Leader Spotlight

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders.
Leader Spotlight: Shuko Hashimoto & Christina Buckman

Leader Spotlight: Shuko Hashimoto & Christina Buckman

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leaders: Shuko Hashimoto & Christina Buckman. They are leaders and mentors with the Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) course who love to share their passion for hiking and backpacking with new students.

Leader Spotlight: Thomas Bancroft

Leader Spotlight: Thomas Bancroft

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Thomas Bancroft. He is a life-long lover of birds (despite an allergy to both eggs and feathers!) who believes that the ability to identify local wildlife is critical to fostering a sense of care for our wild places.

Leader Spotlight: Nataliya Semez

Leader Spotlight: Nataliya Semez

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Nataliya Semez. She is a trail running leader who never imagined herself running in the mountains, and now loves introducing others to her favorite sport!

Leader Spotlight: Becky Jacobsen

Leader Spotlight: Becky Jacobsen

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Becky Jacobsen. She is a newer hike leader with the Tacoma Branch who loves post-hike treats. Milkshakes in the winter ... why not?

Leader Spotlight: Peter Hendrickson

Leader Spotlight: Peter Hendrickson

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Peter Hendrickson. He is a 15-year member with a love for wilderness navigation who has served in numerous trip, course, and branch leadership capacities.

Ginger Sarver on Leader Spotlight: Dee Ann Kline

Ginger Sarver Ginger Sarver
Volunteer Development Manager
February 29, 2020

Dee Ann is such an inspiring leader! When I first met her at a Mountaineers Open House, I knew I wanted to join the Mountaineers [...]

Ginger Sarver on Leader Spotlight: Dee Ann Kline - View trip report ▸
Leader Spotlight: Dee Ann Kline

Leader Spotlight: Dee Ann Kline

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Dee Ann Kline. She is a 13-year member who helped form the new Olympia Naturalists Committee to encourage folks to slow down and learn more about the natural world around them.

Leader Spotlight: Steven Anderson

Leader Spotlight: Steven Anderson

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Steven Anderson. He is a climb leader with the Kitsap Branch who led an expedition to Denali in 2019, and now has his sights on Kilimanjaro and Fuji!

Jacob Lopilato on Leader Spotlight: John Gilbert

Jacob Lopilato Jacob Lopilato
Volunteer Development Manager
January 03, 2020

Miss going on scrambles with John! Great guy, and great leader!

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Leader Spotlight: John Gilbert

Leader Spotlight: John Gilbert

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: John Gilbert. He is a 29-year member who loves hiking, scrambling, and pedaling his kayak!

Dick Hayek on Leader Spotlight: Ted Miller

Dick Hayek Dick Hayek
Education Manager
November 30, 2019

I recommend Cindy Crooks for a Leader Spotlight. She was the most faithful leader of hikes in 2018 and 2019 for the Tacoma Singles Activities [...]

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Leader Spotlight: Carlanna Livingstone

Leader Spotlight: Carlanna Livingstone

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Carlanna Livingstone. She became a hike leader three months after joining The Mountaineers and wants you to know that “if I can do this, you can do this!”

Jacob Lopilato on Leader Spotlight: Atsuko Yamaguchi

Jacob Lopilato Jacob Lopilato
Volunteer Development Manager
November 05, 2019

Great leader! So glad to see her recognized here!

Jacob Lopilato on Leader Spotlight: Atsuko Yamaguchi - View trip report ▸

Eugene Keltgen on Leader Spotlight: Atsuko Yamaguchi

Eugene Keltgen Eugene Keltgen
Volunteer Development Manager
November 01, 2019

Atsuko, I enjoyed being on your South Winter Spires climb this summer. I appreciate your leadership style.

Eugene Keltgen on Leader Spotlight: Atsuko Yamaguchi - View trip report ▸

Tina Fox on Leader Spotlight: Atsuko Yamaguchi

Tina Fox Tina Fox
Volunteer Development Manager
October 29, 2019

Loved this!, especially the advice to not be just a follower. You nevery know what will occur that will put you in charge (either of [...]

