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!
Joe Pearson attended ten Summits with his wife, Temple. He states he is interested in birding and goes on all these field trips. Joe is an avid bogey golfer, and since there is a neat golf course near all Summit locations, he gets 9 holes in after supper once or twice during the Summit week.
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!!
Al Lookofsky graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1971 with a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management. After working for the Corps of Engineers as a Park Ranger from 1974 at Old Hickory Lake and Cordell Hull Lakes in Tennessee, he transferred to Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois were he retired in 2005 as the lead Ranger for the Interpretive Services section. Previous lead Ranger assignments include the Visitor Assistance and Recreation/Management sections. He also has taught courses across our country in Operation and Maintenance Contracting, Campground Design, and Primitive Technologies.
Al started his association with NWF while still in college at the first three summers of the NWF youth camps and has also worked with either the youth program or adult programs at ten summits. He is a past president, secretary, and board member for the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology. Recipient of Legends Award presented annually by the Recreation Coalition to an outstanding employee in each of the federal lands management agencies. Received first Hiram M. Chittenden Award for interpretive excellence presented to an employee in the St. Louis District Corps of Engineers.
Hobbies include knife collecting, Native American (Stone Age) technologies, hunting, and gardening. Al is married to Betsy and they have two children, Walt and Alice. Betsy is a high school biology teacher and enjoys reading and walking. Walt is a practicing defense attorney. Alice is soon to be a Special Agent for Diplomatic Security.
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.