Founder/Executive Director Gregg Treinish, both an adventurer and a conservationist, formulated the idea for the ASC in late 2010. He believes firmly that it is the responsibility of those who recreate in natural areas to protect those same areas. Gregg has worked as a wildlife biologist, a backcountry guide, and a supervisor in wilderness therapy programs in Colorado and Montana. He has traveled to six continents and continues to explore our world. In 2004 he hiked the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail, and in 2008 he completed the first ever trek of the Andes Mountain Range, which took more than 22 months and covered 7,800 miles. Gregg was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award in November of 2008 for this accomplishment. Gregg was recently named to the Christian Science Monitor's 30 under 30 list in January of 2012 and was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in May 2013. Gregg lives and plays in Bozeman, MT.
Research Director Brendan Weiner is passionate about exploring and understanding landscapes and finding ways to connect people to the landscapes they love. He believes that maintaining healthy ecosystems is essential to creating healthy and sustainable economies and communities. Brendan arrives at ASC after several years of exploring the forests, wetlands and wildlands of Vermont as a conservation forester and consulting ecologist. After developing stewardship plans for a wide variety of landowners, Brendan has learned the importance of incorporating sound science into the land planning process. Brendan has a Master’s degree in Ecological Planning from the University of Vermont where he also coordinated a conservation education program at UVM Research Forest. Brendan’s professional experience also includes work as a wildland firefighter, ecosystem restoration technician, ski patroller and adventure travel guide. Brendan has spent many days exploring, skiing and climbing in the mountains of Montana, California, Vermont and New Zealand. These days he is most likely found park-hopping in Bozeman with his two daughters (ages 4 and 2) and his wife Rachel.
Media and Outreach Coordinator Katie Smith lives in Big Sky, MT and is passionate about all things outdoors especially nordic skiing, tele skiing, backpacking, and climbing. Katie has worked in the Outdoor Industry for ten years starting in the shop of a climbing school in New Paltz, NY, and progressing to manager of an adventure travel company in New Hampshire, a nordic ski touring instructor in Steamboat Springs, CO; a wrangler and naturalist on a dude ranch in Big Sky, MT; and an organizer of several ice climbing and Nordic ski festivals. After a brief stint working for a public relations company and writing for local magazines Katie decided to get her Masters in Public Relations and is dedicated to making sure as many people have the opportunity to collect data while adventuring as possible. Contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnerships Coordinator Erin Johnson grew up in the mountains of Montana. She is passionate about experiential learning and exploring. She is excited to help people support stewardship and expanding inquiry-based knowledge about the wild places in which they play. As an undergraduate she worked in a laboratory studying the physiological ecology of the stress response in free-living sparrows. Erin has worked on research projects in Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP, and at Tioga Pass outside of Yosemite NP. During her time as a field biologist at Tioga Pass, she had the opportunity to teach science modules about the research to high school students in the Mono Basin, CA. She has also worked with American and indigenous student groups in the Ecuadorian Andes, as well as on a native tree nursery run by a group of indigenous communities with The Tandana Foundation. Erin studied in New Zealand for a year and studied in Southern Africa as a student of The Traveling School. She has a degree in Ecology and Organismal Biology, a minor in Studio Art, and is a Wilderness First Responder. Erin loves all adventure activities and volunteers at the local raptor hospital in Bozeman, MT.
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