Dean

Dean Cardinale — Founder/Lead Guide

Dean Cardinale is an avid mountain climber, outdoors enthusiast, and adventure lover. The founder of World Wide Trekking and the President and Founder of Human Outreach Project, he has climbed and led expeditions to North America, Central America, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Himalayas, including summiting Mt. Everest in 2005. He is the former president of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, where he served for over a decade. He serves as the U.S. representative to the International Commission of Alpine Rescue, is an avalanche instructor with the American Avalanche Association, and an avalanche forecaster for Snowbird Ski Resort. He is also a level-III certified US Sailing Captain and author of the book: Inspired – Lessons Learned from a Life of Adventure. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, Alison, and their three dogs—Cruizer, Marty, and Spike. Dean has taught people of all ages and professions, and is well known for his professional ethics and conduct evident in all of his pursuits. Dean has a longstanding record of leadership, program development, and community service.

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Ed Chauner — Guide

Ed has taught skiing at Snowbird for three decades and is the most requested private instructor at the resort. He is the only instructor who also serves on ski patrol. He is certified by American Avalanche Association and in Outdoor Emergency Care; he also is a Wilderness First Responder. Ed is an experienced leader who has traveled to over 40 countries, trekked in the Spanish Pyrenees, Austrian Alps, and Italian Dolomites, and summited Kilimanjaro multiple times.

Patrick Bright

Patrick Reddish — Guide

Patrick grew up in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Skiing and climbing at an early age led the way to expeditions as both a climber and guide in Alaska, Greenland, the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas, and Patagonia. His passion for travel and adventure led to a second career in filmmaking and photography. Patrick works as a heli-ski guide for Wasatch Powderbird Guides and guides many trips for World Wide Trekking.

Matt Biddle

Matthew Biddle — Guide

Matt Biddle is a career outdoors-man who divides his year between the mountains and rivers of the American Southwest. For more than 20 years, Matt has made his living as a professional whitewater and ski guide. During the summer, Matt and his wife live in Colorado and Matt focuses his guiding efforts on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In the winter months, Matt migrates to higher ground and can be found guiding helicopter skiing and ski patrolling in the Wasatch Mountains in and around Little Cottonwood Canyon Utah. Traveling and spending time with his wife at their rural property in Colorado are Matt’s other passion. Matt’s desire to share the earth’s most beautiful places coupled with a natural knack for guiding and helping others has made him a perfect fit with World Wide Trekking and the Human Outreach Project.

Tina Biddle — Guide

Tina spends her winters ski patrolling at Snowbird and summers working in the Colorado high country. As a career outdoorswoman, she has worked as a commercial river guide, Breckenridge ski patrol, Snowbird ski patrol, and mountain bike guide. Her passion for travel has led her to explore not only the West but the world: Turkey, Thailand, and New Zealand are among her favorites. She is certified by the American Avalanche Association and the American Mechanized Guide Association.

Brian Muller

Brian Muller — Guide

Brian is originally from New Jersey where he grew up ski racing in high school. He moved to Utah to attend Westminster College in 2008, and initially got into guiding through backcountry skiing. In the winters, Brian works as a ski patroller for Snowbird Ski Resort, and as a ski guide/avalanche course instructor for Utah Mountain Adventures. Brian spends the rest of his year guiding in the North Cascades, in Alaska on Denali, and internationally on Kilimanjaro and in Nepal. Brian is also certified by the American Avalanche Association and has his Outdoor Emergency Care certification.

Seth Orton — Guide

Seth is from the Shores of Lake Michigan where at an early age, his parents put him on a pair of skis, and the rest is history. Now Seth spends his winters ski patrolling at Snowbird and guiding for their sno-cat skiing operation. In the summertime he guides rock climbing and river trips. Seth has guided in Utah, Idaho, and Argentina. In his free time, you will find him exploring slot canyons in the Colorado Plateau, mountain biking along the Wasatch front, or on a belay ledge. He recently graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Adventure Outdoor Programming and loves putting his education to use. He is certified by the American Avalanche Association, is a Wilderness First Responder, High-Angle Rescue Technician, and an EMT. He is also a licensed Utah river guide and is certified in Emergency Outdoor Care.

