Stephanie Coppeto has been a wildlife biologist with the Forest Service in the Lake Tahoe Basin for over six years. She manages the implementation of aspen and meadow restoration projects, develops monitoring protocols for various wildlife taxa, conducts environmental analyses, and leads project environmental planning processes. She also serves as the Forest Service Region 5 Bear Aware Program Manager. Before the Forest Service, she spent five years as a wildlife biologist and project manager for a private firm working throughout central and northern California. Her emphases were on bat and carnivore conservation and ecology. She has worked internationally on ecological research projects involving wildlife conservation and disease epidemiology. She has a M.S. from UC Davis in Ecology; her research evaluated small mammal habitat associations and the influence of spatial scale in the Plumas National Forest. She has a B.A. in Biology from Boston University.
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!
Aaron Sabo Aaron works in aircraft maintenance in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife Pamela homeschooled their two boys for seven years. He frequently volunteers at the STEM school they attend. Some of his hobbies include home remodeling and building projects with the kids. He also enjoys hiking and riding dirt bikes on their 50 acre tree farm. This will be his fifth Summit and third year as part of the Transportation team.
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.
Peggy Brosnan has been a leader for hiking, youth, teens, and young adult programs. A biology and genetics teacher, she advises an ecology club and Environthon team at one of the D.C. area’s top public high schools. She has done hikes to 12,000, 14,000, 16,000, and 20,000 feet in the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes, and the Himalayas respectively, and camped inside Kilimanjaro’s crater at 18,800 ft. She has kayaked Baja, New Zealand, Italy’s Elba Island, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay, but says that one kayaking moment in Canada’s westernmost islands topped them all. This will be Peggy’s 31th Summit.