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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

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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 – Mt. Rainier, USA (2017)
  • 1 Summit – Antisana, Ecuador (2017)
  • 3 Summits – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (2012, 2016, 2017)
  • 1 Summit – Aconcagua, Argentina (2016)
  • Mt. Everest Base Camp, Nepal (2016)
  • 2 expeditions – Mont Blanc Circuit Trek, France, Switzerland, Italy (2016, 2017)
  • 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)

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Kaitlyn "Kait" Schappert

Kait Schappert – 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, 2016, and 2017 Colorado “14er” Climb for Rhinos.  Kait has a Bachelors from the University of Connecticut and loves to ski, hike and travel the world.

 

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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.

 

Jaclyn Leo – Climb Leader

Charlotte, North Carolina

Jaclyn made the conscious decision a few years ago to take more meaningful trips; lazy beach vacations were wonderful but the memories started to run together.  She finally made good on her years of “I’ll go next time!” to college friend Ginna Kelly and signed up for the Inca Trail in 2016.  She hasn’t looked back (partly because there’s usually no one behind her on the trails!) and is always looking forward to her next adventure.  Jaclyn enjoys the mental and physical challenge of hiking, literally and figuratively taking it one step at a time.  Hiking also allows her to truly appreciate her surroundings and be a steward of conservation, striving to leave it better than she found it.

Jaclyn lives in Charlotte, NC, with her two shih tzus, Regina George and Derek Jeter, and works in the financial services industry.  In addition to hiking, she enjoys Virginia Tech football, volunteering, spending time with her family in VA and NY, visiting friends all over the country, and checking things off her bucket list.

 

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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.

 

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Brooke Kelly Milligan – Advisor, 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 enjoys advising C4C on important conservation issues.  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.

 

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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, D.O. – Navy Surgeon

Garrett Madison – Mountain Guide at Madison Mountaineering, 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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