Challenge Center Staff

Challenge Center Staff

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Valerie Regner

Associate Director

Valerie Regner standing in front of a net.

Education/Qualifications
I have a Bachelor’s in Recreation Administration from Sacramento State University and 15 years of Challenge Course experience. I am also a certified Level 2 ACCT Facilitator.

Why do you love the outdoors?
It just smells better out there.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Karaoke, dancing, and staying away from social media.

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John Gratton

Challenge Center Program Assistant

John Gratton in a polo shirt standing in front of a tree.

Education/Qualifications
BS in Kinesiology and I am CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified.

Why do you love the outdoors?
The outdoors provides tons of opportunities for new experiences. Experiences like meeting interesting people, seeing new sites and challenging myself both physically and mentally. Also the sunsets, those are pretty sweet too.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Doing pull ups on rocks, sliding on the snow with sticks and cruising on my bike.

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Wendi Weston

Challenge Center Team Lead

Wendi Weston with gloves in front of a rope course.

Education
AA in Fashion Design, BA Family and Consumer Sciences, Minor in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Credentials in Home Economics and Health Science.

Qualifications
Wilderness First Aid, Infant, Child, Adult CPR/First Aid, AED, Class B Permit. Wendi has been part of Peak Adventures since 2002. She has worked with many different groups on the Peak Adventure Challenge Center along with being contracted to work at other courses in the area. She has taught over 7 years in the public school system including junior high and high school students. Wendi has over 15 years of youth camp leadership and training for both elementary school students and teenagers. Taught an aspiring young artist for 3 years and currently has her own women and children accessories design business creating beautiful one of a kind fabric creations.

Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures
Being part of Peak Adventures has provided so much growth in my professional and personal life. Each day on the Challenge Center I have the opportunity to mentor, share and learn with both my fellow “Peakies” and clients.  I love to go to work!!! Without ASI’s support for Peak Adventures this would never have happened.

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Antony Demidenko

Challenge Center Team Lead

Antony Demidenko

Education/Qualifications
B.S. in Recreation Administration. CPR, AED, First Aid certified.

Why do you love the outdoors?
The outdoors provides me with an outlet to be creative and free from the classroom setting where I can enjoy recreational activities and be myself with some good people. There is something about carrying gear on your back to a place where you have never been and spend the night with the wilderness breathing in fresh air.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Backpacking, soccer, and hammocking.

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Savanna Charlton

Challenge Center Facilitator & Trip Leader

Headshot of Savanna Charlton

Education/Qualifications
I am currently a Psychology major at Sacramento State. I have worked at Peak Adventures for over a year and have obtained my Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications.

Why do you love the outdoors? 
The outdoors has always given me perspective and clarity on my life. Sharing that sense of peace with others is a passion of mine.

Three Favorite Hobbies
My top three hobbies are water activities (rafting, swimming, etc), video games, and learning as much as I can.

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John Kenkel

Challenge Center Team Lead

Education/Qualifications: I am a Senior at Sacramento State studying Recreational Therapy. I’ve facilitated groups since 2010 when I was a Community Planting Leader with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. I’m an Americorps Alumni, serving with the California Conservation Corps Backcountry Trails Program. I also was a crew leader for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. I am a 500 hr Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and I’ve been teaching yoga for 8 years spanning settings from studios, juvenile hall, prisons, jail, psychiatric hospitals and wilderness settings.

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Kyle Murphy

Outdoor Trip Leader & Challenge Center Facilitator

Kyle Murphy posing on a mountain.

Education/Qualifications
200 hours of Yoga Instructors Training, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, LNT Trainer, AIARE 1, Studying Wilderness Education at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Why do you love the outdoors?
The wilderness highlights our true nature by forcing us to overcome difficult circumstances, and thereby bringing us closer to our higher selves. My love of the wilderness derives from a deep desire within myself to live everyday by those values which infuse love, excitement, wisdom and knowledge into my life.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Rock climbing, mountaineering, and white water rafting.

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Alicia Munoz

Challenge Center Facilitator

Alicia Munoz in front of boulders in a forest.

Education/Qualifications
I am a transfer student from Southern California and I am currently attending CSUS and working towards a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology. I am certified in CPR/AED and First aid.

Why do you love the outdoors?
I love being able to step back from the stress of day to day life and just relax, have fun, and enjoy the beautiful world. Over time, my appreciation and respect for nature has matured greatly. I love listening to rain during an incredible thunderstorm and watching snowflakes descend past the leafless trees while skiing. Each year I participate in more outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing, white water rafting, and camping and in their own way they give me a positive outlook on everything nature/outdoors has to offer.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Hiking/camping, skiing, and playing soccer.

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