Barbara Farley has over 14 years of experience in experiential education and education program management. From 1992-1997 she planned and coordinated eleven Summits under the National Wildlife Federation, including two new Summit sites in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and in Seward, Alaska. She has also planned special events and coordinated fundraising activities for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and managed educational travel and field trips for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Currently Barbara is the Operations Director for Myers Learning in Denver. In her free time Barbara enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, skiing with her husband and two active sons. Her favorite thing about Summits is how it brings together a like-minded community of people who deeply care about nature and wildlife!
Jean Dewart has been a meteorologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 30 years, focusing on atmospheric dispersion, measurements, and quality assurance. Jean’s favorite thing about the weather is what we can observe with our eyes and relate to the structure and processes in the atmosphere. In addition to loving the weather, Jean is a skier, kayaker, and hiker.
Erik lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He calls contra and English, instructs couples dance, and organizes dance in New Mexico, traveling widely for dancing and community building. In his engaging and entertaining manner, Erik’s teaching is encouraging, clear, and detailed giving all an opportunity to gain a sense of mastery at each person’s level while having something to gain for everyone.
Dr. Kate Zeigler is owner of Zeigler Geologic Consulting, LLC, a small woman-owned company located in Albuquerque. She works with a wide variety of clients on a broad array of projects, including paleontologic resource management, groundwater hydrogeology, geological mapping, geoarchaeology, conservation easement assessments and well log analyses. She also continues to pursue ot her research interests, including field-oriented studies in magnetostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy, vertebrate paleontology and biostratigraphy.
Dr. Zeigler was granted her B.A. from Rice University in Geology and Anthropology and completed dual senior theses, both focused on paleoclimate. She obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2002 and 2008 respectively. Her master’s thesis focused on a large bonebed in Upper Triassic strata near Ghost Ranch, New Mexico and her doctoral research included developing one of the first complete magnetic polarity chronologies for the Triassic Chinle Formation in New Mexico. Dr. Zeigler served on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Geological Society (2006 – 2011) and she is the current Chair of the Scholarship Program. She is the Past-Chair of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America. In September of 2015, she earned her professional geologist certification (CPG) from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. In addition, she coaches a local high school Science Olympiad team and is engaged in several programs for mentoring girls in STEM disciplines.
She is featured in Huffington Post Article
Sandia Mountain Survival School, LLC is run by Eric Mora, Owner and Lead Instructor. The Wilderness School is located in the shadow of the Sandia Mountain, in Albuquerque, NM.
Mr. Mora has more than 20 years of practical experience on solo and group expeditions with minimal gear throughout New Mexico, the United States, Europe, and Japan. SMSS is dedicated to teaching proven wilderness and wilderness survival skills to the general public in an effort to raise conservation awareness and help decrease the chances of lost or missing outdoor enthusiasts in New Mexico.
“I won’t get you killed, promise.” -Eric
Two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Robert Mirabal, lives with his family at the foot of the sacred Taos Mountain in northern New Mexico. Maintaining a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people, Robert has been described as a Native American “Renaissance man” – musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer – and he travels extensively playing his music all over the world. If you live a traditional life you see things differently—spiritually and musically. His first flute came when he was 18 with money he borrowed from his grandmother, and shortly afterward he had the opportunity to meet Native American flute player R. Carlos Nakai who greatly influenced him. When we met he looked at my hands and laughed. He said, “I have that same scar. It’s the scar of the flute maker.”
In the years since, Robert has continued the evolution of his flute making and has also become an accomplished novelist, poet, craftsman, composer, dancer, actor, painter, sculptor, concert performer and recording artist. His dozen albums of traditional music, rock and roll, and spoken word present a contemporary view of American Indian life th at is unequaled. My music is informed by the ceremonial music that I’ve heard all my life. What I create comes out of my body and soul in a desire to take care of the spirits of the earth. A leading proponent of world music, Robert has merged his indigenous American sound with those of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, tapping into a planetary pulse with a style that defies categorization. My travels have provided me with experiences that I could have never imagined, and exposed me to a global sound and a global voice.
Whether as a composer, songwriter, or musician, Robert has won many honors including two-time Native American Artist of the Year, three-time Songwriter of the Year, a 2006 GRAMMY Award for Sacred Ground, and his 2008 GRAMMYAward for Johnny Whitehorse Totemic Flute Chants, blending all of Robert’s influences into a musical landscape that conjures up both the historic and contemporary West. His 2002 breakthrough PBS Special, Music From a Painted Cave is unsurpassed in Native American theatrical expression. He is also the author of A Skeleton of a Bridge – a book of poetry, prose, and short stories, and most recently his book, Running Alone in Photographs – a memoir laced with gritty, introspective prose, that opens a window to a palpable experience of life in the Pueblo through the voice of Robert’s alter-ego Reyes Winds.
As a theatrical performer, Robert is no stranger to transforming himself. He portrayed Tony Lujan (Taos Pueblo), the famed husband of Mable Dodge Lujan, in the movie Georgia O’Keeffe, a retrospective about artist Georgia O’Keeffe starring three-time Academy Award nominee, Joan Allen. In recent years, Robert has appeared on Japanese and Italian TV as well as several guest roles on Walker Texas Ranger. In August of 2012, Robert premiered Po’Pay Speaks, his one-man show in Santa Fe about the leader of the Pueblo Revolt (1680) that is now touring internationally.
Jason Lott became superintendent at Bandelier in May 2009. He has overseen the rehabilitation of the visitor center and response to the extensive and continuing impacts from the Las Conchas fire, including the installation of an ongoing shuttle service to bring visitors to and from the monument. Lott came to Bandelier from the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he was also superintendent. In 2005 he won the NPS director’s award for natural resource management in a small park while program manager for resources management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas.
I am Matthew Lewis. I am originally from Pennsylvania but live in Albuquerque New Mexico. I have always been interested in arrowheads as an object of history and art. About 10 years ago I started to try to replicate an arrowhead and found myself on a long journey of chipping rocks which has continued to this day.
Tom Hill has been an avid student of wine for almost fifty years. He has held frequent wine appreciation classes and conducted weekly wine tastings during that period. He has published in a number of national wine publications and contributes daily to several InterNet wine discussion boards. He was a founding member of the New Mexico Vine & Wine Society and been a keen observer of the growth of the New Mexico wine industry. In real life, he is a computational physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and fences epee on the national level.