Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

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Sasha Smirnova

Director

Sasha posing in front of mountains with backpack and hiking pole.

Education/Qualifications
Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education from New Mexico State University

Why do you love the outdoors?
It has the ability to humble and empower you at the same time.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Rock climbing, hanging out with my dogs, and eating pizza.

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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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Rad Beauton

Bike Shop Manager

Rad Beauton leaning on a mountain bike in a forest.

Education/Qualifications
10+ years of bike shop experience, UBI certified Mechanic, and LCI certified instructor.

Why do you love the outdoors? 
The outdoors lets me get away from it all. Nothing lets me decompress as much as night under the stars in my favorite sleeping bag.

Three Favorite Hobbies 
Bikes!! (cyclocross, mountain biking, bike packing, touring, and daily commuting), music, and board games.

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Miguel Valle

Outdoor Adventures Manager

Miguel Valle in Yosemite

Education/Qualifications
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Bachelor of Science in Education-Exercise Science, Master’s in Management of Information Systems, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Instructor, CPR/AED, Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI), River Rescue Certification(RRC), Raft Guide Certification, 8 years of Outdoor Education Experience.

Why do you love the outdoors?
The outdoors brings out the best in people and helps people connect in a deep and meaningful way. It’s a chance to reset, relax, and feel empowered.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Climbing, playing guitar, motorcycle adventures.

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Tanner Landon

Marketing & Outreach Specialist

Tanner Landon in front of a waterfall.

Education/Qualifications
B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Mass Media from California State University, Sacramento. 

Why do you love the outdoors? 
It’s where I get the most out of life. It’s where I feel the most alive and connected, both to people and to nature.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Rock climbing, photography, and snowboarding.

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John Gratton

Challenge Center Program Coordinator

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 two wheels.

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Mia Summer Perez

Customer Service Associate & Trip Leader

Mia Summer Perez standing in a lush green field.

Education/Qualifications
Pursuing a B.S. in Biology with emphasis in ecology, conservation, and evolution.

Why do you love the outdoors? 
There is a lot to learn from nature, I love the simplicity and elegance.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Running, backpacking, and trying new coffee shops.

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Aliza Young

Outdoor Trip Leader & Customer Service Associate

Education/Qualifications
Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Nursing.

Why do you love the outdoors? 
The scenic views. The smell of a campfire and the ocean waters. The feeling of fulfillment after a successful trip.

Three Favorite Hobbies 
Reading, Snorkeling, and going to Drive-In-Theaters.

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Annaleise Smith

Outdoor Trip Program Assistant & Customer Service Associate

Qualifications/Education: CPR certified

Why Do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because its exciting to explore nature and see the beauty it has to offer.

What are your 3 favorite hobbies?  My three favorite hobbies are writing, exploring, and reading.