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
Linzay Davis
Director of Communication and Corporate Relations

San Diego, CA

Hike it Baby San Diego

Who are your hiking buddies? My daughter Wavey, husband Mitchell and our dog Nash.

Where is the first place you remember hiking/camping? Yosemite National Park. My dad took my sister and I tent camping when I was 7 or 8 in the summer and it snowed!

What is one of your favorite family memories outside?  On my birthday last year my husband, daughter and I watched the sunrise from above the clouds at Haleakala in Maui.

What is your favorite hike?  My husband and I did the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim with some friends a few years ago. It’s such a beautiful, inspiring and challenging hike. The Grand Canyon is one of those places that takes your breath away and really helps to put life into perspective.

Where is the place you most want to hike?  New Zealand

What National Park do you most want to visit? Acadia National Park. I love the ocean!

ldavis@hikeitbaby.com
Kayla Klein
Community Development Manager

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
Emma Carsey
Membership & Events Manager

Dayton, OH 

Hike it Baby Dayton

Who are your hiking buddies? My kiddos, Aria, 4.5 and Elias, 2

Where is the first place you remember hiking/camping?  Girl Scout camp!

What is one of your favorite family memories outside?  I love the everyday moments. S'mores in the backyard, finding new creeks around town, coffee on the porch watching the leaves change, picking fruit at the farm, everything that summer brings - swimming, fireworks, parades. These are the sweetest to me.

What is your favorite hike? Queen's Bath, Kauai, Hawaii

What National Park you most want to visit?  Sequoia National Park

Where is a place you most want to hike?  Austria

What is something about you that people may not know to expect?  I've been a vegetarian (officially) for 17 years.

ecarsey@hikeitbaby.comRead more about Emma Here
Elicia Giffin
Office Manager

Gresham, OR

Hike it Baby Portland

Who are your hiking buddies?: My husband Sam, our son Will and our Red the dog

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.

Sara Wesche
Content Coordinator

A few degrees North of Grand Rapids, MI

Hike it Baby Grand Rapids

Who is your hiking buddy? My son Roland (4). 

Where is the first place you remember hiking/camping? My backwoods growing up. We would spend a full day hiking through the woods, following the creek to the Grand River. 

What is one of your favorite family memories outside? Skiing together as a family. It’s something we all love to do and I have many wonderful memories of our trips together.

What is your favorite hike? Pickerel Lake Trail in Rockford, MI. 

Where is the place you most want to hike? Iceland and Nepal top the list, but I have a life goal of our family hiking on every continent.

What National Park do you most want to visit? Sequoia National Park

Favorite National Park? The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 

What is something about you that people may not know to expect? I know all of the words to TuPac’s All Eyez on Me album.




swesche@hikeitbaby.com
Liz Schultz
Social Media Coordinator

Lander, WY 

Who is your hiking buddy? My partner Mikie

Where is the first place you remember hiking/camping? My first "big" alpine day hike was NZ's Tongariro Alpine Crossing in 2010, and my first overnight backpacking trip was to Stough Creek Basin in the Wind River Range, WY.

What is one of your favorite family memories outside?  Car camping in Copper Falls State Park, WI with my family when I was a kid. In the morning, our grandma brought doughnuts, my favorite breakfast food!

What is your favorite hike? Tongariro Crossing, NZ (best day hike ever!)

Where is the place(s) you most want to hike?  Europe! Specifically Germany, Sweden, and Norway. I want to wander in my ancestral lands!

What National park do you most want to visit?  Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park & Preserve, AK

What is your favorite National Park?  Zion National Park

What is something about you that people may not know to expect?  I can tap dance!

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