Executive Director   lelanddewalt@peakpursuits.org

Executive Director

lelanddewalt@peakpursuits.org

Leland dewalt

The greatest fear of all is the fear of the unknown. I believe the best way to get over this fear is by exploring the outdoors. I have had the privilege in doing so with guiding youth through the Greater Yellowstone area of Wyoming. Helping someone climb a peak who has never put a backpack on before or has never been outside the city is truly rewarding. I am excited to continue this experience and share with others here in Portland, Maine. I received my Bachelors Degree in Human Ecology with a focus in Business and Expeditionary Education from College of the Atlantic. I currently manage a four diamond property aside from running Peak Pursuits and am a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. Previously, I was building tree houses in south coast Massachusetts, sailing the Atlantic Seaboard, and climbing the Tetons. My adventures has had me to understand that it is important to take a look at the big picture. Sea level is rising while acts of terror are becoming more common. School dropout rate is increasing while nature deficit disorder is becoming more of a concern. We need to get kids outside, away from the television, and have them become appreciative of the outdoors. We need to help others climb that peak. I look forward to doing so by building a healthier community and successful future for our growing generation.

Advancement & Sustainability Director   natalieyarid@peakpursuits.org

Advancement & Sustainability Director

natalieyarid@peakpursuits.org

Natalie Yarid

My adventures started in South Carolina, where my brother always joked about me living in the trees and bathing in the rivers, but really that is where I prefer to be. I take every opportunity I get to be outside. My love for outdoor adventures has followed me through skiing the Rockies, surfing the Gold Coast of Australia, and summiting glaciers in New Zealand. Youth development has also always been a passion of mine. With a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Auburn University in Communications and minor in Human Development and Family Studies, I began my careers working at various youth camps across Arizona and Colorado. I later took my skills to Children's Hospital Colorado where I worked as an Event Coordinator and then a Corporate Giving Fundraiser.  Turns out, working behind a desk wasn't for me. I decided to move across the country to become a nurse! I completed my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at University of New England. I now practice as a Registered Nurse at Mercy Hospital in Portland, ME. I am thrilled to combine my passions and experience to benefit the lives of kids and get them outside! Certifications include First Aid, BLS and ACLS.

Curriculum Coordinator   andrewlombardi@peakpursuits.org

Curriculum Coordinator

andrewlombardi@peakpursuits.org

 
Program Director   adammacaluso@peakpursuits.org

Program Director

adammacaluso@peakpursuits.org

 
 
Fishing Guide   info@kismetoutfitters.com

Fishing Guide

info@kismetoutfitters.com

andrew lombardi

Originally from New England, I just returned to Maine from Seattle. I have worked in education for fifteen years since my first job working as a camp counselor in Connecticut. That first summer led me to pursue education for my career. I graduated from Keene State College with my bachelors in Social Science and Education, and received my certification in Secondary Social Studies, which I have transferred to Maine. Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to teach not only in the classroom, but in a variety of education settings. I have been a teacher at Nature's Classroom, the outdoor education coordinator at Camp Washington, and worked for five years at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, just to name a few. When I am not at Peak Pursuits you'll find me helping to connect people to the land and their food at a farm in Freeport, Maine, that or running in the woods whenever possible.

 

 

 

Adam Macaluso

Recently, I moved from the Northeast Kingdom, where I spent my last few years studying Mountain Recreation Management with a concentration in Adventure Leadership at Lyndon State College. As of October, 2017, I am home in Maine, where I was born and raised. After a quarrelsome debate with my young, eighteen year-old-self, I left business school in order to pursue the life that I really wanted as a professional of the outdoor recreation industry! Since then, I have worked with a few different organizations throughout New England teaching rock/ice climbing lessons and running challenge courses. After working with many different demographics, doing many different activities, I developed an appreciation for working with young teens in the outdoors. Teaching kids to climb is fun and rewarding, not to sound like a cliché.  When not climbing, I enjoy writing comic books, and recording music with my friend David. 
It's exciting for me to have the privilege to work with Peak Pursuits, and I truly look forward to meeting any young participants!

Certifications: AIARE lvl 1, WFR, CPR. 

 

Abbie Schuster

I own Kisment Fly Fishing Outfitters and am excited to be apart of Peak Pursuits! I was born and raised in New England and grew up fishing these waters, which provided me the opportunity to gain knowledge and passion for this sport. I learned to fish on Martha's Vineyard when I was young and also spent many years fishing the rivers and small creeks of Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire. To me there is nothing better than giving the gift of fly fishing to a child. Every trip will be an opportunity to not only catch fish, but expand and grow their knowledge. My goal is to have every child leave with life long memories, a stronger passion for fly fishing and conservation and a greater understanding about this sport. I am a certified Maine Guide. Other certifications included CPR, First Aid, swift water rescue and a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies from University of Montana.