Our Board of Directors
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.
Rich Meyer is a co-founder of the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance and a board member of Winter Wildlands Alliance. Rich has over 20 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.
Ali is an Avalanche Educator and Backcountry Ski Guide based out of Truckee, CA. She grew up in the Reno/Tahoe area and has always had a strong passion for moving through these mountains. While in school, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Accounting as well as her CPA License, and found herself working for a top accounting firm before moving back to Tahoe. She continued to work in accounting as she began to take Ski Guide Courses through the American Mountain Guides Association as well as professional level avalanche courses, and soon enough, entered the guiding world full time – a perfect outlet to share her passion and expertise by educating backcountry users about critical issues affecting winter backcountry recreation. As the Treasurer of the TBA, she is able to combine her background in accounting with her love for backcountry skiing to help preserve and expand winter access to the places that stoke our souls!
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 wife, Hannah, and their dog, Smokey Bear.
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.
David works for Peak Design, a company that makes travel and photography gear based out of San Francisco, and also runs the Tahoe Mill Collective, a co-working space with locations in Alpine Meadows and Tahoe City. He can often be found mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter with his wife, Molly, daughter Maddie, and dog, Yuki, out of their home in Alpine Meadows. David’s enthusiasm for backcountry travel and exploration brought him to the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance to help protect and educate people about the wild places we all love.