Our team extends to the far reaches of the planet with our Operation Managers and team members abroad.


Dean Cardinale — Founder/Lead Guide

Dean Cardinale is an avid mountain climber, outdoors enthusiast, and adventure lover. Founder of World Wide Trekking and President and Founder of Human Outreach Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, he has climbed and led expeditions to North America, Central America, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Himalayas, including summiting Mt. Everest in 2005. Dean is the former president of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue and U.S. representative to the International Commission of Alpine Rescue, where he served for over a decade. He is an avalanche instructor with the American Avalanche Association, a professional ski patrolmen and avalanche forecaster for Snowbird Ski Resort, and a level-III certified U.S. Sailing Captain. Dean has recently made a self-supported ski traverse of the Greenland Icecap and authored the book, Inspired – Lessons Learned from a Life of Adventure. Dean has taught and guided people of all ages and professions and is well known for his professional ethics and conduct evident in all of his pursuits. He 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.

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.

Brian Muller — Guide

Brian is originally from New Jersey and moved to Utah to study Marketing at Westminster College in 2008.  Since graduating, Brian has gone through the American Mountain Guide Association to become a Certified Ski Guide, and now works his winters in Japan as a Heli and Cat skiing guide on the island of Hokkaido. Brian also works as a high altitude guide, specializing in Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua ascents, as well as working as a Lead Guide on Denali in Alaska.  Brian is also certified by the American Avalanche Association and holds his Wilderness First Responder certification.

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 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.

Kat Follows — Guide

Kat grew up on a horse farm in Cornwall, Southern England where she spent her youth competing in show jumping and studied classical music. She started her quest to climb the ‘Seven Summits’, which she completed with a summit of Mount Everest in 2006. Kat’s expeditions have taken her from the volcanoes of Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina to the higher 8000M peaks of China, Nepal, and Pakistan. She has climbed extensively throughout the Alps, skied to the Geographic North and South Poles. She became the first British woman to ski the ‘Fuchs-Messner’ route with no help. In 2017, she made a Transatlantic Ocean crossing, sailing 3400 nautical miles from the Gran Canaries direct to St. Lucia. Most recently, Kat just completed a ski traverse of the Greenland ice cap. Kat is passionate about inspiring women to set goals and stretch to achieve their dreams, no matter how big or small.

Jon Scott — Guide

Jon, who grew up spending time in the flat outdoors of Chicago, fell in love with the Wasatch mountains when he moved to Utah. In college, he studied geology and glaciology. To maximize his mountain time, Jon spends his winters working Snow Operations at Snowbird Mountain Resort. An avid mountain biker, Jon has also spent 10 years repairing electric and conventional bicycles as a bike technician. Jon finds great joy in teaching, from outdoor education, bicycle repair, snow safety, to trail guidance he enjoys sharing his knowledge. In 2017, Jon broke the record for consecutive running laps on the “Y” Trail in Provo, Utah, in which he climbed over 30,000 vertical feet and covered 63 miles of trail in 27 hours. When he isn’t working, Jon is usually up early to run/mountaineer/climb all day, often with his partner DeLacy, and step-son Brandon.

Crystal Painter — Guide

Originally from the Adirondacks, Crystal has been guiding since her teenage years when she led adventures ranging from trekking, kayaking, rafting, to sailing, and rock climbing. In college, she continued to guide as an outdoor trip leader and freshman orientation leader at the University of Redlands. After graduating, Crystal moved to the Republic of Palau to lead sea kayaking, snorkeling, and diving trips. After a year of island life, she traded her snorkel for skis and ropes on her way to Utah to enjoy the mountains and desert. Crystal holds a BS in environmental sciences and MS in atmospheric sciences and is always happy to talk about ecosystems, geology, and weather phenomena on the trail. Crystal is currently living in a self-converted van with her partner chasing adventures.

Paul Spranklin — Guide

Paul grew up in Maryland and attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he played soccer and studied economics. After graduating, he pursued a career in finance before his love of the outdoors brought him to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2015. After completion, he moved to Utah where his love for snow and the Wasatch Mountains led him to become a Snowbird ski patroller. He is certified in Outdoor Emergency Care. Paul has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, appreciating all the Earth has to offer. When Paul isn’t working you can find him exploring with his wife Tessa. Rock climbing, hiking, skiing, or traveling to a new place; he doesn’t sit still for long.

