Board

The Family Nature Summit board members are all volunteers. We meet on the phone about every two weeks. 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.

 

Pamela Morrison

Pamela Morrison

President

Pamela Morrison attended her first Summit in 2006 and has been hooked ever since. She loves getting together with family and friends each year in a new location and learning about and exploring the area with the experts. One of her favorite things about the Summit is that there is something for every age group. And, there is no cooking or dishes that she has to worry about!

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, biking, snowboarding, or running, she is active in advocating for clean air along the Wasatch Front.

Jeff Harding CPA (retired)

Treasurer

Jeff Harding is an enthusiastic amateur naturalist who grew up exploring California’s woods and wetlands. Jeff is a veteran Summiteer, having been on the faculty of 15 NWF Summits in the 1990s, as well as three in this decade. He has been birding the west for 40 years, conducting breeding bird surveys, compiling and participating in Christmas Bird Counts, helping with breeding bird atlas programs and currently serving as an eBird reviewer, for two counties in Oregon and the country of Colombia. For several years he edited Oregon Birds, the quarterly journal of the Oregon Birding Association. He holds a BS in Zoology from Oregon State University and an MBA from Portland State University.
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Julie Barta

Secretary

Julie Barta attended her first summit at nine years old in Marquette, Michigan and has participated in nearly every summit since, whether it be as a guest, teacher, or Board member. Julie is from Columbus, Ohio but moved to the mountains of Boone, North Carolina in 2010 to attend Appalachian State University. She received a degree in Elementary Education and currently resides 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!

Amy Hahn

Amy Hahn

Director

Amy Hahn grew up just outside of Washington, D.C. In 1988 she moved to Colorado and in 1989 led her first hike as part of the faculty of Family Nature Summits (then National Wildlife Federation Conservation Summits). She worked in the outdoor industry for 22 years as a product tester, sales rep and consultant, before turning her attention to the world of conservation, where she still works. She is a confirmed altitude junkie, and spends as much time as possible in the mountains of CO and WY near her home. She enjoys turning people on to playing outside, environmental stewardship, green habits and activism to address environmental degradation.

Geri Gagat

Director

Geri Gagat has attended five summits, 2004 & 2005, with three children in the kid’s program and then, after a 10-year hiatus, rejoined the summits in 2015 as an empty nester with adult children in tow. Her motto is “Life is short, live it well” and she believes that the Summit experience falls perfectly into this guideline. Each Summit she tries to do a little of everything, hikes, watersports, biking, artistic endeavors, geology, historical sights, beer, wine & food tours and the list goes on and on. Where else can you experience so much, in such varied locations, while hanging out with old and new friends from all over the world!!
Geri & her husband, Tim, live just outside of Atlanta. She has an eclectic work history from project management for Lockheed Space Systems to High School administration with some consulting work in-between. She is now taking advantage of Atlanta’s growing film industry, working as an extra in the many TV shows and movies being filmed in the area.

Dominic Sabo

Dominic Sabo

Director

Dominic attends a STEM high school in Ohio. He enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and computer programing. He has attended 5 summits, 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 with along with Joel. 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..

Sue Sabo

Director

Sue Sabo: My two boys and I started coming to the Summits back in 1991 when my parents offered to take all the grandkids to the North Carolina Summit. After that, there was never a question about whether we would attend the Summit the next year. As a single mom during most of those early years, I loved the fact that my boys were so enriched by their experiences and the wonderful influences of the faculty. Now, as a retired library media specialist and long-time Summit faculty member, I look forward to working with the rest of the Board to continue this amazing weeklong adventure.

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Roy Michelotti

Director

Roy Michelotti, a resident of Los Alamos NM has been attending Summits since 1986. Most years, the Summit was THE family summer vacation, with three kids who couldn’t wait for the next Summit. An Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over 35 years, his day job keeps him mostly indoors. He is an avid hiker, and backpacker and is no stranger to skis, snowshoes, kayak, canoe, or a climbing rope. Inspired by Summit faculty he has become a student of natural history; he is a volunteer with the Los Alamos annual butterfly count, and bird banding stations in the Jemez Mountains. A veteran of many Summit hikes as a participant, he has been a hike assistant and a hike leader, and is a regular on the Summit Programming Committee.
Tom Williams

Thomas Williams

Director

Tom Williams’ family has been coming to the Summits for 15 years. His kids are grown now but every year shared a special experience with their peers – and they still enjoy coming now as young adults. Tom has enjoyed all activities and friendships made at the summits, especially volunteering for various jobs. He lives and grew up in Indiana and mostly retired from an Indiana utility as a systems/business analyst and technical writer.

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KC Steussy-Williams

Director

K.C. Steussy-Williams: I have been attending the Summits since I was very young. I’ve gone to 19 so far and I am looking forward to many more! I grew up in a small town in Indiana. I went to school at Appalachian State University and graduated in May 2013 with a B.S. in International Business with a focus on Arabic. I am currently pursuing an Actuarial Science advanced degree at Purdue. Traveling has been a passion of mine that began with my parents bringing me to a new state each year to attend the Summit. I have grown up with my fellow Summiteers and appreciate the dedication and hard work that keeps the Summits going each year.

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Riley Morrison

Director

Riley Morrison, a Phoenix, Arizona native, has been to 10 Summits 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. When not playing ukulele or bass guitar, he attends the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 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.

Barbara Farley

Barbara Farley

Director

Barbara Farley has over 14 years of experience in experiential education and education program management. From 1992-1997 she planned and coordinated eleven Summits under the National Wildlife Federation, including two new Summit sites in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and in Seward, Alaska. She has also planned special events and coordinated fundraising activities for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and managed educational travel and field trips for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Currently Barbara is the Operations Director for Myers Learning in Denver. In her free time Barbara enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, skiing with her husband and two active sons. Her favorite thing about Summits is how it brings together a like-minded community of people who deeply care about nature and wildlife!
Dean Kullman

Dean Kullman

Director

Dean began attending Family Nature Summits at the age of seven with his grandparents. 16 summers later nearly all his family regularly attends. He loves spending his time outdoors doing everything from wakeboarding, to snowboarding to playing ultimate frisbee.

Some of his favorite Summit activities have been rock climbing, white water rafting, horseback riding, square dances, performing skits and fire making. He credits his immense love for adventure, travel and the environment as a characteristic which stemmed from his early exposure at Summits. Dean has also spent time traveling through Central and South America and capturing his excursions on his GoPro.

Dean is currently working towards a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, which he hopes to use one day as an underwater inspector. He is excited to now collaborate with an organization that brought him so many great memories and extraordinary friends.