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

Corinne Edwards — HOP Program Director

Corinne is a California native who recently relocated to Utah, inspired by the endless outdoor opportunities. With 15 years of travel industry experience, there is no stopping her desire to explore far corners of the world. Her career has led her to 28 countries, with community engagement as a top priority. She has helped create immersive travel programs for National Geographic and New York Times Journeys, specializing in unique and lesser-traveled destinations. Some of her fondest memories are from exploring various corners of Pakistan and India, spending time with villagers in Myanmar and Panama, jungle stays in Borneo and Laos, navigating markets in Colombia and China, and bonding with locals in Iran and Turkmenistan over staple foods. Corinne is beyond excited to join the HOP team and continue project efforts around the world!

Olivia McClees — HOP Program Coordinator

Olivia was introduced to travel at a young age by her family. She grew up in Utah and has spent a significant amount of time outside, on the water and in the mountains camping. Olivia has a BS in Communications from Dixie State University, and enjoys crafting the perfect adventure for WWTrek guests and helping them prepare for it. Olivia has spent time in the Dominican Republic teaching English, in Tonga building a house, and has traveled to Europe and Fiji. After summiting Mount Timpanogos, the sense of accomplishment and new love for hiking has led to Olivia’s new goal of hiking all the major peaks in Utah.

Mac Berg — Media 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.

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

Mike Sanders — Chairman of the Board

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.

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.

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).

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.

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. In 2019, we bought a property in Midvale, Utah as our new home base, our control center, our video studio, our storage, our vehicle prep station – it’s been a crucial improvement to continue smooth operations for 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.