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Alberto Ortega

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Hi, my name is Alberto Ortega, and I’m a Los Angeles native who grew up in the valley with the Angeles National Forest in my backyard. I started my career with the Forest Service in the mid 90’s in fire suppression and prevention. With a passion for the outdoors and education, I was a recipient for the Regional Forester’s Honor award 2016 Ecological Restoration and Engaging youth. I led a team that helped reduce congestion of the heavily used Chantry Flats Recreation area: We worked on a pilot program to shuttle forest visitors, which gave underserved communities access to use the park.


Looking forward seeing you on the trail.

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Francesca Koe

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Hello hikers and welcome to Trailmixer. My name is Francesca Koe (aka @kelpprincess on Insta and @free_dive on Twitter) and while it's true that my usual habitat is found underwater, I am #gratefulfornature everywhere. As an ocean advocate I helped to design & implement marine protected areas (MPAs) along the California coast as a primary stakeholder during the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, and I was proud to play a role in the passage of AB-376 (which bans the possession & sale of shark fins in CA). I am a multi-agency dive instructor (PADI MSDT #186082/ DAN #11837/PFI Safety Supervisor #1102 + AIDA judge), a competitive freediver, and the Editor-at-Large for When I'm not in the water you can find me encouraging young people, friends & family to #gooutsideandexplore because hiking really is good for the soul. I am thrilled to collaborate with Ulisses and John on #trailmixer and eager to build more community as we meet out on the trails together.

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Board Member

Rick Gilles

Howdy, I am Rick Gilles, and I have been a lifelong Outdoor Enthusiast. From skiing at 3, to backpacking trips with my father starting at age 5, to my first Wilderness Survival training with the Scouts at 10, I have always had one foot in the Mountains or Ocean (and lately desert).  Nature is my Spirit and Meditation. I am also a longtime LGBTQ activist: I helped start Colorado’s first Gay and Lesbian Youth Group, Outright, when I was 16, which morphed into being on the front lines in HIV activism with Queer Nation, ACT Up, and others. I have continued that fundraising activism in my adult life in each state that I have lived in. I am loving this opportunity to combine my spirit and activism with Trailmixer! An artist/carpenter and builder by trade, I have contributed as navigator and logistics planner for these charity climbs since the first year - map nerd, through and through. See you on the trail! And really, it’s only another mile…mile and a half……