Hometown: San Geronimo, California
Education: B.A. Psychology, M.A. Education, Lehigh University
For ten years, I blended my love for teaching with my love for the outdoors in a school setting. I find immense value empowering others, giving them the tools to exceed their dreams and break down limiting thoughts. My work running outdoor programs and teaching civic engagement, psychology and history inspired me to challenge self-imposed limitations. and my journey with Mindfulness, which began in 2001, continually motivates me. I feel compelled to provide corporate team members with an opportunity to grow and excel as leaders, as team players, and as members of the human race.
Move Mountains encourages me every day. It is a reminder to constantly strive for a better way, that while we can enjoy every moment, we can also enjoy the opportunity to grow and live with the vibrant spirit of a life-long learner.
I try to provide opportunities for my clients and my staff to grow in mindfulness and effectiveness. I believe that with high expectations and high love, facilitators, guides and leaders can help their participants rise to greater heights.
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor Frankl
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau
Facilitator/ Research and Development Advisor
Hometown: Gardnerville, Nevada
Education: B.S. Economics, United States Naval Academy, M.S. Global Leadership, University of San Diego, M.S. Business Management, Stanford
SEAL Reserves Commanding Officer at SEAL Team 17; CEO/Founder of Patriot List
I have one goal in life: Be a positive influence... every day. This simple goal reminds me that materialism and greed will never bring me peace, reminds me to be conscious and present in every moment, reminds me that I am part of something greater. Move Mountains believes the same, together we will build a positive culture of respect by starting with the individual human. Together we will become a positive force for our community.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt
Facilitator/ Research and Development Advisor
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Education: B.A. Political Science, University of Arizona, M.S. Business Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business
CoFounder/ Managing Principal at Presidio360
John served twenty years in U.S. Army special operations before retiring from active duty service and transitioning to the civilian sector in early 2014. During his military career, he served in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arabian peninsula, Egypt, and the Horn of Africa. Between 2001 and 2012 he deployed overseas a total of sixty months.
John is excited to join Move Mountains as a facilitator and advisor, where his expertise can help Move Mountains continue as an industry innovator in team and leadership development.
"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." -John F. Kennedy
Hometown: Berkeley, California
Education: B.S. Anthropology, UC Davis
I have done wilderness guiding in the past, and found it amazing how outdoor experiences can facilitate transformative experiences. I appreciate the way that Move Mountains makes these transformative possibilities the focus, then uses the natural environment as the setting to facilitate. I've always liked to be the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage, and MM allows me to do that.
I tend to have unique ideas, and am always keen to explore concepts that are outside of the box. I think those are the things that have the most potential to expand our understanding and change us for the better.
I believe that our journeys through nature and new experiences can lead us closer to ourselves, and that the relationship with oneself is the most sacred relationship in life.
Simon “Si" Norton - Facilitator/ Research and Development Advisor
Hometown: Guilford, Vermont
Education: M.A. Global Education, Harvard University, B.A. World Issues, School for International Training
Currently Senior Director of the World Learning/ School for International Training Youth Programs; Co-Director of the Vermont Governor’s Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism; Graduate Instructor in Youth Program Leadership & Design and Program Planning and Management.
Si is a Global Educator with 25 years of diverse international education & training experience, working with youth from more than 155 countries. He has been directing experiential global and outdoor education programs, camps and exchanges since 1992 and currently runs more than 30 programs and trainings each year with over 1200 youth and adults from around the world.
I encountered Move Mountains and Charlie early in 2016 when he facilitated some wonderful workshops and activities for our international youth programs. The synergy in facilitation and transformational approach was immediately apparent, and very much aligns with my own style of integrating leadership and outdoor education with peacebuilding and global issues dialogue and the wellness of individuals and communities. I look forward to working with Move Mountains to create powerful learning experiences.
"The world out there is a school. Life is the only real teacher. It offers many experiences, and if experience alone brought wisdom and fulfillment, then elderly people would all be happy, enlightened masters. But the lessons of experience are hidden. I can help you learn from experience to see the world clearly....to turn knowledge into wisdom. " Dan Millman, 'The Way of the Peaceful Warrior'
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Education: Yoga Instructor Certification, 18 Years Experience in Corporate Recruiting
Move Mountains takes a special approach by designing individualized, unique programs for clients, it is never the same. Everyone walks away feeling better than when they started physically, mentally and emotionally...this means a lot to me. The empowerment growth is amazing to experience!
I bring 10 years volunteering with Children, 20 years working with child-based organizations, and 18 years of Corporate Experience in Human Resources, as well a certified active Yoga Teacher.
Hometown: Bloomington/Normal, Illinois
Education: B.A. Speech Communications, University of Illinois, M.Ed. Organizational Development, University of Illinois.
I lived and worked in Chicago for 12 years as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 leadership on how to engage with their employees during times of transformational organization change. The work was rewarding, but something was missing.
I left the glass and steel office buildings behind, sold my place along with many of my possessions and hit the road. My travels took me to 41 states, 24 national parks, 11 countries on 2 continents with countless experiences of awe and growth. Along the way I rediscovered myself - my love for the outdoors, adventure, people, learning, discovery, service. I found some courage to know and overcome my fears of breaking with a more ‘traditional’ path and embarked on a more intentional, meaningful and fulfilling life in the Reno/Tahoe area - doing the things I love for a living.
