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Outings Leadership & Training

Former Facilitators

  • Dan Becker leads national and international trips on behalf of the Sierra Club. He grew up backpacking in the Sierras but switched his allegiance to the Cascades and Olympics when he moved to Seattle several years ago. He is fascinated with the subject of outdoor leadership and is grateful that the Sierra Club is willing to make such a strong commitment to its volunteer leaders.
  • Allison Chin has been a Sierra Club volunteer since 1982 and an activist for the Outings program since 1988. ICO has been an ideal vehicle to plant a seed of love and appreciation for the wilderness and outdoor activities. She has supported San Jose Inner City Outings (ICO) as a certified leader and member of the Steering Committee and also served as a regional representative, vice chair and chair of the national ICO steering committee and Outdoor Activities Governance Committee. Allison has been a volunteer instructor for the OATP since 2001 and an advocate for outings and training on the Outings Activities and Training Governance Committees since 2002. She currently serves on the Sierra Club Board of Directors. Allison has been a facilitator for the weekend OLT workshops and annual Outings Chair Training.
  • Ann Daigle is an avid hiker, backpacker, and llama-packer with a passion for sharing and protecting the environment. Ann has lived in the Pacific Northwest on a small ranch with her family and animals for over 20 years. She has led base camp, lodge, and backpack trips for adults and children in both the Northwest and in Canyon de Chelly for National Outings. She has used her teaching skills to train people, llamas and horses to adventure out into the backcountry. Ann is currently the chair of the National Outings Northwest Subcommittee and member of the National Outings Training Subcommittee. Ann has been a facilitator for the annual National Outings Training Trip.
  • Shelly Eberly has loved hiking and backpacking since being old enough to walk, and she has finally balanced work and play enough to have time to share that passion with others. She has led backpacking trips in the ecologically rich Appalachians of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and in the deserts of Utah and Arizona. Regardless of where she is backpacking, Shelly looks forward to sharing the rejuvenating power of the natural world with you. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Shelly is a facilitator for the National Outings Training Trip and Winter School.
  • Roger Grissette has led outings for many years in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, as well as the Eastern Sierra, Utah, Mexico, and Hawaii. Leading four and five trips a year recently, he's thrilled to share these adventures and their sense of discovery with a diverse group of Sierra Club members. Discussing challenges that face the wild places his trips visit is always a highlight for him; so is the time he spends in the camp kitchen. "Sometimes I feel I'm preparing a dinner party," he says. When not backpacking, he spends his spare time playing traditional music with friends in a string band. Roger facilitated the National Outings Training Trip.
  • Kern Hildebrand has been a Sierra Club member since he was a teenager and active as a National Outings leader for over 20 years. A wilderness traveler since childhood, he has led, assisted, or cooked on many Sierra Club National Outings. These have included river rafting, sea kayak, backpack, and international outings. Some of his wilderness trip leading experience has been in Alaska, California's Sierra Nevada, Switzerland, Nepal, Tibet, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Turkey, Kenya, Mongolia and Tanzania. Recently retired, Kern lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves as chair of the International Outings Subcommittee. Kern believes that training is key. "No matter what our experience or expertise there is always more to learn about leadership and more skill practice to be experienced.
  • Myla Marks was the ICO Field Organizer (staff person), joined ICO in 2008 from a trip leading background, most recently directing an outdoor adventure and education program for youth based in California. She has worked with young people in public schools, private schools, and non-profit organizations across state and country lines, always with the intent of teaching a respect for the environment and prompting a changed environmental ethic. As the Field Organizer, Myla works with ICO groups to help them grow and develop, as well as creating fundraising, recruitment, training, and publicity tools and resources for ICO. Whether pointing out Mars during a summertime meteor shower or leading a group in a skiing excursion, the volunteers and staff of Sierra Club Outings are invaluable, and Myla enjoys supporting their wide-reaching roots. Whenever she can, Myla heads to her refuges in the outdoors, a few select swimming holes and hot springs high in the Sierra. Her favorite workshop to facilitative for adults is on leadership styles, and a handful of wilderness first aid scenarios are always fun. Myla was a facilitator for the weekend OLT workshops and the annual Outings Chair Training.
  • John Melville started backpacking relatively late in life, John loves introducing others to this wonderful hiking destination. He takes pride in designing trips with enough challenge to leave you with a sense of accomplishment, but leisurely enough that you will really feel the natural beauty of the surroundings. John has hiked extensively in the Grand Canyon as well as in other parts of Canyon Country. If you would like to gently stretch your imagination, your sense of adventure, your understanding of our natural world, and your physical abilities, he welcomes your participation on this adventure.
  • Paul Rynders has led backpacking trips for Sierra National Outings in Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Arizona. He was the Training Officer for the Rocky Mountain Subcommittee. Although a life-long hiker, paddler of canoes and cross-country skier in the midwest, Paul recently discovered the Rockies and it has been a passionate relationship ever since. Paul lives in Madison, Wisconsin and values diversity in humans and nature. Paul was a facilitator on the National Outings Training Trip.
  • Tony Rango has been a staff person for the Sierra Club since 1992 and currently serves as the National Outings Director. He initially got involved in the Sierra Club because of his job, but soon began volunteering in the Outings program. He has been leading national Sierra Club trips since 1994, including backpacking, rafting, biking, kayaking, and mountaineering trips. When he's not at work, he can be found playing outside with his two kids, and when time permits, Tony is off in the mountains skiing, biking, or hiking. Tony designed and facilitated the weekend OLT workshops and the National Outings Training Trip.
  • Steven Shewach worked as the Outdoor Activities Training Manager to coordinate the training efforts of Sierra Club outing leaders. He earned his Master's degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration with an emphasis in Adventure Education/Management and Outdoor Leadership from Western Illinois University. His experience includes teaching outdoor leadership to adolescents and college students, and conducting wilderness therapy with youth-at-risk. He's lead numerous long-term training expeditions some of which took place in Alaska and Baja.
  • Debbie Smith has been an avid outdoors enthusiast most of her life and has been a member of the Sierra Club since 1994. She has been hiking, backpacking and rock climbing since 1995 in the western regions of the United States. Before moving to California in 1994, she spent 20 years in the New England area enjoying many of her outdoor activities in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and in the Shawangunks in New York State. She was also a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club of Boston where she learned to climb and teach climbing to new participants each spring for the Mountaineering Committee of the AMC. Debbie is a facilitator for the weekend OLT workshops and the annual National Outings Training Trip.
  • Danielle Vaughan was a staff person for the Sierra Club for a little over a year and served as the Local Outings Manager. She enjoys working with outings chairs and leaders, and scrambling to help leaders get all the appropriate paperwork done in order to lead restricted outings. Before arriving at the Club, Danielle was an Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, working with indigenous coffee growers on permaculture techniques. Danielle extended her Peace Corps service a third year to work as a Regional Coordinator, working with Panamanian ministry officials, Peace Corps administration, and volunteers to coordinate development projects in the province of Chiriqui. Her experience with safety issues that faced volunteers helped prepare her for handling the outings incidents that occur on some outings. Danielle facilitated the OLT workshop and the OUtings Chair Training.

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