Meet the 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

Events & Communications Director
Jenny is a Washington State native, growing up hiking, fishing and spending countless hours outdoors. After meeting her husband of 25 years, Ken, at Bible college, they served together in camping ministry for 18 years, welcoming 3 sons along the way. Now living in Newport, Washington, 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.

Alex Nycum

Program Administrator
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.

Sara-Anne Leavitt

Oregon Area Manager
Sara-Anne grew up in Redmond, OR on the desert side of the state and now lives near Portland, OR.  Her first experience with outdoor adventure was on a Peak 7 Leadership Development Trip in 2012 where she discovered her love for outdoor ministry and passion for introducing others to the outdoors. Since then, she has been on summer staff as a seasonal guide, volunteered, and joined the full-time team as the coordinator for the Oregon Program in 2018.  Her favorite part of the job is watching people build relationships and gain confidence through outdoor adventure.  When she’s not on the river, you’ll find her skiing (she was a ski instructor at Mt. Bachelor for 2+ years), snowboarding, reading, playing games, or on a road trip with her closest friends!

Lorelei Felchlin

 Program Coordinator
Lorelei grew up in South Carolina and joined the Army Reserves while in college. After college she joined the Army full time where she had an opportunity to travel and explore many new places and cultures around the world. Eventually, While stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, she fell in love with all the climbing, trail running, caving, canyoneering, sea kayaking and backpacking in Washington State. She spent the last 15 years working with various non-profit organizations teaching mountaineering, rock climbing and backpacking and leading trips all over the Pacific Northwest. Her passion is encouraging youth to push themselves further than they dreamed and to experiencing Jesus’ love along the way. 

Olivia Ekblad

Seattle Guide

Lindsey Benda

Seattle Guide

Cade Twyman

Seattle Guide
Hi! My name is Olivia Ekblad. I am so excited to join the Peak 7 crew this summer and lead some mountaineering, backpacking and climbing trips! I am originally from Winthrop, WA, so I grew up exploring in the North Cascades. I graduated with a community health degree from Whitworth University in January ‘20. For the past year I have been working at a residential treatment center called the Emily Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but I’m excited to come back West for the summer! In my spare time you could find me nordic skiing, trail running, climbing, drinking coffee, or baking (ask me for a gluten free cinnamon roll...).

Lindsey grew up in the Chicago suburbs participating in summer and winter camps throughout the midwest. It was not until she attended school in Michigan where she fell in love with climbing and backpacking for the first time. She is passionate about walking with Christ, learning about cultures, exploring the outdoors, and getting to know people’s stories! She currently works as a nurse in Nashville, TN and is excited to experience God’s beauty in creation alongside youth in Seattle this summer!

Cade was born and raised in San Diego, California and currently attends Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. He grew up going on road trips with his family and fell in love with exploring the outdoors. He always loved climbing, but never had the opportunity to invest in it until college, when he started getting involved with their outdoor program. Now he enjoys going outdoor climbing with his friends to different spots throughout Arizona. He also loves being shown God’s love through the outdoors, and sharing that experience with others.

Kara Spell

Oregon Guide
Kara grew up in Seaside, Oregon, a five minute walk from the beach. She is currently a student at Azusa Pacific University, studying Humanities and Psychology, working towards a career in Emergency Management. Her first experience with Peak 7 was a rafting trip with her youth group when she was 11. A few years later Kara became a Junior Guide, which she continued until turning 18, when she became certified as a guide and started volunteering on trips. In her free time, Kara enjoys spending time outside in God’s creation, especially sunny days at the beach. She also loves to play with her dog, Cisco, and play board games with her family!

Josh McKinney

Oregon Guide
Josh grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah with a deep love for creation and being in it with God’s people. Taking part in forms of alternative education such as unschooling and homeschooling left Josh with plenty of time to Ski the Wasatch range, backpack and fish in the Uintas, and rock scramble in Southern Utah to his heart’s content. As Josh entered high school he began to travel internationally to Central and South America, the Czech Republic, and most recently a six week backpacking trip in New Zealand where he discovered a new love for exploring and communing with others in new cultures. Josh has spent this past winter working as a ski school instructor and taking part in some epic backcountry skiing excursions with friends.
No word in the english language can describe how insanely excited he is to work with the OR team this summer and share the joy of the Lord on the river!

Hannah Gormley

Oregon Guide
Hannah was born and raised in Black Diamond, Washington and developed a deep love for the outdoors at an early age. She has a natural curiosity about the world around her and enjoys learning and sharing knowledge with others. Hannah brings with her years of experience as an environmental educator, camp counselor and most recently working with at-risk youth. Whether it’s kayaking, skiing, or simply a good hike she is always up for an adventure!

Mariah Brehn

Emily Danko

Sean Campbell

Oregon Guide

Spokane Guide
My name is Emily and I am so excited to work with Peak 7 this summer after 5 years of being a camp counselor. For the last three years, I've worked in the Seattle area teaching English, but have taken a break to go back to school. Currently, I am a graduate student at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. I grew up in Wenatchee, hiking through the hills and paddling along the Columbia River. I'm looking forward to sharing my love for the outdoors and learning from each group I'll guide for.
Spokane Guide
Hello there! My name is Sean ‘Soup’ Campbell, and this will be my second summer volunteering for Peak 7. I am so stoked to be out in the beautiful Northwest again. I have lived in Southern Maryland all my life. I just graduated at Messiah University in Pennsylvania with a Film and Media Arts degree. I have a strong passion for filming and editing videos. However, I really love being in the outdoors and experiencing God’s wonderful creation. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, rock climbing, running, reading books and watching sports. Being a guide for Peak 7 two summers ago was an amazing experience and really changed my life. I was able to be an impact on so many lives while also being impacted from them. I felt God calling me to come back to guide again. I cannot wait to spend my summer with amazing guides and all the
amazing people that go on Peak 7 trips!

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.

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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