Team #1772018-10-02T04:53:00+00:00

TEAM JEEP THRILLS, #177

VEHICLE2018 Jeep Wrangler, Willys Wheeler

Chris and Emily are a mother-daughter team from San Diego who have always dreamed of owning a Jeep Wrangler. In 2018, they pulled the trigger and purchased a new Willys Wheeler with the intention of competing in the Rebelle for the first time. Both Benzie ladies enjoy camping, hiking, backpacking, and generally exploring the outdoors, and are excited to combine the nerdiness of old-school navigation with the adventure of Rebelle! Chris is an aerospace engineer, co-founder and CFO of San Diego Composites, and is very excited to continue her path of strong female leadership into the rally. She hopes her experience in physics and math will make her a master navigator in the desert! In her free time Chris enjoys reading, planning travel trips, painting, and planting succulents. Emily recently graduated in June 2018 from UC Davis, and is now employed at a drug-discovery biotechnology company in San Francisco working with antibody research in immunodeficient patients. At her previous job, she got the chance to work with manatee DNA in order to help manatee conservation efforts. She enjoys international travel, surfing, cooking, trying new IPAs, and playing with every dog she sees.

CHRISTINE BENZIE

HOMETOWN: San Diego, California

RESIDENCE: San Diego, California

OCCUPATION: Aerospace Engineer and CFO at San Diego Composites

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”

-Werner von Braun

FUN FACT: I have sent a postcard home from every place I’ve ever visited!

EMILY BENZIE

HOMETOWN: San Diego, California

RESIDENCE: San Francisco, California

OCCUPATION: Geneticist

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

-Vivian Greene

FUN FACT: I caught a baby alligator with my bare hands while camping through the Amazon!