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 (Fall 2020), Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR/AED, Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI), River Rescue Certification(RRC), 6 years of Outdoor Education Experience, Registered Behavioral Technician.

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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Tori Weber

Sales and Outreach Specialist

Tori Weber sitting on top of a mountain.

Education/Qualifications
Graduated with honors with a BA in History and a minor in Anthropology.  8+ years  working in the outdoor recreation field.

Why do you love the outdoors?
I love the outdoors because it makes me feel alive! Being in nature allows me to step back and see the big picture – that we’re here to enjoy life and spend time with loved ones.

Three Favorite Hobbies
I love spontaneous roadtrips/traveling, solo hikes, and climbing!

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Tanner Landon

Marketing Specialist

Tanner Landon taking a selfie in the mountains.

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

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 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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Alexis O’Donnell

Sales Assistant

Alexis O'Donnell standing in front of plants.

Education/Qualifications
Currently a student here at Sac State majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations as well as a minor in Marketing! #stingersup

Why do you love the outdoors? 
There is always something new to see!

Three Favorite Hobbies
Petting dogs, taking pictures of the food I eat, and thrifting my paycheck away!

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Sierra Johnson

Customer Service Associate

Qualifications/Education: I have B.S in Recreation Administration with a concentration in Recreation and Park Management. I’ve completed both certificate programs for Hospitality and Tourism Management and Event Planning.

Why do you love the outdoors? For the view! It’s a place for me to escape from city life. I love to embrace all the benefits nature has to offer and I find it exciting to discover new routes that can lead me to some of the most unforgettable sights, whether it be along the way or at the end.

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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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