Stewards of the Future
Tahoe Expedition Academy Board of Trustees
Luke Braud | Board Chair
Luke’s professional experience includes more than 18 years as an entrepreneur defining and building enterprise software primarily in the SaaS space. His career has spanned everything from building cloud infrastructure to running global teams, to founding a company. Luke holds multiple U.S. patents in SaaS delivery and is a passionate evangelist for excellence in teams, technology, and user experience. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Luke earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Santa Clara University. He currently works in the technology space and acts as an advisor to startups.
His first interest in Tahoe Expedition Academy (TEA) started over two years ago. He and his wife were confident that the traditional approach to learning was not right for their two young children. After a great deal of research, they picked up the family and moved to Truckee specifically to attend TEA. The entire family still believes this was the best decision they have ever made. Luke is now spending as much time as possible working with the TEA community and board of directors.
In his free time, Luke enjoys mountain biking, skiing, cooking, and spending time with his family outdoors.
Lisa Toutant | Board Vice Chair
Lisa is a management consultant at her firm ELTE and specializes in strategic planning and marketing strategy. Recently she has facilitated teams to manage technical intelligence, guided new strategic direction, defined brand identity and executed the launch of a new product. Prior to her work as ELTE, Lisa spent time as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney New York, worked in product marketing at PurpleTie.com (San Francisco), and developed customer satisfaction and loyalty programs at Thomson Scientific. She is actively involved in the Truckee community by currently serving on the Chamber of Commerce Board and the TTBID Board, and previously the Tahoe Safe Alliance, Tahoe Pink Foundation and TTCF committees. Originally from Cleveland Ohio, Lisa graduated from Baldwin Wallace College with a degree in Business Administration.
Lisa believes that TEA is an opportunity to allow children to learn, grow and develop passions. The balance between academic, adventure and character provides a very needed holistic approach to education. She is most inspired to help take and share the “TEA Magic” beyond our majestic Truckee campus.
Lisa and her husband Conrad have been a part of the Truckee community for 17 years and their son is a student at TEA.
Alice Hahn | Treasurer
Alice Hahn is currently a Partner and Senior Staff Accountant in charge of the Accounting Services department at McClintock Accountancy Corporation. Alice joined the firm in October 2000 after moving to Truckee in 1999. Alice’s experience includes heading the payroll department for Franklin Templeton Funds where she was instrumental in the establishment of procedures and policies pertaining to payroll for the then up and coming mutual fund company. Corporate accounting for a multi divisional firm, International Air Service Company (IASCO). The divisions of IASCO included manufacturing and maintenance divisions; pilot training facilities and pilot crew leasing divisions. And then most notably, business management for a private school, The Nueva School, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alice’s responsibilities at the school included Board and Director support; assistance to the Annual Giving/Annual Fundraising committees; Business Office liaison for the Financial Aid committee. Alice obtained a certificate of studies in Business and Accounting from San Mateo Community College in 1981. Alice enjoys snowboarding in the winter and camping and hiking in the summer. She also enjoys travel in country and of course world travel, as often as possible.
Ken Martin | Board Member
Ken is a lifelong student & practitioner of leadership and management, having led teams in several militaries, corporate, & non-profit environments. Ken derives immense satisfaction from helping people use their talents to accomplish goals.
Ken has served on TEA’s Board for five years, captaining an amazing crew dedicated to making TEA’s vision a reality. Ken is deeply grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a school where the students are enthusiastic learners, where the teachers and staff are creative and passionate, and where the entire community pulls together time after time to support this unique and powerful program. He is inspired by seeing students learn what they’re capable of when they’re tested by adversity.
Ken attended Vanderbilt University where he received a BE in Chemical Engineering and The University of Houston – Clear Lake where he received his MBA. He also loves to sing, mostly in quartets & choruses, having performed for thousands of people in many different settings, from elementary school classrooms to nursing homes, theatres and sports venues including the NHL Predators at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. As a teenager, Ken performed at the Palace Theater at Six Flags in St. Louis, MO. Most recently, Ken performed with Nashville’s Music City Chorus in the 2018 BHS International Chorus Contest in Orlando, FL, placing 5th.
