Team Profiles

Ryan M Kerrigan
Founder

B.S., Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Wilderness First Responder
Swiftwater Rescue Technician
ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor –Level 4
ACA Whitewater Raft Guide Instructor –Level 4
Rock Climbing Top Rope Site Managerin

Lynn Smith
Executive Director

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies; Communications/Sociology
Wilderness First Responder
ACA Certified Raft Guide
Certified HR Generalist

Lynn has been involved with Peak 7 Adventures since 2008, starting out as a volunteer who instantly fell in love with the mission.  She was born and raised in Bellingham Washington and moved to the East side of Washington with her husband Corey and four boys in 2007.  Lynn enjoys the outdoors, running long distances and spending her free time camping with her family.  Her enthusiasm helps to encourage and energize those around her.  As a mother of four boys, her life is always an adventure

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

Phil Moore
Marketing and Events Coordinator

BA Theology and Speech Communication

Phil was raised in Gig Harbor, WA. before moving to Spokane to study Communication and Theology at Whitworth. Since his youth, he’s found few things more humbling and magical than adventuring in God’s creation. Phil is passionate about people’s stories and seeing them discover their place in God’s grand story. He enjoys backpacking, biking, climbing, nordic skiing, soccer, tasty food, aesthetic design, and writing in the third person. Phil lives in beautiful Spokane with his more beautiful wife, Nina.

Juliana Zajicek
Sponsorship and Development Coordinator

BA Communication and Spanish
Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Shelley Allen
Office Manager/Bookkeeper

BS 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

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.

Isabella Santos
Program Coordinator

B.A Literature and Theology
Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Isabella was born and raised in Spokane. In 2015 she graduated from Whitworth University magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature. She worked as a guide for Peak 7 in the summer of 2016 before joining the full-time team the following January. She loves backpacking, climbing, road trips, camping, and whatever other activities take her outside.​

Zach Iverson
Program Coordinator

Wilderness First Aid
CPR
Swift Water Rescue Technician

Suzanne Weston
Program Coordinator

B.A Exercise Science
Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Kelley Niemond
Volunteer Coordinator

Wilderness First Responder
CPR


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.”


Seasonal Team

Kelley Roberts
BAC Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Alaina Bates
Spokane Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR


Brice Niemond
Spokane Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Taylor King
Spokane Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Peter Wilson
Spokane Guide

B.S. Outdoor Education – Montreat College
PCIA Base-management
Wilderness First Responder

 

Cole Kramm
Spokane Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Cole is excited to join Peak 7 Staff as an ascent, whitewater rafting and, climbing guide during the summer. He loves a strong cup of Indaba coffee( especially their cold brew) and climbing at the local crags around town. Cole was a former student on the BAC( Bower Adventure Course), a 54-day leadership course focusing on cultivating young leaders in the Pacific Northwest Community and, is extremely grateful and excited to give back to his community in a Christ like way!!

Jordan Lewis
Spokane Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Juliana Zajicek
BAC Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Nathan Stegenga
BAC Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Philip Shulz
BAC Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Alicia Myers
Oregon Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR
Certified Raft Guide

Sara-Anne Kichenmaster
Oregon Guide

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.

Riah Anders
Oregon Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR

Alex Alekskyer
Oregon Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR
Certified Raft Guide

 

Dustin Anderson
Oregon Guide

Wilderness First Responder
CPR
Certified Raft Guide

Dustin grew up on the Oregon Coast alongside his 6 sisters.  Throughout school, Dustin and his family spent much of their time camping, hiking, and going on mission trips around the world.  After high school, Dustin moved to Independence, Oregon to take the position of Resident Firefighter at Polk County Fire District while pursuing his degree in Fire Suppression.  He is excited to share the wonders of God’s creation with teens for the summer.