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Robert E. Vestal
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Deborah Van Dyke King
Bio coming soon.
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.
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Charlotte Page
Bio coming soon.
Laurita Crabtree
Laurita was Expedition Inspiration's finance manager since 2000 and continued on the Honorary Board after her retirement from EI in May 2013. She knew Laura and Roger Evans and volunteered for Expedition Inspiration regularly. Laurita became involved on a staff level after Laura's passing.

Laurita studied general topics at Santa Monica Community College and graduated in 1970. She is the bookkeeper at the iconic Pioneer Saloon and worked previously at Hogue, Speck and Aanestad in billing and Sandra Brown Insurance in accounting. 

Born in Los Angeles, Laurita has lived in Ketchum, Idaho for28 years and loves her home for the people, the lifestyle and the seasons. With their daughter Kelly, 25, working in southern California, Laurita and her husband Steve enjoy skiing, hiking and cooking and spending time with their golden retriever Riley.

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