Dean Cardinale — Founder/Lead Guide

Dean Cardinale is an avid mountain climber, outdoors enthusiast, and adventure lover. The founder of World Wide Trekking and the President and Founder of Human Outreach Project, he has climbed and led expeditions to North America, Central America, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Himalayas, including summiting Mt. Everest in 2005. He is the former president of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, where he served for over a decade. He serves as the U.S. representative to the International Commission of Alpine Rescue, is an avalanche instructor with the American Avalanche Association, and an avalanche forecaster for Snowbird Ski Resort. He is also a level-III certified US Sailing Captain and author of the book: Inspired – Lessons Learned from a Life of Adventure. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, Alison, and their three dogs—Cruizer, Marty, and Spike. Dean has taught people of all ages and professions, and is well known for his professional ethics and conduct evident in all of his pursuits. Dean has a longstanding record of leadership, program development, and community service.

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SLC Team

Nate Mildeberger — HOP Operations Manager

Nate Mildeberger grew up in Seattle and moved out to Utah after graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Tourism and Recreation. Before receiving his degree, Nate traveled independently to Southeast Asia where he got his first long-term taste of international volunteer work, counting fish for reef surveys and cleaning beaches in Cambodia. His experiences overseas range from work on the north shore of Oahu to farming in Costa Rica. He is passionate about facilitating international volunteer experiences for others who are invested in community engagement.As the Human Outreach Project Operations Manager, Nate supports HOP’s international non-profit projects in Nepal and Tanzania by collaborating with HOP’s  local operations managers. In his free time, he loves to ski, trail run, hike and practice yoga.

Stephanie Long — Adventure Specialist/HOP Program Coordinator

Stephanie grew up in Pennsylvania, and is a life-long traveler and adventurer. She has taught English in Taiwan, backpacked through Asia and Europe, worked as a North American tour guide, mentored at-risk teenagers in Utah’s wilderness, and worked as an outdoor educator for elementary school students. She was drawn to Utah for the natural environment, and spends much of her free time rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking. Her role as Program Coordinator for HOP Outdoors is the perfect opportunity to combine her love for Utah’s natural environment with her passion for making a difference in kids’ lives.

Kelli McEwan — Graphic Designer

Kelli McEwan joined HOP in late 2016 as HOP’s graphic designer. Kelli grew up in Northern Utah and received her BFA in graphic design at Utah State University. She has worked extensively in the retail field designing products and packaging. She splits her time with HOP and as the graphic designer at Snowbird Resort. She has always wanted to give back to her community and the world around her, and has found a comfortable avenue to do so through creative projects at HOP. In her free time, she loves to travel snow ski, backpack, practice yoga, mountain bike and go camping with her friends.

Overseas Operations Managers

Geljen Sherpa — Nepal Operations Manager/Guide

Geljen helps organize group treks, mountain climbs, and private tours for World Wide Trekking in Nepal and all of Asia. He has organized everything from Khumbu treks to expeditions to the top of the world. Geljen Sherpa is an Everest summiteer and understands the demands of hard work, perseverance, and community. Geljen has been instrumental in establishing contacts for Human Outreach Project (HOP), including family members of children in remote Himalayan villages. He is a HOP board member.

Raymond Massae — Local Tanzania Board Member and Operations Manager

Raymond is a professional educator and integral leader of HOP efforts in Africa, with nearly 10 years experience in the African tourism industry. Ray oversees all operational and logistical details at the Kilimanjaro Kids Community and mentors the staff at the community. He has a critical role in guiding community service by identifying the greatest needs in areas surrounding expedition sites and works to ensure efforts are collaborative, capacity building in nature and culturally appropriate.

Rodolfo Reyes — Peru Operations Manager/Guide

Rodolfo studied for three years C.E.A.M., an institution dedicated to the education of high mountain guides in Peru. After many years of working for American and European companies, Rodolfo started his own guiding service hosting groups regularly to Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru and to destinations in Ecuador and Bolivia. He keeps his training current by attending yearly rescue courses with the Association of Mountain Guides of Peru. Rodolfo had the pleasure of working with climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates on the film ͞Touching the Void. In 2014, Rodolfo organized the Chocolatada Festival in Pashpa Village, and will do the same this December 2015.

Board Members

Alison Cardinale — Vice President

Alison, a lifelong adventurer and experienced pilot, helps to identify new partners for HOP across the globe, most recently in Peru. A captain for ExpressJet, Alison is a certified flight instructor and airline transport pilot with over 4,500 hours of flight time in the Embraer regional jet. She has facilitated humanitarian efforts in Africa and developed the HOP Students Leadership Program. When not flying or traveling with HOP, Alison enjoys hiking, reading, and skiing.

Sue J. Goldie — Chairman of the Board

Sue is a physician, public health scientist, and MacArthur Award recipient for genius and creativity. She is a Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, Director of the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University, and Director of the Center for Health Decision Science. Well known for her work on critical global health challenges, she is a vocal advocate of evidence-based policy, serving on committees at the World Health Organization and the Institute of Medicine. Sue is a martial artist, loves skiing, and training her golden retrievers.

James R. Farmer — Secretary

James is Of Counsel at the Salt Lake City law firm VanCott, specializing in commercial litigation and intellectual property law. He counsels clients in a wide range of technical disciplines from aerospace to chemical engineering. Jim has held post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton and Brigham Young University and completed a sabbatical at NASA Ames Research Center. There he focused on computer simulations of aerothermodynamic heat loads experienced by planetary entry vehicles such as the Mars Science Laboratory and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.

Richard Schlesinger — Board Member

Richard was born in New York City, attended the Fieldston School, then Lafayette College and Columbia Law School. In 1970, he founded his real estate company, RB Schlesinger and Company, specializing in commercial office leasing. He has been a guest speaker at Brooklyn Law School and has given presentations to real estate departments of several law firms. His charitable work includes a Visiting Writers Program at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH and Yale University as well as the Snowbird Ski Patrol Educational Scholarship Program.

Clint Arnoldus — Board Member

Clint is a retired banker with 36 years of experience, 14 which were at the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer level. His career involved living and traveling throughout the world. Clint has degrees from Brigham Young University and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Non-profit experience includes serving on numerous boards as Chairman, Finance Committee Chairman, and Executive Director. Clint loves hiking, skiing, classic cars, and traveling.

Molly Keller — Board Member

Molly Keller serves on the HOP board and is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Lake Geneva Fresh Air Association. She is a founding member of the Advisory Council for Phillips Academy’s (MS)2 program (Math and Science for Minority Students. She is also currently serving as the Head Fundraising Agent for her class at Phillips Academy. Molly previously worked at Ameritech Corporation in marketing and strategic development, Puente Sur Ltd as an international business consultant in Santiago, Chile and at Premiere Candy Company as a sales and marketing consultant.  She received her BA from Northwestern University and is also a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover).