Amanda has been an executive administrator for Ascend since 2016 when she and her colleague Danyel Aglipay took up the helm from Scott LaFein, the founder of Ascend Wilderness Experience. Born and raised in Trinity County, she’s passionate about giving back to her community. She’s also committed to facilitating community stewardship in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.
Amanda has a B.S. in Environmental Sustainability & Cultural Anthropology. She is most intrigued by the intersection between human behavior and environmental issues, and how our societal and personal constructs effect our views and actions with the environment. She works as a community organizer for a variety of environmental organizations such as Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment (SAFE) and the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC), as well as a community based environmental activist.
Eileen took her first car-camping trip when she was a year old, and was hooked immediately! Her pack trips into the Alps as a child were also with her family, and while she wouldn’t trade them away, she can definitely see how beneficial a trip with a group like Ascend would have been to round out her knowledge and skills.
She has lived in Trinity County for just shy of 40 years, and is retired from being the WIC director and nutritionist. Eileen loves anything that involves being outside from cross-country skiing to swimming, hiking, camping, kayaking, bicycling, etc. She is an avid all-season gardener who raises most of their fruits and vegetables.
Eileen has a BS in Dietetics and Food Administration. She is a board member and the secretary of Dawn Hospice. She became an Ascend board member because she wants more children (and even adults) to experience the wonders of our “back yard”, the Trinity Alps.
Angela Gutermuth, PT DPT
Doctorate of Physical Therapy;
B.S. Physical Therapy;
B.A. Therapeutic Recreation
Physical Therapist for Redding Rancheria Trinity Health Center
Physical Therapist for Trinity County Office of Education
As the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Watershed Research and Training Center in Hayfork, Zack focuses on connecting the Trinity County community with the natural world through volunteer events, classroom visits, field trips, social media, and more. He strives to foster stewardship values in community members so that they have the tools and knowledge needed to contribute to a healthy landscape. Zack is very grateful to have found an additional avenue to accomplish that work through Ascend.
Zack is originally from Connecticut. He received his B.S. in Marine Biology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl. Zack has previously served as an AmeriCorps member with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association in Bellingham, WA and as a California Conservation Corps member here at the Watershed Center. He enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, and writing.
Chriss Williams, M.T.S.
Harvard ’19, Religion, Media and Ethics
Environmental Consultant, Flowra
Board Member: Human Response Network