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!
Greetings from Ponderosa Country. My name is Judy Arledge, and I have been creating pine needle baskets since 1980. My work has been accepted for museum shows in a number of major American cities—one piece was selected for a journey to Latvia, representing “Artists for Peace.” My signature basket “Spirit Bear” was chosen to be part of a collection of special pieces of Montana art to represent Missoula in our New Zealand sister city, Palmerston-North. Several galleries have shown my work and I have been featured in Sundance Catalog. As an educator, I have presented programs for schools to share the important history and tradition of basketry for all nations and people. My studio provides an intimate arena for the gathering of students who come to learn coiling, one of the ancient methods of basket making. It has been an honor to share my passion for basketry as an instructor for participants in Family Summit events with the National Wildlife Federation at various locations internationally.
Dave Linthicum has been losing orienteering events and doing maps for the sport since starting in 1974 (as a Scout.) He’s GPS’d and used maps for trekking up to 20,000 ft. all over Tajikistan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Andes, Tanzania, Ladakh, Tasmania, Jordan, and the Alps by land, and British Columbia, Alaska, New Zealand, Thailand, Baja, Maine, and Elba by sea (kayak), all with Peggy Brosnan. They live 19 miles from the US Capitol and a mile from their nearest neighbor on the longest river entirely in Maryland. YouTube
Dave’s new water trail map of that river is a best-seller. Dave was recently the primary witness for the plaintiff in the precedent-setting environmental victory in Patuxent Riverkeeper vs. Md. Dept. of the Environment before the Maryland Court of Appeals, furthering citizen standing (Court Upholds Citizens Rights in Fight Over Woodmore Towne Center). In real life at the Office of the Geographer of the US State Dept., he analyzes, edits, and draws most of the non-European international boundaries that you see on Google Earth/Maps and for all federal military and civilian use.
Dave Egan got his undergraduate degree in the Valley and Ridge Province of central Pennsylvania at Bucknell University and then his graduate degree in the glacial plains of the Miami River Valley at Wright State University in Ohio. Dave has been involved with geologic studies nationwide as a geologist supporting cleanup of soils, groundwater, streams and estuaries at Superfund sites and other industrial or former industrial facilities. He has also helped to interpret geology for hikers and other enjoyers of the outdoors for the past 20+ years. In his spare time, you may find him biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming or playing ultimate Frisbee.