Board Of Trustees

Stewards of the Future

Tahoe Expedition Academy Board of Trustees

Ken Martin
Ken Martin
Tori Long
Alice Hahn
Taylor Simmers

Ken Martin

Tori Long

Alice Hahn

Taylor Simmers

Ken Martin | Board Chair

Ken’s professional experience includes five years in large company operations, which included the supervision of 74 personnel in a 24-hour operating environment, 18 years in real estate investment and management, and 14 years as a United Stated Army Reserve logistics officer including platoon leader, detachment commander, and staff positions. Ken earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from the UHCL (University of Houston – Clear Lake) He is also a graduate of the United States Army Airborne school. He has also held various roles on nonprofit boards including president of two boards. Ken previously served as a homeschool teacher for his son, Mitchell, now a TEA alumni attending Northeastern University. Ken’s goal as a board member is to build structures and systems that enhance the collaborative climate for the school in order to achieve a sustainable steady state and execute the school’s mission for the long term. In his free time, Ken enjoys singing, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking.

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.

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.

Taylor Simmers | Co-Founder

Taylor is co-founder of Tahoe Expedition Academy and +Impact School. 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 Incline Village, Nevada with his wife and two sons.

Tahoe Expedition Academy Advisory Board

Robert Abbott
Robert Abbott
Hayes Parzybok

Robert Abbott

Hayes Parzybok

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.