Justin Painter — Skipper

Justin grew up on a summer camp on Lake George in upstate New York. At age eight he took his first sailing class and since then sailing has been a major part of his life. Throughout his high school and early college years he instructed classes, directed sailing programs, raced regularly and led week-long sailing trips on Lake George. In fall of 2011 he sailed from Maine to the Caribbean on a 135ft tall ship through SEA semester. The next couple years he spent between Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Park City, UT. In the summers he would captain a water taxi, do boat deliveries and instruct sailing classes. In the winter he ski patrolled at Park City Mountain Resort. He now lives in Seattle and works full time at the Seattle Sailing Club instructing and helping maintain their fleet in the off-season. Justin has a 100 ton captain’s license including a sailing endorsement.

Spencer Storm — Guide

Growing up in Colorado, Spence spent his childhood skiing and climbing. He is a nationally registered Paramedic (NREMT-P) as well as an Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor and Instructor trainer. He is a member of and instructor for the American Avalanche Association. Spence has not only worked as a river guide, mountain guide and ski guide, he has also worked as an operations manager for multiple outfitters. He teaches and instructs at the college level, developing curriculums for outdoor education and leadership courses. Spence lives in Little Cottonwood Canyon and works as lead guide for Snowbird’s Snowcat skiing outfit and guides helicopter skiing in Utah’s Wasatch and Alaska’s Chugach mountains.

Gale Dahlager — Guide

Gale Dahlager has traveled the world as a sponsored athlete. After making the US downhill bike team in ’03 and ’04, she retired from competitive biking to spend more time rock climbing, backcountry skiing and mountaineering. Gale has worked as a bike coach and guide in many places around North America, and continues to travel as much as possible for climbing, skiing, trekking, and mountaineering adventures. She has her Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Responder, is certified by the American Avalanche Association, and holds High-Angle Rescue and International Mountain bike Instructor Certification (IMIC) – Coaches Instructor certifications.

Calvin

Calvin Hebert — Guide

Calvin grew up climbing and skiing in the Pacific Northwest and now calls Utah home. He has worked as a professional mountain and ski guide for 18 years. Calvin has guided trips in Wyoming’s Teton and Wind River ranges, climbs in Argentina, Utah, and Colorado. He has climbed all over the world. He considers himself a certified desert rat now and loves exploring remote slot canyons and rivers. He is a wilderness first responder.

Mike Morris — Guide

In May 2002, Mike stood at 29,092′ on the summit of Everest. He’ll tell you that the view of Lhotse is sublime, but that he’d rather have skipped the Khumbu Icefall. Born in the coastal town of Newport Beach, Mike moved to the Wasatch Front at the age of three and proceeded to quickly become familiar with his surroundings. Mike disappeared into the hills skiing and climbing everything he could find before heading out of town at the age of 18. Mike guided 17 years in the Grand Canyon, and did 12 seasons as a mountain guide in the aforementioned Himalaya. In the winter, he patrolled 23 years at Snowbird, with 10 of those years as an Assistant Director. Today Mikes loves to show people his childhood backyard (the Wasatch) on heli trips and chase his kids around Alta when they’re not in school.

Robin Chopus — Guide

Robin Chopus is a restaurant owner, entrepreneur, and private chef in Bozeman, Montana. When she’s not serving up the finest food and wine around at Emerson Grill, you can catch her outside fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, golfing, or kicking it at her remote property near Glacier National park. Robin spent 10 years skiing and cheffing in Utah with her trusted sidekick jack russell terrier, Oliver, before putting roots under the big sky in Bozeman, Montana. Robin’s untamed outdoorsy spirit in combination with her knack for the finer things makes her a truly distinguished boss lady, restauranteur, and Bozemanite.

