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.

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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.
Bruce Lampright

Bruce Lampright

Director

Bruce Lampright currently serves as the Naturalist for Brays Island Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Bruce has lived in coastal South Carolina for the past four decades. After graduating from the University of South Carolina (with a degree in Marine Science) he conducted research at USC’s Baruch Marine Lab and served as Education Coordinator for the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, both near Georgetown, SC. Lampright has also served as the Director of USC-Beaufort’s Coastal Zone Education Center in Bluffton and is a founding member and former President of the South Carolina Marine Educator’s Association. In 1999 Bruce and two others started the SC Master Naturalist Program, now administered by Clemson University with programs throughout the Palmetto State. Lampright is a Master Gardener and has been involved in environmental education for over 35 years and was the 2004 recipient of the South Carolina Marine Educator of the Year Award. He is also one of the first to be certified in South Carolina to legally pick mushrooms for resale. This will be his 13th Summit as a faculty member.

Mary Burnette

Mary Burnette

Director

Mary Burnette has attended 16 Summits along with her two sons. Her youngest son Brett still attends as a member of the Young Adult group. Mary’s passion for the outdoors began as a child growing up in California where her family backpacked in Yosemite’s high country for three weeks every summer. Mary worked for the National Wildlife Federation for 15 years working on conservation issues from saving endangered species to protecting the planet from global warming. Working for NWF gave Mary a number of exceptional wildlife adventures including turtle monitoring and whale watching in Mexico and exploring the amazing wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. Mary retired from NWF in 2013 and now works part-time as a teacher naturalist for the Reston Nature Center near her home in Great Falls,Virginia. At the nature center Mary works with school groups teaching them about the wonders of nature and the importance of protecting natural habitats.
Danny McMurphy

Danny McMurphy

Director

 

Danny McMurphy is a life long resident of Sullivan, Missouri where he has raised 4 children, two sons and two daughters, and has 4 grandchildren. He retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – St. Louis District in 2009 and has since become a volunteer addict. He volunteers by doing trail work with the Ozark Trail Association, where he is a Life Member, works on trails in Missouri Conservation Areas, several local Missouri State Parks, and the Shaw Nature Reserve. He also joined the Missouri Master Naturalist program after retirement and has donated over 1,800 hours on many different projects since becoming a Master Naturalist. He currently serves as President of the local chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists. Danny is a 58 year veteran of the BSA and an Eagle Scout. He was the hiking coordinator for our FNS in 2011 at Trout Lodge in Missouri and has been a hike leader for the FNS 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Summits. He has degrees in Geology and Engineering Management from the U. of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri S & T). Danny is working his 6th summer as a seasonal naturalist/interpreter in Meramec State Park in Missouri. He is really looking forward to hike leading in New Mexico as he has taken Scouts on several 10 day backing trips to the nearby Philmont Scout Ranch and has volunteered there on several occasions. His wife Linda will be along for her 5th Summit His son Shannon and family will also be attending the Summit. Danny has been on the FNS board for the past three years.

Sue Sabo

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.
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Thomas Williams

Director

Tom Williams: Our family has been coming to the summits for 16 years. The kids are grown now but every year shared a special experience with their peers – and they still enjoy coming now as young adults. I’ve enjoyed all activities and friendships made at the summits, especially volunteering for various jobs. We live and grew up in Indiana. I am semi-retired from an Indiana utility as a systems/business analyst and technical writer.

Kc Williams

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, Colorado. In her free time Barbara enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing with her husband and two active sons.

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.