As a founding member of Climb for Captives Josh has summited on all four Climb for Captives trips, including leading the team to the summit of Mount Baker in 2010 and Mount Rainier in 2013. Climb for Captives is the perfect opportunity for Josh to combine his love for the outdoors, great friendships and the fight against modern day slavery.Josh, his wife Tanya and their daughter Abby live in Monroe Washington where he serves as the Monroe Campus Pastor for EastLake Community Church.
His climbing experience includes summiting Mt. Rainier with original Climb For Captives team, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Sinai, Telescope Peak, and the 3 Peaks Challenge in the UK.Why does Rob climb with Climb for Captives? “Doing what I love to undo what I hate.”
major peak in the Cascade range including 7 trips to the summit of Mt. Rainier
from 3 different routes. Del was a founding member of the Climb for Captives
team and has guided many teams on multiple mountains.When not enjoying the outdoors through skiing, climbing, or biking Del works as
a consultant for several nonprofit organizations throughout the country including
Rescue:Freedom International which is led by Climb for Captives Founder,
Jeremy Vallerand.Del has been a product tester for GORE-TEX for several years and lives near
Seattle with his wife and three kids.
Scott is a passionate entrepreneur and has launched four companies in diverse markets including finance, athletics and automotive, and created a unique mentorship network for personal and business growth of individuals and companies.Born and raised in the Seattle area, he attended school locally and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biotechnology from the University of Washington. His personal interests include spending time with his son Cohen, surfing, boating and snowboarding.Philanthropy is also important to Scott. He has donated time and resources to organizations like Art with Heart, Many Lights Foundation, Emerging Philanthropists and the Leukemia Lymphoma foundation and is proud to be a part of the Climb for Captives team.
Dr. Dan Nelson grew up in Tacoma, Washington and is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Southern California. He has been practicing pain management since 1989 and had the honor of being named by Seattle Magazine as one of Puget Sound’s “Top Doctors.”Dan is married to Bernadette and they have four children – their son, Josh and triplet daughters, Christina, Hannah, and Olivia.
Dan lives in Port Orchard, Washington and is married to Elizabeth. They have two kids – Caroline, 5 yrs old & Michael, 2 yrs old. He is a mechanical engineer, working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Keyport, Washington.Dan has attempted Mt Rainier and was weathered out at 13000 ft. He has reached the summits of Mt. Whitney and Mt St Helens. He loves hiking and climbing in the Olympics.Dan is climbing for captives in order to raise awareness and actually DO something to help those who are trapped in slavery.
Stephen has never met a challenge he didn’t like. From being named athlete of the year at Skyline High School while holding the title of class president, to graduating from the University of Washington after enlisting in the Army and serving in Baghdad–he’s wired for hard work.An avid skier since age 7, it dawned on him that he needed to stop taking the easy way down the mountain and start climbing up it.As a result, he’s discovered the absolute thrill of climbing peaks throughout the Cascades and has his sights set on summiting with the Climb for Captives team to help further the impact of freeing the enslaved. When he’s not hiking, Stephen can be found running the family business and enjoying life with his wife Megan and their two kids.
Martin has had the honor of being part of small and mid-sized businesses and nonprofits. His experiences with them, reflection on scripture, the life if Jesus, great leaders and influencers, reading and thoughtful observation … has shaped his world view.In all these experiences he has found his heart for the poor, the oppressed and the outcast. He has also found that the best solution to poverty is a strong spiritual basis where values based on grace and truth are formed and loving your neighbor as yourself becomes the paradigm for action. He is also convinced that free markets are the best economic system devised by man to minimize poverty.Sozo is the expression of this world view. A for profit business whose end purpose is the “Facilitate Community and Funding Around Friends Who Meet Basic Human Needs.” They do this by helping generous businesses build their brand by including their customers and associates in acts of generosity and thanks. As they do this they become more profitable, more influential and therefore able to expand their generosity, sharing more funds and even their customers and associates with their friends who meet basic human needs.”
Martin is delighted to be climbing with is son Taylor. Who knows, this might be the start of a new father-son tradition of helping freedom.
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Stephen is originally from Ohio, USA, and still considers the state his home base. Currently, he works as an ER and trauma nurse and for a community medical outreach program. Stephen has witnessed human trafficking domestically and abroad and is involved professionally and personally in the work against human trafficking in Columbus, Ohio.Stephen first started climbing 18 years ago and continues to love and pursue the sport. Personal highlights have included climbs in Little Cottonwood, Utah, Mount Lemmon, Arizona, and Half Dome in Yosemite, California. Stephen spends his free time enjoying traveling, drinking coffee, fly-fishing, and pedaling his bike at beach cruiser speeds while out to get the groceries.Having been a supporter of Climb for Captives since its inception, and a regular supporter of Rescue Freedom International, Stephen is very excited and thankful to join this year’s team in supporting the fight for justice!