Valerie has worked in education and the outdoor industry for over 15 years. She has been a whitewater guide, created and led a high school outdoor program, and has led countless backcountry expeditions for youth – from multi-day rafting, backpacking, sea kayaking, as well as skill-building programs for kayaking, mountain biking, primitive craft, and natural history of the Pacific Northwest. Valerie was a movement education teacher, trip leader, outdoor program director, health teacher, and coordinated student support services at the Portland Waldorf School for 10 years. She has cycled 850 miles of the Pacific Coast, explored the backcountry all over the West, and led over 100 weeks of wilderness programs for youth. She is a certified yoga teacher, wilderness first responder, and has completed group facilitation trainings through Partners for Youth Empowerment. Valerie began with LEAP in the summer of 2017, and is honored to serve our communities, cultivate partner relationships, train and mentor staff, and provide outstanding programs.
DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING MANAGER
Brian grew up with an expansive back yard and an even bigger appreciation for the outdoors. The son of a park ranger, Brian lived in Arizona’s Catalina State Park and spent much of his youth exploring all of its 5,500 acres. He obtained a BA in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University and an MPA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California while seeking out new adventures among our world’s natural wonders. In his travels, Brian has rafted on Peru’s Urubamba River, kayaked in Croatia, cycled in the Bolivian Andes, and bush camped in rural Namibia. He has more than a decade of nonprofit work experience and has served in various roles related to administration, communications and development. Brian joined LEAP in 2016 and is proud to portray the impact of our programs with our community.