Nate Sabo is excited to be working with Family Nature Summits as a Transportation Summit Assistant. In the real world, Nate is a high performance engine mechanic. This will be his fifth Summit.
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!
Alena is a dedicated educator who is focused on providing meaningful outdoor experiences to underserved youth. Alena first began working with the Ventana Wilderness Society in 2004 as an instructor for the Natural Science Discovery Camp, and then as Education Coordinator, coming to the program with seven years of experience in outdoor science education. A native of the East Coast, Alena received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Outdoor Education, with a focus on natural interpretation, from SUNY (State University of New York) Cortland. She has teaching experience working with all ages from infant to adult, including individuals with special needs and behavioral challenges. With over 15 years experience in program development and management, Alena also has an extensive background in natural sciences, is trained in basic first aid, wilderness first aid and CPR, and holds a class B commercial driver’s license. She is currently the Education Coordinator for VWS.
Juliet has worked as a naturalist and informal educator for over 20 years since she graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Over the last 15 years she has worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Her most recent position as the Manager of Aquarium Adventures allows her to inspire people not only to protect the ocean, but get up close and personal while participating in tours, sleepovers or diving. Inspiring families to explore nature together is not only a carreer, but a passion. “Through my entire career I have seen the power of nature to inspire children, to not only connect natural world around them, but to expand their vision for who and what they want to be as they grow up.”
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!
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.