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: Associate Director

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

Education/Qualifications: 10+ years of bike shop experience, UBI certified Mechanic, and LCI certified instructor
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors lets me get away from it all. Nothing lets me decompress as much as night under the stars in my favorite sleeping bag.
Three Favorite Hobbies: BIKES!! (cyclocross, mountain biking, bike packing, touring, and daily commuting), music, and board games.


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! 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!

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's where I feel the most alive and connected, both to people and to nature.
Three Favorite Hobbies: rock climbing, photography, and snowboarding

 

Jimmy Goritz
Title: Challenge Center Program Assistant
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.


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.

Kyle Murphy
Title: Outdoor Trip Leader
Education/Qualifications: 200 Hour’s Yoga Instructors Training, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, LNT Trainer, AIARE 1, Studying Wilderness Education at Lake Tahoe Community College
Why do you love the outdoors? I The wilderness highlights our true nature by forcing us to overcome difficult circumstances, and thereby bringing us closer to our higher selves. My love of the wilderness derives from a deep desire within myself, to live everyday by those values which infuse love, excitement, wisdom and knowledge into my life.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, and White Water Rafting

 

Challenge Center Staff

Bike Shop Staff