Tessa Searle — Guide

You can find Nurse Tessa at the Alta Medical Clinic at the base of Alta Ski Area treating skiing injuries, but her journey didn’t start there. Tessa was born and raised in Maryland where she played soccer growing up and throughout college at St Mary’s College of Maryland. She went on to get her BS in Nursing at University of Maryland School of Nursing; her nursing career started at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore City. Wanting to trade sky scrapers for mountains, her and her husband Paul thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015 before moving to Salt Lake City. Outside of work she enjoys climbing, skiing, hiking, running and camping. She has extensive travel experience throughout North America, Asia, Europe and South America. She is excited to be joining our team and cannot wait to empower you to reach your trekking goals!

Ben Fasoli — Guide

Ben is originally from Massachusetts, where he spent his summers working as a sailing instructor and his winters as a ski instructor. He has two degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and works as a researcher at the University of Utah, engineering tools for analyzing pollution exposure and climate change. Ben has served on the Brighton Ski Patrol for 6 years, is a National Ski Patrol Instructor, and is certified in Outdoor Emergency Care. Whether canyoneering, backpacking, sailing, skiing or anything in between, Ben simply loves to get outside and explore. You can find Ben traveling the US in his self-converted van climbing and skiing backcountry powder.

Fred Alldredge — Guide

Fred Alldredge began a guiding career on Mt. Rainer in 1993 and has been pursuing a life in the wild places of the world ever since. He has climbed and guided in Alaska, the Himalayas, Antarctica, South and North America, and Europe. In 2004 he began working summers as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management. He has operated on both Hotshot fire crews and as a rapid response helicopter deployed firefighter. Currently, Fred spends his winters working with an Antarctic based logistics company as an aviation coordinator and safety advisor. Down on “the ice” he helps train a staff of 70 in risk assessment and emergency response. From time to time he also fills in as a lead guide at a premier helicopter skiing operation based in Nevada’s Ruby Mountains.

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.

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 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.


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.

Robert Malusha — Tanzania Assistant Operations Manager/Guide

Robert has been sharing his country and all it has to offer with WWTrek guests since 2012. After receiving his degree in Tourism & Travel Management  from Kenya, Robert found his passion sharing and teaching visitors about the ecosystems, animals, customs, and history of East Africa. Robert assists in organizing all of WWTrek’s operations in Tanzania, including handling logistics for Kilimanjaro Climbs, African Safaris, and organizing efforts at the Kilimanjaro Kids Community. On safari with Robert you can look forward to hawk-like animal spotting and on Kilimanjaro you can look forward to his friendly encouragement and knowledge of the ecosystems you will be traveling through. Robert speaks Swahili, English, and German.


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.

Emmanuel John Macha — Tanzania Safari Driver

Emmanuel John Macha received a certificate of wildlife management through Mt. Meru and Mweka College of African Wildlife Management. John has since acquired a decade of guiding experience, making him an extremely knowledgeable and valuable driver. John has been part of the WWTrek team for over 9 years, providing our guests with safe, informative, and high-quality safaris. John speaks fluent English and his native Swahili. On tour you can look forward to learning all there is to know about Africa’s flora and fauna as well as Tanzania’s natural history and culture.


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.

Joseph Rivas Urrutia — Peru Guide

Joseph was born in Cusco, where he developed a passion for Andean culture and Peruvian history at a very young age. This passion led him to study tourism in university before becoming an adventure tour guide in 2005. After many years of guiding Joseph has become an expert navigator on the many Inca trails throughout Cusco and has expanded his guiding into Bolivia as well. Joseph is so well versed in anthropology, archeology and Inca history that he was selected to contribute to Peruvian tourism documentary in 2010. On tour with Joseph you can look forward to a lot of laughter while learning all about Andean culture and Peruvian history from the source himself.


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.

Cristian Silva — Patagonia, Chile Guide

Cristian was born and raised in Punta Arenas Patagonia, Chile. With such spectacular wilderness in his backyard, it’s no wonder he quickly developed a curiosity for the beautiful natural world that surrounded him. His passion led to his career, and he now has more than 25 years of outdoor leadership under his belt. Christian guides numerous activities, including horseback riding, trekking, and kayaking. He loves sharing his backyard with others, and we’re confident that you’ll be captivated by his stories. From local flora and fauna to Chilean history and culture, Cristian is extremely knowledgeable about this region of the world. Cristian currently lives in Santiago, Chile where you can find him when he isn’t out exploring.

