Honorary Board

Chris Deck
Chris has served on the honorary board since fall of 2011 after serving as co-chair with Suzanne Mulenos for two years and co-chair with Heidi Mickelson for two years. Chris has also served as EI’s treasurer.

Chris became involved with Expedition Inspiration through her friendship with Heidi Mickelson. Chris believes that our mission to gather researchers at our Annual Symposium is a "beautiful gift” that we give to the future of "the cure.”

Chris graduated with a B.A. in geography in 1973 and a MBA in finance in 1975 from University of Colorado. She worked as a CPA for Baron Accountancy in Newport Beach, California for 15 years until she retired in 2002.

Born in Eureka, California, Chris now splits her time between Newport Beach, California, where she’s lived for 20 years, and Sun Valley, Idaho, where she’s lived for nine years. She and her husband Brad love both places for the natural beauty and the friendly people. Their son, Tyler, 26, is working for Morgan Stanley in New York City.

Chris enjoys skiing, biking and reading.

Brenda Himelfarb
Brenda has served on Expedition Inspiration’s Honorary Board since 1998 and was the chair of the LA Take-A-Hike for eight years. Brenda heard about Expedition Inspiration through UCLA.

Brenda graduated with a degree in English from University of Florida and worked in public relations for many years before starting at Vail Valley Magazine and the Vail Daily Newspaper in 2005 as an editor and writer, respectively. Brenda was also honored by the Vail Valley Medical Center as the Volunteer of the Year in 2010.

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Brenda has lived in Vail since 2005 and loves it because it "makes her soul sing.” She has been married to her husband Alan for 28 years and they have three sons and six grandchildren.

Brenda’s hobbies and interests include writing, music, snowshoeing and hiking. She is the co-founder of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group, serves on the Advisory Committee for Colorado Mountain College and is a member of Women in Philanthropy.

Courtney Kapp
Courtney has been involved with Expedition Inspiration as a part of the honorary board since 2002. As a breast cancer survivor, Courtney was excited to find EI as it’s "a small nonprofit with a unique mission.” She has since been an avid supporter of our Annual Symposium and hatched the idea for "5 Peaks in 5 Years.”

Courtney graduated from UVA in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her bachelors in architecture in 1983 and received her masters in architecture from University of Texas in Austin in 1990. She was an associate at numerous firms between 1994 and 2003 and currently is the principal at Kapp Architecture.

Born in Seattle, Courtney moved to Philadelphia in 1992 and currently lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband, three children and two labs. Courtney loves that Chestnut Hill is a "haven for raising kids on the East Coast” and that her and her husband’s work is close by.

Courtney enjoys community service on local boards for architecture and preservation of our open space and parks.

Nancy Knoble
Nancy Knoble served as Chair of the Board from 2012-13 and continues to serve on the board. She has been a member of the board since 2000 and served as secretary in 2003 before being elected to chair elect in 2010.

Nancy was one of the "originals" as she summited Aconcagua in 1995 with Laura Evans and the Expedition Inspiration team. She is a breast cancer survivor since 1995 after recurrence and a bilateral mastectomy.

Nancy knows that Laura understood the importance of encouraging the scientific research needed to alleviate the suffering of the many women, and men, diagnosed with breast cancer. Nancy is inspired to sustain Laura's legacy and EI's mission.

Nancy graduated from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, in 1970 with a B.S. in home economics and education. Her most recent position was at Pacific Telesis Corporation in San Francisco as a VP of human resources and administration from 1987 to 1996.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Nancy has now lived in Joseph, Oregon since 2007. Nancy feels that Joseph is a "spectacularly beautiful place and a community of people that is even more special." She has an incredibly supportive family, a herd of nine goats and a flock of 32 chickens. Nancy loves mountains and enjoys walking, hiking, biking, skiing, dancing, reading, cooking, making cheese and listening to music.

Heidi Mickelson
Heidi Mickelson has been involved with Expedition Inspiration since 1998. She has served on the Executive Committee ever since she stepped down from the chair position in 2008 and has also served on the "personnel” committee.

Heidi became involved with Expedition Inspiration because she knew Laura and Roger Evans when she lived in San Francisco. Heidi originally worked on the Boise Take-A-Hike at Laura’s request, and her involvement continued from there.

Heidi believes that Expedition Inspiration’s mission is important because she has lost too many friends to breast cancer and has watched too many families deeply hurt by the horrible loss from the disease.

Heidi graduated from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in 1978 with a degree in mathematics and psychology. She has been the managing director of Sperry Van Ness in Ketchum and Boise, Idaho, since 2004.

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Heidi has lived in Sun Valley, Idaho, since 1991 and loves the beauty of the area, the diversity of the backgrounds of those who live there and the cultural opportunities available for such a small community.

Heidi lives with her husband Danny, their son Zac, and their four pets. Heidi enjoys skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tennis, golf, hiking, cooking and traveling.


