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LBGivingOur entire Green Team at Climb for Conservation has taken the Buffet Family’s Learning by Giving’s philanthropy class and we now have comprehensive training in non-profit work and philanthropic giving.

The Team

Virginia “Ginna” Kelly – Founder, Executive Director


Ginna started C4C to inspire others to climb and hike for a good cause!  Ginna is formerly the Vice President and Attorney for the renewable energy non-profit AREI, Inc in Aspen, Colorado and was profiled as an “Eco Rock Star” in Origin Magazine.  Masters, Yale; Juris Doctor, William & Mary Law School, B.A. & B.S., Virginia Tech.

Recent Expeditions:

  • 1 Summit – Antisana, Ecuador (2017)
  • 2 Summits – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (2012, 2016)
  • 1 Summit – Aconcagua, Argentina (2016)
  • Mt. Everest Base Camp, Nepal (2016)
  • 1 expedition – Mont Blanc Circuit Trek, France, Switzerland, Italy (2016)
  • 1 expedition – Tocllaraju, Peru (2016)
  • 1 Summit – Cayambe, Ecuador (2015)
  • 1 Summit – Ishinca, Peru (2015)
  • 1 Summit – Vallajunaraju, Peru (2015)
  • 1 expedition – Yanapaccha, Peru (2015)
  • 2 Summits – Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, USA (2015)
  • 1 Summit – Chimborazo, Ecuador (2015)
  • 1 Summit – Gran Paradiso, Italy (2014)
  • 1 expedition – Mont Blanc, France (2014)
  • 1 Summit – Pisco, Peru (2013)
  • 1 expedition – Cotopaxi, Ecuador (2013)


Kaitlyn "Kait" Schappert

Kait Schappert – Vice President & Climb Leader

Aspen, Colorado

Kait is our Vice President and lives in Aspen, Colorado.  Kait was our 2014 Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Leader and was able to successfully lead 10 people to the summit and raise over $10,000 for the Mokamazi Rhino Sanctuary.  Kait is also leading our 2015 and 2016 Colorado “14er” Climb for Rhinos and our 2017 Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek.  Kait has a Bachelors from the University of Connecticut and loves to ski, hike and travel the world.



Brooke Kelly Milligan – Coastal Scientist 

Wilmington, North Carolina

Brooke is a Coastal Scientist and Director of Conservation of the Bald Head Island Conservancy located in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Brooke has a Masters in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from James Madison University.  Brooke was an intern at the Mote Marine Laboratory – Sarasota, Dolphin Research Program, studying the behavior of bottlenose dolphins in the Sarasota Bay.  Brooke also participated in Duke University’s Marine Program in Beaufort, North Carolina,  studying marine mammals.



Jessie Halter – Team Photographer 

Ashland, Oregon

Jessie Halter is a travel photographer. She travels the world to capture the beautiful moments of time and space. She lives in southern oregon and is an avid conservationist for the land and animals. To Jessie, the greatest achievement in her career has been inspiring others to do the same.  Jessie has gone on many C4C trips including trekking the Inca Trail, hiking to Mt. Everest Base Camp, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.



April Kelly – Wildlife Conservationist / Climb Coordinator  

New York, New York 

April is a Wildlife Conservationist and International flight attendant located in New York City, NY.  She has worked with large mammals in remote jungles, deserts, oceans and savannas all over the world. She has a Master’s degree in Zoology/Wildlife and Environmental Conservation from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She did her graduate field course work in Belize, Borneo and Namibia, working with manatees, primates and cheetahs. Her passion is in preserving and protecting endangered species. She participated in the 2016 Kilimanjaro climb.



Board of Directors:

Ginna Kelly, Esq. 

Thomas B. Kelly, Esq. 


Advisory Board Members:

Dr. Josh Donlan, PhD – Ecologist, Advanced Conservation Strategies

Dr. Julienne Stroeve, PhD – Research Scientist, National Snow & Ice Data Center

Dr. Justin Milligan, M.D. – Surgeon

Laura Welch – Philanthropist & Non-Profit Leadership, Laura Welch & Associates

E.J. Christensen, M.B.A. – Inventor

Luis Benitez – Mountaineer

Chip Comins – Founder & CEO, AREI, Inc.

Eddie Frank – Kilimanjaro Mountain Guide, Owner – Tusker Trails

Jonathan Walsh – Doctor

Garrett Madison – Mt. Everest Mountaineerdivider

VOLUNTEER:  We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with administrative work, conservation research, and grant applications.  If you’d like to volunteer and be part of our team, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We would love any help you may be able to give us!!!

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