Our International Team

World Wide Trekking International Team

In each region that we visit, we have built familial and professional relationships with local, professional guides,
educators,  and porters. They are an integral part of our successful operations abroad. We value their knowledge
and experience, and we pass the benefit of these relationships on to our guests.

Geljen

Geljen Sherpa — Nepal Operations Manager/Guide

Geljen helps organize group treks, mountain climbs, and private tours for World Wide Trekking in Nepal and all of Asia. He has organized everything from Khumbu treks to expeditions to the top of the world. Geljen Sherpa is an Everest summiteer and understands the demands of hard work, perseverance, and community. Geljen has been instrumental in establishing contacts for Human Outreach Project (HOP), including family members of children in remote Himalayan villages. He is a HOP board member.

Ray

Raymond Massae — Tanzania Operations Manager/Guide

Raymond is a professional educator and integral leader in our efforts in Africa. He has more than 15 years of experience in the African tourism industry and helps organize all of our logistics for group treks and safaris. He works to organize all local endeavors, oversee operational details, and mentor the African staff. Raymond is a member of the governing board of HOP and plays a critical role in guiding HOP community service. Raymond holds a degree in education and uses his expertise to help the Tanzanian people.

Comfort

Elinani “Comfort” Malewo — Tanzania Safari Driver

Comfort is World Wide Trekking’s private safari driver. He has over a decade’s worth of experience with some of the most outstanding safari and adventure companies in Africa. On your safari, Comfort will provide an interpretive experience and will answer any questions you may have. His skills include, but are not limited to: speaking fluent English and native Swahili, knowledge of Africa’s flora and fauna, and is an exceptional teacher of Tanzania’s natural history and culture. He attended Mweka College of African Wildlife Management and received a certificate of wildlife management. Comfort holds a certificate in Tourism and is certified in medical first aid. Comfort is dedicated to ensuring your safari is both safe and informative.

Rodolfo

Rodolfo Reyes Oropeza — Peru & Ecuador Guide

Rodolfo is a fully certified professional Mountain Trekking Guide. He studied at CEAM, (Center for High Mountain studies) dedicated to the training of Mountain Guides in Peru. He has more than 15 years of experience working in adventure tourism, trekking, and climbing. Each year Rodolfo renews his training with a mountain rescue course organized by the Peruvian Mountain Guide Association. Rodolfo was part of the film crew for the movie “Touching The Void”, filmed in the Huayhuash mountains of Peru. He leads guests in the Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash, and Cordillera Raura. Rodolfo has climbed numerous peaks in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

Marcos Couch — Argentina Operations Manager/Guide

Marcos organizes and guides trips for World Wide Trekking in Argentina and Chile. He is an International Federation of Mountain Guides Association certified guide who has accomplished many first ascents and summited peaks worldwide. His expert experience includes multiple summits on Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and California’s El Capitan; establishing and leading new routes on Fitz Roy; daring kayak descents in Patagonia; and first ascents in his home mountains of Bariloche, Argentina.

Mustapha Bouinbaden — Morocco Operations Manager / Guide

Mustapha is from the Imlil region of Morocco and has almost 10 years of experience guiding treks through the Atlas Mountains with visitors from around the world. He is the son of one of the first mountain guides in Morocco. He is fluent in English, French, Berber & Arabic. He has a BA in English studies, and is a graduate of the Mountain Guide School in Tabant (CFAMM). Mustapha truly loves his job and the region where he grew up. He loves sharing it with visitors.

Diego

Diego Cumbajin — Ecuador Operations Manager / Guide

Diego was born and raised in the village of El Pedregal (11,482 ft), near Cotopaxi National Park. His father, Pedro, was one of the first mountain guides in Ecuador, and Diego followed in his footsteps to become an expert guide and trekker. He is a licensed naturalist and a native guide for six protected areas, including Cotopaxi National Park, Sangay National Park, the Llaganates, and Boliche Recreation Area. During high season, Diego typically climbs Cotopaxi 2–3 times a week and has summited several South American peaks.

Bryan

Bryan Wilbert Quispe — Peru Operations Manager/Guide

Bryan was born in a colonial town just outside Cusco. Bryan learned many things from his family, who are descendants of the Inca extended family (panaka tumibamba). They loved leading people to all tourist attractions and were avid hikers and trekkers, even in the most remote places, unknown by other tour guides. As the Peru Operations Manager for WWTrek, Bryan’s specialty is to provide personalized service with a depth of knowledge of the flora, wildlife, traditions, language, and routes in Peru.

Our Domestic Team

DeLacy Healey — HQ Operations Manager

DeLacy came to WWTrek as an administrative and logistic professional with over 15 years in administration, technical writing, non-profit management, dance/choreography, hospitality and executive management. She has an honors degree in Public Relations with a minor in Dance Performance and was a two-year recipient of Dean’s List honors for her English and Biology upper-level studies at the University of Central Florida. A seasoned domestic traveler, DeLacy came with a passion for the great outdoors, giving back to the world around her, and exploring on her own at every chance she gets. She loves wildlife, the depths of the ocean, cultures, and the mountains. DeLacy is a published writer and an avid outdoor enthusiast. She is eager and determined to make every guest’s experience a special and safe one. She loves her family: Brandon (4), Tappies the dog, and Baby cat.

Nate

Nate Mildeberger — HOP Office Coordinator

Nate Mildeberger grew up in Seattle and moved out to Utah after graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Tourism and Recreation. Before receiving his degree, Nate traveled independently to Southeast Asia where he got his first long-term taste of international volunteer work, counting fish for reef surveys and cleaning beaches in Cambodia. His experiences overseas range from work on the north shore of Oahu to farming in Costa Rica. He is passionate about facilitating international volunteer experiences for others who are invested in community engagement. Currently, he works for Dean Cardinale as a project coordinator for the Human Outreach Project, where his responsibilities range from office support in the home office to supporting Dean with international non-profit projects in Nepal and Tanzania. In his free time, he loves to ski, trail run, hike and practice yoga.

Mac Berg

Mac Berg — Video Producer and Media Specialist

Mac Berg is a Utah native who has recently returned from the University of San Diego where he earned an Honors Degree in Philosophy and Peace & Justice Studies with a specialty in Environmental Philosophy.  Mac’s academic interests lie with ecological integrity and sustainable development, while his personal interests are focused around creative filmmaking.  He loves pointing his camera at anything which allows him to improve his skill set, but his true love is filming skateboarding.  You can catch him out in the streets making independent skate videos or in the World Wide Trekking office as the Media Specialist before he eventually returns to the world of academia to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Science.  At WWT, Mac produces and edits videos, manages website development, designs newsletters, and creates any other media content as needed.

Chelsea Adams

Chelsea Adams — Adventure Specialist

Chelsea Adams is currently an Adventure Specialist with World Wide Trekking. She brings with her over 10 years of superior customer service experience combined with over five years of graphic design skill. She cares passionately for all creatures on this planet, especially dogs, and has volunteered her time and efforts to the Humane Society of Utah, Best Friends Animal Society, and Ching Farm, among others. When she is not working hard on creating outstanding adventures for her guests she enjoys camping, fishing, boating, traveling, and spending time with her beau James, and their two dogs Rex and Lucy.

