Roy Michelotti, a resident of Los Alamos NM has been attending Summits since 1986. Most years, the Summit was THE family summer vacation, with three kids who couldn’t wait for the next Summit. An Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over 35 years, his day job keeps him mostly indoors. He is an avid hiker, and backpacker and is no stranger to skis, snowshoes, kayak, canoe, or a climbing rope. Inspired by Summit faculty he has become a student of natural history; he is a volunteer with the Los Alamos annual butterfly count, and bird banding stations in the Jemez Mountains. A veteran of many Summit hikes as a participant, he has been a hike assistant and a hike leader, and is a regular on the Summit Programming Committee.
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.
Ami been attending Family Nature Summits for 10+ years and every time is a wild and new experience. She is currently employed at a private preschool/kindergarten which she thoroughly enjoys. Currently, one of her main goals is to use some of the tools she have learned through Family Nature Summit work to transform her workplace in to a more eco-friendly place for all. She looks forward to meeting you all as well as the little ones who may be accompanying you at the upcoming summit!!
For more than 20 years, my passion has been hiking — from the mountainous rocky desert of southern California to the forested trails of the east coast. Along the way I have made great friends and enjoyed many new experiences. I have a blog which is my way of sharing my latest adventures: www.travelswithsallie.blogspot.com
Leigh Ann Lenz has been a lifelong Summiteer, attending her first one in Colorado at age 8. Ghost Ranch will be her 18th summit and fourth as a faculty member. She is very excited to be working with the teens again this year and is looking forward to sharing her love of Summits and enthusiasm for the outdoors with young minds. Leigh Ann has a growing gardening business that she runs out of the suburbs of Chicago, has been involved with the fine-dining industry for over 11 years, worked as a lifeguard for 6 and volunteered at a wildlife shelter for 3. She has also traveled extensively across the U.S. and Europe, bringing her love of nature everywhere she goes.
Harmony Lehr: I have a degree in elementary education with a specialization in science. I grew up going to summits, I received my robin’s egg blue scarf at Lake Tahoe in 2010, the last summit I attended. As a young adult I volunteered in the teen program and I have been a junior naturalist leader at 8 different summits. Last year I wrote the curriculum for and directed a small preschool and childcare. I have three children and we spend much time outside-gardening, playing, and learning. I feel that even the smallest of us needs to spend as much time in nature as possible and as childcare director I would make it a priority that all the children get to spend at least some time each day outside exploring and playing.
Avid naturalist and photographer Tom Lawrence has been a resident of Mount Desert Island for 30 years. A biologist, geologist and outdoor educator, Tom is an enthusiastic instructor with the ability to tie together the beauty and science of Acadia. The carriage roads of Acadia have always been a special interest of Tom’s since his first visit. Prior to the roads restoration in the early 1990s Tom volunteered to help identify erosional issues and bolster support for the cause with public presentations on the history of this natural resource. He also published a series of maps for cyclist and hikers to navigate the road system.
Vincent Lawrence is a nature, landscape, travel, and adventure photographer based in Maine. Vincent grew up with strong ties to the natural world and his photography stems from a desire to encourage others to get outside and experience nature first-hand. After much travel here and abroad, he returned home to Maine and now teaches photography workshops in the Bar Harbor/Acadia Nat’l Park area (where he met the 2013 Summiteers). This will be Vincent’s first Summit, and he is really excited to contribute his knowledge and energy to the community.”
John Lane became interested in butterflies at age 11 and ultimately received an MA in Zoology from U. C. Davis working on Juniper Hairstreak butterflies, which are still a personal research interest. His work career centered on Museum Education, first at the Santa Cruz City Museum for 13 years, then 12 years with California State Parks in Sacramento where he became an Interpretive Trainer, and developed age-appropriate tour programs for children. He got into monarch butterflies by accident, but ended up surveying the state’s coastline for overwintering monarch colonies, and working as Pacific Grove’s consultant (many years ago). He is comfortable with all ages, and has a passion for butterflies and science, all with a sense of humor.
A personal statement: I think a significant formative teaching experience for me was when I taught weekend “California’s Overwintering Monarch Butterfly” classes for U. C. Extension, costing those folks a whole lot of bucks. Imagine taking a busload of those folks out into the forest, to stand out in the rain, to LOOK UP!
Bruce Lampright currently serves as the Naturalist for Brays Island Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Bruce has lived in coastal South Carolina for the past four decades. After graduating from the University of South Carolina (with a degree in Marine Science) he conducted research at USC’s Baruch Marine Lab and served as Education Coordinator for the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, both near Georgetown, SC. Lampright has also served as the Director of USC-Beaufort’s Coastal Zone Education Center in Bluffton and is a founding member and former President of the South Carolina Marine Educator’s Association. In 1999 Bruce and two others started the SC Master Naturalist Program, now administered by Clemson University with programs throughout the Palmetto State. Lampright is a Master Gardener and has been involved in environmental education for over 35 years and was the 2004 recipient of the South Carolina Marine Educator of the Year Award. He is also one of the first to be certified in South Carolina to legally pick mushrooms for resale. This will be his 13th Summit as a faculty member.