K2 Adventures Foundation is humbled to have a dynamic mix of men and women who represent Fortune 500 companies, run their own businesses, are entrepreneurs, have ran major non-profit organizations and who are passionate about helping children and their families.

The K2 Board looks at the big picture to ensure that the mission, vision and long-range goals of K2 Adventures Foundation are met. Many Board membes have traveled internationally with Kristen and Kevin to participate in community service, building medical centers and providing their time, resources and skills to enrich the lives of children all over the world!

2012 - 2013

Cheryl Mendez

Cheryl has actively participated and held leadership positions within several non-profit organizations over the past decade.  Notably, she was the largest fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation 3-Day Walk in 2006 and 2008 and most recently co-chaired “A Night to Remember” for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute – their largest fundraising event.

Cheryl’s entrepreneurial endeavors, business expertise along her proven fund-raising experience will be driving forces for K2 Adventures Foundation’s continued growth.

Cheryl is a native Californian and has resided in Scottsdale with her family since 1988.  She and her husband Michael have been happily married for over 30 years and are the proud parents of three children ages 15, 24, & 29.  Cheryl and her son Austin were among the 2011 group who traveled to Tanzania with K2 to open their first-ever medical center and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.  

Kelly Michael

Kelly serves as the K2 Asst. Treasurer and is never one to shy away from volunteering her time and energy.  Kelly has served for multiple philanthropic organizations and spent five years on the Board of Trustees of All Saints’ Episcopal Day School.  She has also served as a board member for the Phoenix Chapter of The National Charity League.

After leaving the corporate world where she was the Division Director for Antech Diagnostics laboratory operations, she knew her passion was to help people with their professional and personal goals.  Today, Kelly works as a business consultant on financial and organizational practices and as a personal trainer teaching lifestyle, health, and wellness to all ages.

Kelly is a native of Phoenix and the mother of three children ages 15-19.  Kelly was also the K2 trainer who created conditioning programs to prepare the team for Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Cathy French

Cathy is a co-owner of PowerSystems, Inc., an organization that focuses on serving the needs of two, yet different target groups.  One arm of the company works with children and adults with AD/HD to help them move from frustration to focus.  The other arm offers executive coaching, training, meeting facilitation, mediation, and corporate retreat services to businesses. Prior to staring her own business, Cathy practiced law for 15+ years.

Cathy has worked with a number of non-profit organizations including AmericaSpeaks, where she volunteers as a facilitator in 21st-century town hall meetings around the country; Camp Jorn, a residential and day camp in Manitowish Waters, WI, and has facilitated Board of Director training for the American Payroll Association. Cathy also keeps her passion for Law alive by serving as a volunteer mediator with the Maricopa County Justice Courts.  

Her favorite pastimes are spending time with her husband, Michael, and sons, Will and Ted and hiking in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve with friends. Cathy also had the pleasure of joining Kevin Cherilla in 2008 on a Kilimanjaro climb.

Donna Detwiller

Donna's background is varied and multi-faced. Her experience includes crisis intervention, human resource development, customer sales and service management, training and development, marketing, health and wellness motivational speaking, business owner and entrepreneur.

Donna was raised in the Midwest. She attended high school and college in Minnesota while working for Northwestern Bell. She transferred with the operating companies to Northern California and attended The University of Cal Berkley where she received a MBA in Management of Human Resource Management.

After 28 years Donna retired from AT&T at the young age of 44 to pursue her dreams. One of those dreams was to set up a non-profit organization which would help educate women, children and families, of all cultural groups become emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically healthy. Donna is very active in her community. She is currently a member of the Scottsdale Chamber, The Business Professional Women's Organization, BPW. National Association of Female Executives, A Corporate Consultant for Linda Chae's Organic Skin Care Products and Southwest Nutraceuticals.

