Leslie Johnson


Board of Directors for multiple non-profit organizations

Grant advisor to family charitable trust administered by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Certified Parent Coach

Special Education Teacher

B.S. Child Development, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

M.A. Special Education, San Francisco State University

Leslie resides in California with her husband and numerous animals and has four grown children.

Her vision for TrekEpic originated through insights and fond memories experienced while hiking along Northern California trails with family and friends.

She recognized that many young adults seeking their path in life would benefit greatly from a reflective experience that integrates movement and nature as a vehicle for personal exploration and transformation.


Andrew Bryan


Educational Consultant

College Admission Advisor

Former Board of Directors, Independent Education Consultants Association

Baker 5J School District Board, Baker City, Oregon

B.U.S. Poetics, University of New Mexico

Andrew has been featured on national, regional and local media for various young adult topics including Seattle Times, Lawlor Review, Post-Secondary LD Report, Newsweek, US News & World Report, New York Times, CBS Marketplace, CBS Network Radio News, SmartMoney Magazine, KUOW’s Weekday, and College Bound Teen.

His dedication to both community and educational development has challenged him to design programs that inspire young adults through travel and trekking adventures.


Bruce Anderson


Co-founder, Community Activators


High School Teacher

Adjunct College Professor

Director, Social Services Agency

Commercial Fisherman

B.A. Teaching and Rehabilitation Administration

Bruce joined the TrekEpic team in 2012 with passion for bringing his 25 years of experience in community leadership, training, coaching and organizational development to the TrekEpic format.

Bruce is renowned for bringing important timeless traditions from international cultures along with personal stories, humor and honed interpersonal skills to his role providing insights and guidance to others.

Ruth York


B.A. Medical Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

M.P.H. Socio-Medical Sciences, Columbia University

Ruth currently serves on the TrekEpic Board of Directors. She resides in Boise, Idaho with her husband and their two adopted children and enjoys spending time at their family ranch in Jackson Hole, WY. Ruth grew up in a walking family, and has traveled and hiked extensively throughout the British Isles and Peru.

Donald Chance, Ph.D.


B.S., Forestry Management

Masters, Urban and Regional Planning

Ph.D., Environmental Design and Planning

Don was the first to introduce the founders of TrekEpic to the concept of long-distance trekking abroad as a highly effective educational and soft counseling format for young adults. TrekEpic founders adopted and adapted Don's Study Abroad model to serve the vision of the foundation today.

Dan Kaufman


Dan has provided TrekEpic with much inspiration through his expertise and background in community leadership, coaching, and successful collaborative modeling for both non-profit organizations and the private sector. Dan has served as a school district administrator, co-founded a non-profit organization serving youth and adults with disabilities, and has served as a mental health consultant.

Roz Turner


During TrekEpic's early years, Roz served as Secretary on the Board of Directors and assisted with strategic planning. She was instrumental in helping the founders develop their vision of what TrekEpic could become, and helped create the plan for realizing that vision. Roz is the founder of Roz Turner & Associates, a management consulting practice in Bellevue, Washington.

Kathy Wells


Kathy's profession and expertise are in finance. In addition to providing fiscal oversight to TrekEpic in it's early years, it was Kathy who first coined the tagline "Get on Trek." She currently serves as the Finance Manager for the Information Technology Department of the County of Monterey. Her group is responsible for all communications for the County, including ensuring full accountability and reconciliation of finances and budget.

TrekEpic Officers

Board of Directors

Leslie Johnson
Andrew Bryan
Ruth York

Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Wells