Office Staff

Jael Young
Title: Department Director

Education/Qualifications: Education: Bachelor of Science, Anthropology and Masters of Science, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration.
Qualifications: In addition to working for Peak Adventures since 1990, Jael has also trained with National Outdoor Leadership School (3 month course), Outward Bound, Mother Lode River Center and El Dorado Search and Rescue. She also has training in Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, Leave No Trace, Avalanche Safety, Rock Climbing Site Management. Jael is also a part- time lecturer for the RPTA Department at Sacramento State, specializing in RPTA 34 (Outdoor Recreation Experience).

Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it makes me feel more alive, more at peace with the world, and ultimately more connected. When I am outdoors with other people, I have seen how it naturally allows people to connect with each other in a genuine manner. While I do not consider myself an adrenaline junkie by any means, I do love the adventure of route finding, having to be resourceful, pushing my physical boundaries and exploring beautiful landscapes.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, Snowshoeing, Watching my kids play soccer


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




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: Operations Specialist
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: Marketing Specialist
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



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.

Support Staff

Tanner landon
Title: Graphic Design Assistant
Education/Qualifications: Perusing a BS at Sacramento State in Communications: New and Digital Media.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors for a simple reason, 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. Some of the best times of my life were spent outdoors with family and friends and I will always be drawn to wild, open spaces.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, and Hiking/Backpacking


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.



Michael MuÑiz Jr. Valerie
Title: Front Desk Assistant
Education/Qualifications: Currently, I am pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in (Outdoor) Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration. I am Wilderness First Aid and First Aid/CPR Certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it empowers all! I love it because it challenges me physically and mentally in the most beautiful environments. I love coming home from a backpacking trip and feeling like I can go out and conquer the world. Also, I love that the outdoors allows people to form connections with fellow adventurers who come from all sorts of different backgrounds and cultures. There are no social constructs influencing someone to be one way or another.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, Swimming, and Riding my bike!




Outdoor Trips Staff

Shannon Yannazzo
Title: Outdoor Trip Leader / Outdoor Trip Program Assistant
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: Outdoor Trip Program Assistant / Outdoor Trip Leader / Outdoor Trip Class B Driver
Education/Qualifications: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Admin. Major; Wilderness First Aid Certified; CPR/AED Certified;
Why do you love the outdoors? I love 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.


Steven Langford Jr.
Title: Outdoor Trip Program Assistant
Education/Qualifications: Bachelor's in Sport Management from Washington State University, GO COUGS!!
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors forces people to step out of their comfort zone in one way or another and genuinely challenge themselves. Also, nature is pretty neat :)
Three Favorite Hobbies: Road-tripping, Backpacking, anything on the river



Ian Rall
Title: Outdoor Trip Leader & Outdoor Trip Program Assistant
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



Ellen Oberting
Title: Outdoor Trip Program Assistant
Education/Qualifications: A.A. Degree in Business and Management and aiming for my Bachelor's in Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship as well as my minor in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration at CSUS. I go to National Parks nearly every year with my family and love to hike.
Why do you love the outdoors? The only place I can fully relax is by enjoying the great outdoors. I am in constant awe of the world we live in and love to see all of the different formations from the deep canyons in Grand Canyon to the Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and the magnificent arches in Arches National Park. There is always something new to explore!
Three Favorite Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, and Observing Nature



Alyson teixeiraValerie
Title: Outdoor Trip Program Assistant
Education/Qualifications: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Admin. Major with a concentration in Recreation Therapy. Associates in Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, and Individual and Society from American River College. Certified in First Aid, CPR/AED, and Wilderness First Aid.
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors allows for me to get away from my day to day busy life and just relax. Each and every time I step foot into the outdoors it gives me the opportunity to experience new and exciting things.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Swimming, Reading, Hiking


JImmy GoritzValerie
Title: Outdoor Trip Program Assistant
Education/Qualifications: I am a Transfer student studying Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration. I am Adult CPR/AED, pediatric CPR and 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.

Kyle MurphyValerie
Title: Trip Leader / Outdoor Trip Program Assistant
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? 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


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