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Our Team

Meghan Archer

Store Manager
I have been part of the team at Great Outdoor Store for 15 years. My sunny disposition makes me an expert at customer service and teamwork. In my spare time you’ll find me walking my dog Juniper and starting 6 backyard projects at once.

Neil Jones

Inventory Manager
I’ve been a part of the GOS Family since 2017 and have been in the outdoor industry for over 20 years. Having a master’s degree in Recreation Administration, specifically in outdoor recreational pursuits, has given me the opportunity and knowledge to help plan for most adventures, especially here in the Midwest. I guess you can say I’m a jack of all trades, master of none.

Skylar DeJong

Marketing Manager
I've been at GOS since 2017 and am the store hype man, staff moral booster and aspiring-backup-instagram model. My expertise is hiking, running, camping and backpacking. When I was 12, I was the Iowa State Fair mechanical bull riding record holder. I cracked my skull open while achieving this feat, which tells you the distance I will go to in the pursuit of having fun.

Delton Pease

Website Manager & Pathfinders Leader
I have been at GOS since 2019 and my area of expertise is climbing and backpacking or camping gear. When I'm not at work I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. Some of my favorite outdoor activities are climbing, hiking, biking, and kayaking. A fun fact about me is that I’ve broken enough bones that I've lost count.

Mikaela

Senior Sales Staff
I have been a member of the GOS crew since 2015. I am Passionate about running, camping, and summers. I have a weakness for fleeces and will put Fleetwood Mac on the store playlist any chance I get.

Cristina

Part-Time Sales Staff
Along with Meghan, I've spent over a decade of my life as a member of the GOS family. The amazing people I work with, customers included, make it hard to leave. When I'm not working on the weekends, I'm busy with my two boys, Bodhi and Nash. I love anything on or near the water. I'm an expert on coats because I've accumulated so many over the years! Also, I'm the store mom who makes sure everyone has snacks!

Kelsey Thomas

Part-time Sales Staff
I have been a part of the GOS family since 2015. I consider myself an imperfect environmentalist, and I'm a firm believer that everyone should feel comfortable enjoying our beautiful planet regardless of skill level, knowledge, or background! I'm an avid hiker, camper, and music festival - goer. I've been fortunate enough to travel to six countries and 25+ states, yet my favorite place on earth is the Black Hills. I love hearing about all of your travels and adventures, so feel free to say hi next time you see me in the store!

Sarah Timmerman

Part-Time Sales Staff
I have been a part of the GOS crew since 2021. Spending time outdoors, in any capacity, is what I’m most passionate about. Getting to share that love with our friends here at the store is even better! When I’m not at the store, my favorite outdoor pastimes are running, biking, hiking, and snuggling up in my hammock with a good book. Although I have many more travels ahead of me, my favorite place I’ve been to thus far is the Boundary Water Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. Feel free to give me some good travel recommendations the next time you stop by the store!

Liv Peterson

Part-time Sales Staff
I’m the baby here at GOS but don’t let my age fool you, I’m more than willing to take up any challenge I’m faced with! Feel free to dig through my brain with any question you can think of, I enjoy any opportunity to learn and talk about the products we carry. When I’m not working in the store you can find me doing research for the Lincoln High School Debate team (Go Pats!), chasing sunsets, hammocking with my nose in a book, or spending all my money at Cliff Avenue Greenhouse!

Grant Pederson

Part-Time Sales Staff
I have been a part of the GOS crew since 2021. I like to help anyone who comes in find what they need for their next adventure. Fearless is how I roll, as I have had to use bear spray before. I am a plane-flying, guitar-shredding, mountain-climbing, laid-back guy. Either I am on a backpacking trip or I’m planning my next. And to answer your question, My hair is not a wig, all-natural.

Avery Laursen

Part-Time Sales Staff
I have been a part of the GOS crew since 2021. If you need help recognizing me, I’m the one who will most likely be wearing overalls. I’m a biology major with an ecology emphasis at Augustana University (Go Vikes!). As an ecology major I am very passionate about nature conservation. When I’m not at school or at work, you can find me enjoying some fresh air, roller skating, hiking, hammocking, or reading. I’ve been on a few amazing adventures, but I’m looking forward to accomplishing my goal of going to all of America’s National Parks!

Abigail VandePlanck

Part-Time Sales Staff
I joined the GOS crew at the beginning of 2022 and I love helping customers find an outfit for any occasion whether it be for hiking or even a wedding! A fun fact about me is that my education and career is in aviation. When I am not at the store, I am spending the rest of my time with my toddler outside exploring!

Ryley Nelson

Part-Time Sales Staff
I joined the GOS crew Spring of 2022 and I'm enjoying learning new things everyday! Like all of the staff here, I love the outdoors. When I'm not at the store you can find me running, road cycling, swimming, camping, or occasionally climbing! A fun fact about me is that I've completed a 100 mile bike ride on a stationary trainer in my basement!

Andrew Olsen

Part-Time Sales Staff
I started at GOS in 2011 and have been hanging around on and off ever since (this is my third stint). I'm also a geography teacher, so I spend a little time every day adding places around the world to my endless "I want to go there" list. I've spent many nights under the stars in all kinds of places; uncomfortably close to hippos and crocs in the Gambia, on train benches in England, and on the floor of the Grand Canyon. My favorite place to be is with my wife and two kids, preferably bouncing around the Southwest.

Ashley Gustafson

Part-Time Sales Staff
I started here at GOS in August of 2022. I like meeting new people and helping them in whatever way I can. I also have a full-time job working in the world of substance use prevention in the underage population. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and playing sports!

Liz Fossum

Part-Time Sales Staff
I joined the GOS crew in the Fall of 2022. I love learning new things about the outdoors everyday at work. My passion lies in traveling by backpack and exploring new places. I also always love hearing about all of the adventures our customers go on! When I’m not at the store, you can probably find me in a hammock reading a good book or on one of my daily walks to take in the fresh air!