559-642-3899 ⋅ info@summitadventure.com
PO Box 498 - Bass Lake, CA 93604

The Summit Adventure Staff

Tom SmithExecutive Director

It’s the best of all outdoor worlds for me—great people, great mission, great course areas, small enough to be innovative yet large enough to make an impact, great history and great future. God clearly uses this ministry for His work!

Jacob NelsonImmersion Service and Adventure Semester Director

I grew up in the Charlotte area and earned two bachelor degrees, one in Spanish and the other in international studies, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I had the honor of working with several outdoor adventure programs in North Carolina, traveling and volunteering with various mission organizations across the globe, and studying in Chile. Summit Adventure is a place where my passions of meaningful outdoor adventure and intercultural experiences intersect.

Jair DroogerMarketing and Development Director

As the Director of Marketing and Development Jair loves to share his passion for Summit’s transformational programs with individuals and groups. Jair works from a home office in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. When he isn’t out promoting Summit you may find him skiing, coaching soccer, or working with his wife and kids on their farm.

Nick Holliday – Assistant Program Director

Originally from South Carolina, Nick found Summit and was drawn to the idea of utilizing the wilderness as a tool for spiritual and personal growth. He came to Summit in the Summer of 2013 as an Instructor then came back full-time during the Summer of 2014 as the Assistant Program Director. When he is not in the office you can find him climbing in nearby Yosemite or enjoying a cup of coffee in a local shop.

Carey SmithSpecial Events Coordinator

Carey first got her start as an instructor after working several years at Outward Bound. She now focuses her talents and energy towards caring for the needs of groups and individuals that come through Summit Adventure’s doors. From showing hospitality to guests, helping with the Whitney Classic fundraiser to making sure ISAS students feel “at home,” Carey ensures people feel welcomed and well cared for during their time here.

Valerie CasnerAdministrative Assistant & Accounting

Although she may not enjoy “sleeping on the ground,” Valerie provides Summit Adventure with much needed bookkeeping and administrative oversight. Valerie handles many tasks related to the “day-in and day-out” operations of Summit Adventure. She also helps provide hospitality to groups coming through Summit’s doors.

Jake Wiens – Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager

Jake’s main role is to spread the good word about Summit in the twitterverse—and all other forms of social media, too! Originally from Washington, DC, where he worked in the fast-paced media and politics realm, he now calls Seattle, Washington home. Working at Summit gives him the opportunity to combine three of his passions: service, the outdoors and innovative social outreach. When he’s not connecting online, you can usually find him somewhere in the mountains, connecting with nature.