Challenge Center Staff

Valerie RegnerValerie
Title: Challenge Center Manager
Title: Challenge Center Manager, Team Lead, Facilitator
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



Ross GarnerValerie
Title: Challenge Center Program Assistant
Education/Qualifications: I currently have a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus in entrepreneurship and I am a master of martial arts. I have two years of experience working for peak adventures as an outdoor trip leader, ropes course facilitator, raft guide, and youth camp counselor for both Adventure and Expedition camps. I have also been taking underprivileged youth white water rafting through the Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) for three seasons. I am certified in CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it allows people to become more than they ever thought possible. It could be through climbing, rafting, hiking, whatever outdoor activity; it brings people to the realization that the world is full of opportunities and challenges that can inspire, motivate, be life changing and most importantly bring people closer together.
Three Favorite Hobbies: My three favorite hobbies are rock climbing, white water rafting, and martial arts.


Chinh NguyenValerie
Title: Challenge Center Team Lead
Education/Qualifications: I have been working at Peak Adventures since March 2014. Started as a candidate, now, I am a Facilitator. With a few more steps, I will become the team lead. I am also attending CSUS, and I am looking to graduate in Fall 2016 with a BS in RPTA concentrating on Recreational Therapy.
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors bring a sense of stillness in me that I need. Walking on the grass, the rocks, and the soils helps me reconnect with my inner self. It also serves as a way for me to reflect on my past days. Plus, I like seeing wild animals like cows. . . Maybe not cows but birds and bears for sure.
Three Favorite Hobbies: I like to ride my bike, hike, and play games (both physical, and computer alike).



Title: Challenge Center Team Lead
Education: AA in Fashion Design, BA Family and Consumer Sciences, Minor in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Credentials in Home Economics and Health Science
Qualifications: Wilderness First Aid, Infant, Child, Adult CPR/First Aid, AED, Class B Permit. Wendi has been part of Peak Adventures since 2002. She has worked with many different groups on the Peak Adventure Challenge Center along with being contracted to work at other courses in the area. She has taught over 7 years in the public school system including junior high and high school students. Wendi’s has over 15 years of youth camp leadership and training for both elementary and teenagers. Taught aspiring young artist for 3 years and currently has her own women & children accessories design business creating beautiful one of a kind fabric creations.
Best outdoor experience: I really got into hiking when I was 15 years old at Girl’s Camp for church. We went for 3 days backpacking, swimming, and whittling. It was so much fun to be out there with all my friends and learn about my strengths and weaknesses, it was empowering.
Favorite thing about Peak Adventures: Being part of Peak Adventures has provided so much growth in my professional and personal life. Each day on the Challenge Center I have the opportunity to mentor, share and learn with both my fellow “Peakies” and clients.  I LOVE TO GO TO WORK!!! Without ASI’s support for Peak Adventures this would never have happened. 



Ian Rall
Title: Challenge Center Facilitator
Education/Qualifications: Pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Wilderness First Aid certified, CPR/AED certified, Class B Commercial Drivers License. 
Why do you love the outdoors? Exploring the outdoor gives me the chance to escape the stresses of everyday life, while seeing some of the most amazing sights the world has to offer. I am able to reflect on myself, my life, and my experiences with astonishing views as a backdrop.  Nothing beats waking up to the kind of scenes others only see in pictures.  Additionally, getting outdoors with Peak Adventures has allowed me to meet some really awesome people and share the experience with them.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Hiking, White Water Rafting, Camping


Chad Riley
Title: Challenge Center Facilitator
Education/Qualifications: Studying to become a Criminal Justice Major at CSUS
Why do you love the outdoors? The Outdoors have been my home since as long as I could remember. There's no place I would rather be and being there allows me to forget everything else and simply live.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Traveling, Rock Climbing, and Long Boarding

Shannon Yannazzo
Title: Challenge Center Facilitator
Education/Qualifications: Wilderness First Aid Certified, First Aide, CPR & AED Certified, Bachelor of Science Exercise Science, Kinesiology
Why do you love the outdoors? I love being able to completely disconnect from the world, and dive into the quietness of the wilderness. When out in the wilderness everything seems to slow down, and you're able to fully immerse yourself into the moment without distractions. Everything is more simple and peaceful. My time spent outdoors is some of the best and most fulfilling moments in my life.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Hiking/Backpacking, Snowboarding, Yoga


Doug Lyle
Title: Challenge Center Facilitator
Education/Qualifications: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Major; Wilderness First Aid Certified; CPR/AED Certified;
Why do you love the outdoors? When outdoors life itself seems to transform into something more alluring, and much more simple. Sky, earth, bird songs, and the rustle of leaves all invite you to experience the day with open arms because nature is, at it's heart, altruistic, despite our treatment of it. Being out there you somehow start believing that everything that envelops you during each precious moment exists solely to make you feel alive.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Adventuring and finding new challenges in the outdoors, hammocking (yes, its a verb now), and... tabletop gaming.

Joseph HeinzenValerie
Title: Challenge Center Apprentice

Education/Qualifications: Kinesiology(exercise science) Major at CSUS
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors provides an escape from the stress of everyday life
Three Favorite Hobbies: I enjoying exercise, mainly Olympic Lifting. I enjoy fishing. I love food and bbqing.




Devin Saum
Title: Challenge Center Apprentice
Education: Associates in Political Science and German. Currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Economics.
Qualifications: I am currently certified with CPR/First Aid and Wilderness First Aid. I have eight years’ experience as an Assistant Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, and over fifteen years of outdoor experience, including canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, camping, white water rafting, and rock climbing.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Hiking, Canoeing, Snorkeling
Best Outdoor Experience: Grand Canyon Backpack
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures: Being part of a team of very positive and successful individuals!



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