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

DeLacy Healey — HQ Operations Manager

DeLacy came to WWTrek as an administrative and logistic professional with over 15 years in administration, technical writing, non-profit management, dance/choreography, hospitality and executive management. She has an honors degree in Public Relations with a minor in Dance Performance and was a two-year recipient of Dean’s List honors for her English and Biology upper-level studies at the University of Central Florida. A seasoned domestic traveler, DeLacy came with a passion for the great outdoors, giving back to the world around her, and exploring on her own at every chance she gets. She loves wildlife, the depths of the ocean, cultures, and the mountains. DeLacy is a published writer and an avid outdoor enthusiast. She is eager and determined to make every guest’s experience a special and safe one. She loves her family: Mountaineering and Ultra-Running partner, Jon, Brandon (5), Tappies the dog, and Baby cat.

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.

Alex Torquemada — HOP Project Coordinator/ Social Media Specialist

Alex is a California native who grew up amongst the towering redwoods and cold, but scenic north coast beaches. Alex earned her bachelor’s degree in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas. She spent her collegiate career as a NCAA Division I athlete competing in women’s rowing. Her love of natural landscapes and outdoor recreation has drawn her to Utah in pursuit of new adventures. Alex has spent multiple summers as a raft guide and outdoor instructor. When she’s not in the office you can find Alex outdoors trail running, rock climbing, rafting, or kayaking. Her other interests include painting, cooking, bad puns, and random trivia. She has certainly caught the international travel bug and has spent time exploring Nicaragua, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Norway and most recently Peru. Her current dream is to paddle the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with close friends.

Mac Berg — Video Specialist

Mac Berg is a Utah native who has recently returned from the University of San Diego where he earned an Honors Degree in Philosophy and Peace & Justice Studies with a specialty in Environmental Philosophy.  Mac’s academic interests lie with ecological integrity and sustainable development, while his personal interests are focused around creative filmmaking.  He loves pointing his camera at anything which allows him to improve his skill set, but his true love is filming skateboarding.  You can catch him out in the streets making independent skate videos or in the World Wide Trekking office as the Media Specialist before he eventually returns to the world of academia to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Science.  At WWT, Mac produces and edits videos, manages website development, designs newsletters, and creates any other media content as needed.

Crystal Painter — Website Specialist

Crystal grew up at a summer camp in Upstate New York that her father directed. Needless to say, her life has been focused on outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship her whole life. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Redlands, she spent four months in Tanzania studying ecology in national parks and human-wildlife conflict in local villages. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Sciences, she spent a year living in The Republic of Palau and working at a dive shop as a natural history kayak guide.

Crystal moved to Utah in 2014 and began working for World Wide Trekking as the Operations Manager. She stepped away from WWTrek to pursue a master’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah. Upon completing her degree, she was happy to return to her WWT family as the Senior Website Administrator. Crystal will be reporting from wilderness locations in her self-converted van.

Ashley White — Adventure Specialist

Ashley is a Florida native who recently relocated to Utah and traded in her scuba gear for hiking boots. During her undergraduate studies at Stetson University, Ashley studied abroad and backpacked throughout Europe. She has a deep rooted passion for adventure and traveling and loves to experience new cultures. When not spending time at home with her husband and two dogs, Ashley loves to explore new trails and learning to ski. Her favorite place she has traveled is New Zealand. One day, she would love to return and hike all 9 of New Zealand’s Great Walks.

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.

James R. Farmer — Secretary & Board Member

James R. Farmer is Of Counsel with the Law Firm, Van Cott, where he specializes in commercial litigation and intellectual property law and counsels clients in a range of technical, including aerospace, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering. Jim previously held post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton and Brigham Young University and recently completed a year long sabbatical at NASA Ames Research Center, where he focused on the computer simulations of aerothermodynamic heat loads experienced by planetary entry vehicles, including the Mars science Laboratory and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle ( the next generation space shuttle) Farmer is on the HOP governing board, is the HOP secretary and renders legal advice for World Wide Trekking.

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).

Mike Sanders — Board Member

Mike Sanders is a business executive that has spent 30 years in the technology and software industry. He started his career with an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Purdue followed by an MBA from Texas Christian University.   His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for CBR Youth Connect (a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity organization) for 3 years, and most recently being elected as the Board Chair.  Mike, and his wife Michaela, have 6 children and live in the Englewood area of South Denver. Enjoying hiking, they have climbed many of the 14’ers in Colorado and continue to do at least one each year.

Phillip Levy M.D., M.P.H. — Board Member

Dr. Phillip Levy is the WWTrek medical advisor and servers on HOP’s board. Dr. Levy is a tenured Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where he currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Translational Sciences and Clinical Research Innovation, and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition to being a board certified Emergency Physician, he has a Master’s Degree in Public Health, with specific expertise in the international practice of emergency care. An avid world traveler and telemark skier, when not at work, Dr. Levy can be found in a far off location with his kids, Sydney and Hayden, boards often in tow.

Raymond Massae — Board Member

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

Sue J. Goldie — Senior Advisor

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.

Home Office

Sitting at the base of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, our office plays an essential role in the operation of HOP and its mission. HOP and World Wide Trekking share this space, which allows our resources to go further. As both companies’ operations have grown, so has our office, expanding into the neighboring office in 2016. This is our home base, our control center, our video studio, our storage, and it is crucial to the smooth operation of all our projects. We run over two dozen international outreach projects, and two local outreach projects, reaching thousands of people’s lives through our efforts.