Staff

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HAAKON LANG-REE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Haakon joined Achieve Tahoe in 1992 as a volunteer ski instructor and has been a part of the organization ever since. He took over as Executive Director in 2015. Haakon has a background in Human Resource Management and two degrees from Stanford University. He has an innate knack for bringing the staff and volunteers together as a team and leading them with professionalism and enthusiasm. Haakon enjoys sharing his love of sports with people of all abilities.

Contact Haakon
(530) 581-4161 Ext 1

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CINDY SMITH, ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Cindy joined Achieve Tahoe in 1991. She is a graduate of University of California at Davis (BS Human Development and Elementary Teaching Credential) with experience in teaching and office management. Her focus at Achieve Tahoe is all things administrative, and then some! Her organizational skills, energy and positive customer service keep the organization running smoothly.

Contact Cindy
(530) 581-4161 Ext 2

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MICHAEL HUNTER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Michael started at Achieve Tahoe as an intern in 2007. Michae holds a degree in Recreation Therapy from Lehman College, The Bronx, NY, and certifications from the American Canoe Association and the Professional Ski Instructors of America. He puts his experience and education to use by managing all of our program delivery throughout the year. Michael enjoys sharing his passion for outdoor adventure sports with our diverse team of volunteers and participants.

Contact Michael
(530) 581-4161 Ext 4

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MARINA GARDINER, GUEST SERVICES MANAGER

Marina started with Achieve Tahoe as a participant and learned how to monoski in 2000, and joined as a staff member in 2011. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley and dual Master’s degree in Art History, Theory and Criticism and Art Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Marina leads our team of friendly reservationists, coordinates group scheduling and outreach. She is a Tahoe native and enjoys assisting our participants in experiencing the freedom and joy of outdoor recreation in Tahoe.

Contact Marina
(530) 581-4161 Ext 6

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CAMILLE CAUCHOIS, PROGRAM MANAGER

Camille joined us as an intern in 2014 after deciding that she wanted to spend her time outside with people who share her passion. She received her degree in Geography from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 2013, but quickly decided that the mountains were calling her. She spent three seasons working for Achieve Tahoe in the winter while spending the summers as a guide in McCarthy, Alaska. She is now with us year-round and overseed program delivery, volunteer management, as well as teaches lessons whenever possible!

Contact Camille
(530) 581-4161 Ext 5

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KIMBERLY WHITINGTON, EVENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Kimberly started with Achieve Tahoe in 2020. She comes to the organization with nearly ten years of experience working with people with disabilities. She came to know Achieve Tahoe well through her work with Choices, a nonprofit that serves adults with developmental disabilities and who participated in Achieve Tahoe programs regularly.  Kimberly studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. She coordinates special events, marketing, and outreach for the organization.

Contact Kimberly
(530) 581-4161 Ext 11

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SCOTT BEHRENS, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Scott first started with Achieve Tahoe to support his son Bryan in adaptive skiing. Scott joined the team as a snow sports instructor in 2016.  Scott holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago.  Scott’s ambitions are now directed towards coaching participants, educating volunteers, and improving program delivery.  Having seen the positive impact of outdoor activities on his son Bryan, Scott is dedicated to sharing the same with others.

Contact Scott
(530) 581-4161 Ext 8