 

Neve

Neve Lahy — Social Media Specialist

Neve Lahy is a junior at Brighton High School. In college,  she plans to major in psychology, political science, or neuroscience. She has traveled with World Wide Trekking to Everest Base Camp and with efforts from Goal Zero she also helped install solar power to many schools and monasteries in Nepal. After college, she hopes to travel abroad and immerse herself in local cultures all around the world. She currently works at World Wide Trekking as a Social Media Specialist and maintains the WWTrek blog. In her free time she enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, and she climbs on a competitive level at Momentum Indoor Climbing. She loves working at World Wide Trekking because she is helping others get to amazing places, to do amazing things.
Shane

Shane Saunders — Finance Manager

Shane was raised in a small town and learned how to work at a young age. Always striving for more, he received his undergraduate in Accounting from Utah State and followed it up with an MBA. Shane spent 8 years in public accounting and through the years of working hundreds of businesses and non-profits, he learned to how to help people by thinking outside of the box. He then went on to work for a few businesses as a controller and then onto starting his own businesses. When not working on helping businesses grow, Shane enjoys water skiing, golfing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, and spoiling his two daughters.

Phil Levy

Phil Levy, M.D., M.P.H. — Medical Advisor

Dr. Phillip Levy is our medical advisor. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University and works clinically at Detroit Receiving Hospital. In addition to being a board certified Emergency Physician, he has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and is a co-founder of 3 non-profit organizations (International Society for Emergency Care, Soft Power Health, and EMEDEX International) which work to provide reciprocating educational opportunities and develop self-sustaining medical infrastructure for emerging nations. Dr. Levy serves on the educational committee for the Wilderness Medical Society and is a nationally recognized speaker on travel-related illness. When not at work, he can be found in a far off location with his wife and their two little world-travelers.

Jay Dash — Staff Photographer

Originally from the east coast Jay moved to Utah 4 years ago to embrace a lifestyle that is built around the outdoors and mountains. His passion for the outdoors is only exceeded by his passion for photography. Jay spends most of his time as a freelance photographer working on various projects in the outdoor industry including work for ski, snowboard & apparel companies. He is an avid landscape photographer and spends many sunrises and sunsets in the Wasatch mountains. His background also includes work at Snowbird Ski Resort where he is a private photographer and does family portrait work in the off season.

“I do not view myself as someone who takes pictures, I view myself as someone who captures moments.” 
Nathan

Nathaniel Chiburt Guy — Graphic Designer

Nathaniel Chiburt Guy is an all-around graphic designer that grew up in Tacloban City. He finished a degree in Information Technology and was awarded “Best in Multimedia.” He was one of the few survivors of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines. He is passionate about graphic designing, video editing and web development. He is currently working for Dean Cardinale as a graphic designer for World Wide Trekking. His hobbies are photography, videography and playing musical instruments like guitar, bass, & piano.

Jace

Jobel “Jace” Clarabal — Web Developer

Jobel “Jace” Clarabal worked as a Call Center Representative for 2 years after college graduation. He then transferred to the programming department and subsequently the software development program; he finished up in the web development department. Later, Jace travelled back to the Philippines to work as a freelance web master. When he’s not working, Jace enjoys music, basketball, and motorcycles. Jace’s favorite quote is “the quieter you become the more you are able to listen,” and it shows in his work. Jace enjoys working with World Wide Trekking because of the awe-inspiring images and web content he gets to work with and the constant need to innovate in his field.

Ricky

Ricky Quiñarejo — UX Designer/Engineer

Ricky Quiñarejo is a master UX Designer/Engineer based in the Philippines with over 7 years of experience with high-ranking clients. Ricky knows how to make products that truly promote and market a business. When it comes to user experience, every single detail matters – structure, usability, images, proportions, patterns, lines, typography, color, edges, and more. These details are not lost on Ricky, as he now works successfully as a freelancer and leads his own UX team from home. Despite his busy schedule, Ricky always tries to find time to spend with his family.

Stephanie Long

Stephanie Long — HOP Outdoors Program Coordinator

Stephanie grew up in Pennsylvania, and is a life-long traveler and adventurer. She has taught English in Taiwan, backpacked through Asia and Europe, worked as a North American tour guide, mentored at-risk teenagers in Utah’s wilderness, and worked as an outdoor educator for elementary school students. She was drawn to Utah for the natural environment, and spends much of her free time rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking. Her role as Program Coordinator for HOP Outdoors is the perfect opportunity to combine her love for Utah’s natural environment with her passion for making a difference in kids’ lives.

