Staff

Jessica Carrillo Alatorre
Executive Director

Beaverton, OR

Hike it Baby Portland

Who are your hiking buddies? My daughters Natalie and Beth, and our dog, Oberon

Where is the first place you remember hiking/camping?  Family camp trips at Pismo Beach Sand Dunes

What is one of your favorite family memories outside? Taking my girls to the beaches and river spots where I grew up camping, rafting, and exploring the outdoors 

What is your favorite hike? Redwoods along the Oregon/California border

Where is the place you most want to hike? Amazon Rainforest or Congo Jungle

What National Park do you most want to visit?  Yellowstone 

What is something about you that people may not know to expect? I'm not afraid to go to a place I've never been. I love exploring new places, meeting new people,  and trying new things.

jessica@hikeitbaby.com
Kayla Klein
Director of Programs and Community Solutions

Chesapeake VA

Hike it Baby Hampton Roads

Who are your hiking buddies? Carson (9), Evan (7), Charleston (5), and Tillmen (2). 

Where is the first place you remember hiking/camping? My first hike ever was with Hike it Baby at the Chesapeake Arb. It was beautiful, but it was more about being with other adults and less about being in nature. The love and appreciation for nature came later. 

What is your favorite hike?  My favorite hike is a little paradise tucked into Virginia Beach City, Pleasure House Point. The trail moves with the Chesapeake Bay, and always has fantastic animal spotting, views of the Bay and a pretty cool Environmental center.

Where is a place you most want to hike?  Zion National Park—I have never ventured on the west coast. But the pictures are incredible and the rock scrambles look so fun.

What is something about you that people may not know to expect?  I am a veteran. I served in my early adulthood until I was diagnosed with late onset Juvenile diabetes and medically discharged. My passions are advocating for lower insulin cost, as well as supporting women veterans in their transition outside of the military.

kklein@hikeitbaby.com
Elicia Giffin
Business Manager

Marysville, WA

Hike it Baby Portland

Who are your hiking buddies?: There have been many through the years, but lately my consistent companions are my husband, our kiddos and dog Red.

Where is the first place you remember hiking/camping?: Camping at Lake Siskiyou with members of the church I grew up in over every Labor Day weekend.

What is one of your favorite family memories outside?: There’s so many! But lately it’s been waterfall hikes up the Columbia River Gorge with our family.

What is your favorite hike? Clouds Rest in Yosemite National Park.

Where is the place you most want to hike? Rim to rim in Grand Canyon National Park.

What National Park do you most want to visit? Katmai National Park and Preserve. It’s the place in Alaska where grizzly bears are often pictured snatching salmon out of a raging river.

Favorite National Park? Yosemite National Park. My first trip was at 4 months old and it still blows me away.

What is something about you that people may not know to expect? I was cast as Patty Simcox in my high school’s production of Grease.

Alex Wong
Graphic Designer

 Salt Lake City, UT

Who are your consistent hiking buddies? My two boys: Matthew is 6 and Tommy is 10.

Where is the first place you remember hiking/camping? Thousand Trails Campground, near Hollister, CA with my Brownie Troop; I was in 1st grade

What is one of your favorite family memories outside? Last year my oldest son got my husband hooked on fishing and we spent some wonderful summer days in the high Uinta Mountains fishing, hiking, and chilling in hammocks. My husband has never been a lover of hiking and camping, so this was a big deal for me. He finally had a "thing" that made spending time in the mountains enjoyable for all of us instead of me just going with our boys.

What is your favorite place to hike? This is always changing, but right now Red Cliffs Recreation Area near Hurricane, UT.

Where is the place you most want to hike? Banff National Park, AB, Canada

What National Park do you most want to visit? Yosemite National Park. I haven't been since way before my kids were born and I really want to take them.

Favorite National Park? Current favorite is Arches National Park

What is something about you that people may not know to expect? I started practicing taekwondo the year I turned 40 and had no idea how much I would love it. I will be able to test for my black belt in 2021.

awong@hikeitbaby.com