ACHIEVE TAHOE STAFF

Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director

With two degrees from Stanford University, Haakon joined Achieve Tahoe in 1992 as a volunteer while working in Human Resource Management. 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.

haakon at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161 Ext 1

Cindy Smith, Administrative Director 

Cindy is a graduate of University of California at Davis (BS Human Development and Elementary Teaching Credential) with experience in teaching and office management, Cindy joined Achieve Tahoe in 1991. 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.

cindy at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161 Ext 2

Michael Hunter, Program Director 

Michael is responsible for day-to-day operations of all our programs. With a degree in Recreation Therapy from Lehman College, The Bronx, NY, Michael began as in intern with Achieve Tahoe in 2007. He puts his degree and certifications from the American Canoe Association and the Professional Ski Instructors of America to use by managing all of our program delivery throughout the year. Michael is always looking to improve his ability to share his passion for outdoor adventure sports with our diverse team of volunteers and participants.

michael at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161 Ext 4

Deidre Kennelly, Development Director

Deidre brings nearly 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with a focus on fundraising, communication and programs. Originally from Sacramento and a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Deidre and is an avid outdoor explorer and accomplished water skier. She thrives at sharing the impact of Achieve Tahoe programs and encouraging others to support our cause.

deidre at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161 Ext. 3

Marina Gardiner, Guest Services Manager

Marina leads our team of friendly reservationists. She also coordinates group scheduling and outreach. 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. She was born and raised in Squaw Valley and learned to mono-ski with Achieve Tahoe. As an alumnus of Achieve Tahoe, she is excited to assist other participants in experiencing the freedom and joy of outdoor recreation in Tahoe.

marina at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161 Ext. 6

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 3 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 as the Program Manager and oversees fundraising events, program delivery, volunteers, digitial communications and teaches lessons whenever possible!

camille at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161 Ext. 5

Keegan Buffington, Program Supervisor

Keegan followed his passions for the outdoors, teaching others and life-long learning to Achieve Tahoe as an intern in 2015. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Chemistry and a focus on materials science and sculptural metal casting. Keegan maintains all of the program equipment and supports the instruction team on equipment fitting, lesson delivery and instructor training. Whether Keegan is working or playing he can be found at the mountain, on the lake or tinkering with something.

keegan at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161 Ext. 8

Scott Behrens, Program Supervisor

Scott was first attracted to Achieve Tahoe to support his son Bryan in adaptive skiing.  After spending several seasons as the father of a participant, Scott joined the team as a snow sports instructor in 2016.  With degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago, Scott’s unrealized professorial ambitions are now directed towards coaching participants, educating volunteers, and coordinating outreach efforts.  Having seen the positive impact of outdoor activities on his son Bryan, Scott has dedicated himself to sharing the same with others.

scott at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161

Brittany Tickner, Program Leader 

Brittany joined Achieve Tahoe as an intern in 2017-2018 after graduating with a degree in Psychology and Spanish from North Central College, IL.  She is now on the full time team and assists with program implementation and marketing.  She enjoys teaching and providing new opportunities for all to enjoy the outdoors. 

brittany at achievetahoe.org, 530.581.4161