
  • If you were stranded on an island what three items would you want to have with you? A knife, a lighter, and seeds.
  • What famous and/or historical figure, dead or alive, would you want to have dinner with and what is one question you would ask? Gandhi – what do we do now?