Tina Fox on Leader Spotlight: Atsuko Yamaguchi - View trip report ▸
Leader Spotlight: Atsuko Yamaguchi

Leader Spotlight: Atsuko Yamaguchi

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Atsuko Yamaguchi. She is climb, scramble, and hike leader with the Everett Branch who led a scrambling trip to Japan over the summer!

Leader Spotlight: Ginger Sarver

Leader Spotlight: Ginger Sarver

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Ginger Sarver. She is an active volunteer with the Olympia Branch who is most proud of her work with their Conservation & Stewardship Committee.

Leader Spotlight: Lisa Loper

Leader Spotlight: Lisa Loper

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Lisa Loper. She is a seasoned leader with the Everett Branch who goes to the mountains to feed her soul.

Ed Lucas on Leader Spotlight: Lonny Moore

Ed Lucas Ed Lucas
Education Manager
August 09, 2019

Lonny demonstrates excellent leadership and climbing skills. I always enjoy climbing with Lonny. And yes, be prepared for a variety of songs to keep the [...]

Ed Lucas on Leader Spotlight: Lonny Moore - View trip report ▸

Cindie Bruner on Leader Spotlight: Lonny Moore

Cindie Bruner Cindie Bruner
Education Manager
July 29, 2019

Lonnie has the best smile and outlook of anybody in the mountains!! Way to go Lonnie!

Cindie Bruner on Leader Spotlight: Lonny Moore - View trip report ▸

Tina Fox on Leader Spotlight: Lonny Moore

Tina Fox Tina Fox
Education Manager
July 29, 2019

Awesome, Lonny! Thank you so much for your patience and guidance. I look forward to the Basic Plus ;) (working on it now!)

Tina Fox on Leader Spotlight: Lonny Moore - View trip report ▸
Leader Spotlight: Lonny Moore

Leader Spotlight: Lonny Moore

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Lonny Moore. He is a 6-year member with our Kitsap Branch who co-chairs the Basic Climbing Course and enjoys helping to train new leaders.

Jim French on Leader Spotlight: Ginger Sarver

Jim French Jim French
Volunteer Development Manager
July 16, 2019

Ginger is a marvelous and tireless asset to The Mountaineers in many ways, some of which she has stated above - Leader-Steward-Liaison with WTA and [...]

Jim French on Leader Spotlight: Ginger Sarver - View trip report ▸

Shelley Beuviere on Leader Spotlight: Karen Wallace

Shelley Beuviere Shelley Beuviere
Education Manager
July 05, 2019

Karen is an amazing leader. Her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the wilderness (matched with her keen attention to everyone in the group)ensured that all [...]

Shelley Beuviere on Leader Spotlight: Karen Wallace - View trip report ▸
Leader Spotlight: Karen Wallace

Leader Spotlight: Karen Wallace

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Karen Wallace. She is a 3-year member with an adventurous spirit, a keen attention to detail, and a passion for sharing her love of the outdoors with others.

Leader Spotlight: Lisa Hayek

Leader Spotlight: Lisa Hayek

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Lisa Hayek. She is a 3-year member who hikes almost daily with her baby daughter. They hope to see you out on the trail!

Leader Spotlight: Krissy Fagan

Leader Spotlight: Krissy Fagan

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Krissy Fagan. She is a 10-year member who found her climbing family through The Mountaineers!

Heather Rein on Leader Spotlight: Gordie Swartzman

Heather Rein Heather Rein
Education Manager
March 29, 2019

Gordie is the best. He is definitely passionate about the natural world and passes that on to his hikers. I’ve learned a lot from him [...]

Heather Rein on Leader Spotlight: Gordie Swartzman - View trip report ▸
Leader Spotlight: Gordie Swartzman

Leader Spotlight: Gordie Swartzman

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Gordie Swartzman. He is a 37-year member who is addicted to bird and plant identification... as well as the feeling of sharing the places he loves with others!

Leader Spotlight: Debbee Lynn Straub

Leader Spotlight: Debbee Lynn Straub

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Debbee Lynn Straub. She is an avid climber - and paddler! - who was motivated to become a leader to encourage other women to lead and to help build a positive community.

