Jay lemery, md

climate change and human health specialist

Dr. Lemery is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. He is the immediate Past-President of the Wilderness Medical Society and has provided medical direction to National Science Foundation subcontractors operating at both poles, most recently serving as the EMS Medical Director for the United States Antarctic Program. Dr. Lemery has an academic expertise in austere and remote medical care as well as the effects of climate change on human health. He serves as a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sits on the National Academy of Medicine’s (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the co-Editor of Global Climate Change and Human Heath: From Science to Practice (Jossey Bass, 2015). He serves as an advisor to the organization Climate for Health (ecoAmerica) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. From 2005-2012, he was the Director of Cornell Wilderness Medicine and a member of the Global Health Steering Committee at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Lemery was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and received his MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. From 2003-04 he was chief resident in Emergency Medicine at NYU & Bellevue Hospitals. He also currently holds academic appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Harvard School of Public Health (FXB Center) where he is a Contributing Editor for its Journal Health and Human Rights and was Guest Editor for the June 2014 edition on ‘Climate Justice.’ He is affiliate faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health.

Ryan Paterson

Emergency Room physician / wilderness educator / humanitarian

Ryan Paterson attended the University of Vermont School of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Wilderness/Altitude/Expedition Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center/University of Colorado. He also holds advanced certifications in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) and in Mountain Medicine (DiMM). He is a practicing Emergency Physician for Kaiser Permanente at St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. When not working, Ryan loves to spend time outdoors with his spouse and two children. He is an avid traveler and climber and a former distance athlete who continues to run, bike, and swim. Ryan has experience in large-race, medical event management and has helped provided medical support for the Leadville 100 ultra-marathon competition. Ryan also serves as co-course director for the Wilderness Medical Society and Universities of Colorado and Utah’s Diploma in Mountain Medicine Course (DiMM). He is the current United States delegate to the International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM). He also serves as medical director for the non-profit (Kolkata City Mission) working to establish sustainable development solutions in education, health, women’s empowerment, micro-enterprise and public-health for informal communities in and around Kolkata, India.

Hayley Stuart

Whitewater kayaker /  film maker / environmentalist

Hayley developed a passion for rivers as a whitewater kayaker at the age of sixteen. Kayaking in three continents exposed her to the crushing realities of mega-hydroelectric projects and their impacts on people and ecosystems. Inspired by the communities along Chile’s Maipo River, who campaigned against the Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Project, Hayley pursued studies in Environmental Science, Spanish and Anthropology at the University of Denver. In November 2016 she completed a dual major in Environmental Science and Spanish. Her thesis focused on the impact of social and environmental campaigns on Chile’s hydro-development. Hayley has worked throughout Latin America with Quechua, Aymara, and Mapuche communities and environmental campaign leaders to address and document the threats posed by mega-dams in an increasingly globalized world. Using film to create awareness, her videos are currently used in graduate and undergraduate Environmental Science classes at Denver University.

Todd Sperry

Senior vice president for marketing strategy and communications, 

boston museum of Science 

With nearly 20 years of agency and client experience, Sperry has led breakthrough marketing and communications initiatives at Arnold Worldwide, managing diverse global accounts including New Balance, Volvo, Fidelity Investments, Timberland, Panasonic and others . Before then, he managed national sales, distribution and training in the Rocky Mountains and the Northeast for The North Face. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with an M.B.A. from Babson College, Sperry lives in Cambridge, Mass., and has been passionate about the Museum for more than 15 years, often visiting with his 5-year-old son and wife Jennifer Yeh, a Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. An avid ski mountaineer, he once retraced the climb of late Museum Director Brad Washburn and his wife Barbara up Mount McKinley. A Big Brother for more than a decade, Sperry also enjoys travel, gardening, cooking and photography

Paul Charlton, MD

Emergency Room physician 

Paul Charlton is an Emergency Physician currently based in Gallup, New Mexico. Before medical school he completed a graduate degree in Conflict Resolution and he remains active with academic and field-based work at the interface of health and conflict. He previously worked as a Climbing Ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park and lived in northern Pakistan while working for Save the Children and various Pakistani NGOs.  He remains closely engaged with northern Pakistan, especially on issues affecting porters in the Karakoram. When not inside the hospital or working on conflict management things, he gets outside as much as possible trail running, mountaineering, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and new son.

Katie zanoni

peace and human rights educator

Katie Zanoni is currently the program officer for Women PeaceMakers at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego. She oversees the planning, implementation and management of the Women PeaceMakers program, one of the IPJ’s flagship programs that documents the stories of women advancing peace and human rights in their home countries. After Zanoni obtained her master’s degree in peace and justice studies at the University of San Diego (‘06), she co-founded and lectured in the first peace studies associate degree program at San Diego City College.  Zanoni has over 15 years of experience engaging in the nonprofit sector, working with various organizations including the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Association. As a peace and human rights educator, Zanoni developed curricula as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, a Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative fellow, and most recently for the Daraja Academy – an all girls’ school in Kenya where she incorporated narratives from Kenyan Women PeaceMakers into the lessons plans. Zanoni is currently pursuing her doctorate in education, in international and multicultural education with a concentration in human rights education at the University of San Francisco. Her research examines how the Education Sector Policy on Peace Education in Kenya has impacted the international, national and local discourse and action related to peace education as a form of peacebuilding. 