Celeste Daley

Celeste Daley — Content Writer

Born and raised in a one-horse town, Celeste Daley moved from the beautiful Black Hills, South Dakota to Utah five years ago to achieve her dream of higher education. Since moving to Utah, Celeste graduated magna cum laude from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. She also holds a minor in copywriting. Passionate about all facets of writing, Celeste brings custom, creative content to both WWTrek and HOP. When not typing away at the keyboard, you can find her in the water where she loves to swim, fish, boat, tube, kayak, paddle board, and enjoy water aerobics or relaxing with a classic novel such as Pride and Prejudice, her favorite.

Kelli McEwan — Graphic Designer

Kelli has been doing graphic design for over 10 years with a BFA in graphic design from Utah State University, and has worked extensively in print, packaging, and branding in the marketing, retail, and outdoor industry. She currently splits her time between HOP, WWT, and as a graphic designer at Snowbird Ski Resort. She is grateful for her opportunity to help HOP and WWT promote voluntourism in her community. In her free time, she loves skiing, backpacking, practicing acro yoga, mountain biking, and going camping with her friends.

Our Human Outreach Project Team

Dean

Dean Cardinale — President, HOP

Dean is the President and Founder of HOP. He has climbed and guided expeditions in North and Central America, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Himalayas. He is the U.S. Representative to IKAR (International Commission of Alpine Rescue), an avalanche instructor with the American Avalanche Association, and is an avalanche forecaster at Snowbird Ski Resort. Dean is currently working on a Seven Summits bid, summiting Mt. Everest in 2005. Dean has taught people of all ages and professions and is well known for his professional ethics and conduct evident in all of his pursuits. Dean has a longstanding record of leadership, program development, and community service.
Alison

Alison Cardinale — Vice President, HOP

Alison, a lifelong adventurer and experienced pilot, helps to identify new partners for HOP across the globe, most recently in Peru. A Captain for United Airlines, Alison is a certified flight instructor and airline transport pilot, with over 4500 hours of flight time typed in the Embraer regional jet. She has facilitated humanitarian efforts in Africa, and is a fundamental asset to HOP’s Student Leadership Program. When not flying or traveling with HOP, Alison enjoys hiking, reading and skiing.
Sue

Sue Goldie — Chairman of the Board, HOP

Sue Goldie is a physician and public health scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, and serves as chairman of the board of the Human Outreach Project (HOP). She is a Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Center for Health Decision Science. Sue is well known for her work on critical global health challenges. She is the recipient of a MacArthur award for “genius and creativity” in applying the tools of decision science to combat major public health problems. She has published more than 150 research papers, serves on several international committees that influence health policy, and has received numerous teaching and mentorship awards. She completed her medical residency at Yale, and graduate work at Harvard. Sue is a lifelong martial artist, and loves hiking, skiing, and training her two golden retrievers.
James Farmer

James Farmer — Legal Advisor, HOP Governing Board, HOP Secretary

James R. Farmer is Of Counsel with the Law Firm, Van Cott, where he specializes in commercial litigation and intellectual property law and counsels clients in a range of technical, including aerospace, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering. Jim previously held post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton and Brigham Young University and recently completed a year long sabbatical at NASA Ames Research Center, where he focused on the computer simulations of aerothermodynamic heat loads experienced by planetary entry vehicles, including the Mars science Laboratory and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle ( the next generation space shuttle) Farmer is on the HOP governing board, is the HOP secretary and renders legal advice for World Wide Trekking.
Ray

Raymond Massae — Board Member

Raymond Massae is a professional educator and integral leader of HOP efforts in Africa, with nearly 10 years experience in the African tourism industry. Raymond oversees all operational and logistical details, and mentors the African staff. He has a critical role in guiding community service by identifying the greatest needs in areas surrounding expedition sites, and ensuring efforts are collaborative, capacity building in nature, and culturally appropriate.