Leader Spotlight: Nancy Lloyd

Leader Spotlight: Nancy Lloyd

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Nancy Lloyd. She is a 12-year member from Olympia who is always working for the weekend and her next adventure outside!

Leader Spotlight: Bill Coady

Leader Spotlight: Bill Coady

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Bill Coady. He is a sea kayaking and cross-country ski leader who plays the drums and loves being a grandparent!

Peter Hendrickson on Leader Spotlight: Tab Wilkins

Peter Hendrickson Peter Hendrickson
Education Manager
November 29, 2018

Tab provided first order leadership to the Branch Leadership Council while VP for Branches. Thanks, Tab.

Peter Hendrickson on Leader Spotlight: Tab Wilkins - View trip report ▸
Leader Spotlight: Tab Wilkins

Leader Spotlight: Tab Wilkins

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Tab Wilkins. He is a 18-year leader who has supported The Mountaineers both in the backcountry and on the Board ... and he met his wife through our community!

Alina Badus on Leader Spotlight: Rena Chinn

Alina Badus Alina Badus
Education Manager
October 30, 2018

Rena is awesome! Nice to see her featured here.

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Leader Spotlight: Rena Chinn

Leader Spotlight: Rena Chinn

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Rena Chinn. She is 12-year member who believes that climbing can empower people to face challenges in all areas of their lives.

Leader Spotlight: Curtis Stock

Leader Spotlight: Curtis Stock

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Curtis Stock. He is a climb leader in Tacoma who has leveraged his experience with The Mountaineers to climb around the world!

Leader Spotlight: Henry Romer

Leader Spotlight: Henry Romer

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Henry Romer. He is a long-time leader and instructor who supports multiple activities ... and who just completed the 100 Peaks at Mt. Rainier list in July 2018!

Leader Spotlight: Ted Miller

Leader Spotlight: Ted Miller

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Ted Miller. He is a 9-year member with the Bellingham Branch who became a leader to give back to his community.

Leader Spotlight: Bernadette Lamarca

Leader Spotlight: Bernadette Lamarca

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Bernadette Lamarca. She is an Everett-based hike leader with 13 years of experience leading for The Mountaineers!

Leader Spotlight: Jacob Wolniewicz

Leader Spotlight: Jacob Wolniewicz

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Jacob Wolniewicz. He is a Seattle-based volunteer who joined to gain technical skills and stayed for the community!

Leader Spotlight: Jill Uthoff

Leader Spotlight: Jill Uthoff

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Jill Uthoff. She's a Tacoma-based volunteer who loves to climb and who's a leader on a number of climbing committees!

Leader Spotlight: Christine Grenier

Leader Spotlight: Christine Grenier

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. Meet this month's featured leader: Christine Grenier. She is a 12-year leader who always remembers to keep trips fun, and to enjoy the wild places she's exploring.

Leader Spotlight: Danielle Graham

Leader Spotlight: Danielle Graham

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Danielle Graham

Leader Spotlight: Tom Eckhout

Leader Spotlight: Tom Eckhout

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It's a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Tom Eckhout

Leader Spotlight: Kyle Breakey

Leader Spotlight: Kyle Breakey

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Kyle Breakey

Leader Spotlight: Jerry Logan

Leader Spotlight: Jerry Logan

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Jerry Logan

Leader Spotlight: Rodica Manole

Leader Spotlight: Rodica Manole

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Rodica Manole

Leader Spotlight: Bill Borom

Leader Spotlight: Bill Borom

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Bill Borom.

Leader Spotlight: Donna Kreuger

Leader Spotlight: Donna Kreuger

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Donna Kreuger

Leader Spotlight: Sherrie Trecker

Leader Spotlight: Sherrie Trecker

Leader Spotlight is a monthly blog to showcase our incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers. It is a platform for our leaders to share tips and tricks, favorite memories and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Sherrie Trecker.

Leader Spotlight: Charlie Michel

Leader Spotlight: Charlie Michel

Leader Spotlight is a monthly showcase of the incredible volunteer leadership at The Mountaineers to share tips and tricks, favorite memories, and inspiration for new and rising leaders. Meet this month's featured leader: Charlie Michel.