A likeable leader and strong survivalist, who refused to join alliances, Gretchen was remembered for being the victim of the first major blindside in the history of the series. This would set up the modern game where people are voted out for strengths over weaknesses after the merge.
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Originally from New York City, Gretchen attended Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She spent six years as a survival instructor for the US Air Force where she earned the Cadre Award from her survival instructor training class (for being the person who most exemplifies the spirit of survival).
Gretchen describes herself as strong-willed (stubborn), compassionate and open-minded. The two things that she is most proud of are her children. She enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing and swimming. Gretchen's hobby is working in her yard, and she likes listening to alternative music. When describing her perfect day, it would be camping with her family in the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State.
Gretchen currently works part-time at a preschool in Clarksville, Tennessee. Happily married for 14 years, she and her husband have two children, one dog and a ferret. She is a member of Amnesty International and her children's PTA. Her birth date is Feb. 7, 1962.
From the beginning, Gretchen was second-in-command in Pagong. B.B became the tribe's leader due to his work ethic. Immediately following B.B. Andersen's elimination, Gretchen took over the leadership position over the Pagong tribe. Her first move was to create a new shelter because the hut that B.B. made beforehand was deemed uncomfortable to sleep in. Despite some misunderstandings, Gretchen's leadership was more well-liked and accepted than B.B.'s abrasive personality. This was also in part due to Gretchen knowing how to pace herself whereas B.B. worked too hard, ultimately leading to his near unanimous vote out at Pagong's first trip to Tribal Council. Gretchen would see herself remain in a comfortable position for the entire pre-merge, as the other women, particularly Ramona, were seen as weaker links, and Gervase and Joel made themselves targets through their sexist behavior.
After the Day 20 merge, Gretchen was pleased to have the opportunity to meet the Tagi members. She entered the merge firm in her belief that she wanted to get far in the game through her merits rather than alliances. Richard was intrigued by her stance, similar to that of Sean, to which Richard replied in confessional by saying playing this game with alliances has nothing to do with morals. After Greg won the Immunity Challenge, the majority of the Rattana tribe went into Tribal Council with various individual agendas. Gretchen cast her vote for Rudy, citing some personal issues. However, she fell victim to the Tagi Alliance of Richard, Susan, Kelly, and Rudy. They deemed her as a threat to win the show, and since she was the leader of the Pagong tribe, Gretchen was ousted from the game after a capricious 4-1-1-1-1-1-1 vote.
|Gretchen's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Pagong Tribe Immune|
|3||Pagong Tribe Immune|
|5||Pagong Tribe Immune|
|7||Rudy|| Kelly, Richard,|
|Voted Out, Day 21|
- In 2001, Gretchen appeared on a Survivor edition of The Weakest Link along with Survivor: Borneo castaways Richard Hatch, Susan Hawk, Sean Kenniff, Joel Klug, and Ramona Gray. She lost to Ramona in the final round. She received a house minimum of $10,000 for her charity.
- In 2019, Gretchen and a few of her old Pagong tribemates met up in Clarksville.
- Gretchen's luxury item was a toothbrush.
- Gretchen was the first contestant from Tennessee.
- Gretchen was the oldest female member of Pagong.
- Gretchen was the first contestant to be voted out of a merged tribe.
- Gretchen is the first contestant to be voted out first after the merge and not be a part of the jury.
- Gretchen was the first contestant to be voted out by a plurality, being voted out with less than half of the total counted votes.
- At the Reunion Show, her last name was mistakenly listed as Klug, which was the last name of her fellow Pagong tribemate, Joel.
- Despite her elimination being confirmed after Jeff Probst read the third vote cast against her, he still read the fourth and final vote.
|Survivor: Borneo Castaways|