Advisory Council

Advisory Council

The Mountaineers Advisory Council is a group of individuals who offer fresh perspectives and professional expertise to aid The Mountaineers in our decision-making process on issues of strategic importance for the organization. The Council consists of individuals with a passion for our mission and expertise from which The Mountaineers could benefit.

The Advisory Council gathers twice a year to listen and learn about high-level issues within The Mountaineers so that they may provide out-of-the-box strategic advice. Members help to define, discuss, and give recommendations on ways in which The Mountaineers can further our vision and strategic plan. The Council presents an opportunity to engage, educate, and create future leaders, ambassadors, and advocates for The Mountaineers.

Advisory council members

Chris Agnew
Executive Director, Teton Science Schools
A Puget Sound native, Chris has served in leadership roles both domestically and globally in traditional and outdoor education for 15 years. Today, Chris is the Executive Director of the Teton Science Schools in Jackson Hole, WY. Previously, Chris was the Director of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the Pacific Northwest overseeing operations in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, India, and Scandinavia. With an undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and an M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Chris is passionate about broadening access to outdoor experiences and bridging formative outdoor experiences into individual's daily lives. Chris lives with his wife and two young boys in Victor, ID, well positioned for pre-work skis or long alpine climbs in the Tetons.

Josh Chaitin
Founder, Tin Can Strategies
Josh grew up in the northeast and his first outdoor experiences were in the Berkshires at a summer camp with a heavy outdoor focus, hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and canoeing stretches of the rivers and lakes in the region. He moved to Washington when he was 17 to attend college and the combination of the Cascades, the Olympics and Puget Sound convinced him to make the Pacific Northwest his home.  Today, Josh runs Tin Can Strategies, a communications agency that helps businesses and nonprofits tell the stories of their purpose-driven work. He has worked with REI (on their #OptOutside campaign), Subaru, Theo Chocolate, Climate Solutions, The Mountaineers and many other organizations committed to creating positive environmental and social impacts. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family (and, when possible, their dog.)  Josh earned his B.A. in environmental policy from The Evergreen State College and his MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. 

Joe Dennis
Operations Program Manager, Microsoft
Joe grew up playing in the Sierras but fell in love with the Cascades when he moved to the Northwest in 2010. He served on The Mountaineers board from 2015-2016 through the Board Fellows program at the University of Washington and prior to joining the program, he spent 5 years as a Cavalry Officer in the US Army honing his leadership, coaching, and mentoring skills in the austere environments of Iraq and Afghanistan. Although Joe works in operations at Microsoft, in his spare time you'll find him on any nearby mountain. Joe earned a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. 

Rich Draves
Partner Architect, Microsoft
As a Partner Architect in the Cosmos team, Rich Draves contributes to Microsoft's internal big data analytics infrastructure. In his spare time, Rich enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, and backcountry skiing. He has climbed Mt Rainier six times (including a ski descent) and recently climbed Mt McKinley. Rich also enjoys windsurfing, kite-boarding, table tennis (he developed and maintains the ping-pong ladder at Microsoft), contract bridge, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Steve Dubiel
Executive Director, EarthCorps
Steve Dubiel has served as EarthCorps Executive Director since 1999. He serves on the board of Restore America's Estuaries, on The Corps Council of The Corps Network, and the Green Seattle Partnership Executive Council. He is a past board member of The Corps Network, EarthShare Washington, Environmental Education Association of Washington, Mount Baker Community Club, and Washington State Community Forestry Council. Steve is an MBA and a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. Steve fell in love with the Cascades after spending a month building trails as a teen, eventually inspiring his move to Seattle.

Kristen Elliott
Director of Marketing Programs, Eddie Bauer
Kristin Elliott has worked for Eddie Bauer for several years, moving her way up to Director of Marketing Programs. She holds a degree from Central Michigan University and was once the sole YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit representative at the YMCA Young Adult Leadership Summit.

Mike Gauthier
Chief of Staff, Office of the Superintendent Yosemite National Park
Mike Gauthier is a long time National Parks Service employee spending 19 years at the Supervisory Climbing Ranger and Search and Rescue Coordinator on Mount Rainier. Mike is currently serving as the Chief of Staff, Office of the Superintendent Yosemite National Park. His hobbies include mountain and rock climbing, snowboarding, writing and photography.

