Teri Schroeder has worked in the past as director of the child care program. Teri and her family began attending NWF Family Conservation Summits in 1985. Since that first summit, Teri has worked as a volunteer, as childcare staff and director and as a Junior Naturalist leader at many summits.
Joel Schroeder became involved with the NWF Family Conservation Summits starting in 1985 and has either served on the teen staff or directed the teen program many times since then. He was a secondary science teacher and technology coordinator for a school district in Iowa and taught classes in all areas of science.
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.
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!
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.
Kaitlyn Allen Mullen was born in Richmond, Virginia on June 14, 1980. She was raised in Hanover County, Virginia and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1998. She attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Marketing. After touring as a singer/songwriter she moved to Maine to continue her education. Kaitlyn earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science at the University of Maine in 2006. She entered the interdisciplinary Ocean Engineering graduate program at The University of Maine in the fall of 2006. While a graduate student at the University of Maine, Kaitlyn also worked as a naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and Acadian Nature Cruises, worked as a Marine Mammal Observer in the Gulf of Mexico, worked as a research associate with Allied Whale, and participated in marine mammal field work in the Gulf of Maine and the Cape Canaveral National Wildlife Refuge. As a result of her experiences, Kaitlyn earned her 100-ton master’s license in March 2010. Kaitlyn is a candidate for the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ocean Engineering from The University of Maine in December, 2013 and currently works as both a captain and a naturalist with Acadian Nature Cruises.
Hello there! My name is KC Moran. This is my second year with Family Nature Summits. I had such an amazing and exciting time last year in Bar Harbor that I’m back for more. I am currently working as a Water Resources Engineer at GZA GeoEnvironmental in Norwood, MA. I can’t wait to see all my returning Early Discoverers and hopefully I will meet some new ones!
Atlantic Region Program Manager Jonathan Milne, based in Sidney, Maine, joined LightHawk in October 2012. For more than 20 years, Jonathan has been involved in conservation, as a park ranger at Maine’s Baxter State Park, managing outdoor programs for Colby College and Naval Air Station Brunswick and as a consultant to Maine’s land trust community. Jonathan has a B.S. in Recreation and Park Management from the University of Maine and his M.S. in Environmental Science and Conservation Biology from Green Mountain College in Vermont.