Board of Directors

There’s never been a better time to help a small organization like ours and make an impact on thousands of families getting into nature. We are at a huge transition time where we are growing from a smaller grassroots movement to being an international organization that provides advocacy and support for families to get out into nature with their children from birth on.

This is a critical moment where a few people with a lot of passion could make a difference for us. Hike it Baby is an incredibly dynamic and diverse organization that is now in 309 cities across the US and spreading all over the world. We are always looking for men and women to join our advisory boards who have skills in: technology, finance, human resources and nonprofit management. Please email us at board@hikeitbaby.com with your resume.

Previous board experience is highly encouraged to have before applying. If you know of someone who would be a great fit, please share this with them!

Hike it Baby’s Board of Directors are elected to serve the membership in deciding policy, conducting governance, and keeping the organization effective in pursuing our key mission to help families get out into nature with birth to school age kids.

As the organizations highest governing body, the newly formed Board consists of 9 members, all of whom stand for election every 2 years. The Board meets on a regular basis. Contact the Board through board@hikeitbaby.com

Shanti Hodges (Board President)
Shanti Hodges is the founder and visionary of Hike it Baby. She is also currently the acting Executive Director of Hike it Baby as the organization transitions from being a small hike group she founded in 2013, to a national organization supporting thousands of families to get on trails together. She founded the group after looking for a way to get outside with other parents in her area. She quickly realized that her experience in media and marketing could help spread the idea around the country and create a way for families to help each other get outside, even if Shanti wasn’t in their neighborhood. She gains inspiration to charge on with the organization through hiking and adventuring with her adventure buddies, her son Mason and husband Mark. They reside in Portland, OR but can be found all over the map throughout the year.

Jessica Carrillo Alatorre (Secretary)
Jessica Carrillo Alatorre has been a part of Hike it Baby since the summer of 2014. She grew up spending time in the outdoors and falling in love with nature on the Oregon coast. Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University.  She helps oversee operations, ensuring that as the organization grows, policy, procedure, and personnel are put in place to help Hike it Baby be a long term success.

Jessica and her husband Chris enjoy hiking with their two girls, Natalie (born in 2014) and Elisabeth (born in 2017) around the Portland metro area they call home. Their favorite hikes include waterfalls and wildflowers.

Jessica is inspired by the passion and commitment of the volunteers who drive Hike it Baby. The mission of the organization resonates with so many parents and creates the kind of community she wants her girls to be a part of. Jessica is proud to be raising a generation to love the outdoors.

Leah Rounds (Treasurer)
Leah loves to be outside and exploring new places.  A mom to a 2 year old Addison, Leah is currently a stay at home mom.  Previously, Leah has filled various positions from controller, business manager and director of financial reporting for a variety of privately held companies.  Leah is a CPA in New York and will be responsible for Hike it Baby’s financials and assisting with the budgeting process each year.  

Sarah Rockwell (Legal)

Sarah Rockwell is an attorney living in Portland, Oregon. In addition to serving on the Board, she donates her time pro bono to help Hike it Baby navigate the varied legal issues that arise for a non-profit of this size and scope. Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2011. She worked in private practice as a marriage and family law attorney until she moved to Oregon in 2014. She now stays home taking care of all of her guys: her two sons, Trent, born in 2015, and Ryan, born in 2017, and her dearest husband Richie, who works as a CRNA.

Sarah believes in Hike it Baby because she has first hand experience with the benefits the organization provides. The organization was exactly what she needed during the postpartum period where community support (specifically from other mothers/caregivers) is uniquely critical. Hike it Baby encouraged Sarah to get outside and hiking with her little boy from seven weeks old. Through Hike it Baby she made new mom and baby friends, and almost immediately developed a sense of community in a new town 2,200 miles away from where she grew up in Texas. Sarah believes Hike it Baby made her journey into motherhood smoother and more welcoming than it would have been otherwise; she is excited to see how many more lives the organization can improve by spreading the mission and getting families outside to enjoy each other in nature.

Jaime Wren (technology)
Jaime is a Software Engineer at Google and advises on all things tech. Jaime’s family includes his wife Helene, and two young sons Alan and Sammy. Their favorite trails include Cascade Head on the Oregon coast and Tryon Creek trails in SW Portland.

Sharon Houghton (strategic partnerships)
Sharon is Group Publisher of the Outdoor Group at Active Interest Media which includes Backpacker Magazine among others. Moving around most of her life as a military brat, Sharon got to experience the outdoors all over the world from a very young age. After exploring many sports as a child, a passion for endurance racing lead to many years of racing triathlon at an elite level before having kids. Her family includes her husband Kevin (married 7 years), Gunnar (5), Amelia (2). Instilling a love for the outdoors and fitness has been a priority for this family and we spend much of our time hiking, camping, running, fishing, and simply exploring Colorado!

Sharon hopes that to help Hike it Baby reach the masses through strategic relationships and partnerships within the Outdoor Industry along with telling the stories that have impacted families in the outdoors.  

Michele Flamer-Powell (marketing and fundraising)
Michele has a deep love of the outdoors and brings more than 4 years of nonprofit and outdoor-industry experience to Hike it Baby. Michele will help oversee sponsorships, sales and whatever else the team wants to throw at her. Michele grew up in Los Angeles, but moved to Portland 7 years ago with her wife.  Now that she’s a mom who has an adventurous kid; Hike it Baby was a natural fit as it marries her love of the outdoors and helping families get outside. When she’s not hiking, you can find her at a farmers market or on a plane somewhere.

Jill Still (nonprofit development, strategy and organization restructuring)
Jill Still is an avid hiker and outdoor recreationist.  A year ago she became a mom. Jill is completing her clinical training in five element acupuncture, a classical medicine whose foundation was guided by observing nature in and out of balance.  Several years before becoming a mom, Jill was encouraged to organize a Hike it Baby hike in Anchorage.  She invited her friends who were new parents and over 15 people gathered for the first hike. Some moms in the group took over and built the Hike it Baby community in Anchorage. Jill watched the Hike it Baby community grow locally, nationally and internationally, and when Hike it Baby became a nonprofit it was time for Jill to be involved in a more active role once again. As the former Executive Director of a nonprofit in Anchorage, Jill has found a way to stay involved in the nonprofit sector. Her passion for seeing nonprofits thrive is driven by the important role they play in building strong and healthy communities.  Jill is excited to be a part of a movement that is helping connect families with a mutual appreciation of the outdoors, which in turn encourages our future generations to observe, respect and care for our natural environment.  Jill’s favorite pastime is being outdoors with her husband and son.  Jill has always had an appreciation for nature and the interdependency of humans and the environment. Today that appreciation is heightened by watching her son enjoy, shrill, and be amazed by the simple gifts of nature.

Any issues, concerns, grievances or accolades can be submitted to this address: board@hikeitbaby.com