OUT THERE ADVENTURES Ambassador AND NOLS ALUm PRONOUNS: HE/HIM
Zander is a Pacific Northwest grown transgender identified male who has always possessed a great love of and passion for nature and the environment. He is now beginning a journey to transform his passion and hunger for adventure in to a long term career in the outdoor industry.
ENVIRONMENTAL EQUITY ADVISOR SEATTLE CITY LIGHT
Christopher Peguero has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, 1999. After completing his degree, relocated to the PNW to teach environmental education with the YMCA at Camp Orkila.
In September 2004, after the passing of Christopher’s partner of 5 years to HIV/AIDS, Christopherchanged his professional direction to focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and race and social justice issues. Christopher became more involved in the gay community - helping to raise money for GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association), Bailey-Boushay House – AIDS and Cancer hospice and counseling and Life Long AIDS Alliance. Christopher is also a formerrugby player with the Seattle Quake Rugby Football Club, Seattle’s only gay rugby team and member of Emerald City Gay Softball Association. Christopher also sang with the Seattle Men’s Chorus. Christopher has continued his relationship with the YMCA – volunteering in Northern Thailand in 2005 to build an elementary school library for a small village and in Oct 2011 and May 2012 co-led trips to Miyako andSendai Japan with tsunami relief volunteers to assist with clean up, recovery and community re-development and additional trips to Nicaragua, Haiti and Ecuador.
2008-2010, Christopher was a commissioner and elected Co-Chair of the City of Seattle LGBT Commission and helped to organize a community “census” or snapshot to determine what gaps of city service existed for the LGBTQ community. In 2009, Christopher established SEqual, the City ofSeattle LGBTQ Employees for Equality resource group. The group has assisted the Seattle Office of Civil Rights with their LGBTQ civil rights training for city employees and in October 2012 filmed an “It Gets Better” video targeted to LGBTQ youth who have been bullied in efforts to curb suicide. SEqual continues to grow as a resource for LGBTQ employees at the City ofSeattle. In 2011, Christopher became a member of the City ofSeattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Core Team IV. That same year, Christopher aligned with The City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Team and Office of Civil Rights to start a lunchtime “conversation café” with city employees called “Building Bridges – a conversation about the intersection of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation”. Building Bridges recently held its se conversation with city employees about the complex issues surrounding this intersection, continuing a path to “collective liberation”.
Brady P. Walkinshaw
Brady is the CEO of the Seattle-based Grist media (Grist.org), the leading national environmental media organization. Brady is a former State Legislator, and served two terms representing central Seattle, championing housing, mental health, environmental, and criminal justice reforms. In 2016, Brady ran for U.S. Congress endorsed dozens of local leaders, the Seattle Times, and described as "gutsy and effective" by local columnist Dan Savage. Before joining the Legislature, Brady spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on food and agriculture in developing countries.
Before returning home to the Northwest, Brady lived and worked in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on a Fulbright and founded a small non-profit, Proyecto Villa Nueva, focused on youth leadership development in urban slums. The organization celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017, and was recognized by the Organization of American States for its contribution to violence prevention. Brady is a graduate of Princeton in economic and public policy, and later served on the University's board of trustees. Beyond UWKC, Brady also serves on the boards of the Trust for Public Land and the Washington Progress Alliance. Brady lives in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood with his husband, Micah, a marine biologist.
Amelia Vigil is a San Franciscan, Two- Spirit, Mestiza, pun-loving, analytical, playful, outdoor educator, rock climber, performance artist, poet, identical twin, and lifelong student. She has a Bachelor's degree in English from Mills College and two Associate degrees from Feather River Community College: Liberal Studies and Outdoor Recreational Leadership. Amelia currently serves as the Events and Communications Manager with Outward Bound California, a non-profit organization that prioritizes expediential learning through outdoor education. She has been involved with the non-profit organization Bay Area American Indian Two Spirit (B.A.A.I.T.S) since 2013 and joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Policy Advisor for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development
Jon Snyder is Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Policy Advisor for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development. He coordinates policy, legislation, budget items, and outreach related to outdoor recreation. He was appointed in December 2015 after serving on the Spokane City Council for six years and owning a regional outdoor magazine for nine years. Snyder served on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Spokane Transit Authority, and Spokane Regional Health District as well as having a leadership role in passing local ballot measures to fund parks, streets, libraries, and public transportation.
Roz is a polyamorous queer person of color who loves traveling the world, seeking adventure, and cultivating meaningful memories. Roz’s interests include but are not limited to education reform, the culinary arts, and queer theory. For a just over a year, Roz has been working for Hip Camp as a Field Scout. As a Washington, D.C. native, Roz has enjoyed getting outdoors from a very young age. Roz loves darkroom photography, collecting stickers from eclectic stores, and supporting companies that have the mission to help others get outdoors and play. Roz sends love to Chaco who was not able to come along all the way to Seattle.
PrEP Case Manager Gay City
Emmett Stanfield is a white, queer, trans social worker who lives and works in Seattle. They are a graduate of the UW School of Social Work and in their professional life work for Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center and Ingersoll Gender Center. In their free time, they're an activist fighting for the liberation of all people. They currently identify as outdoor-curious and just went to Mount Rainier for the first time (yes, it was life-changing).
Founder/CEO of Bridgebuilder Consulting
Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, MA, is founder/CEO of Bridgebuilder Consulting, bridging divisions to build better organizations. Czarnik-Neimeyer cultivates unlikely comrades through trainings, keynotes, courses, scholarly writing, and popular press, towards innovation at corporations, schools, churches, nonprofits, and publications. Currently she is on a yearlong global consulting tour “Tour d’Justice.” She is from the Midwestern United States, but finds homes and loved ones around the world, especially in Washington state and New York City.
Czarnik-Neimeyer has founded innovative startup communities including Pride@Church ally trainings, and #WriteHereWriteNow author groups. She is an Editor at the justice+faith publication Religious Response, and Director of Strategic Planning & Development on OUT There Adventures’ Board of Directors. She was the 2017 Visiting Scholar in Residence at the bell hooks Institute in at Berea College, KY as well as 2017 International Visiting Faculty in Residence at Lincoln Community International Baccalaureate School in Accra, Ghana. Her own work has been published through Ms. Magazine, American Camp Association, USA Today, Sojourners, Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center), Religion News Service, and Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal. Czarnik-Neimeyer’s blog “A Place on Earth” discusses worldmaking AKA “how can we use innovation/reflection/humor to make this world better and more just?” Presenting frequently at both the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), Czarnik-Neimeyer was named NWSA’s 2016 WCC Emerging Leader.
Organizational and People Development at Whitnums
Whitney Thoren is an organizational and people development consultant inspired to help companies approach workplace challenges from new perspectives, and with better tools. Whitney's work pulls from diverse frameworks such as human-centered design to community building and emphasizes empathy, agency, relationships, and adaptability. Helping workplaces to create the conditions for everyone to thrive."
Digital Brand Marketing Manager, The North Face
David has spent the last 10 years working with big brands to create conversation with people through marketing. In his role at The North Face, David strategizes how to tell their brand story and launch major products in digital. At The North Face David is involved in selecting grantees for the Explore Fund which gives out $500k/year in funding to non-profits and outdoor programs – focusing on conservation, diversity, and underserved communities. He is also involved with charitable product initiatives such as the Walls Are Meant for Climbing and A Woman’s Place is on Top campaigns. David personally strives to bring progressive thinking into his work and advocates for diversity, inclusion, and mindfulness in the organizations he is a part of.