Donna is married to Jere Detwiler, Commercial Real Estate Brokers/Sales & owner of Detwiler Consulting Firm. They have 2 children. Staci is 29 and lives in Mystic, Conn. and Newport, Beach, California in the winter months. Graduate ASU Criminal Justice. Keith, 27, lives in Scottsdale, AZ. Graduate of ASU & W.P Carey School of Business. Donna loves the outdoors. She loves children, travel, golf, walking, light hiking, biking, bowling, reading, salmon and deep sea fishing.


Bobby Kelly

Bobby Kelly is a 20+ year veteran of the fitness industry. As a highly sought after strength, speed, & conditioning coach, personal trainer, motivational speaker and consultant, Bobby takes his role as
catalyst coach very seriously. His goal is to ignite a change in people’s perspective on life, health and wellness within minutes of stepping on a stage or meeting one on one.

Bobby owns and directs Results Only, a cutting edge performance center focusing on teaching clients simple and effective ways to reach their full potential in all walks of life. He has created numerous DVD programs and products including his latest book and exercise/ nutrition program, The Solution. Bobby has a unique ability for pulling out a higher level of passion, commitment, focus, and development from his clients and audiences. It has been said that working with Bobby is like “riding an extremely fast paced and spiraling roller coaster, holding onto the seat of your pants the whole time, only to get off ready to climb right back on again.”

Bobby connects and empowers people through fitness and health engaging each participant to strive to be the best and transform their life. His goal setting techniques as well as ability to deliver energy and enthusiasm is arguably his best attribute as a coach.

Bobby graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science degree and is a certified personal trainer. Bobby has been interviewed, featured, and utilized as an expert advisor on CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, and CBS as well as local affiliate stations in numerous markets. He has been interviewed or featured as an expert in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Arizona Republic, GolfWorld, GolfOnline, The Washingtonian, and Prevention Magazine to name just a few. He has had the luxury to train and work with people from all walks of life including elite athletes, CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies, members of the Department of Commerce, and the President of the United States. Results Only and Bobby have been names Fitness Facility and Trainer of the Year in Phoenix multiple times.

Jon and Leatrice Kitchell.

 Jon’s passion for hiking and philanthropy is a perfect match for K2 as he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2008 and has served as the Annual Awards Chair of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), Desert Botanical Garden Board Member and Dinner on the Desert Fundraiser Co-Chair, Fundraiser Board for UMOM, New Day Center.  

Jon the co-owner of Venue Projects and Kitchell-Perez a, design-centered, redevelopment, investment and construction real estate firm that creates inspiring places that promote community and serve and celebrate nature.

Jon and his wife Leatrice are the proud parents of three children. And in his free time, Jon is a tennis player, artist, and celebrator of family and life.

Leatrice is the Business Operations Manager for Clark Law Offices and serves on the Parent Advisory Board for SARRC (Southwest Autism Resource and Research Center).  

Leatrice has served as Co-Chair of “Dinner on the Desert” benefitting Arizona’s Desert Botanical Gardens; Committee Chairperson for Phoenix’s Desert Mission Food Bank which provides 1600+ monthly meals to area families and as a committee member for The United Way.  

Leatrice is an avid hiker who reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the summer of 2008.  She is also an artist and enjoys vegan cooking.  Leatrice is the mother of two sons and a daughter, and was chosen to raise a Special Needs Angel. 

Rodney and Laurie Malone

Rodney and Laurie share a passion for philanthropy and business as they are the co-owners of the 24-year-old Arizona Final Cleanwww.ArizonaFinalClean.com, have long-tenured reputations as entrepreneurs and, formerly, corporate leaders. 

Their focus on customer service is what sets them and their business apart as Arizona Final Clean was just named a 2010 “Top 20” Janitorial Firm in greater Phoenix by the Phoenix Business Journal and “Top 40” Minority-Owned firm by the same publication. 

The Malone’s have lent their time and support to such organizations as Visions of Hope, Helping Hands for Single Moms and other community boards and activities.

Laurie is Secretary of the Board of Directors for K2 Adventures Foundation and also a licensed realtor with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. 