Kristján Björn — Iceland Operations Manager/Guide

Kristján is a nature enthusiast, visual artist, and experienced guide with a love for Iceland’s extreme landscapes. He has been guiding both in Iceland and Greenland since 1998. During his years guiding he has developed a fondness of the extreme environments present all over Iceland, where he has led countless excursions over glaciers and through the highlands. Originally from a small town in the south of Iceland, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Kristján is currently living in Reykjavík.

Kristján Jónsson — Iceland Guide

Kristján is a veteran mountaineer, tour designer and has been a professional guide for more than 20 years. He is originally from the Westman Islands, located south of Iceland, where he developed a love for hiking and climbing. Kristján spent the first half of his guiding career as a highland guide for trekking expeditions but has spent more time in recent years planning tours and traveling to his beloved island in search of new opportunities and trails. Kristján is also a professional artist and his work can be found in exhibits regularly in Reykjavík and abroad.

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 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.

Our Domestic Team

Rachel Jenkins  — Adventure Specialist

Rachel grew up in Utah and starting exploring its many scenic canyons and landscapes at a young age. For 7 years, she taught outdoor skills classes and mentored young scouts for the Boy Scouts of America. During her time with the boy scouts, she also planned and coordinated backcountry canoe adventures through Minnesota and Canada’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. When Rachel isn’t planning perfect adventures for others, she’s enjoying her own. She has explored glaciers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, visited Australia, and canoed through Canadian Lakes. Rachel is currently studying Anthropology at Southern Utah University. When she isn’t working or studying, you can find her trekking through the Narrows in Zion National Park or enjoying campfires on the Salt Flats of the Great Salt Lake.

Ashlyn Roberts  — Adventure Specialist

Born and raised in Utah, Ashlyn spent most of her childhood outside, whether hiking in a local canyon or camping in one of North America’s stunning national parks. She grew up with an immense love for all things outdoors and is now an avid hiker, advanced scuba diver, and passionate environmentalist. Ashlyn is always scheming her next trip and loves helping others plan once in a lifetime adventures. Some of Ashlyn’s most recent travels include exploring Canada’s Banff National Park, sailing through the Bahamas, and shipwreck diving in Panama. While at home, she enjoys spending her time in the canyons and continuing her education in environmental architecture.

Olivia McClees  — Adventure Specialist

Olivia was introduced to travel at a young age by her family. She grew up in Utah and has spent a significant amount of time outside, on the water and in the mountains camping. Olivia has a BS in Communications from Dixie State University, and enjoys crafting the perfect adventure for WWTrek guests and helping them prepare for it. Olivia has spent time in the Dominican Republic teaching English, in Tonga building a house, and has traveled to Europe and Fiji. After summiting Mount Timpanogos, the sense of accomplishment and new love for hiking as led to Olivia’s new goal of hiking all the major peaks in Utah.

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.

Crystal Painter — Website Specialist

Crystal grew up at a summer camp in Upstate New York that her father directed. Needless to say, her life has been focused on outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship her whole life. During undergraduate at the University of Redlands, she spent four months in Tanzania studying ecology in national parks and human-wildlife conflict in local villages. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Sciences, she spent a year living in The Republic of Palau and working at a dive shop as a natural history kayak guide. Crystal moved to Utah in 2014 and began working for World Wide Trekking as the Guest Relations Manager. She stepped away from WWTrek to pursue a master’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah. Upon completing her degree, she was happy to return to her WWT family as the Website Administrator. Crystal will be reporting from wilderness locations in her self-converted van.

DeLacy Healey — Consultant

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. After 5 years as HQ Operations Manager, DeLacy now serves as a consultant for WWTrek and remains involved in many aspects of the business. She is a published writer with a degree in Public Relations and was a two-year recipient of Dean’s List honors for her English and Biology studies at the University of Central Florida. DeLacy is a seasoned traveler and has has traveled to Peru, Tanzania, Utah, and Wyoming with WWTrek. She has always been dedicated to making every guest’s experience a special and safe one. DeLacy loves trail running and spending time with her family.

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.

