David is a co-founder of the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, and, after a decade plus of guiding, David has mostly forgotten the bad habits of a feral youth spent annoying fish, climbing rotten rock and discovering pristine swaths of poison oak. Upon release from four years of UC imposed sea level living David migrated to higher elevations and has been working and playing in Sierra and Cascades ever since. David guides for Shasta Mountain Guides and is the Wilderness Education Coordinator at Lake Tahoe Community College.
Rich MeyerVice President
Rich Meyer is a co-founder of the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance and a board member of Winter Wildlands Alliance. Rich has over 15 years of experience guiding clients to mountain peaks around the world. His specialties include Skiing, Climbing and Avalanche Education. Although regularly working and playing in his beloved Sierra, Rich can be found leading trips in places like Alaska, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Alps of Europe, and the volcanoes of Chile & Ecuador.
As the owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee, Dave loves making winter recreation more accessible for everyone. For Dave, Tahoe Backcountry Alliance is all about uniting the Tahoe community to create more opportunities for human-powered winter recreation.
Raif is a Squaw Valley Ski Coach and Manager at Sunnyside Restaurant.
Brennan teaches sustainability and social justice courses at Sierra Nevada College, and is a doctoral student in sustainability education at Prescott College. His writing and photography has been published in numerous outlets on topics ranging from indigenous rights and land use, to backcountry skiing and travel. He guides human powered ski experiences around the globe and resides on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, California.
Geoff is a supervising teacher at the Forest Charter School in Truckee and the Co-Race Director for Alpenglow Sports Mountain Running. Geoff loves human-powered backcountry travel and is passionate about preserving and extending access for winter recreation.
With a 75 year family legacy of advocating for environmental responsibility in the development of winter sports, Glen Poulsen continues to play an active role in promoting sustainable alternatives in winter recreation. A veteran of ski exploration on seven continents, Glen joins the Alliance with a valuable and pragmatic perspective born of years of passion, play and work in all aspects of human powered winter sport around the globe.
Ming Poon is an adventure sports photographer/director of photography based in Lake Tahoe, California. Passionate about outdoor pursuits, travel and making a difference, Ming is inspired by culture, nature, music, friends and family. Ming’s work has been featured in Teton Gravity Research, Powder Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, Matchstick Productions, Standup Journal, ROAM, Ascent Backcountry Journal, Vermont Life Magazine and a variety of others throughout the globe. His images have also appeared in international commercial campaigns for O’Neill, Jones Snowboards, POC Sports, NOW Bindings, Hestra Gloves, Intuition Liners, Leki Poles and more.
Jason Layh is a shop dog wrangler at Alpenglow Sports, Freeride Coach at Alpine Meadows, and a Backcountry Magazine Gear / Ski test specialist.
Rachel has been with Education Outside for 10+ years’ and has hugely shaped the organization’s trajectory. Now the VP of Growth and Strategic Partnerships, Rachel is instrumental in developing the Education Outside corps program model and continues to oversee corps operations, field staff, and expansion activities. Prior to joining Education Outside, Rachel taught in an SFUSD school garden for four years and conducted environmental education programming for SFUSD students with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Rachel has a master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Pennsylvania and is co-author of How to Grow a School Garden: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.