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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
My family’s relationship with NWF Family Summits started in North Carolina. We have attended every Family Summit since 2000. I attend the Summit annually with my wife Sabina and children Nika (19) and Ryan (17). My children always look forward to the next summit as much as we do. We all have made wonderful friends all over the country that we stay in touch with between the summits and always look forward seeing them every summer.
For the last 16 years I’ve resided in West Hartford, CT. I am a Founder and Owner of Shall Be, LLC – a national boutique technology consulting and Internet security firm.
Dawn Schroeder has been attending and enjoying Summits for the past 20 years. Each year she looks forward to learning about unique ecosystems and exploring new places. The Summit influenced her decision to study and pursue a career in environmental science and biology. She’s excited to be back working with Peggy and the best group, the Young Adults!
Sue Sabo first contracted the Conservation Summit Virus (CSV) about 20 years ago when her parents invited her to join them at the Blue Ridge Summit and she has been infected with it ever since! Since the CSV is so contagious, she has managed to infect the rest of her family and a few others along the way! The symptoms of CSV include an intense desire to collect scarves of differing colors, greet others infected with the same virus, and see parts of this country that un-infected people never get a chance to experience! About 11 years ago she developed a new symptom–an uncontrollable desire to become even more involved in the Summit experience. Thus, she entered the “Faculty” phase, working with the Adult Adventure Class, leading the Family Adventure class, and now serving as Director of the Early Discovery Program. Six years ago the CSV mutated into a new but very similar virus known as the Family Summit Virus (FSV), and she hopes to remain infected with this new virus for many years to come! When not indulging her viral symptoms, she is a retired media specialist, a grandmother of 5, and also a member of the Improv Comedy Troupe, See You Thursday, www.seeyouthursday.com
In 2013, Sue assumed the role of Summit Adult Program Director and chair of the Programming Committee. She is also a member of the Family Summits Board of Directors.
Bill Sabo was in charge of transportation for the 2014 and 2015 Summit after assisting with transportation at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Summits. He attended his first Summit in 2003 at The Sunday River Resort in Maine as a guest of his future wife Sue. He was hooked for life! The Summit wasn’t bad either! Since 2003, not only has Bill gained a wonderful new family at home, but also a Summit family of the finest people imaginable. The Ghost Ranch Summit will be his 14th.
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.