Barton McGuckin — Fitness & Nutrition Specialist

Barton grew up in Brisbane, Australia with a love for sports and the great outdoors. He began his journey as a personal trainer and health coach right after finishing his studies and has since owned and operated several health centers in Australia. Since 2015 Barton and his wife wife started a immersive training business, where he travels to client’s homes to help them make sustainable behavior changes to ensure they live a healthy and fulfilled life. Barton has completed the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea and Everest Base Camp in Nepal. He has a passion for nutrition and thrives on helping others feel better and perform better by passing on his knowledge.

Danny Genung — Travel Specialist

Danny Genung uses his extensive knowledge, which comes from personal experience combined with a industry relationships he has fostered for over a decade, to help guests find the best flights and connections. Danny was born and raised in Redlands, California where he often daydreamed of exploring the world while organizing brochures at his grandfather’s travel agency. This childhood passion for travel turned into a fulfilling career when he became the owner and manager of his grandfathers agency, Harr Travel Inc. Danny has traveled to 103 countries and looks forward to visiting Antarctica by the end of 2018.

Jay Dash

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.


Nathaniel Chiburt Guy — Graphics Specialist

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 is a survivor of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines in 2013. He is passionate about graphic designing, video editing, and web development. His hobbies are photography, videography and playing musical instruments like guitar, bass, & piano.


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.

Our Human Outreach Project Team


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.
James Farmer

James Farmer — HOP Secretary & Board Member

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.

Richard Schlesinger — Board Member

Richard was born in New York City, attended the Fieldston School, then Lafayette College and Columbia Law School. In 1970, he founded his real estate company, RB Schlesinger and Company, specializing in commercial office leasing. He has been a guest speaker at Brooklyn Law School and has given presentations to real estate departments of several law firms. His charitable work includes a Visiting Writers Program at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH and Yale University as well as the Snowbird Ski Patrol Educational Scholarship Program.

Molly Keller — Board Member

Molly Keller serves on the HOP board and is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Lake Geneva Fresh Air Association. She is a founding member of the Advisory Council for Phillips Academy’s (MS)2 program (Math and Science for Minority Students. She is also currently serving as the Head Fundraising Agent for her class at Phillips Academy. Molly previously worked at Ameritech Corporation in marketing and strategic development, Puente Sur Ltd as an international business consultant in Santiago, Chile and at Premiere Candy Company as a sales and marketing consultant.  She received her BA from Northwestern University and is also a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover).

Mike Sanders — Board Member

Mike Sanders is a business executive that has spent 30 years in the technology and software industry. He started his career with an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Purdue followed by an MBA from Texas Christian University.   His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for CBR Youth Connect (a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity organization) for 3 years, and most recently being elected as the Board Chair.  Mike, and his wife Michaela, have 6 children and live in the Englewood area of South Denver. Enjoying hiking, they have climbed many of the 14’ers in Colorado and continue to do at least one each year.

Phil Levy

Phillip Levy M.D., M.P.H. — Board Member

Dr. Phillip Levy is the WWTrek medical advisor and servers on HOP’s board. Dr. Levy is a tenured Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where he currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Translational Sciences and Clinical Research Innovation, and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition to being a board certified Emergency Physician, he has a Master’s Degree in Public Health, with specific expertise in the international practice of emergency care. An avid world traveler and telemark skier, when not at work, Dr. Levy can be found in a far off location with his kids, Sydney and Hayden, boards often in tow.

Emily Moench  — Board Member

With more than 15 years of experience in public relations, Emily has an extensive network of media relations across the globe. Emily attended law school at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she was the Director of Public Relations for the Student Bar Association and served a judicial externship with Chief Justice Christine Durham. She was the public relations manager for Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and is now with the Utah Office of Tourism, where she travels the country to meet with journalists and pitch unique story ideas. When she’s not traveling, she can be found in the mountains skiing or trail running.

Raymond Massae — HOP Board Member and Operations Manager, Tanzania

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.

Rodolfo Reyes — HOP Operations Manager, Peru

Rodolfo studied for three years C.E.A.M., an institution dedicated to the education of high mountain guides in Peru. After many years of working for American and European companies, Rodolfo started his own guiding service hosting groups regularly to Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru and to destinations in Ecuador and Bolivia. He keeps his training current by attending yearly rescue courses with the Association of Mountain Guides of Peru. Rodolfo had the pleasure of working with climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates on the film ͞Touching the Void. In 2014, Rodolfo organized the Chocolatada Festival in Pashpa Village, and will do the same this December 2015.


Geljen Sherpa — HOP Operations Manager, Nepal

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.