The Family Nature Summit board is made up of volunteer members. We meet by phone about every two weeks throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering with a great group of people, contact info@familynaturesummits.org and we’ll find a volunteer opportunity that you’ll enjoy.

 

Geri Gagat

President

Geri Gagat attended Summits in 2004 & 2005 with her three kids and then, after a hiatus, returned in 2015 as an empty nester with adult children in tow. Her motto is “Life is short, live it well”, and she believes the Summits fits this lifestyle perfectly. Every Summit she explores a little of everything – hiking, biking and water sports, art, geology, beer, wine and food tours. What a great chance to experience so much in such varied location with friends from all over the world!

Geri and her husband, Tim, live near Atlanta.

Jeff Harding CPA (retired)

Treasurer

Jeff Harding is our Summit birding expert. He grew up exploring California’s woods and wetlands and has now been birding the West (and the world) for 40 years. Jeff conducts breeding bird surveys, participates in the annual Christmas bird counts, assists with breeding bird atlas programs and serves as an eBird reviewer. With a BS in zoology and an MBA Jeff is a great addition to our Summit board. He has been on the Summit faculty 18 years now.

Julie Wilkinson

Secretary

Julie Wilkinson has served as our secretary since 2016 and attended Summits since 2000 as a 9 year-old Summiteer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Julie is from Columbus Ohio but moved to the mountains of North Carolina to attend Appalachian State where she received a degree in Elementary Education. She now lives in Asheville, NC teaching second grade. Working with children and exploring nature are two of her greatest passions. The Summit has greatly influenced Julie’s life and will continue to do so for years to come!

Pamela Morrison

Director

Pamela Morrison attended her first Summit in 2006 and has been hooked ever since. She served as our President for two years and continues to provide direction as a board member. While originally from Springfield, IL, her love for the mountains and outdoor activities now finds Pamela living in Salt Lake City, UT. She recently retired from corporate life and, when not traveling, hiking snowboarding or running is advocating for clean air along the Wasatch Front.

Amy Hahn

Amy Hahn

Director

Amy Hahn has been a hike leader for the Summits since 1989 and now also helps serve on the board. Having grown up near Washington DC, she moved to Colorado in 1988 where she worked in the outdoor industry for 22 years. Now she follows her passion by working as a contract writer and supporting conservation. She is a confirmed altitude junkie and spends as much time as possible in the mountains near her home. Amy enjoys turning people on to playing outside, environmental stewardship and activism to address environmental degradation.

Dominic Sabo

Director

Dominic attends a STEM high school in Ohio. He enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and computer programing. He started attending Summits in 2012, where he volunteers with transportation.

James Sherrard

Director

James Sherrard lives in Burlington, Vermont and has been part of the Summits since his first at Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire. In past Summits James served on the board of directors for the newly created Family Nature Summits for two years as the Young Adult member, chaired the Site Selection Committee, hiked with the Junior Naturalists, assisted Peggy with the Young Adults, co-led rock climbing and is now a teen Leader. In 2017 he has once again stepped up to a role on the Board this time as a Faculty Representative. When James is not at the Summits he is working in the field of stormwater management and exploring the New England forests with his dog Reverend.

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Riley Morrison

Director

Riley Morrison, a Phoenix, Arizona native, started attending Summits in  2007 and looks forward to many more. As a kid, he loved being a Junior Naturalist and Teen Explorer, and hugely appreciates the hard work of the leaders who made every Summit a stunning experience. An avid adventure seeker, Riley loves to hike, climb and snowboard. However, his real passion requires two wheels, shock supports and a steep trail. Riley raced mountain bikes competitively during high school and has ridden all over Arizona. Every Summit he looks forward to learning outdoor skills and hiking techniques as he invariably gets flats. When not playing ukulele or bass guitar, he attends the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Barbara Farley

Barbara Farley

Director

Barbara Farley coordinated 11 Summits from 1992-1997 when she worked for the National Wildlife Federation. With over 15 years of experience in experiential education she is a valuable board member for us. She is currently the Volunteer and Tour director for the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado. In her free time Barbara enjoys hiking, biking and skiing with her husband and two active teenage sons. Her favorite things about Summits is how we bring together a like-minded community of people who care deeply about nature and wildlife!

Dean Kullman

Dean Kullman

Director

Dean Kullman attended his first Summit at age 7 with his grandparents and now his whole family is hooked on Summits. His favorite Summit activities include rock climbing, horseback riding, white water rafting, square dances, performing skits and fire making. Having traveled through Central and South America with his GoPro, Dean credits the Summit for his immense love of adventure and the environment. Dean is currently working towards a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, which he hopes to use one day as an underwater inspector.

Bill Wheeler

Director

Bill Wheeler and his family attended their first Summit in 1994 in Colorado and followed up with the Adirondacks and Alaska. He is now attending the Summit with his grandson.
A native of Virginia, Bill achieved his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management at Marietta College and settled in Illinois. Bill says, “ The Summit can lead to new friends and shared experiences that will be cherished for a lifetime – all while learning to tread a little lighter on our planet. To have the opportunity to participate and help ensure their continuance for Summit veterans and new families alike is an honor.”

John Kullman

Director

John Kullmann and his wife Emily have been enjoying the Family Nature Summits since their first Summit in 2003 at Sunday River Maine. Participating with his entire family, the Summit has become the most important week of the year for them. When National Wildlife Federation decided to end the Summit, John was one of the founding Board members to continue the Family Nature Summits. At the Summit John can be found leading hikes or laughing with family and friends at meals and programs.

John and Emily live in New Jersey. Their two children, Becky and Dean, have graduated through Junior Naturalist, Teen and Young Adults and are now part of the adult program.

Marian Keglovits

Director

Marian Keglovits has been attending Summits since 1990 in Vermont. She has found life-long friendships and opportunities for education and outdoor experiences at the Summit over the years. The unique aspect of local and international experts involved in the Summit bring her back every year. At home, Marian explored the outdoors with her two dogs and traveling. Currently she lives in St Louis working at the Washington University School of Medicine researching the impact of the environment of activity participation at home and in the community for people with disabilities and older adults.

Tara Pace

Director

Tara Pace’s first Summit was 2013 in Bar Harbor, Maine. She loves being able to enjoy the active Summit experiences like kayaking, hiking and the adventure race while knowing that her son is having a fantastic time with his own group. Tara has worked in the fashion industry and lived in every major fashion capital, but now she has left the city lights behind and lives in the Catskill Mountains with her family. She is now rediscovering herself and enjoys gardening, growing her own food, volunteering in the community, photography, raising her son and most of all being with family, including those with 4 legs!