Our Board of Directors
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.
Raif Anderson is a Squaw Valley ski coach, but his true passion lives in the mountains where the masses are not. Preserving and protecting the solitude and silence of the Tahoe Backcountry has always been a priority for him and his family.
Brennan Legasse 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.
Rachel Pringle has been working in the nonprofit field for 18 years. Most recently, Rachel was the VP of Growth and Strategic Partnerships at Education Outside, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that brought science and environmental literacy to life in over 60 green schoolyards throughout the Bay Area. Rachel also served for 5 years on the board of the Bay Area nonprofit, 18 Reasons, serving as President for 2 years. Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Pennsylvania and is co-author of How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers from Timber Press. She is an avid backcountry skier and mountain biker and lives in Truckee with her husband and two young children.
Having sent the last 10 years working as a Watershed Restoration Engineer throughout Northern California, Greg Garrison and family have landed in the Tahoe Basin. Greg has joined the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance with the goal of improving and preserving winter recreation access for future generations.
Geoff Quine 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.
Outreach and Messaging
Steve Byrne is a media producer, online content creator, and snow science geek driven by a passion for backcountry skiing and protecting the Sierra. Originally from the Southeast, Steve visited the Tahoe at age 13 and instantly knew that one day he’d call Tahoe home. With the Tahoe Sierra as his backyard, Steve is passionate about preserving the quality and access of our public lands. Based high on the Nevada side of the lake, he’s often found in the Mt. Rose backcountry chasing turns with his partner, Hannah, and their dog, Smokey Bear.