I’m excited to work with Move Mountains as an agent of positive growth - both professionally and personally - so that we may all live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
"Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest of fare, with course and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: "Is this the condition that I feared?" - Seneca
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Education: B.A. Ecology, University of Colorado, Boulder and M.S. Ecology, University of Nevada, Reno
Founder/ President at Red Tail Adventures
Growing up in Sacramento allowed me to frequently visit Lake Tahoe and I moved to the Lake Tahoe area full-time in 2006. My career path has taken me from teaching at public schools in Colorado to doing field work on Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, and breeding bird surveys in Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and California to environmental education at the Wolf Education and Research Center, Portland Audubon, and Great Basin Outdoor School. In 2010, I co-founded the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), a nonprofit that provides science education and nature experiences. During my seven years at TINS, I developed science programs that regularly received “outstanding” reviews from teachers and reached 5,000-6,000 students yearly. I have been an adjunct professor at Sierra Nevada College since 2010 where I teach field courses, primarily in ornithology.
Working with Move Mountains allows me to enjoy connect people with nature and create “aha moments” that give insight into the previously unknown.
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
-Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton
Research and Development Advisor
Hometown: Chico, California
Education: PSY.D. Clinical Psychology, Ryokan College; M.A. Psychological Science, California State University, Chico; B.A. Musical Theatre, California State University Chico
Dr. Sésha Zinn is a CA Licensed Clinical Psychologist and for the past 7 years has served her community as a Research Psychologist providing data analytics to improve and report on the overall system function, client outcomes, clinical decision making and program evaluations.
Dr. Zinn is a mother to 3 beautiful children and she and her husband have been foster parents to multiple children over the past 8 years. They believe in living a life dedicated to leaving the world better than they found it. Dr. Zinn devotes time and energy into studying how our relational dynamics influence our overall wellbeing, formation of new relationships as well as the continuation of fulfilling lifelong relationships. This work is the foundation for successful family lives, highly functional teams, prosperous careers, self-confidence and overall life satisfaction.
Research and Development Advisor
Hometown: Woodstock, Vermont
Education: BA in Anthropology and Geology, Bowdoin College, Maine. MA in Multicultural Education from National University
Currently Director of Outdoor Adventure Education at Sierra Nevada College.
Rosie grew up in Vermont and has strong New England roots…Right after college, she migrated west for big mountains and bluebird powder days. Rosie loves any and all ways she can play in the mountains. She has dedicated the past 20 years to field instruction, curriculum design, environmental stewardship, and leadership development, and is a fervent believer in the power of outdoor adventure education to change and enrich lives. Her extensive and varied field experience includes instructing/guiding sailing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting/kayaking, rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, avalanche science, and outdoor leadership for schools and organizations all over the world.
Rosie is the Director of the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program at Sierra Nevada College. She is also an Associate Professor in the program. Her mission is to empower her students to become “growth” junkies, passionate leaders, competent outdoor professionals, and lifelong environmental stewards.
On her days off, Rosie can usually be found skiing, surfing, climbing or biking with her husband, Bret, her two children, Ruby and Van, and her dog, Osa, near her home in South Lake Tahoe or in a far away place.
Hometown: Peru, New York
Education: B.A. Therapeutic Recreation. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
I am a firm believer that every person has the choice to live their life happily. No matter what situations arise, we can choose to get through them with gratitude and grace or feel defeated. MM seems to have that same mentality.
I am a generally very happy person. I love to smile, I love to laugh, I love things to be light, open, fun. I truly feel that I am the kind of person that spreads my good mood to those whom I am with.
This years motto: "Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world, the heart has its beaches, its homeland and thoughts of its own. Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin' brings, But the heart has its seasons, its evenin's and songs of its own."
Hometown: Sebastopol, California
Education: B.S. Environmental Science and Ecology, Sierra Nevada College
I love that Move Mountains embodies distinct core themes, while offering a wide array of activities. From backpacking to kayaking and from group facilitation to individual mentoring, Move Mountains promotes mindful awareness of ourselves and others, using the outdoors as a vehicle for growth.
I feel that my past has given me the ability to connect with a variety of individuals from different backgrounds. Raised by a single mother working three jobs, we learned to find beauty in the little things. My most beloved toys were hand-me-down Beanie Babies and the rocks and marbles I found in the backyard. I was also a very quiet, recluse and somewhat chubby child, who would cry at the word: “Hike.” It wasn’t until I began playing volleyball in seventh grade that I finally became passionate about something. I find that I have a lot in common with kids from different socioeconomic backgrounds as well as those who are still finding where their passions lie, as I can often see myself in them.
“Enlightenment begins where the pavement ends!”
Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona
Education: BS in Natural Science, emphasis in Geology from University of Puget Sound // BA in Commercial Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography
I was really attracted to the mission statement of Move Mountains, bring people together, surrounded by the beauty of the Lake Tahoe area, and have fun while working on skills that improve creativity, communication and productivity. I love being part of the process to show people this beautiful area as well as helping people break out of their shells, have lots of laughs, and leave learning something about themselves and becoming closer with their colleagues.
I am a shameless kid at heart, even though at times I don’t show it. But this is my unique gift that I bring to being a facilitator. I love playing outside and acting like a kid. I hope that my love helps people tap into their inner child, smile and make some great friends on the playground.
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Education: B.A. Humanities, Sierra Nevada College
While there are a lot of outdoor adventure focused companies that are doing great things, few focus on leadership, team-building, and other critical life development skills, like mindfulness. Move Mountains is really empowering in these facets, constantly looking for ways to aid in people’s growth, both on individual and group levels, and finding ways to use the lessons learned in a field to, essentially, make the world a better place. It sets participants (and instructors) up for a more sustainable growth...one that continues when you return from your trip and often shifts the way that you think about and approach life.
I’m really good at asking really odd questions and slipping in whitewater references that nobody understands. I think I’m good at finding unique solutions to group dynamic issues, and at facilitating self and peer driven learning.
"Well made sandwiches and waking kids up to watch the sunrise are two of the best things in life. Both take a lot of work and coaxing though." - Courtney Zink