Kyle is an environmental scientist and intern forester currently delineating wetlands and preparing timber management plans for the landowner’s income and/or enhancement of wildlife habitats. In 2011-12, he worked as a team field leader in the Gulf of Mexico assessing impact of the Deep Water Horizon oil facility explosion and leaks on oysters and by tracking drifting bird carcasses using telemetry and tracking oiled pelicans, rails, and egrets from the Everglades to Mexico. He has also worked with invasive species, obtaining biological data from bycatch aboard commercial fishing vessels, and done mist netting/handling of birds and bats. He is a 2009 graduate in forestry and wetland ecology from the University of New Hampshire.
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.
Homeretta Ayala (Homer) has been actively involved in Family Nature Summits for the past 18 years. She has spent the past 38 years teaching, music, library technology,and ESOL preK-college. An avid traveler, she has worked building libraries in Nepal and Bhutan. “I wanted to give back to Family Nature Summits. It has provided me and my family a special opportunity to focus one week each year with nature-loving friends. It doesn’t get better than that!!!
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.
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.