Sabo, Sue

Sabo, Sue

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.

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Sabo, Bill

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.

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Rashid, Scott

Scott Rashid is originally from Wisconsin. He and his wife Susan live and work in Estes Park, Colorado. Scott has implemented a bird banding programs at both the YMCA of The Rockies in Estes Park, and the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch located near Loveland, Colorado. Updated lists of banded birds at these locations can be found in the ‘Bird Banding’ section of this site. Scott also works locally with Law Enforcement and Animal Control in the Recovery-Rehabilitation and Release of injured birds. Through Banding and Rehabilitation he has worked with birds as large as eagles and as small as hummingbirds.

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Pyle, Robert Michael

Robert Michael Pyle was born and raised in Colorado but for thirty-three years has lived along, studied, and written about southwest Washington State, with his wife, artist and botanist Thea Linnaea Pyle. He taught at a couple dozen Summits from the early 1970’s to 1998, and again in 2011. He has worked as Ranger-Naturalist for Sequoia National Park, Lepidoptera conservation consultant in Papua New Guinea, Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, and co-manager of the Species Conservation Monitoring Center of the World Wildlife Fund and IUCN in Cambridge, U.K. In 1971, he founded the international Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and later chaired its Monarch Project.

For thirty years, Pyle has been an independent, full-time biologist, writer, teacher, and speaker. He has published over five hundred articles, essays, papers, stories, and poems His sixteen books include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs, Walking the High Ridge, Sky Time in Gray’s River, and Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year; as well as The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies, The Butterflies of Cascadia, and several other standard butterfly works. They have been awarded the John Burroughs Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Governor’s Writer’s Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, the Harry Nehls Award for Nature Writing, and the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history literature, and have been runner-up for the Orion, Green, PNBA, and Washington Book Awards.

Pyle’s popular essay-column, “The Tangled Bank,” appeared in fifty-two consecutive issues of Orion Magazine and Orion Afield, and has recently come out in book form from Oregon State University Press as The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion. A Colorado novel, Magdalena Mountain, is on deck, along with collections of poems, stories, and selected essays, and several scientific papers on monarchs and other butterflies.

Bob Pyle has taught writing and natural history seminars for many conferences, institutes, and colleges around the world, and presented hundreds of invited lectures and keynote addresses. In recent years he has served as Visiting Professor of Environmental Writing at Utah State University; as Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana; and as place-based writing instructor from Alabama to Alaska, Tajikistan to Tasmania, and beyond.

Named Distinguished Alumnus by the forestry schools of both the University of Washington and Yale University, Pyle also received a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. For thirty-three years he has lived along, studied, and written about Gray’s River, a tributary of the Lower Columbia River, in the Willapa Hills of southwest Washington. He and his wife, weaver and botanist Thea Linnaea Pyle, have four grandchildren.

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Piche, Monica

Monica Piche has been to six summits. She is a Master hair stylist and is self employed. She is a terrific mother and loves almost everything outdoorsy. This year she will be in charge of the service project.

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Meyer, Kent

Kent Meyer will welcome our Summiteers to the 2012 Family Nature Summit and give us a feel for the history of YMCA of the Rockies and areas of Colorado we will be exploring. Kent began his YMCA career in high school as a camp counselor for Camp Carson in Indiana. He also served as Director of Camp Hope, Director of Camp Chief Ouray, Center Director of Snow Mountain Ranch, and became President/CEO of the Association in 2001. Kent has his B.A. in Secondary Education, his M.A. in history, and is a Retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

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McVey, Vicki

Vicki McVey lives in the mountains, spends many hours hiking, snowshoeing, and more than anything just “being” in the natural world of the Rockies. She practices art in many forms, and has developed several outdoors workshops that combine art, journaling, and deep relationship with nature. She has written books for children that focus on the natural world, and has lived and worked in Mexico and Nicaragua. Her children and grandchildren are frequent visitors to her mountain home.

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McMurphy, Danny

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.

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Leyner-Foley, Mary Jane

Mary Jane Leyner-Foley has taught field classes in botany and plant ecology in the Central Rockies for the past forty years. Her students have ranged from children to senior citizens. She has taught classes for the University of Colorado, Metro State College (Denver), and Antioch University’s Denver Center.

She taught for and directed a summer field-science program for children for Thorne Ecological Institute, for several years and for 15 years operated her own school (Colorado Outdoor School) offering field classes for children and adults in the natural sciences.

A great believer in the Summit program, she has taught for 40 of them since 1970, and is delighted to see the Summits return to Colorado.

She feels that classes held in the out-of-doors should be relaxed, letting participants explore their new surroundings in ways that suit their individual interests. The class is not being “taken” on a field trip, rather participants and instructor are going out to explore together.

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Lenz, Chris

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.

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