KICK-OFF CLIMB – MT. KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA, AFRICA
“Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 19,341 feet!”
Women who have just completed climbing to the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro include:
- Virginia “Ginna” Kelly - Attorney and Aspen’s Green Girl
Ginna is “Aspen’s Green Girl” and is Vice President & Counsel for the non-profit organization American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY). Ginna is also Co-Founder and Host of the Green Girl Minute where she has interviewed many global leaders in renewable energy and sustainability such as President Jose Maria Figueres, Bill McKibben, T. Boone Pickens, General Wesley Clark, Kevin Costner, Daryl Hannah and Lauren Bush.
Ginna has a Law Degree from William & Mary, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy & Planning from Virginia Tech. Ginna has worked as a Law Clerk at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
- Julienne Stroeve - PhD, Research Scientist – NSIDC, and mountaineer.
Julienne received a PhD in geography from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 1996 and is currently a University of Colorado research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Dr. Stroeve’s work has been featured in national and international media, and she has given keynote addresses around the world on Arctic climate issues. Dr. Stroeve has briefed former Vice President Al Gore and Oil Industry executives on Arctic changes and has participated on climate panels with Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Sylvia Earl, authors Bill McKibben and Joe Romm, and film director James Cameron. Dr. Stroeve has published more than 50 articles on climate change issues in various peer-reviewed journals.
- Margot Moselle - CEO of Sprout Events
Margot is a business consultant, event planner, marketing consultant, networker and entrepreneur from Aspen, Colorado. Margot holds a degree in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida where she developed a particular interest in cultural studies. Margot has worked with paraplegic and quadriplegic children at Shaka Surf Camp in Costa Rica and has received the Champion for Children’s Award from the Zach Burn Foundation. In addition, Margot has worked with the Ocean Elders Group and with The Salvation Army.
- Vanessa Meier – Green Girl Next Door
Vanessa hosts the eco-minded blog The Green Girl Next Door, providing the eco-curious with green tips, recipes and advice, along with some fun! Vanessa serves as a Personal Green Coach for various families & individuals, and on the Executive Team as R&D Director of a green tech company that focuses on creating innovations to help us live more sustainably.
Vanessa was a top 10 finalist in Project Green Search 2010 and is an annual speaker at WorldFest – the world’s largest Earth Day festival. Vanessa has served as Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica’s Clean Beaches Committee and served as the Science Director and Executive Committee member for the Surfrider Foundation’s Los Angeles & Malibu Chapter.
Vanessa obtained a B.S. and M.S. in geology with an emphasis in climate dynamics and volcanology. She has performed research for the United States Geological Survey and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. When not trying to save the world, Vanessa can be found surfing, hiking, traveling, training for another Tough Mudder, cooking up amazing organic meals or doting over her dog (a rescue of course!).
- Tara Sheahan - Founder and CEO of Conscious Global Leadership Institute (CGLI)
Tara is an inspirational speaker and wellness coach. An elite cross-country ski athlete and US National Ski Team member, she tried out for two Winter Olympic Games, once at age 20 and again at age 45. Tara promotes Native American culture in bringing the healing power of their ancient teachings and ceremonies to global leaders through CGLI seminars. She and her husband Casey have two beautiful sons, Aidan and Caelin.
- Olivia Daane Reische - Gallery Artist
Olivia received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1992 majoring in 16th century English Literature with a minor in Studio Art. She continued her emphasis on painting with color and the written word in Florence, Italy with studio work through Syracuse University. Following these studies, she apprenticed for internationally recognized artist Paul Harmon. She began exhibiting her own work in 1994 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Aspen, Colorado became her home base in 1997 where she continues to reside with her husband Eric Reische and 11 year old daughter Ki-lin and 3 year old son Daane. In June of 2006, she opened the LIVASPENART Working Studio at the base of Aspen Highlands mountain.
Cathy Cooper - TV Producer/Director, Adventure Travel Writer, Green Irene Eco-Consultant, Photographer and Mila Distributor.
