Executive Director   lelanddewalt@peakpursuits.org

Executive Director


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. 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


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


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.