Hi! My name is Christine Reiner. I live in Morgantown, West Virginia and work as a registered nurse at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at WVU. I attended my first summit in 2012 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. I think I hiked just about every day and then volunteered as a hiking assistant in 2013 and now 2014. I am a maniac WVU fan so you’ll be able to recognize me with some of my WVU gear on. Let’s Go Mountaineers!
Matthew Otte began in the teen group, graduated to the adult group, hiked the Appalachian trail and began leading hikes in 2003. He is married to Jenny and this will be his 11th summit. Matthew and Jenny bring one of the newest Summiteers – Addison (Addie) – to the summit again this year. Matthew is a recycling director for Seymour Indiana and is on the board of the Indiana Recycling Coalition.
My interest in the natural world finds its roots in my grandmother (who was part native American) and her ways with plants. I have vivid memories of people knocking on our door to have my grandmother “pow-wow” away their ills and taking long walks with my grandmother in the woods observing plants and learning about their uses Before coming to California, I was a lecturer in Environmental Science at Capel Manor College in London, England. Prior to that, I was a consultant on environmental studies for Dixie School District in Marin County and a docent at the Marin Museum of Science concentrating on work with schools. I have also worked with UC Irvine’s Social Ecology department developing a program to educate young people in environmental issues. I am a guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a volunteer naturalist at Garland Ranch.
I am a native Englishman who moved to Carmel Valley after a lifetime of practising law in England and California. I have long enjoyed photography and enjoyed the natural world and spent many happy hours photographing the flowers that I encountered whilst hiking with my wife Sharon. Attempts to identify them led to a collaboration with Dr Rod Yeager and the production of our field guide to the Wildflowers of Garland Ranch and our more extensive web-based guide (www.montereywildflowers.com) – an attempt to share the pleasure we gained from the wildflowers without the pain of trying to identify them from a variety of inadequate or challenging sources. I am a volunteer naturalist at Garland Ranch.
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.
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.
For more than 20 years, my passion has been hiking — from the mountainous rocky desert of southern California to the forested trails of the east coast. Along the way I have made great friends and enjoyed many new experiences. I have a blog which is my way of sharing my latest adventures: www.travelswithsallie.blogspot.com
Chris Lenz is a full time human resources manager and part time firefighter-EMT from Northern Illinois who loves the outdoors. He and his family have attended 15 summits in the last 18 years and he has been active as a volunteer for the summits since 2003. This will be his 8th year working with the hike program both as an assistant and leader. He has led hikes at Silver Bay, Mt. Hood, Rocky Mountain National Park, The Ozarks and Lake Tahoe. His family operates a 1200 acre grain and beef farm west of Chicago. He and his family are the product of Summit experiences, learning about the environment, and bringing that knowledge back to the farm.
John Kullmann is a long time Summiteer. He was one of the founding Board Members of Family Nature Summits. An avid outdoor enthusiast, John is excited to support and lead the broad array of hikes offered by Family Nature Summits. With John you can expect the unexpected, as he has been known to hike in everything from a tuxedo to nothing at all. You can look froward to a fun outing by joining any of the hikes along with John.
Jan Houser has attended or volunteered at 24 Summits. After teaching for 33 years, she retired and has her own private tutoring business. She enjoys being able to schedule her time in such a way as to spend ample time outdoors walking her dogs and riding her horse. Family Nature Summits have been an important part of each summer for her family, and she has enjoyed seeing many beautiful places across the United States in conjunction with Summit adventures.