Office Staff

Sasha Smirnova
Title: Director

Education/Qualifications: Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education from New Mexico State University
Why do you love the outdoors? It has the ability to humble and empower you at the same time.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Rock Climbing, hanging out with my dogs, and eating pizza.


Valerie RegnerValerie
Title: Challenge Center Manager

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

 

Rad Beautonrad
Title: Bike Shop Manager, Bicycle Mechanic

Education/Qualifications: Bike Mechanic for over 7 years, and UBI certified mechanic
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors lets me get away from it all. Nothing leaves me feeling as complete as a night under the stars in my favorite sleeping bag.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, Bikepacking, Bike Touring.

 

Brad Pointer Meredith ZANARDI
Title: Outdoor Adventures Manager
Education/Qualifications:
Masters in Recreation Administration from Sac State. Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Why do you love the outdoors? Being able to challenge myself physically and mentally, though sometimes just relaxing is nice too!
Three Favorite Hobbies: Rock climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Backpacking

 

Brad Pointer Sari Smart
Title: Programs Specialist
Education/Qualifications:
Masters in Recreation and Leisure Services Management from Texas State University. Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
Why do you love the outdoors? I've always felt comfortable being outside. Throughout my life it has always been there to challenge me, comfort me, and entertain me in many ways.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, Skiing, and Cycling

 

Tanner landon
Title: Marketing Specialist
Education/Qualifications: B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Mass Media from Sacramento State University.
Why do you love the outdoors? It's where I get the most out of life. It is where I feel the most alive and connected, both to people and to nature.
Three Favorite Hobbies: rock climbing, photography, and snowboarding

 

 

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.

 

Tori WeberValerie
Title: Sales and Outreach Specialist
Education/Qualifications: Graduated with honors with a BA in History and a minor in Anthropology. 4 years experience working with California State Parks and Recreation.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it makes me feel alive! Sometimes we get caught up in the rat race and it takes a gorgeous view or the wind in our face to put things back in perspective. Whether playing a pick-up game of soccer or climbing a mountain, being in nature allows me to step back and see the big picture- that we're here to enjoy life and spent time with loved ones.
Three Favorite Hobbies: I love spontaneous roadtrips/traveling, hiking, and yoga with my dogs!


MaKenzie neves
Title: Sales Assistant
Education/Qualifications: Currently working on a Bachelors degree in Communications Public Relations with a minor in Marketing in the honors program at Sacramento State
Why do you love the outdoors? I love all of the endless possibilities the outdoors has to offer. There is something so invigorating about the opportunity it provides to see beauty and experience adventure.
Three Favorite Hobbies: I love traveling, experiencing new things, and advocating for causes I am passionate about.

 

 

 

Outdoor Trips Staff

John Gratton
Title: Outdoor Trip Leader
Education/Qualifications: I am pursuing a BS in Kinesiology and I am CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors provides tons of opportunities for new experiences. Experiences like meeting interesting people, seeing new sites and challenging myself both physically and mentally. Also the sunsets, those are pretty sweet too.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Doing pull ups on rocks, sliding on the snow with sticks and cruising on my bike.

Michael Doermann
Title: Outdoor Trip Leader
Education/Qualifications: Wilderness First Aid, CPR Certification
Why do you love the outdoors? Because spending time in the outdoors brings simplicity, beauty, and fun experiences with wonderful people into my life.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Archery, rock climbing, and swimming


Michael MuÑiz Jr. Valerie
Title: Front Desk Assistant / Outdoor Trip Leader/ Challenge Center Apprentice
Education/Qualifications: I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Administration and hold a Wilderness First Responder certification.
Why do you love the outdoors? I am passionate about outdoor recreation because it empowers everyone to mentally and physically challenge themselves. Plus, people can use the outdoors to form connections with fellow adventurers who come from different backgrounds and cultures; social constructs cease to exist out there.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, Swimming, and Volunteering!

 

Sean Duffin
Title: Outdoor Trip Leader/ Challenge Center Team Lead
Education/Qualifications: I am currently studying mechanical engineering at CSUS. I have associates degrees in business and kinesiology. I have wilderness first aid as well as CPR training.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love how nature offers the opportunity to interact and learn from the environment. I love adventure, and the outdoors provides a huge variety of them for those who seek them.
Three Favorite Hobbies: I love getting on the water so sailing and rafting are some of my favorites. I also love outdoor rappeling and mountain biking.

 

 

Challenge Center Staff

Bike Shop Staff