2017 Conquering Kili Class
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Sgt. Kirstie Ennis was just 17 years old when she entered the Marine Corps. While on active duty, she performed duties as a helicopter door gunner and airframes mechanic on the helicopters. But six years into her military tenure, during her second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Ennis was forced to medically retire after her helicopter fell from the sky, crashing to the ground, and significantly injuring her. In addition to pouring herself into higher education, and receiving advanced degrees in Public Administration and Business Administration, Ennis found love of adaptive snowboarding. Today, she splits her time between Aspen, CO and San Diego, CA. Kirstie is on track to compete in the 2018 Paralympics.
Each new Conquering Kili class accepts the challenge to embark for the summit, a walk that represents the miles that many African women journey on a daily basis to fetch water for their families. While training for the climb, each team member works to raise funds and transform communities through the gift of clean water.