Greta Kleberg

Born and raised in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania, Greta grew up spending most of her childhood in the woods and riding horses. Soon after graduating from Penn State University, she moved west to Colorado to pursue her outdoor career. She began working as a field instructor teaching horse-packing, backpacking, and backcountry skiing for NOLS in the Rocky Mountain West as well as guiding backpacking trips in some of the National Parks in the west and southwest. When not working, you will probably see her running around Cascade with her dog Berg, following her passion for ultra-running. You can contact Greta at gkleberg@alzarschool.org.

Mike Perez

Math, Physics, & Spanish

Born and raised in Miami, Mike grew to love adventure from a young age through seemingly endless time spent in the ocean. While attending Elon University in North Carolina, he quickly became enamored with mountains and rivers. His work in the outdoors has since led him to opportunities to serve as a guide, gap year instructor, course director and financial aid counselor. Consistently seeking to increase access and foster people’s connections to the natural world through adventure activities, Mike finds the most rewarding aspects of his job within the connections he builds with others. You can contact Mike at mperez@alzarschool.org.

Scout Sorcic

Community & Experiential Advisor; Digital Storytelling

Scout grew up in the mountains of Colorado and attended college on the shores of Lake Tahoe. After getting a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Sierra Nevada College, Scout worked with a variety of programs in Utah, Colorado, California, Maine, and Oregon leading backpacking trips, working as a river guide, and teaching wilderness medicine. You can reach Scout at ssorcic@alzarschool.org.

Asiah Allen

Community & Experiential Advisor; Digital Storytelling

Asiah Allen is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, who has a bachelor’s degree in the subject. She has also obtained a Master of Science in Park, Recreation, and Tourism from Old Dominion University. While pursuing her masters, Asiah was involved in several publications about how to facilitate experiences for youth with diabetes. Asiah has also worked with NOLS, as the River Base Outfitting and Transportation Manager and an Instructor in Training. Finally, Asiah has worked at the Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center. You can contact Asiah at aallen@alzarschool.org.

Cecilia Valdes

Cecilia Valdes lives in Santiago, Chile with her four children, one of whom is a spring 2017 alumna of Alzar School. A native Chilean, Cecilia spent part of her youth in the United States, London and Colombia and holds a degree in design from Universidad Catolica de Chile. Cecilia is currently the Administrator of the Colonial House in Llay Llay, Chile and has worked as the Director of Corporate Gifts for Comercializadora de Productos Artesanales and Worldstock.com. Cecilia saw the power of Alzar School firsthand as her daughter participated in the program, and works to help make the experience possible for other Chileans. Cecilia joined the Board in 2018.

Tad Roach

Tad graduated from Williams College in 1979 and joined the faculty at St. Andrew’s as an English teacher, dorm parent and coach of soccer, basketball and tennis.   At St. Andrew’s, Tad served as Dean of Students, Assistant Head for Student Life, and Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs. In July 1997, Tad began work as the School’s fourth Head of School.  During his 23-year tenure, Tad has focused on cultivating the School’s distinctive ethos and culture that inspire members of the community to seek and embrace a public good.  He is a founding member of Theory to Practice, an undergraduate college initiative studying engaged learning, wellness and alcohol/drug use. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the S. Engelhard Center, a foundation exploring educational innovation at the college level. He is passionate about teaching, community, the work of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative, civic engagement, diversity, and Buffalo sports teams.  Tad and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children.

Michel Raab

Director of Chilean Programs

A native of Santiago, Chile, Michel spent most of his youth enjoying the outdoors and participating in social projects while exploring the different landscapes of his country. He has focused his professional career in developing programs and supporting projects that integrate education, adventure, and community. His passion for education and being outside in the mountains led Michel to take a NOLS Semester in Patagonia as a student back in 2001, right after graduating from Business School in Santiago.  This was the start of a long career with NOLS, first working as a field instructor for many years in Chile, Canada, and the United States. Later he took on administrative positions at NOLS Patagonia as a Program Supervisor, Spanish Program Coordinator, and served for multiple seasons as the Operations Manager. In between, Michel had the opportunity to lead trips and run the Outdoor Program of Ecole d’Humanité, an international boarding school in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Michel lives with his family in Coyhaique, Chile, where he spends his free time climbing and skiing in the Patagonian Andes with his wife while raising their 2 kids. You can email Michel at mraab@alzarschool.org.

Cailin O’Brien-Feeney

Board Member

Cailin has been on the Board since 2014 and currently serves as the Director of Outdoor Recreation for the state of Oregon.  Previously, he was Local Recreation Advocacy Manager for the Outdoor Industry Association, a fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency, and Policy Director at the Winter Wildlands Alliance. Cailin started his journey in the outdoors as a teenager on a NOLS course. Since 2002 he has worked in the outdoor industry for ROW Adventures, NOLS, Alzar School, McCall Outdoor Science School, and others. When not behind a desk, he gets outside by bike, boat, or ski as much as possible. Cailin earned his master’s degree from the University of Idaho.

Jami Black

Jami’s journey with Alzar School began in 2010 as a student on one of the school’s initial summer programs.  Now the Director of Admissions, Jami is also a former staff member and held a number of responsibilities in admissions and marketing over the past four years.  Born in Seattle and raised in upstate New York, her family was called back to the mountains and rivers of the west and moved out to Idaho. Jami spent much of her summers outdoors, which led her to connect with Alzar School in high school. Jami attended Saint Mary’s College of California, where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology.  Jami’s passion for education blossomed while working at a Montessori School and she has worked to connect young people and their families with educational opportunities outside of the traditional high school experience ever since. When not at work, you can find Jami coordinating play dates for her boxer dog, Pretzel, and spending time with her husband Corden.  You can email Jami Black or call at +1(833) 862-5927 x 709.