Our Team

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President and Founder: Forrest D L Barker

Born October 27, 1989 in Santa Fe, NM, Forrest grew up skiing the Rocky Mountains and climbing the basalt and sandstone cliffs that litter the southwest. In 2008 he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where glaciated volcanoes instantly drew his attention. It didn't take long for ski mountaineering in the cascades to consume most of the free weekends he had. Forrest completed a biology degree at the University of Washington and went on to do research in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute lab focused on how the brain coordinates hunger and metabolism. Forrest now works as a Medical Coordinator with Remote Medical International, and is in the process of applying to medical school. He has high hopes of soon being able to take care of the people and communities that have given him so much.

The concept behind Peaks of Life came to Forrest early in 2012. Frustrated with health care politics, and feeling that climbing was a slightly selfish pursuit, Forrest combined his passions. What was forged is an organization that will be enduring and successful in helping all children receive the highest quality of health care, and allow them to go on to live full and healthy lives.

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Climbing Coordinator: Connor Chilcott

Connor was born July 2nd, 1993 in the warmth of Southern California. After spending years growing up around the ocean and rocks, Connor was first introduced to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. His love for mountains was realized following a winter ascent of Mt Whitney, and he found that challenging his physical and mental boundaries made him feel both alive and at home atop the majestic snow covered peaks. Having already been an avid rock climber, Connor fell in love with alpine and ice climbing. After years of guiding and climbing in California, Connor moved to Colorado to pursue a career guiding and ice climbing. His climbing resume spans from Big Walls in Yosemite Valley, to technical glacier routes in the Cascades, to first ascents of alpine ice routes in Norway and Sweden. Connors’s focus has now switched to big glaciated peaks and guiding people to summits around the world.

Throughout his climbing career, Connor has searched for ways that his passion can give back to the community and help to build a better world. Peaks of Life is that. Healthcare is something that is essential for every individual, and a sick child going untreated is a serious problem that we can come together as a community to fix. We need to help each other when times are tough. “When we climb, we climb for more than a summit. We climb for a better world, one child at a time.”

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Normand Fournier

My Name is Normand Fournier. I have been an Alpinist for 4 years. I have 3 wonderful children and am blessed with a super woman in my life! The mountains just speak to me and when I climb I feel the presence of God!

When I met Forrest, he was giving a speech on this amazing organization he founded called Peaks of Life. I thought I could get on board with a group that climbs mountains to raise money for children in need, what an amazing concept! I felt in my heart this is the organization I want to be a part of!!

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Secretary and Managing Director: Brooke Jarvie

Brooke grew up in a cabin in the woods in the idyllic setting of Jackson, Wyoming, the gateway to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. She developed a passion for all things associated with the outdoors at a young age, and has spent much time hiking in the Rockies in both Wyoming and Colorado, and now the Cascades and volcanoes of Washington. She is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Washington and has recently discovered the joys of mountaineering.

Research is essential to healthcare and medicine, but Brooke is excited to have found an additional way to contribute to the community and help families and children in their time of need. We are incredibly lucky to have these beautiful mountains to explore, and to have the ability to push and challenge ourselves; we are even luckier to be able to provide those same opportunities to our youth by giving them a chance at a healthy future.

Kelley Turner

Kelley grew up in the Pacific Northwest, just outside of Seattle. Growing up she spent summers hiking with her dad and sisters in the Cascades. After graduating with her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education Kelley continued to pursue her love of the outdoors. Kelley enjoys spending time outside in the mountains with family, friends and her trusty dog, Darla.

Currently, Kelley works at Seattle Children's Autism Center supporting children and families who have a family member with Autism. Kelley believes that access to healthcare services is paramount in the wellbeing of a child's life and access to appropriate healthcare should not be limited by a families financial constraints.

Peaks of Life combines Kelley's passions for the outdoors and desire to support families and children regardless of limitations.

Public Relations Officer: Sammie Getz

Sammie Getz was raised in the mountainous town of Jackson, Wyo. Hiking and adventuring became a comfort outlet for her. She is a proud tree hugger in the most literal sense, and feels at peace in the outdoors. After high school, she relocated to Laramie, Wyo. for college and enjoyed the rocky setting in which she experienced bouldering for the first time. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Journalism from the University of Wyoming. After obtaining her degree, the quest for a new adventure began, and she sought out the Pacific Northwest. She still resides in Seattle, Wash. today.

She believes healthcare is a benefit that everyone, regardless of their economic status, and should be provided. Our nations' youth are entitled to the same, and it is her mission to help ensure they can experience a fulfilled life.

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Aleksandr S. Romanenko

Aleksandr (Sasha) was born in Moscow Russia and moved to Anchorage Alaska at the age of 4. Growing up in Alaska gave Sasha the opportunity to explore the mountains and wilderness that surrounded his childhood home. Having the Chugach Mountains in his backyard fueled his passion for adventure and mountaineering. When he’s not climbing mountains Sasha enjoys rock-climbing, downhill and XC skiing, downhill mountain biking and photography.

Equal opportunity for healthcare has been a subject of many passionate discussions for Sasha. He believes that everyone has the right to medical treatment, especially children, who are the lifeblood of our world and need our help to become productive and healthy members of our society. For this reason Sasha supports Seattle Children’s Hospital in their mission to provide care to all Children based on need, not financial standing.

 

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David Reif

David Reif graduated from the University of Puget Sound, where he studied Biology and Philosophy. He was born in California, but moved to Costa Rica when he was just two. Tramping around the mountains and valleys of his jungle home, he developed a passion for natural history and an outdoor lifestyle.

David believes that healthcare is a right and any responsible society should provide for their citizenry. For this reason he deeply admires the philosophy that Seattle Children’s Hospital puts into action. He is currently working on a Master’s of Science in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. Set to graduate in 2017, he wishes to work in an emergency department and eventually in global health.