A native of Colorado, Vickie is a lifelong skier who’s been recreating in the backcountry and for almost 20 years. Thanks to great mentors, she was an early adopter of avalanche and climbing education. Vickie’s passion for the outdoors lead her to a career in the nonprofit realm spanning across a multitude of organizations over the past fifteen years including Outward Bound, the Colorado 14ers Initiative, Environmental Defense Center, The Nonprofit Support Center, and the American Alpine Club (AAC). While working in the nonprofit sector, Vickie has gained expertise in fundraising, strategic planning and program development, passion is for partnerships: working with companies, nonprofits and government agencies.
Vickie holds a B.A Geography with an emphasis in Hydro-geomorphology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and serves on the Executive Committee for the State of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Vickie, her husband Scott and two step-sons split their time between Denver and Crested Butte, CO. When not skiing, she enjoys climbing, mountain biking and the occasional ultra-marathon trail race.
Liz Riggs Meder
Director of Recreation Programs
Liz Riggs Meder is the Director of Recreation Programs at AIARE and is based in Seattle. Liz is responsible for all aspects related to the development and delivery of AIARE’s recreational education programs, which includes curriculum development, managing the instructor training program, and overall program delivery and evaluation. Liz is an AIARE Instructor, occasionally works as a Cascade mountain guide, and holds an M.Ed from the University of Washington. A learning and cognitive science nerd, Liz loves combining her education interests with her love of traveling through the mountains.
Director of PRO Programs
Sean has joined the AIARE Staff as the Director of PRO Programs and bases out of Salt Lake City, Utah. He oversees the diverse team of Professional Course Instructors, collaborates with industry stakeholders and venue partners, and is responsible for the continued development of course curriculum. His experience as a Snowbird ski patroller since 2009 establishes his professional operational context and opens lines of communication across the industry. Working as a lead guide for Snowbird Backcountry Guides and as co-owner of Patagonia Ski Tours also gives him a connection to this segment of avalanche workers. In addition to teaching AIARE Recreational Courses, Sean serves as the Pro At-Large Trustee for the American Avalanche Association.
Brooke was lucky enough to be raised in the mountains of Colorado where her passion for adventure and wild places were nourished. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver. Brooke is the Operations Manager for AIARE after a long career in non profit operations and outdoor education in far reaches of the globe. She now lives in Colorado with her life partner and two girls. When she isn’t working, she is scheming up adventures in the Sea of Cortez, Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, and everywhere else in between.
Don grew up in the Pacific Northwest and laid his first set of ski turns in his parent’s back yard. Don has skied throughout the PNW including Alaska, Canada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Currently he spends most of his time backcountry skiing around Mt. Rainier. Don’s background in the ski business since the early 1980’s laid the groundwork for his involvement with AIARE. As a part-time photographer you will also see many of his images in the AIARE student manuals, PowerPoint presentations and AIARE website.
Katy hails from Anchorage, Alaska, where she was lucky enough to grow up spending more time in the mountains and on the trails with her family than she was able to appreciate. Katy moved to Colorado to study Biology and Spanish at Colorado College, where the Rockies continued to foster her love of the mountains. You can now find her in Seattle, where she is pursuing her masters in Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington.
Keri Wanner is the owner/manager of Driven, a Sub-Contractor for the AIARE Throttled program. Keri has been riding snowmobiles for over 30 years and worked in the snowmobile industry for over 15; her knowledge, experience and partnerships are an asset to AIARE to help build its Throttled program connecting instructors and riders to educational opportunities. During her 15 years of employment with Snowmobile North Dakota, she gained expertise in non-profit management, trail administration, business communications, marketing and promotion, government procurement, social media management, freelance writing and served as the Editor of the organizations publication the Sno-Dak News. She also served on North Dakota’s Off-Highway Vehicle Board, was appointed to the Recreational Trail Program Committee, and established relationships with the American Council of Snowmobile Associations and the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association. Over the years, her experience lead her to be a mentor in the snowmobile industry resulting in establishing working relationships with several snowmobile based non-profits, companies and athletes. In November of 2013, she followed her dreams and opened Driven, a consulting service designed to assist athletes, companies and non-profits with services in design and web, social media management, business and non-profit management and freelance writing. In 2010, Keri was a recipient of the State Trail Advocacy Award recognized by American Trails and in 2012 was awarded the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators Professional Excellence award for her dedication to the organization and snowmobiling. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has provided her with special merit awards for her dedication to avalanche training and years of service to the North Dakota snowmobile program. Snowmobile North Dakota also provided her a service award for her 15 years of service to the state snowmobile program.