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

The Summit Adventure Staff

Tom Smith – Executive 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!

Kelli Stansell – ISAS Program Director

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.

Jair Drooger – Marketing 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.

Jake Wiens – Social Media and Marketing 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.


Carey Smith – Special 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 Casner – Administrative 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.