Founders & Staff

Christine Torrison Mackay

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Chris Mackay has been working in environmental education, outdoor recreation, community development, and ecotourism since 1980. She co-founded and directed the Bearfoot Backpacker, offering outdoor educational excursions throughout Washington State. Her love of international travel and the natural world, together with her concern about the negative impacts of tourism on culture and the environment, led her to co-found Crooked Trails in 1998.

Chris holds an M.A. in natural science education from Western Washington University and a B.A. in geography with a minor in biology from the University of Washington. She has worked with youth and adult education in both formal and non-traditional sectors, and has taught at all levels from elementary school to university. Chris sees education as the cornerstone of efforts to protect the natural world and at-risk cultures. Her ability to engage and inspire her audience has made her a popular speaker at clubs, international conferences, bookstores, universities, and schools.

Chris acts as a consultant to a wide range of organizations on issues such as community-based tourism, nature education, international study abroad and community service, and wilderness education. Organizations she has worked with include Tillicum Village, Concordia College, the Shoshone/Arapaho and Makah tribes, North Andaman Tsunami Relief, Western Washington University, and Lakeside High School.

Tammy Leland

Co-Founder and International Program Director

Tammy Leland is a passionate traveler who has spent more than 20 years exploring the world. An outdoor enthusiast who enjoys climbing at high altitudes, Tammy initially began traveling the world as she sought out enticing peaks, visiting remote areas and living with mountain people. Over the course of her adventures, she learned fluent Spanish and discovered the joys of world music and connecting with local communities.

Tammy holds a B.S. in geology from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in environmental education from Western Washington University. Her master’s thesis examined the environmental, cultural, and economic impacts of travel. Prior to co-founding Crooked Trails, Tammy worked in a variety of positions related to education and the environment. She developed an industry workshop on responsible travel and is an expert on the development and delivery of interactive education programs, international community development, environmentally and culturally sensitive travel, and corporate social responsibility.

Angela Broderick

Director of Communications

Angela Broderick was born with a severe case of wanderlust.  A Washington native, she has also lived in Hawaii and Alaska, and has traveled through parts of Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Europe.  During her wanderings, she forged deep bonds with several small communities and became aware of the vital need to protect indigenous cultures.

Angela was thrilled to discover Crooked Trails’ work on issues so close to her heart and has been proud to be part of the team since 2005. Angela is passionate about cultural preservation and sustainable travel, movements that she feels are crucial for our time. She blogs about sustainable travel at Travel with a Purpose.


Board of Directors

Dan Travers

Dan Travers has been with Crooked Trails from the very beginning. Focusing primarily on program development, he has also guided for Crooked Trails in Thailand, India and Peru. Recently, after a month in Iran, Dan began researching the Middle East for future CT travel program destinations. From his home base in the Pacific NW, Dan has been an avid climber and traveler through over 40 countries on 6 continents.

With an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MBA from UW, he has been running his own Green Building and rental property businesses for over 15 years. Dan also regularly consults on construction related issues and is involved in management of a California Natural Gas production company and a Napa Valley winery.

Trained as a Wilderness First Responder, conversational in both Spanish and French, he is a strong believer in Crooked Trails’ messages of cultural sensitivity and sustainable tourism. He keeps (reasonably) fit playing lacrosse and soccer while also Randonne skiing and scrambling the peaks of the Cascade Mtns. His other interests include an ongoing historical research adventure in the Peruvian Amazon jungle ( and other international projects.

Dan Moore

Dan Moore is the CEO of the travel-industry consultancy, Pandion. Dan has over 15 years experience as an entrepreneur, professional adventure guide, and high-level facilitator. He has successfully launched and led two travel companies, filling numerous roles at each. Dan has participated in every Adventure Travel World Summit since 2008, learning best practices and industry trends from business leaders from around the globe. He is frequently asked to present at conferences and meetings and regularly delivers seminars and workshops.

Dan has extensive experience designing cutting edge itineraries and travel products, and applying innovative techniques to market these products. He frequently utilizes his operations knowledge, including guide training, permitting, risk-management, staff management, and more, in his role at Crooked Trails.Dan sits on other non-profit boards: he represents the Adventure & Recreation segment on the board of the Washington Tourism Alliance and was a co-chair of the Alliance’s marketing committee; and is Board President for the youth focused Terra-Forma Education.

At the heart of his work is a passion for sustainable business, and the concept that we can have a profound impact on the world due to our actions.

Doug Taber

Doug Taber is of California extraction, Steinbeck country. Early experiences traveling to Central America ignited a passion for human interconnectedness, and international relations in young Mr. Taber. These passions fermented at the University of California, Davis into a degree in Political Science, with a focus on International Relations. While attending UC Davis a desire to better understand the global community earned him a spot on a summer program titled “The Politics of Inequality” at Geneva, Switzerland. Shortly thereafter, Douglas was accepted to the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, where he served as Treasurer for the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) while earning an MPA. After graduation he worked for several non-profits before accepting a position at Seattle’s very own HomeStreet Bank. Doug is particularly skilled in data software, snowboarding, finding waterfalls, and learning random phrases in dozens of languages, but never enough to carry on a conversation. He’s excited to contribute to Crooked Trails by refining financial tracking and reporting, and by providing ad-hoc puns. Interested in political theory, economic theory, Meliorism, and the power of compassion.


Jean Ann French

From a farm girl in Oklahoma to a global citizen living in Mukilteo, WA, Jean Ann French is living life to the fullest!! Living and working in the US, Germany and Australia with Personal Travel to 42 Countries on 5 continents gives Jean Ann an appreciation for “Broad Cultural Knowledge Gained from Teaching 20+ nationalities, International Leadership with nonprofits, and Global Travel.”

Between the international build experience with Habitat and the Zonta International promotion of women’s issues, Crooked Trails is a perfect fit Jean Ann’s interests and talents.

Kirsten Verlander

Kirsten grew up living across the United States and the United Kingdom before settling down in Seattle, WA. She has her BBA in Marketing and Media Management from the George Washington University and her MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Her professional background is in strategy management consulting, specializing in stakeholder outreach engagements.

Through professional and educational endeavors she’s tackled pursuits across the world – from supporting entrepreneurs in South Africa to facilitating to IT sessions in India to improving water well longevity in Uganda. She’s thrilled to be supporting Crooked Trails’ board and is looking forward to her first trip with them in 2015.

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