Susan Tucker
Susan Tucker has been involved with Expedition Inspiration since 2004 and is an irreplaceable asset to the organization due to her passion for the cause and her "get it done” attitude. Whether she’s organizing our swag closet, cooking fabulous food for last minute benefits, or hatching brilliant ideas for new events, Susan is certainly one of our go-to gals.

When Susan moved to Sun Valley from Bellevue, Washington, she was interested in connecting with an organization like EI because she had "too many friends with breast cancer.”

Prior to her involvement with EI, Susan received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Washington in 1980, her masters in education in 1982, and became a licensed massage therapist and doula in 1984. Susan was a special education teacher, an LMT and doula, and though she’s "trying to forget,” an aerobics instructor for "too many years.” Susan also owned Eastside Massage Clinic from 1984-2000 and specialized in pregnancy, end-of-life and infant massages.

Born in Seattle, Susan has called Sun Valley, Idaho, home since 2001with her husband Steve Myers. She loves being able to "step out her door to nature”, and the involved, welcoming Sun Valley community.

Susan also serves on the boards of In Touch-Massage Therapy for People with AIDS and NARAL. Her other passions include cooking, women’s rights and reproductive rights issues.

Teri Roseman
Teri Roseman has served on the board of directors since 2006 and contributes to the "development”, "technology” and "events” committees within the board.

Teri has been involved with EI since 1996 as a volunteer and since 1997 as a fundraiser for the LA Take-A-Hike. She is also a breast cancer survivor since 2003. She believes in the "very specific work we do by hosting the Symposium, supporting young investigators and supporting local research in the cities we hold events.”

Teri studied business administration at Long Island University and Pace University in New York and also studied Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Teri founded LiveYoga Wellness in 2010 in Los Angeles, where she has lived since 1980. Teri took her first yoga class in Baja California in the mid 1980s and became a serious student while overcoming breast cancer.

Teri loves living in LA with her bichon frise Casey for the weather, the people and the lifestyle. Beyond yoga, Teri’s hobbies and passions include hiking, biking, music, reading and travel.

Katie Powell
In 2013, Katie Powell retired after serving as executive director for 11 years. She has been involved with Expedition Inspiration for nearly 20 years, and continues to contribute her expertise, and can-do attitude as an advisor.

After graduating from Boise State University with a Bachelors of Science in psychology and a minor in mathematics. Katie worked at Scott USA as its director of advertising and promotions and at a PRE Skis as its credit manager in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Katie met Founder Laura Evans in the ski industry when Laura was speaking at seminars at Vail Ski Business Week. After Laura was diagnosed and started EI, Laura asked if Katie wanted to help. Katie said "yes" and has been helping ever since.

Katie Powell has been EI's executive director since 2002 after being Laura's self-proclaimed "right hand woman" for seven years. Katie oversees everything Expedition Inspiration and leads the organization with an efficient, can-do attitude.

After graduating from Boise State University with a Bachelors of Science in psychology and a minor in mathematics. Katie worked at Scott USA as its director of advertising and promotions and at a PRE Skis as its credit manager in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Katie met Founder Laura Evans in the ski industry when Laura was speaking at seminars at Vail Ski Business Week. After Laura was diagnosed and started EI, Laura asked if Katie wanted to help. Katie said "yes" and has been helping ever since.


Juli Watson, MSN, WHNP-BC
Juli Watson has been on the board since 2006 and is the chair of the Twilight Snowshoe Committee. She started volunteering for Expedition Inspiration in 2003 and her family has been extremely affected by breast cancer.

Juli received her BSN in 1975 from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and her MSN as a nurse practitioner from University of California San Francisco in 1981.

Since 1993, Juli has been a women’s health nurse practitioner for the South Central Public Health District in the Twin Falls and Bellevue, Idaho, offices. She also started in the same capacity 10 years later for St. Luke’s Family Medicine in the Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho, offices.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Juli has lived in Hailey, Idaho, since 1981 and loves the area of the mountains, the outdoors and the people. Juli has two children: Rachel, 27, and Cooper, 24. In her free time, Juli loves traveling and reading.


Peter Whittaker
With Laura Evans in 1995, Peter organized Expedition Inspiration. He and Laura led a group of breast cancer survivors to the summit of Aconcagua. The climb raised over 2 million dollars for breast cancer research.

Peter Whittaker's passion for the outdoors contagious. But what else would you expect from someone who climbed Mount Rainier when he was only twelve years old? As a mountain guide for over twenty-five years, Peter has organized and led trips all over the world.

Peter co-owns Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. the largest guide service in the United States. Peter also has been the host of Trailside: Make Your Own Adventure, an Emmy-nominated outdoor adventure series on National Public Television. Born into a mountaineering family, Peter's uncle Jim Whittaker became the first American to climb Mt. Everest in 1963. Peter's father, Lou Whittaker has led numerous expeditions to the Himalayas, including the world's three highest peaks. Peter is a member of the Whittaker Mountaineering guide team.

Deborah Van Dyke King
Bio coming soon.

Robert E. Vestal
Bio coming soon.

John Lung, MD
Bio coming soon.