Dave Goldberg
President, Mithun
Dave Goldberg is an award-winning architect for a wide range of institutional and corporate groups, working with clients who care deeply about conservation and connecting their users, residents, and staff to the natural world. As Mithun’s president, Dave has served on the firm’s board of directors since 2003 and has been instrumental in helping grow Mithun’s practice to national prominence. He lectures nationally on integrated design and the active roles that physical campus and building designs can play in the educational process. Dave currently serves on the boards of IslandWood and Woodland Park Zoo, where he co-chairs the Conservation and Education Committee, and he is past board president of Earth Share of Washington. Dave and his family live in Seattle and enjoy hiking, cycling, and sea kayaking.

Liza Green
Senior Vendor Manager, Amazon
Liza served on The Mountaineers board from 2013 to 2014 through the Board Fellows program at University of Washington, She is currently completing her MBA, and began working at Amazon after graduation. Upon earning her BA from University of Virginia, Liza moved west to the Rocky Mountains. Her experience there spanned various industries, from restaurants to biotechnology and education. She enjoys skiing, hiking, bike commuting, and anything else she can do to get outdoors!

Ben Greuel
Washington State Program Director, The Wilderness Society
Hailing from beautiful state of Wisconsin, Ben has over a decade of experience working to permanently protect our public lands from Alaska's western Arctic to the wild lands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Over the last decade, he has worked on various public lands campaign's in Washington state including the recent expansion of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. When he's not ruminating over maps, Ben can be found spending time with his family and friends exploring the rivers and forests of the Cascade and Olympic mountains. Ben earned his B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse.

Dave Haavik
President, Washington Climbers Coalition
I started climbing in 1980 with my dad. He was reluctant at first, but he had to come with me because I wasn’t old enough to drive. I started my career in the Outdoor Industry at the Swallows Nest in 1983. I started as a sales rep for Petzl in 1993, that opportunity evolved into helping form Independent Sales Agency, The Alta Group, Inc.  The Alta Group Inc now represents 5 brands, Petzl, Oboz Footwear, Adventure Medical Kits, Julbo Eyewear and Nikwax.   It has always been important to me to give back to the community that supports my agency.  Currently I am the President of the Washington Climbers Coalition and also participated in the Climbing Education Advisory Committee with the Mountaineers.

Sophie Hartshorn
Senior Product Manager, Amazon
Sophie Hartshorn's career passion is to create efficient, sustainable, supply chains. She worked in transportation planning for a decade, helping to guide the infrastructure investments of public agencies ranging from the City of Seattle to the World Bank. She now works in supply chain strategy at Amazon. She has a deep love of the outdoors, and has spent as much time as possible over the last few decades rock climbing, back country skiing and mountaineering. She also serves as a volunteer board member of a family foundation devoted to environmental conservation and poverty alleviation. 

Scott Heinz
Technical Lead of Retail Channel Support, Ecova, Hilleberg the Tentmaker, USA
Scott Heinz is the technical lead of retail channel support for Ecova. He is an MBA Candidate Class of 2012 at the University of Washington, Foster School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in electrical engineering. He started climbing with The Mountaineers in 2007 and has since joined the leader’s list and has been active in mentoring climbers in the various climbing courses.

Petra Hilleberg
President and CEO, Hilleberg the Tentmaker, USA
Petra Hilleberg is the president and CEO of Hilleberg the Tentmaker, USA. Petra is very active in the vibrant Swedish business community in the Northwest, as well as an active ski instructor. She teaches both alpine and telemark skiing for Snow Performance, based at Crystal Mountain, and she is a divisional clinic leader for telemark for the Northwest division of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-NW).

Jack Hogin
Senior Vendor Manager, Amazon
Jack Hogin has over 10 years experience leading projects in diverse settings in the U.S. and Latin America, including four years as a sustainable business consultant and several years leading backcountry expeditions and environmental education programs. Jack served on The Mountaineers board as a Board Fellow from 2012-2013. Jack holds a BA from Carleton College and an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Paul L. King
Principal, Bay Resource Corporation
Prior to co-founding Bay Resource, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, based investment and executive services company, Paul was a principal at Boston Consulting Group. In his Bay Resource role, he has led or sat on boards of a variety of privately held profit-sector companies. In the nonprofit world, he has been on a variety of boards in conservation, music, and education. Paul holds degrees from MIT, Harvard, and Princeton. He lives in Vancouver, Washington, and Putnam, Connecticut. He enjoys hiking in mountains and forests, birding, classical music, food and wine--a great combination for the Northwest.

