Kathy Bales , a recreation therapist, has experience working with people of all ages in her work at a rehab center and in a school Pre-K program. Mother of three, she and her husband have volunteered with children in Scouts, Sunday School, Audubon camp, after-school programs and 4-H. Her leisure activities reflect her love of outdoors and include bicycling, gardening and x-c skiing. Maine will be her 12th Summit.
Peggy Brosnan has been a leader for hiking, youth, teens, and young adult programs. A biology and genetics teacher, she advises an ecology club and Environthon team at one of the D.C. area’s top public high schools. She has done hikes to 12,000, 14,000, 16,000, and 20,000 feet in the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes, and the Himalayas respectively, and camped inside Kilimanjaro’s crater at 18,800 ft. She has kayaked Baja, New Zealand, Italy’s Elba Island, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay, but says that one kayaking moment in Canada’s westernmost islands topped them all. This will be Peggy’s 31th Summit.
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!