Leadership Team

Austin Dannen

Executive Director
Austin is from Spokane, Washington and joined Peak 7 in 2009. He has been a committed member of the team ever since, serving as a guide, coordinator, program manager, and director. He is passionate about communicating the love of God, and sharing his enjoyment of the outdoors with youth. He loves spending time with his family, traveling and exploring the world, and having fun with friends. Austin lives in the Spokane area with his wife, Anna, and their son, Isaac.

Jenny Weddle

Operations Director 
Jenny is a Washington State native, growing up hiking, fishing and spending countless hours outdoors. After meeting her husband of 27 years, Ken, at Moody Northwest, they started a family, welcoming three sons in 4 years. As a family they have served as the onsite camp administrators of UGM Camp since 2002. Jenny is passionate about youth advocacy and outdoor recreation, making Peak 7 the perfect fit. In her spare hours, Jenny can be found adventuring with Ken, solo hiking in the great PNW or introverting with an excellent book.

Shelley Allen

Finance Manager
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.

Taylor King

Program Director
I was born and raised in Alabama backpacking in the woodland forests. The outdoors has always provided a great deal of clarity and understanding in my life. I learned at a young age that getting outside would give me a big dose of the “feel goods”. It was through outdoor adventure that my body and mind began to heal, always returning with a different perspective about what I was facing in my life. My passion to work in the outdoors felt unreal and not attainable and I never put a lot of thought into pursuing it. After years of moving around the country seeking jobs that I thought I needed, a mentor flew me out to climb Mt. Rainier. After that trip one of my guides encouraged me to explore some of my passions in the outdoor industry. When I found out about Peak 7 I could hardly believe something like it existed. It absolutely changed everything about what I thought was possible for my future. The culture and community surrounding Peak 7 has had an everlasting impact on me and I consider it a great honor to now be in the program role helping to create programs that might inspire others.

Connor Lee

Assistant Program Director
Originally from Oklahoma, Connor grew up on the plains of middle America before moving to Spokane in 2017. Prior to his move, Connor and a group of friends did a 10 day trip across Western Colorado and Southern Utah camping & hiking that galvanized his love for the outdoors. Since moving to Spokane Connor has become an avid skier and backpacker, and it was his involvement in these activities that eventually led to his connection to the Peak 7 community. It was Peak 7s vision, rooted in faith, to make access to the outdoors available for all–no matter one's socioeconomic status–that really appealed to Connor and led to him seeking out a role on our team. While Connor works alongside our full time team and seasonal guides coordinating trips, he is also in school preparing to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. 

Tiffany Mackie

Community Engagement & Events Manager
Tiffany is a PNW Transplant of 10 years, originally born and raised in South Florida. Having grown-up climbing in the trees, swimming in the oceans and trekking through the swamps, the PNW opened up a whole new world of outdoor beauty.  She now enjoys boating, paddle boarding and hiking with her 11-year-old son Jackson and husband Dan. Tiffany has spent the last 19 years in the health and wellness industry and is a passionate advocate for organic farming and regenerative agriculture.  So, bringing together physical fun and nature advocacy via Peak7 couldn’t be a more natural fit! She can be found barefoot in her garden all summer long, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen any chance she gets.

Wilderness Medicine Team

Daniel Klassen

Wilderness Medicine Instructor
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.

Michael Douglas, MD

Medical Director
Dr. Douglas is a board-eligible physician who has completed training in both Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology (a rigorous combined residency program at Loma Linda University). He has also received additional training in global and expeditionary medicine through the University of Minnesota. Beyond medical training, he has had over 7 years experience in the outdoor industry as a backpacking guide, climbing guide and WFR instructor. Wilderness specific certifications include PCGI top-rope guide, WEMT, and Wilderness Emergency Medical Professional (WEM-Pro).

Kevin Kerrigan, MD

Wilderness Medicine Course Director
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

Wilderness Medicine Instructor
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.

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