Martha Kongsgaard
President, Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
Martha Kongsgaard was born and raised in Napa, Calif., to a family of jurists, grape growers and cattle ranchers. Kongsgaard married Peter Goldman in 1988 and collaborated with him to found the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation. The foundation gives grants to a variety of nonprofit environmental, social justice and arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, many of which affect Puget Sound. Her community activities include participation on the national board and the executive committees of Earthjustice, Islandwood, the Future of the Law Institute and Friends of the Methow. She chairs several major capital campaigns, including the Cascade Agenda, the expansion of Islandwood and the building of the LEED-certified Community Center at the New High Point. Kongsgaard has served as the president of Philanthropy Northwest and has spoken broadly about philanthropy and the environmental movement to wide and diverse audiences for the past 20 years.

Brynne Koscianski
Principal Product Manager, Amazon
Brynne is an entrepreneurial leader of new product development at Amazon, where she leverages customer-centric design to develop and launch new products. Prior to Amazon, Brynne spent 6 years as a consultant specializing in improving the end-to-end customer experience for Fortune 100 retailers and the federal government. A graduate of Yale University, Brynne received her MBA in 2010. Passionate about advocating for women and girls in the outdoors, Brynne has also served on an advisory council for Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through running. As a second generation Mountaineer, Brynne continues to live by her family's motto: "it doesn't have to be fun to be fun." She enjoys being a weekend warrior with her husband Ryan - climbing, trail running, skiing, and paddling around the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 

Mark Kroese
Board Member, American Alpine Club
Retired General Manager, Microsoft Advertising Business Group
Mark Kroese has been exploring the high and wild for more than 35 years. Mark finds his center at the confluence of mountain adventure, storytelling, and environmental stewardship. In other words: he lives to climb in spectacular places, share his adventures with digital media, and make sure these places are preserved for future generations. Mark’s professional experiences have focused on technology and business, including 19 years with Microsoft Corporation, and six years pursuing entrepreneurial passions. Mark served on the Board of Directors of the Access Fund from 1999 to 2004. He is the author of Fifty Favorite Climbs (Mountaineers Books, 2001). Mark serves on the board of the American Alpine Club and is a Director for the Harbers Foundation. He is the father of two grown children, Daniel and Nicole, and lives in Bellevue, Washington.

Elizabeth Lunney
Partner, The Herringbone Collaborative
Elizabeth has spent more than 25 years building leadership and capacity for conservation and recreation organizations nationwide. She spent more than a decade at the helm of Washington Trails Association, working with volunteers, expanding membership, and building up a strong voice for the hiking community. Since then, she has served as interim executive director for the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Mountaineers. Her consulting practice currently focuses on executive transition, board leadership and organizational development.  

Hope Maltz
Body Mindfulness Coach, Movingintocomfort.com
Before immersing herself in helping people get the best out of their bodies, Hope worked as a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, developing the nationwide training program for geographic information systems. As a field biologist before that, Hope specialized in wetlands conservation, as well as environmental education. Here in the northwest, Hope is happiest when found at Meany Lodge with her family reading Mountaineers Books or learning to run the tows. 

Joseph Manson
Director, Seward Park Audubon Center
Joey Manson has resided in Seattle for more than twenty years. He places a great level of importance on building strong communities and has allied himself with a number of non-profits and community organizations. His work helps people appreciate wild spaces both near and far. A native of Washington, DC, Joey studied Applied Design at University of Maryland, College Park. He has worked in the stained glass industry for over 20 years as a window fabricator, instructor, a retail sales manager, and a sales representative for an international supply distributor. He later embarked on a renewable energy project in the San Joaquin Valley.  As a project manager, Joey worked to build an anaerobic digester in Modesto, CA. Upon completion, Joseph returned to Seattle and began working for the National Audubon Society as a manager in their Seward Park environmental learning center. For the past two years Joey has served as the Director of the Seward Park Audubon Center. Joey is an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He participates in recreational activities with Outdoor Afro and is a regular bird watcher.  He is a recreational motorcyclist and continues to enjoy stained glass and glass fusing as a hobby. He also loves to tinker with things

 Christine Martin
Principal, HR Strategies International
Christine Martin is the principal of HR Strategies International, a consulting firm which supports nonprofit and for profit businesses with leadership and HR capacity. She has over 20 years’ experience with developing organizations and helping them run more effectively. In her consulting capacity, she serves as an Interim Executive Director for organizations in transition, holding 9 different ED roles over the past 5 years. Christine is a member of Social Venture Partners, and serves on a number of other nonprofit and community boards. Christine is an avid hiker and traveler; you’ll find she and her husband Tom, their dog and occasionally their teenagers, out on the trails, hiking or camping and enjoying the great outdoors.

Liz Marzolf
Director of Organization Development, Starbucks Coffee Company
Prior to joining Starbucks, Liz Marzolf has worked as an educational consultant and a management consultant in a variety of industries. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and holds a MEd and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Washington. She also serves on the board of directors for Seattle Girls’ School. Liz is an avid backcountry skier, cyclist, mountain biker, backpacker and paraglider.

Heidi Mathisen
Business Communications Advisor, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Heidi Mathisen currently works as a business communications advisor to MBA students at the Foster School of Business. She has previously worked with the World Bank and USAID in West and North Africa, as well as in marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. She earned her BA from Colorado College and her MA from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. An avid world traveler, Heidi has visited all seven continents, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt.Toubkal in Morocco. Heidi is the mother of two grown children who are off exploring the world. She lives in Seattle with her husband and enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking and sailing.

Craig McKibben
Retired President, WRQ, Inc.
Craig McKibben, co-founder of WRQ, Inc., a Seattle software company, is now enjoying the ability to get outdoors more often to climb, ski and hike during his retirement. His favorite hikes are in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area during the fall in search of huckleberries and larches.

Greg Moga
Attorney, Moga Law Group and CEO, Outreach Services Companies
Greg Moga is an attorney with the Moga Law Group and the CEO of Outreach Services and Disability Outreach, which provide patient advocacy services to hospitals in 11 states, and the CBO Solution, which provides business office outsourcing to hospitals. Greg is Immediate Past Board Chair of the Olympic Park Institute; Board President of Washington's National Park Fund; Board member of NatureBridge; and active with the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Circle.

Jim Nelson
Owner, Pro Mountain Sports
Jim Nelson has over 40 years of climbing experience. He enjoys day hikes, gardening, cross-country skiing and all types of climbing. Recently he has been lending a hand to the new youth programs at The Mountaineers--teaching the joys of climbing and being outside to those new to the outdoors. He is the co-author of Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Vols. I and II, and owner of Pro Mountain Sports in Seattle.

Ruth Nielsen
Managing Partner, Nielsen Law Office
Ruth Nielsen is the owner and Managing Partner of Nielsen Law Office in Seattle. Ruth specializes in Ski Area Defense, Products Liability, Sports and Recreation Defense, Insurance Defense, and Employment Law Defense. She is the current President of ASDA, the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys specializing in ski area and other outdoor recreation defense. Ruth received her JD from the University of Utah.

Dan Nordstrom
Owner and CEO, Outdoor Research
Dan Nordstrom has been with Outdoor Research since 2003. He is an accomplished climber having summited Rainier multiple times.

Thomas O’Keefe
Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director, American Whitewater
Since 2005, Tom O'Keefe has worked for American Whitewater, a river conservation organization representing the whitewater paddling community. He has provided formal analysis and comment in agency planning efforts, drafted legislation and Supreme Court testimony, and testified before Congress and the State Legislature. Tom has been a member of The Mountaineers since 2003 and chair of the Recreation Resources Committee since 2006.

Matthew Palubinskas
Physics Instructor, University Prep
Matt’s earliest memories are walking in the woods of New England with his father and German Shepard. He learned to hike, climb, and ski in the White, Green, and Adirondack mountains of the East, and then sharpened those skills when he moved to Seattle joining the Mountaineers in 2007. Matt attained his BS in physics at Worcester State College in 2000 and his MST degree from the physics department at the University of Vermont in 2003. Between teaching physics at a private school in Seattle and leading wilderness and international trips for his school, Matt also enjoys volunteering with the Mountaineers. He is passionate about Washington’s mountains and enjoys teaching people the skills to be competent and safe alpinists. When not teaching science or crevasse rescue skills, Matt can be found ski patrolling on the slopes of Snoqualmie Pass or assisting with rescues as an active member of Seattle Mountain Rescue. Matt is looking forward to combining his educational background and mountaineering experience in order to assist with the Mountaineers in strategic planning.

