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).

 


Chad Riley
Title: Challenge Center Team Lead
Education/Qualifications: Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Educaton. CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors is my happy place. I absolutely love to find new places to travel and explore. There is nothing better than finding the hidden gems within our world.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Rock Climbing, Travelling, finding any excuse to get lost in the wilderness with friends around the campfire. My recent favorite is going white water rafting any chance I get !

 

 

WENDI WESTON
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 atother 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. 

 

 

JImmy GoritzValerie
Title: Challenge Center Team Lead
Education/Qualifications: I am a Transfer student studying Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration. I am Adult CPR/AED, pediatric CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it gives me a place to unwind, relax, and see what amazing views are out there. There is nothing else like waking up in the morning, opening your tent and seeing the snow capped Grand Teton mountains or on top of a mountain in New Mexico looking into two other states at once. You cant get those views being in the city and that is why I love the outdoors.
Three Favorite Hobbies: My three favorite hobbies are Camping, Backpacking, and photography.

 


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

Antony Demidenko
Title: Challenge Center Facilitator
Education/Qualifications: Currently studying Recreational Therapy in the RPTA department at Sac State. CPR, AED, First Aid certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors provides me with an outlet to be creative and free from the classroom setting where I can enjoy recreational activities and be myself with some good people. There is something about carrying gear on your back to a place where you have never been and spend the night with the wilderness breathing in fresh air.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, soccer, and hammocking

Alicia Munoz
Title: Challenge Center Facilitator
Education/Qualifications:   I am a transfer student from Southern California and I am currently attending CSUS and working towards a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology. I am certified in CPR/AED and First aid.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love being able step back from the stress of  day to day life and just to relax and have fun and enjoy the beautiful world. Overtime, my appreciation and respect for nature has matured greatly. I love listening to rain during an incredible thunderstorm and watching snowflakes descend past the leafless trees while skiing. Each year I participate in more outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing, white water rafting, and camping and in their own way give me a positive outlook on everything nature/outdoors has to offer.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Skiing, and playing soccer.

 

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!