Taylor Simmers | Board Member
Taylor is co-founder of Tahoe Expedition Academy. Since 1995, Taylor has worked with students in K through 12th grade in a variety of locations and types of schools across the country. He has taught, coached, designed curriculum, led outdoor education programs and served as a school administrator. Since 2004, Taylor has lived and taught in Lake Tahoe and developed an appreciation for and an understanding of the developmental needs of students in their formative years.
Taylor has a B.A. in English from Princeton and a Masters in Education from Brown University. As an educator, Taylor believes authentic products, meaningful academics, and outdoor experiences create long-lasting knowledge and important skills for children. To help start a school that combines these educational components has been a dream come true. For the past ten years, Taylor has guided adventure-based trips for students throughout the American West, where he currently enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking and climbing on his own time. Taylor lives in Tahoe with his wife and sons, Sully and Mickey, and dog, Olly.
Tori Long | Board Member
Tori Long is the co-owner of Carr Long Real Estate with locations in the Village at Northstar & The AAA Five Diamond, Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Tori’s firm, Carr Long Real Estate, specializes in high end residential real estate. Tori and her partner were selected to represent Beverly Hills-based Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW) in the sale of their Private Ritz-Carlton Residences in the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Carr Long continues to office in the Five Diamond Hotel. In Tori’s 16 years of business, she was the top salesperson for East West Partners 4 new developments brought to Truckee. Since 2010, Tori’s firm, Carr Long Real Estate, has sold nearly a half a billion dollars in Tahoe real estate. Tori has served in an advisory role for the Custom Learning Academy and numerous Tahoe businesses. From Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Tori graduated from Susquehanna University having studied Art & Art History and now lives in Truckee. She has three children at TEA.
Tahoe Expedition Academy Advisory Board
Robert Abbott | Advisor
Bob’s goal as a member of the advisory board is to bring his operational and start up experience to help the school grow and expand its mission. Bob is currently a general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, a global venture capital and growth equity investment firm based in Palo Alto. Bob joined Norwest in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories including mobile, cloud and IT infrastructure and currently sits on a number of technology company boards. Bob is also a member of the Stanford Water Polo Foundation board and is an active volunteer in the Stanford community. Prior to joining Norwest, Bob worked in various roles from engineering to marketing and product management at Silicon Graphics and IBM-ROLM Systems. He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering, and an MBA, all from Stanford University. In his free time, Bob plays water polo, travels and enjoys hiking, mountain biking and skiing in the Tahoe area with his family and dogs. Bob is excited about the mission of the school and making a difference in the education landscape.
Hayes Parzybok | Advisor
Hayes’s professional career has focused on large scale residential and commercial development projects with Denver based Greystar Real Estate Partners, Vail based East West Partners and more recently Director of Development for Truckee based Mountainside Partners. Hayes served in a leadership role for the master planning, entitlement, design and development of the Village at Northstar and served as a Development Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Currently, a Partner with P|8 Development, Hayes is focused on projects in the greater Lake Tahoe area and is expanding development, redevelopment efforts and asset management operations into other markets in the West. Over the past 15 years, Hayes oversaw or played a key role in over $1 billion of infrastructure, residential and commercial development. Hayes is an alumni of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management within the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver with a degree in Real Estate Finance. Hayes feels at home in the mountains having grown up in the Roaring Fork Valley outside Aspen, CO. Hayes grew up ski racing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing and mountaineering. Hayes is a graduate of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) in Carbondale, CO. Post college graduation, Hayes joined the CRMS Board of Trustees as the youngest Trustee in the school’s history. While serving as a CRMS Trustee, Hayes participated in the formation and execution of the CRMS Campus Plan and the associated capital campaign. Hayes lives in Truckee with his two daughters and wife, Katie.