The YETI Team
Board of Directors
Betsy Boyer, President
Betsy is a Tennessee hillbilly who after over a decade career in the maritime industry, came to roost as a video producer in the Pacific Northwest. She is the owner of True Bearing Productions, a full service video production business in Seattle. Her interest in Y.E.T.I . was ignited as she watched her son grow through challenging Y.E.T.I. programs. Betsy and her family love to travel, hike, scuba dive (play in water in any fashion) and camp. She is proud to be a part of this magnetic organization!
Tonya Seaberry, Director
Tonya is a Community Service Officer for the Des Moines Police Department. Her job involves community outreach, crime prevention and problem solving, and she has been at it for over 25 years! She is also active in many other safety and crime prevention endeavors in South King County. A lifelong Western Washingtonian, she is mom to a wonderful son, and is very excited to make a difference in the lives of our youth through Y.E.T.I. programs. They just need to be shown the way!
John Nelson, Founder & Director
John founded Y.E.T.I. to insure his own children and their peers participated in rich outdoor experiences. As a professional guide (mountains, rivers, sea) for over 30 years, he has experienced the magic that outdoor adventures can play on empowering adults; helping them discover a new version of themselves. He now enjoys leveraging what he’s learned into empowering the next generation. When he’s not engaged on wild adventures, he works as a Research Engineer for Adobe.
Judy Reed, Vice President
Judy has a passion for supporting educational opportunities for underserved population and loves playing outdoors. In her 19 years working in the educational field, both in K-12 and community college, she has implemented programs and grants that serve students who experience barriers to success in one way or another to ensure they get the tools and support they need to be successful. At the age of 54 she made her first successful summit of Mount Rainier, which set her on a path to exploring a myriad of hiking and mountaineering experiences in the Pacific Northwest, including Mt Adams, Glacier Peak, Mt Baker and the Wonderland Trail. She looks forward to sharing her passion to get things done with Y.E.T.I.!
Justin Gruba, Treasurer
Justin served on the board of directors of Cove to Clover, Y.E.T.I.’s predecessor, beginning in 2010 and helped the organization secure not-for-profit recognition in 2011. After taking a two year hiatus from board service for a work rotation, he returned to the Y.E.T.I. board in 2016 and currently serves as its treasurer. Justin is excited by the growth of Y.E.T.I. and happy that Y.E.T.I. creates opportunities for youth to engage in new activities and enjoy the great outdoors. Justin works a manager in the State and Local Tax Practice of KPMG LLP in Seattle.
Noah Harper, Director
A recent addition to the state of Washington’s population, Noah called Georgia his home until employment catapulted him across the country. Armed with a degree in computer science from Georgia Tech and a good attitude, Noah spends his working days in Redmond as a software engineer at Microsoft. Noah‘s passion for the outdoors was stoked by a beloved summer camp in the Appalachian Mountains called Camp Mikell. There he would return throughout his life, first, as a camper, and later as a counselor and staff member — coordinating the fun and activity of hundreds of children outdoors each summer. Soon after landing in Washington, Noah found Y.E.T.I, another organization that adds fuel to the passion for the outdoors in young people! These days you can find Noah backpacking in the mighty Olympics, skiing around misty Ranier, and biking soggy Seattle!
Carol Laughlin, Secretary
As a parent of two college students who grew up participating in Y.E.T.I. programs and community events, Carol was excited to join the Y.E.T.I. Board in 2019. She believes all kids should have the opportunity to experience nature and take on challenging outdoor experiences, but recognizes that financial and logistical barriers make this impossible for many families. She looks forward to supporting Y.E.T.I. as it seeks to fulfill the growing demand for its cost-effective, inclusive and fun programs. When not exploring the Pacific Northwest mountains or Puget Sound, Carol advises renewable energy project owners on financial, marketing and development matters for Sapere Consulting.
Kelli Taylor, Director
Kelli is a true West-coaster, having lived and explored the outdoors in CA, OR and currently WA. Creating a career based on her passions of health, wellness and the outdoors she has worked for brands like Adidas and Clif Bar and has coached running for various groups. The two greatest guiding values she uses in all aspects of life are community and exploration, which is why helping young folks connect and play in the wild is what makes her so excited to be a part of Y.E.T.I.
Valerie Danna, Director
Valerie is passionate about supporting organizations, specifically Y.E.T.I., whose mission encourages kids to get active and develop grit. This is a key part of mental health support for positive long term development. She brings her years of communications, leadership and human resource experience from several companies like Starbucks and Westin Hotels and industries such as professional sports and real estate to the team at Y.E.T.I. And as mother to 5 kids, has first hand experience of the benefit of getting kids outside!
Michelle Gutierrez, Director
This rare pic of Michelle with mud on her face underlines her tenacity. Growing up as a brainy kid, she did not get outside until adulthood, thus her passion for Y.E.T.I. Even gamers need to go outside to get dirty every once in awhile! Michelle brings her funky humor, desire to work with others, and hope for every kid to experience some outdoor adventure to the Y.E.T.I. table. Now Michelle counts biking as passion, will happily go on a hike, and is a constant cheerleader for the organization. The crew of the Enterprise had to explore new planets all the time … let’s explore ours.
Hip Nguyen, Director
David Dunphy, Executive Director
After studying environmental studies and business administration David set out on a journey to explore and connect people to the natural world. He Spent several years as a field instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the REI Outdoor School, The YMCA Bold & GOLD program and others; leading backpacking, kayaking and rock climbing programs. A Issaquah native, most recently served as the Director of the Sammamish YMCA’s Teen and Outdoor program. David Is always looking for new ways to collaborate with schools and community organizations and find ways to break down barriers of accessing our public lands. He is excited to engage more young people in transformative outdoor experiences that help them develop grit, leadership skills and inform their environmental ethic. David lives in Preston with his partner Shawna, when he is not out on personal trips you might find him volunteering with the Issaquah alps trails club, a local conservation group, supporting Seattle Mountain Rescue as a field member or playing in the woods with his niece and nephew.
Sean McNally, Program Manager
Sean McNally comes to Y.E.T.I. with over a decade in the Outdoor Education Industry. Sean is extremely passionate about getting youth outside and sharing his life long love of the outdoors. He has led trips all over the U.S. and worked for organizations such as Explore Austin, Mountain Madness, Naturalists at Large, R.E.I. Outdoor Programs and Outpost Wilderness Adventure. Sean will be supporting the expansion of our school-based outdoor clubs and volunteer development to help Y.E.T.I. provide more opportunities to explore our public lands.