Charlie Raines
Director of Forest Conservation, Forterra
Charlie Raines has forty-six years of experience in environmental issues. Currently, he is Director of Forest Conservation for Forterra, conserving wild and working forests, as well as Director of the Sierra Club’s Cascade Checkerboard Project. He is also Campaign Director for the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.  At the Sierra Club, he led campaigns to protect ancient forests, Mt. St. Helens National Monument (1982) and Washington Wilderness Act (1984).  Charlie has been employed in energy conservation and environmental analysis for the City of Seattle and the federal government.  He was Director of Lands and Public Funding for The Cascades Conservation Partnership.  He also continues to work as a professional artist.  He is on the boards of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Charlie earned degrees in Biology and Art from the University of Puget Sound.  He is a lifelong resident of the Puget Sound country, living in Seattle for the past 40 years. He enjoys music, art, natural history, geography, hiking and travel.

Matt Ray
Vice President Infrastructure Security, Salesforce
Matt grew up on the water in the Midwest, then spent time in the Rocky Mountains after graduating from the University of Michigan. Work brought him to Seattle where he was excited to combine two of his passions – the water and the mountains. The best days start on the skis and end on a boat. Matt is currently working as the Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering at Salesforce, focusing on security and compliance. He’s responsible for securing customer data in an ever-changing digital climate (he’s the good-guy behind the scenes fighting against the digital bad-guys trying to get around the firewalls). Previously, he ran security teams for IBM and Getty Images. Matt spends his free time with his dog Porter, when Porter is not too busy working at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center. Every summer Matt returns to the Midwest to run a week-long summer camp that brings kids out of their gymnastics clubs to enjoy coaching under two giant circus tents and get them into the great outdoors.

Sarah Richey
Director of Brand Management, Precept Wine
Sarah Richey is a passionate marketer with over 15 years’ experience driving strategic brand growth among several category leading companies. She currently serves as Brand Director for Precept Wine, overseeing Washington and Oregon portfolios, including Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Waterbrook Winery, and Battle Creek Cellars. Sarah originally hails from the northeast, with a BS from Boston University.  An outdoor enthusiast, Sarah’s involvement with The Mountaineers began while preparing to summit Mount Rainier in 2009. Now a parent to three boys, Sarah and her family spend most weekends enjoying the natural surroundings of the pacific northwest.

Mindy Roberts
Environmental Engineer, Washington State Department of Ecology
Mindy Roberts joined The Mountaineers in 1999. Her favorite part of climbing has been forging the strongest personal bonds of her adult life. In Mindy’s other life, she works as an environmental engineer with the Washington State Department of Ecology. She especially enjoys using her climbing team skills to inform her science and engineering world, and her engineering skills to inform her climbing world.

Chris Robertson
Vice President, Shannon & Wilson
Skiing since he was four, climbing since five, and an active Mountaineer member since high school, Chris Robertson comes to The Mountaineers Advisory Council with outdoor adventure in his veins. He received his BS and his MS degrees in geology at the University of Washington and moved from his PNW home to begin his geology career in Houston. With no mountains to enjoy, Chris became an avid windsurfer, organizing races and club events. He eventually moved back to the Pacific Northwest, got his second MS in geotechnical engineering and works as a geotechnical engineering consultant. He is avidly passionate about Washington’s wilderness and enjoys spreading Ira Spring’s concept that green-bonding is necessary to protect it. Chris is looking forward to combining his technical consulting experience with helping others more directly.

Suzanne Rowen
Founder and President, Rowen and Company
Suzanne Rowen is founder and president of Rowen and Company, a Seattle-based management consulting firm focused on the needs of the alternative investment markets. Suzanne has been a member of The Mountaineers since arriving in Seattle in 1996. She has served as a member of The Mountaineers Books Advisory Board, the Membership Marketing Committee and consulted with the organization and the board in strategic planning and marketing.

Vik Sahney
Divisional Vice President, Strategy, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
Vik leads strategy and business development for REI, which he joined in January 2014. Prior to REI, Vik spent 8 years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company specializing in operations and strategy consulting for large global industrial clients. Vik graduated as a Leaders for Global Operations fellow from MIT in 2005 where he earned his MBA and his MS in Mechanical Engineering. In 2011, Vik became the first Indian American and one of about 350 people to have completed the Seven Summits, climbing the tallest peak on each continent. Vik lives in downtown Seattle with his wife and together they enjoy skiing, hiking, climbing, and ballroom dancing.