Cathy has served as Producer, Director and Field Producer of some of the biggest events in the adventure sports world including the Tour de France, Picabo Street’s SnowZone, the Ford Adventure Sport Challenge on NBC, the Balance Bar Adventure Series, Ford Gorge Games, Global Extremes on ABC/OLN, ESPN/ABC X-Games and numerous other elite events. Currently she serves as Supervising Producer of Aura360 and 360 Productions and the World of Adventure Sports on NBC.
An avid adventure traveler, Cathy has ventured to Abu Dhabi, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, China, Dubai, Egypt, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, Vietnam, most of Western and Eastern Europe and North America. Cathy was a judge for the 32nd and 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards in 2011 and 2012, and she also sits on the board for The Common Body.
In her spare time, Cathy is a member or volunteers for several organizations such as SIGBA (Sierra Green Building Association), and Water.org. With an enormous passion and crusade for solving safe drinking water and sanitation around the world, Cathy attended and reported on the Third World Water Forum (held every three years by the World Water Council) in Istanbul. Cathy is certified as an eco-consultant with Green Irene and is a Mila distributor advocating health and wellness.
Fallon Swann Feast – Adventurer, Conservationist, Concierge at the Residences at The Little Nell.
Fallon holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a focus on environmental law, anthropology, and geology. In the process of receiving this degree, she spent time in Australia and Chamonix, France. While raising her environmental and cultural awareness, these experiences also bolstered her growing passion for adventure and travel. Now an avid traveler, she often volunteers her spare time in projects such as the Byron Bay Ocean Clean Up and Rescue & Rehabilitation Sea Turtle Center in Costa Rica. Further volunteer projects include video productions for The Shining Stars Foundation and Challenge Aspen.
As Co-Founder of Mountain Digital Video Productions, directing and producing environmental and outdoor-adventure films is one of her many passions. A 4th generation Coloradan, Fallon is working with her father to convert her great grandfather’s ranch in Mancos, CO into a fully self-sustainable and organic farm. This is their second such farm (the first is in Varbourgh, Sweden) which focuses on using sustainable practices in order to maintain biodiversity, healthy soil and ecological balance. If you are looking for Fallon in her native Aspen, check the rivers and trails. An outdoor enthusiast at heart, you will find her hiking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking and camping.
Indea Rogers - High School Senior.
Indea is a senior at Nederland Middle Senior High School. She has climbed several of Colorado’s “fourteeners” and traveled extensively with her mother, Dr. Julienne Stroeve, around the world. Through her travels she has gained an appreciation for the environment and the struggles of people in third world countries. Indea is considering a career in medicine.
Nancy Paley - Aspen Community activist and City Champion of Lemonade Day.
After a career in the hospitality industry and an entrepenurial venture in a executive search firm specializing in service industries based in NYC, Nancy moved to Colorado 15 years ago with her children, Julia and Jack, to ensure a childhood embracing and appreciating nature.
After moving to Colorado, Nancy has devoted her time to raising her children and holding leadership positions in many youth/education oriented non-profit organizations. One of the organizations where Nancy served as Vice Preident of Development was Aspen Youth Experience, a nation-wide program which empowers at-risk youth to learn life and leadership skills through experiential learning programs in Colorado.
Lemonade Day is a nation-wide initiative teaching youth how to develop a business plan and become successful owners of their business, a Lemonade Stand. As Aspen’s City Champion, Nancy strategically collaborated with all youth-oriented organizations and schools to bring this program to a successful launch.
Nancy is an adventurous traveler and outdoor enthusiast having climbed in the Himalayas as well as in North America.
Julia Paley - Environmental science major and African studies minor at Colorado College.
Julia is a 19 year old student at Colorado College, a small liberal arts school. After being accepted to start in January 2012, Julia spent her first semester of college in Africa through a program called School for Field Studies where she studied wildlife management in Kenya and Tanzania. Africa has become a special place for Julia and she is looking forward to going back to climb Kilimanjaro, the mountain she lived at the base of for nearly two months. Julia plans on majoring in Environmental Science at Colorado College with a thematic minor in African Studies. She plans on using this trip to help her explore a thesis in conservation and also the impact that ecotourism has on the Tanzanian people.
