Joel Schroeder became involved with the NWF Family Conservation Summits starting in 1985 and has either served on the teen staff or directed the teen program many times since then. He was a secondary science teacher and technology coordinator for a school district in Iowa and taught classes in all areas of science.
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.
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.
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.
Celene Lampright is currently a freshman at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill SC. She majors in Dance Education and is on the dance team at her school. Celene hopes to one day have kids of her own and teach dance at schools. She was born and raised in Beaufort SC. Celene worked with childcare last year in Lake Junaluska in North Carolina and enjoyed every moment of it. She has worked in childcare around her hometown and has a huge passion for it. She loves to have fun and be engaged with the kids. Her goal of this summit is to get the full experience out of New Mexico while helping out with childcare.
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.