Bruce Sanchez
Director, Industry Solutions, Salesforce
Bruce runs an industry practice at Salesforce, the cloud-based CRM solution used by the Mountaineers to manage its membership and activities.  Bruce brings to the Advisory Council 30+ years of IT buy and sell-side experience, including applications and technology leadership roles at Oracle and Microsoft. A member of the Mountaineers since 1985, he is a Basic and Intermediate Climbing Course graduate, and has climbed in North America, Mexico, and Europe. A lifelong conservationist, Bruce has an Ecosystems degree from UCLA and also contributes a portion of his time and charitable giving to organizations that protect the West, such as the Sierra Club, High Country News, and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters.

Joe Sambataro
National Access Director and Northwest Regional Director, Access Fund
Joe Sambataro joined the Access Fund in 2009 to assist local climbing organizations and public partners in the acquisition and protection of climbing areas around the country. He recently moved home to Seattle to also serves as a regional point person to the climbing community in the Northwest. Joe previously worked at Cascade Land Conservancy/Forterra managing conservation projects, served on the Washington Alpine Club board, and earned his BS from Cornell University in Environmental and Resource Economics. Joe is an avid alpine climber with experience in the Cascades and in mountains further abroad in the BC Coast Range, Alaskan Range, New Zealand, and Oman. He lives with his wife in Edmonds and also enjoys rock climbing, fishing, skiing, and hiking.

Susan Sayers
Senior Manager, Strategic Planning for Value Added Services at T-Mobile
Susan Sayers is a Senior Manager for Strategic Planning for Value Added Services at T-Mobile. Her background includes brand and product management for companies such as Starbucks, Washington Mutual, and Precor Incorporated. She has been an active member of The Mountaineers since 2000. She is a graduate of the Basic Climbing course and an active climb leader.

Tony Tsuboi
Senior Program Manager, Nintex
Tony is a Seattle native and a longtime volunteer with the Everett Branch Climbing Programs.  He’s helped to bootstrap a number of new classes and to modularize Everett’s Intermediate Climbing Course.  He is an active Climb Leader, AIARE Level 1 Instructor, and member of the Mountaineers Safety Committee.   When he’s not instructing or distracted with alpine splendor, Tony is helping to usher in a new generation of cloud based business automation solutions.  Tony graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in History and holds an MBA from the Foster School of Business. 

Tom Uniack
Executive Director, Washington Wild
Tom has served as the Conservation Director for Washington Wild (formerly Washington Wilderness Coalition) since 2003 where he has played a leadership role in coalition efforts to designate the Wild Sky Wilderness (2008) and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions (2014). Tom earned his M.P.A. degree from the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs in 2002.  Prior to grad school, Tom worked for six years with the national nonprofit organization Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C. where he worked on a range of issues including Arctic Wilderness, preserving Florida black bears, launching the Defenders Electronic Network (DEN) e-advocacy system, opposing ant-environmental appropriation riders and wolf reintroduction and conservation. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from U.C.L.A. and grew up in Marin County in Northern California. He happily now makes Seattle his home with his wife Stephanie, son Luke and twin daughters Charlize and Sierra.

Wendy Vanasselt
Program Officer, Wilburforce Foundation
Wendy Vanasselt directs Wilburforce Foundation’s conservation strategy and investments in Alaska and British Columbia. Prior to joining the Foundation and moving to Seattle in 2010, she worked for the Natural Resources Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives, The Wilderness Society, and World Resources Institute in Washington, DC.  She is a graduate of Smith College (BA) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPA). Wendy is a triathlete, equestrian, and hiker who is enjoying having a daughter finally big enough to carry her own backpack.

Mark P. Walters
Intellectual Property Attorney, Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP
Mark Walters is a registered patent attorney who serves as lead trial and appellate counsel in intellectual property disputes of all kinds. He has experience handling patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation and has tried cases and argued appeals at all levels of the federal court system, including federal district courts throughout the U.S., the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a frequent speaker on intellectual property law and litigation practice. Mark handles cases in a variety of industries from agriculture to software, including cases dealing with complex legal and technical issues in genetics, biotechnology, drug product formulation, clothing design, and more.

