Meet Amanda and Greg!

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central

 

Amanda Neiman

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Amanda hails from Los Angeles and is proud of her Southern California roots. She attended college at the University of Arizona and graduated with a double major in Classics and Art History before moving to the UK and earning her Master's degree in Maritime Archaeology. After all of that school she needed a break and joined the U.S. Peace Corps where she taught public health in a small village in Kenya for 2.5 years. Her official assignment was as a public health volunteer and, as such, spent quite a bit of time teaching health safety issues in villages and classrooms throughout the region. After cramming in as much travel as humanly possible, Amanda settled into the outdoor industry and has been working as an adventure guide since 2012. She has guided her clients from the glaciers of Alaska to the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and everything in between. She found outdoor ethics and awareness the most rewarding part of her job and is thrilled to be working as a Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer.

 

Gregory Smith

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Greg is originally from New Jersey and grew up participating in lots of adventure trips with the YMCA. Upon completing college he finally tackled his dream to hike the Appalachian Trail start to finish! After his big hike,  Greg got his first steps starting in the outdoor industry at one of the earliest climbing gyms in the country. After his second thru-hike, Greg moved to New Orleans to help rebuild homes post Hurricane Katrina, and while there, he began his Master's degree in Secondary Education. He worked extensively with youth programs focusing on children's outdoor education and athletics, while continuing to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. Greg made his way to San Diego in 2010 and became the store manager at a local outfitter. Recently, Greg had gone back to his roots in education and guiding before finding his dream job this year with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics as a Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer.