Team Profiles

Brian Kienle
Executive Director

BA Speech Communication from UW
American Red Cross Water Rescue Award
Certificate of Commission, Young Life
First Aid / CPR

 

Brian is a native of the Pacific Northwest who grew up experiencing outdoor adventures from a young age. After learning to windsurf at the age of 9, along with instructing, he went on to complete nationally. It was through those adventures that he felt God’s call to invest in youth and to share God’s creation with them. Married with 3 boys of his own, he has invested over 25 years in ministry and non profit leadership and loves leading the Peak 7 team.

Austin Dannen
Program Manager

B.A. Outdoor Recreation
Wilderness First Responder
Whitewater Rescue Technician
ACA Certified Raft Guide
Senior Raft Instructor
Senior Wilderness Instructor
Senior Climbing Instructor
Rock Climbing Top Rope Site Manager

Terry Meyer
Regional Director of Advancement

MA in Educational Administration from Whitworth
MS in Biology from WSU
CCNL (Credentialed Christian NonProfit Leader) from Christian Leadership Alliance

Shelley Allen
Office Manager/Bookkeeper

B.S. in Business Management
MBA from Gonzaga

Shelley was born and raised in Spokane, where she met her husband Peter while in High School. Along with Washington, she’s lived in Arizona and Indiana all while raising 4 children.  Her first real outdoor adventure was a spring break trip with Outward Bound Adventure in Canada. Shelley and her family enjoy camping and boating wherever they currently call home.

Alex Nycum
Progam Coordinator

B.S. Physics
Wilderness First Responder
ACA Certified Raft Guide

Alex was born in southern Maryland and grew up camping and hiking with his family. During college he completed a NOLS semester in the Rockies, which sparked his passion for the outdoors. Alex started as a rafting and climbing guide for Peak 7’s Oregon branch in the summer of 2013 and began working full time that fall​​. Alex loves rock climbing and can often be found leafing through guide books and planning the next trip to the mountains. Alex currently lives in Spokane with his wife, Rachel and dog, Havoc.

Suzanne Weston
Program Coordinator

B.A. Exercise Science
Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Sara-Anne Kichenmaster
Program Coordinator

Wilderness First Responder
CPR
Certified Raft Guide

Sara-Anne is from Central Oregon, where she now lives with her husband TJ. She grew up working on farms and ranches before getting involved with Peak 7 and learning to love white-water rafting. Her favorite things include hiking, having coffee with friends, and stories told through any medium. After doing the Junior Guide program as a teen, she was on summer staff for two years before volunteering for another two years. She is excited to spend another summer on the water, connecting with youth and sharing Jesus.

Brendan Finch
Program Coordinator

B.A. Theology


Wilderness Medicine Team

Daniel Klassen
Wilderness Medicine Instructor

WEMT
SWR
Inland Northwest Search and Rescue
Mountain Rescue Association

Daniel grew up as a missionary kid in Peru and Ecuador. He started climbing mountains at the age of 15 with his high school’s mountain climbing club. He attended Nordfjord Folkehøgskule in Norway, majoring in Glacier and Mountain Climbing. He served as a missionary in Ecuador for 10 years, creating a backpacking program for an outdoors ministry called El Refugio. His passions include mountaineering, photography, medicine, and mentoring.

Kevin Kerrigan, MD
Wilderness Medicine Course Director

Captain, Medical Corps, USN (Retired)
Fellow, American College of Surgery
Board Certified Surgeon

Dr. Kerrigan is Director of Wilderness Medicine. He is a board-certified general surgeon and former Instructor of the U. S. military’s Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course. He has practiced in underserved areas around the world and has published research articles on tropical diseases and venomous snake bite. He is a recipient of the American Medical Association’s prestigious Nathan Davis Award for “outstanding contributions to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of the public health.”

Kyle Pettit

Kyle has been a key member of the Peak 7 team for several years now, contributing heavily to our wilderness medicine and rafting programs. As a veteran, and current volunteer Firefighter and EMT, Kyle lives in the Priest Lake area with his beautiful family. He has volunteered a massive amount of hours over the last seven years to further the mission of Peak 7 and positively impact the lives of countless young people in our region. In his off time, Kyle also serves at his local church as a youth pastor.


Seasonal Team

Alicia Myers
Oregon Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR
Certified Raft Guide

Mandy Demetriou
BAC Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Daniel Conrad
BAC Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Paul Isitt
Oregon Guide

Certified Raft Guide
Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Hey I’m Paul. I’m from Oregon But have lived in Indiana, Texas, and North Dakota and love the Pacific Northwest. I got involved with Peak 7 six years ago when I did the Junior Guide program down in Oregon, and then guided the following four summers. I love the outdoors, God, and opportunity to see kids lives change for the better. I also love sports like soccer, volleyball, mountain biking, and skiing.

Haley Suskin
BAC Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Zack Lacy
BAC Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Zack grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia and fell in love with the outdoors through a series of backpacking trips in New England during high school. He came to Spokane to study Theology/Psychology at Moody Spokane. During his first year, he went on a backpacking trip with Peak 7 to the Olympic Coast. Now, five years later, he could not be more excited to contribute as a first year guide. Besides being outside, his passions are writing, mentoring, enjoying the simple things, and just being with people

Joy Warthen
Program Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Kate Geatches
Program Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR
Certified Raft Guide

Sean Campbell
Program Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Nathan Follett
Program Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Beth Leavitt
Program Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR
Certified Raft Guide

Hi! My name is Beth and I’m really excited to be joining peak 7 as a guide this summer. I just graduated with a BS in homeland security/emergency management and hope to someday work in disaster management or intelligence. I love mountains, starry nights, rafting, and trail running. I’m looking forward to hearing others stories this summer and seeing the impact that the love of Jesus and the outdoors has on people.  See you on the river !