Katie's Projects

Women PeaceMakers Program

The Women Peacemakers Program’s vision is of a world where women and men work together through gender-sensitive active nonviolence, to build communities where people co-exist peacefully. Our mission is to transform conflict through gender-sensitive active nonviolence.

Jeri Howland

Entrepreneur, ironman champion, strategist

Jeri Howland is a fundraising and non-profit strategy leader, an entrepreneur, and 7x Ironman champion who has racked up many ultramarathon  wins in her off-season. She’s also a mom, grandmother, and wife. Jeri has just joined the Sonoma County-based Climate Center, that works to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas pollution at scale, starting in California, the 5th largest economy in the world, and a potential model for other states and countries! She served for eight years as Director of Development for Rainforest Action Network; she served as Chief of Advancement at Katherine Delmar Burke School for 13 years, and as the Chief of Development to improve education for underserved children at a college-prep charter school management group, Envision Schools, and an educational reform think tank, Partners in School Education. Most recently she has been fundraising consultant for: Academy Award documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, Protect Our Winters (POW), Sun Valley Institute, and more. She’s drawn to missions that include climate change, human rights, education, farm and food, and she’s constantly on the go.

Prior to fundraising, she was involved in local food system work (San Francisco Bay Area)  and teaching on an organic farm, at Putney School, in VT, her home state. She is the co-founder of San Francisco’s first “real” farmers market, sponsored by American Friends Service Committee in 1981.  This market was the seedling of today’s popular farmers markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She also co-founded SLUG, San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, way back in the beginning of what we know today as the food sustainability movement.  Jeri is founder and CEO of bungalow munch organic granola. It’s 100% organic, wheat-free and vegan. While she’s the finisher of 21 ironman triathlons, champion of 7, she’s proudest of her work/personal life balance act and never once thought to give up her activism!

Jeri has one daughter, a teacher in San Francisco and mom of two. She and her husband, Jerry Edelbrock, have split their time between their homes in the Wood River Valley, Idaho and Marin County, CA.

Jeri's Projects

Bungalow Munch

Bungalow Munch is Jeri’s handmade granola – real food – six natural ingredients to create superior nutrition – it’s fresh and delicious in a subtle, lightly-sweetened way, with good crunch that leaves a wonderful taste and the idea that “this is good for me!” Just what you need and nothing more. Many say it’s satisfying and with the “sticking” power we all want –  whether you’re an Olympian, a pretty serious athlete like Jeri, or a busy professional, also like Jeri. It’s ideal for everyone.

One Tam

Jeri is an ambassador for ONE TAM, a partnership that mobilizes resources to ensure a vibrant future for Mt. Tamalpais.

mckenna peterson

professional skier, fisherwoman, writer

McKenna is the quintessential ‘ski bum’. A former Freeskiing World Tour competitor, McKenna spends most of her winter backcountry skiing and chasing snow. She works on a fishing boat in Alaska during the summer months to continue to have winters off. McKenna has 12 years of backcountry skiing experience with extensive trips around the world. She has worked with world renowned mountain photographers and has been a part of multiple film projects including Warren Miller, Pretty Faces and Stellar Migrations. McKenna skied first descents in Iceland and Greenland while on an all female expedition, aiming to bring awareness to the effects of climate change on the Greenlandic ice sheet. She is a passionate ambassador for The Climate Reality Project. Somewhere between traveling the world and commercial fishing, McKenna has found time to complete a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. She enjoys documenting her adventures and has had writing published in BombSnow Magazine, BigLife Magazine, National Geographic Adventure online,, among others.

mckenna's Projects

Shifting Ice

In March of 2014, former Freeskiing World Tour competitor, McKenna Peterson and five other women set out to lead a ski and sale expedition on the west coast of Greenland. They explored and skied first descents while limiting their environmental footprint by sailing and climbing. The expedition has served as a platform for raising awareness about climate change and environmental issues as well as inspiring and promoting female participation in snow sports adventures.

Photo by KT Miller

Mckenna's Partner Organizations

The Climate Reality Project

The Climate Reality Project – a diverse group of passionate individuals who have come together to solve the greatest challenge of our time. We are cultural leaders, organizers, scientists, and storytellers, and we are committed to building a better future together.



Rebecca Rusch is the Queen of Pain with a heart of gold. It doesn’t matter if Rebecca is pedaling through the night on an epic adventure across Italy, riding her bike up Africa’s legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro, or teaching clinics and camps at a #JoinTheRusch camp or clinic, she brings energy, positivity and inspiration to whatever challenge she meets.

