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!
Coming from Winder, Georgia, I first met Summit Adventure in the Spring of 2009 as an ISAS student, then returned to Summit in the summer of 2010 as an Instructor and eventually the Program Director of ISAS.
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.
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.
Derek comes from “The Natural State” known as Arkansas. He grew up on the family ranch riding horses and working cows. Early on Derek developed a love for the outdoors and found it to be the place he best connects with God and is the most happy. First involved with Summit in the Spring of 2012 as an ISAS student, two years later he joined Summit full-time. When not on course Derek is likely out looking for his next mountain bike adventure.
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.
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’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.