Research Committee Bios:
Sarah Vaill is the Director of International Advocacy and Program Planning for Karama (Arabic for ‘dignity’), an NGO that supports efforts to strengthen women’s political participation and eradicate violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa. As the president of Vaill Consulting, she provides research and strategy development for documentary films, NGOs, and philanthropy. Sarah has a BA from Duke University, and worked for several years as a field instructor for Voyageur Outward Bound. She climbed with Women With Altitude in the Cordillera Real in Bolivia, and directed the eponymous documentary of their expedition, released by Journeyman Pictures in 2011. Her climbing and trekking experiences range across the Himalayas, Andes, Pyrenees, Patagonia, New Zealand, Mexico, and the US.Raymond B. Huey
Mr. Huey works at the interface of evolution, ecology, behavior, physiology, and the environment. Aspects of Mr. Huey's work on invasive species, evolutionary physiology, and Himalayan mountaineering have considerable applied relevance. He holds a BA degree from the University of California, a MA from the University of Texas, and a PhD from Harvard University. Mr. Huey enjoys the water and mountain landscapes surrounding Seattle, WA.
Jon L. Beihoffer
Mr. Beihoffer has worked for US EPA for over 25 years as a chemist on criminal and civil enforcement cases and has testified in several high profile cases. Recent work includes studying the amounts of heavy metals leaching from electronic waste in landfills and effects of wastewater treatment plants effluents on fish using metabolomics and genomics. He holds a BS degree in chemistry from University of Minnesota, Duluth and MS degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Montana. Jon enjoys getting out to bag peaks, ski, mountain bike, windsurf, backpack, and hike with his dog.W. Lowell Putnam
W. Lowell Putnam is President/CEO of VCI, a video and communications technology company in Springfield, Massachusetts and a lifetime member of the AAC. The Putnam family's pioneering underwriting for the AAC's Research Grants Program has allowed multiple projects to receive financial support for environmental and mountain research.
With an undergraduate in Biology and Chemistry (Pacific University in Oregon), a Masters in Paleobotany (University of Washington) and PhD research in Biogeochemistry (Cornell University and UC Berkeley), Danika’s breadth of understanding of science spans a wide-range. The last 10 years, she has worked as a full-time mountain guide and part-time grant writer based in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Science in Boulder, CO. Danika served on the Board of the AAC from 2007-2009. She is an avid skier and climber and has traveled around the world, climbing in South America, Nepal, Pakistan, Greenland and Europe.
Matt Hepp is a Colorado registered professional engineer and owns a small engineering design firm in specializing in sustainable and energy efficient structural design. He holds an BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton and served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador from 1998-2000. He received the 2009 AAC Zack Martin Breaking Barriers grant and traveled to Pakistan where he and climbing partner Clint Estes built educational model post-earthquake sandbag shelters and climbed several new routes on alpine rock towers in the Nangma Valley. Matt volunteers coaching the Ridgway/Ouray varsity climbing team and loves exploring southwest Colorado's rock, ice, and summits.