As a professional athlete for over three decades, the 7x World Champion has continually tested her own limits, and shattered the glass ceiling in whatever sport she tackles. She redefined the team dynamics of adventure racing, has a first female ascent rock climbing El Capitan in Yosemite, river boarded down the Grand Canyon, and has given the men a run for their money in endurance mountain biking.

Rusch’s work extends beyond the start line as the best selling author of Rusch to Glory, event producer for Rebecca’s Private Idaho, motivational speaker, firefighter, and cycling advocate. Additionally, she has raised over $100k for bike related charities through her adventures and events. In 2017, a full length feature film will be released, following Rebecca’s very personal and epic journey along the 1,800 kilometer Ho Chi Minh trail through Red Bull Media House.

REBECCA's Projects

Climbing Kilimanjaro for the Power of bicycles – In March of 2016, seven-time world champion, author and volunteer firefighter, Rebecca Rusch, and adventurer, Patrick Sweeney, summited Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization, World Bicycle Relief. Rusch and Sweeney rode, carried and pushed their bikes to the summit at 19,341 feet, then braved the journey back down, with the goal to ultimately raise one dollar for every foot of elevation, equaling 131 new bikes for students in Africa.

Epic Riding on the Ho Chi Minh Trail – This trip was time to use my bike for a purpose much bigger than winning championships or breaking records. Through my contacts from the first trip, I was able to assemble a small, but mighty crew with my trusted bike mechanic, motorcycle support friends, logistics team, guides like my husband and a local connection who knows the history of the trail like the back of his hand. I hand selected a group of 15 riders from the US that I knew could handle 8 days of jungle riding in unpredictable conditions. They all needed to have physical skill, mental tenacity, patience and appreciation for far away people and places. They also had to be sensitive enough for me to feel reassured while sharing this very personal journey..

REBECCA's Partner Organizations

World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles. They are committed to helping people conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence and thrive.

The Mines Advisory Group is a non-governmental organization that assists people affected by landmines, unexploded ordnance, and small arms and light weapons. MAG takes a humanitarian approach to landmine action.

People for Bikes

PeopleForBikes supports US local, state and national initiatives to improve biking through programs like the Green Lane Project, which helps US cities build better bike lanes to create lower-stress streets. By helping to unite millions of voices across the country, PeopleForBikes empowers riders everywhere to work towards the dream of safe, bicycle-friendly environments for all cyclists, regardless of experience or fitness. PeopleForBikes works to enhance the efforts of cycling advocacy groups throughout the country by bringing reinforcements, money, inspiration and positive publicity to local organizations.

Wood River Trails Coalition

The Wood River Trails Coalition works closely with national and local groups and agencies to create, maintain, and sustain the trail network in the Wood River Valley, Rebecca’s home.

National Interscholastic Cycling Association

NICA promotes high school mountain biking programs in the United States. NICA provides governance, leadership, and program support to regional high school mountain biking organizations. NICA’s mission “develops high school mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States”.

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Story teller, philanthropic consultant

Pia has over 25 years of diverse experience in strategic management and leadership positions within the non-profit and private sectors, with a special focus on venture philanthropy, education policy, social entrepreneurship, non- profit management and film. In the early 1990’s, Pia helped to launch the first social entrepreneur-focused venture philanthropy fund in the United States – The Echoing Green Foundation – with leading NYC-based venture capital firm General Atlantic Partners. EGF has funded over 300+ non-profit start-ups worldwide in the environment, education, public health, and youth service. Continuing her career as a Director at $1 billion Broad Foundation in Los Angeles, Pia developed and managed a portfolio of venture philanthropy initiatives focused on dramatically improving public education in the United States. Working closely with the US Department of Education, the White House, state education departments, Governors, Mayors and school district superintendents, Pia managed annual philanthropic commitments of up to $50m focused specifically on national school education data quality initiatives, supporting and scaling CMOs, and governor and mayoral initiatives to improve education. As an independent strategy consultant focusing on education, non-profit and social change initiatives, Pia’s long-term clients have included The Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The College Board, Inc., and The Prudential Foundation. For these clients, Pia has spearheaded a diverse portfolio of strategic initiatives at the city, state, and national levels. In addition, Pia produced documentary films and public education campaigns for the J.Paul Getty Trust, the Getty Conservation and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Pia studied Politics and Comparative Religion at Mount Holyoke College, Film Producing at The American Film Institute, and was a Public Interest Law Fellow at Harvard Law School.

pia's Projects

thunder dragon fund

With her husband Gerry Moffatt, Pia is most recently the co-founder of Thunder Dragon Fund, a non-profit focused on promoting and supporting the resilience of adventure-based communities through inspirational story-telling, education, and capacity-building pilot projects. Thunder Dragon works primarily in the Himalayas and the Western United States.