Whitney Justice - Owner of Mason Vixen, LLC.
Whitney has a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is an avid skier, hiker and a single mother of two. Whitney owns Mason Vixen, LLC, a builder and Masonry Contractor.
Taylor Justice - 8th grader at Blue Ridge Middle School.
Taylor is 13 years old, born in Aspen, Colorado. She lives on a horse farm in Middleburg, Virginia. Taylor developed a passion for outdoor emergency care while working for the Junior Ski Patrol on Buttermilk Mountain during her vacations. She enjoys doing laps on the Aspen Highlands Bowl and recently climbed to 15,230 feet over the Salkantay Pass in Peru. Click Here to read the latest article about Taylor in the Fauquier Times-Democrat, dated September 7, 2012. You can follow Taylor’s progress on her website here…
Bernadette Regan - Aesthetician and owner of Sacred Skin of Aspen.
Bernadette has lived in Aspen since 1996, where she met her husband and raised their two children. Bernadette is an avid lover of the great outdoors and enjoys hiking, biking, rafting, scuba diving, etc. When Bernadette first heard of Climb for Conservation, she was immediately drawn to be a part of such a wonderful and challenging endeavor. “This is such a spiritual journey….” she says, that brings awareness to the plight of the endangered Black Rhino, which is something she feels compelled to do. Bernadette is very excited to be included in this group of truly amazing women who are dedicated to such a worthy cause.
Leah Hunter - Idea Couture – Global Head of Innovation & Insights, Lifestyle Editor, M/I/S/C/ Magazine.
Leah is Idea Couture’s Global Head of Innovation & Insights. She also moonlights as a features editor for M/I/S/C Magazine, a quarterly that explores the intersection of innovation, design thinking and business. Leah specializes in early-stage brand and communications strategies. Her expertise spans the retail, fashion, consumer electronics, travel, healthcare and packaged goods industries. Previous clients include P&G, Red Bull, Hershey’s, Heinz, P&G, Electrolux, Sephora, Nokia and Apple.
When Leah is not heading up Idea Couture’s San Francisco office, you can find her at indie music festivals or teaching MBA courses at California College of the Arts, CEDIM in Mexico, UC Berkeley and Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Tweet: @leahthehunter, Facebook: leahthehunter
Allison Rogers - Director of Policy, Rhode Island Department of Administration.
Allison currently serves as Director of Policy for the Rhode Island Department of Administration, providing support for numerous sustainability opportunities within various government entities such as the Renewable Energy Coordinating Board and the Interagency Council on Food and Nutrition.
Alli received her undergraduate degree in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard University and her Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Alli is currently pursuing her M.A. in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. Alli worked for the Harvard University Office for Sustainability from 2002 to 2006 as a University Management Fellow, where she coordinated the energy efficiency and sustainability programs for Harvard College, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School and Harvard Real Estate Services.
Representing her home state as Miss Rhode Island 2006, Alli was the first contestant to compete in the Miss America Competition on a “Go Green!” platform. During her year of service, she was one of the first 50 people trained by Former Vice President Al Gore on presentation of The Climate Project.
Alli has been recognized as a Wild Gift Fellow, an American Democracy Institute Women’s Leadership Fellow, a Truman National Security Fellow and she is currently serving as a TogetherGreen Fellow . A LEED Accredited Professional, Alli was awarded the Miss America Quality of Life Award in 2007, was recognized by Earth Day RI as the 2007 Rhode Island Environmentalist of the Year, and was awarded the Strong Women in the Environment Award by Clean Water Action and by Ocean State Action.
Green Girl Climbers Margot Moselle, Ginna Kelly, Tara Sheahan and Luann Robinson.
Ginna, Margot, Olivia and Luann at the Paragon Event.
Everest Skier Mike Marolt and Ginna at the Paragon Event.
Margot and Ginna at the Paragon C4C Event
A big THANK YOU to Chip Comins, Producer of the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, and CEO of AREI, Inc. We could not have done it without your belief in our cause, advice and support!
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