Liz Mace

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
College: Davidson College

This is my sixth summer leading for Overland, and it has completely shaped who I am.

Originally from Springfield, Missouri, I graduated from Davidson College in 2014. At Davidson, I was a member of the women’s varsity swim team and was on the school record holding 800 free relay and also swam the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle. During the summer of 2012, I studied abroad in Ghana through Davidson’s anthropology program. I earned a master’s degree at CU Denver in medical anthropology and moved to Baltimore in August of 2017 to attend Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where I study mental health policy and am a research assistant and teaching assistant in the policy department. I am also a yoga teacher at a studio in Baltimore. In my free time, I enjoy running, open water swimming, hiking, biking, yoga, listening to podcasts and traveling with my family.

In 2013, I led New England Adventure; in 2014, I led Pacific Coast; in 2015, I led the American Challenge southern route; in 2016, I led American Challenge northern route; in 2017, I led European Challenge; and in 2019, I led the American Challenge northern route. I am continuously amazed by my Overland students; they are what bring me back every summer. These trips have empowered me on and off the bike, and I love being able to share this experience with my students. There are no words to describe how fulfilling it is to accomplish incredible things and overcome challenges as a group as we become an inseparable family.