Mona West
Chief Product Officer, Cairn
Mona West brings over 20 years of consumer product and retail marketing experience to the Advisory Council, including 6 years in the outdoor industry. She's currently on the Executive Team at Cairn, a community that introduces outdoor enthusiasts to new products and ideas through a program that delivers outdoor gear to thousands of subscribers monthly. Prior to that Mona was on the Executive Team at Cascade Designs, parent company to Thermarest, MSR, Platypus, Sealline, and Packtowl. Mona has held numerous leadership positions at The Mountaineers over the past 15 years, including serving on the Board of Directors, Books Governance Board, as Interim Executive Director, and as a founding member of The Peak Society. In addition to her ongoing work on the Advisory Council, Mona serves on the boards of Washington's National Park Fund and The North Cascades Institute. She graduated with a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Darden Business School/University of Virginia. She's an avid hiker, scrambler and international adventure traveler, and lives in Bend, OR.

Margaret Wheeler
Guide, Pro-Guiding Service
In 2006, Margaret Wheeler became the second woman in the US to complete her full UIAGM guide certification. An active member of the guiding community, she is an instructor of guide training for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and serves on its board of directors and as president of the organization. She is involved in avalanche education through her work as an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) instructor and trainer.

Leif Whittaker
Climbing Ranger, U.S. Forest Service
Leif Whittaker is a writer, speaker, and adventurer from Port Townsend, Washington. On May 25, 2010, at age 25, Leif stood on the summit of Mount Everest, breathed the oxygen-thin air, and gazed down at the entire planet. Forty-seven years before that moment, Leif’s father, Jim Whittaker, became the first American to stand in the very same place. He currently works as a climbing ranger in the Mount Baker National Forest.

Peter Whittaker
Mountain Guide, Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
Born into what could rightfully be called the First Family of American mountaineering, Peter Whittaker is a lifelong climber and skier who grew up at the foot of Mount Rainier and surrounded by hard-core guides. At age 12, his summit of Rainier (14,410 ft) unleashed a desire for global adventure. Peter has led 75 international expeditions and climbed Rainer 231 times. In addition to his mountaineering exploits, Peter is a successful entrepreneur, gear designer and television host.

Rob Willis
Principal, Ross Strategic
As Principal at Ross Strategic, Rob works with government agencies and environmental and natural resource organizations on a diverse set of issues including climate change, conservation, public/private partnerships, business process re-engineering, and issue facilitation/mediation. Rob completed his Master's degree in Urban Planning, with a focus on Urban Ecology and natural hazards mitigation, at the University of Washington in 2001 and has been with Ross Strategic since. Rob is a native Washingtonian and is driven, professionally and personally, by a passion to help as many people as possible forge meaningful connections to their environment. Rob recognizes the integral role The Mountaineers has in connecting people to our backyard. 

LaVerne Woods
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
LaVerne Woods is a partner in the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where she chairs the firm’s tax-exempt organizations group. Ms. Woods also helps private foundations establish grantmaking compliance programs and provides grantmaking training workshops. She received her bachelor’s from Yale University and her law degree from Harvard University.

Gavin Woody
Vice President of Operations, A place for mom
After climbing Mt. Rainier with a guide service in 2008, my wife and I joined The Mountaineers to learn how to be independent climbers and explorers of the Northwest. The tremendous support provided by countless volunteers inspired me to want to help the organization thrive and become an even stronger part of our community. I am thrilled to work with such a dedicated group during this time which, I believe, will prove to be one of the most important periods in the history of The Mountaineers. An Intermediate Climbing Course student, Gavin has been taking full advantage of all the opportunities to find adventures on the snow, rock and ice on nearby peaks. He also enjoys skiing, triathlons and long-distance running. Gavin was elected to the board as treasurer in early 2010. Prior to joining Expedia, where he is currently a director, Gavin was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is a former U.S. Army infantry captain and decorated combat veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom). He holds a mechanical engineering degree, with honors, from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Andy Wyatt
Owner, Bouldering Projects
Like many NW climbers, Andy traces his love of climbing back to UW's Husky rock when he was in high-school. Shortly after graduating from Lewis and Clark College, while working at Feathered Friends, Andy embarked upon his journey to build inclusive, experimental climbing gym projects that inspire health, challenge, social interaction and outdoor passion. Andy opened his first gym in Seattle in 2010, his second in Austin, TX in 2015, and is currently working on his third in Minneapolis, MN. Outside of his work Andy finds inspiration from climbing mountain ranges around the world.