Rodney and Laurie place top focus on their family along with their two children Christopher, 21, and Maximillian, 12.

Tom Chamberlain 
Tom is involved with corporate & collegiate sportswear sales throughout Arizona and Southern California and plays a key role in outfitting K2 Adventures Foundation events. 

Tom's love for the outdoors began as a child with a family backpacking trip to
Isle Royale National Park in his native Michigan. This adventure, with its raw
beauty and the camaraderie, instilled a great excitement to explore, to help others, to love and respect animals, all of which now can be compassionately
passed onto other children around the world through K2 to its teamwork of
affiliated charities. Tom has since explored many other national parks including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and has led mountain bike tours through Canyon lands and Aspen, Colorado. He also completed the Minnesota Outward Bound program. His other interests include philanthropy, hiking, cycling, skiing, tennis, music and helping others to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Tom lives in Phoenix with his wife Laurie and their 3 children.

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Adrienne Bonnet 

Adrienne has been teaching elementary students at Phoenix Country Day School since 1997. Currently she teaches science to children in the first through fourth grades, a perfect fit for her interests and background.

During Adrienne’s career as an oil and gas geologist in Montana and Wyoming, she assisted in outdoor education and taught earth science classes to children on a volunteer basis. When the opportunity to teach on a full time basis arose, she immersed herself in that field and has never looked back. Over the years, Adrienne has participated in events for various charitable organizations, most recently as a member of the “Eagles in Paradise” Relay For Life teams and by attending K2 Adventures Foundation fundraisers.

Adrienne and her late husband, G.G. Nicolaysen, raised 2 sons, Jens (24) and Anders (22) until his death in 2005. Both sons are avid rock climbers and snowboarders in Colorado, where they reside. Adrienne hikes, travels, and enjoys trying out new restaurants with friends and family. In 2010, led by Kevin Cherilla, Adrienne, her sons, and a sister-in-law traveled to Tanzania and climbed Kilimanjaro. In 2012, Adrienne plans to hike the Inca Trail in Peru with K2.

Tandy Vincent

Tandy has actively been involved with and supported numerous charities and fundraising organizations throughout the Valley. She's been active in the Junior League of Phoenix, Visions of Hope, and K2 Adventures Foundation. Tandy founded the Cajun Cactus Foundation which supports local Phoenix and Gulf Coast charities. Having nearly 20 years of public relations and marketing experience, Tandy currently runs her own marketing consulting business and is a Director with Stella & Dot. She co-owns Swank, a specialty event planning business, alongside Kristen Sandquist. In her downtime, her proudest moments are the ones spent with her husband Troy and son Jack Henry.

Kyle Maynard 

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Kelly Richardson

Kelly has worked extensively with organizations all over the country that support the needs of children. Her involvement includes serving as Event Chair withVariety - the Children's Charity of Iowa in 2005-2006, Event Co-Chair in 2006-2007, and as a board member at large in 2007-2008.  She received the Sunshine Award in 2007 for achieving the highest level of community pledge dollars for the foundation.

Additionally, Kelly was a VIP panel telethon panel member from 2004 to 2008 and the Sunshine Award Recipient (for community pledge dollars) in 2007.

She also contributed significantly to Blank Children’s Hospital serving on the Family Advisory Council in 2005-2006 and as a board member in 2007 - 2008.  

Kelly is the owner and primary instructor at The Pilates Room, a premier Stott Pilates studio serving Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Care Free, AZ (http://www.thepilatesroomaz.com).

Kelly is married to Jonathan Richardson, a writer, and has 8-year-old twin boys.  An avid foodie, she also enjoys family time, travel, fitness walking and nesting.  Kelly was part of the 2011 K2 Team who traveled to Tanzania to work in the medical center and was one of the climbers who summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Greg and Michelle DePinto

Greg is the Director of Sales for AFS Technologies who provides Supply Chain software solutions to the Food and Beverage Industry, but his passions lie with guiding teams all over the world – a perfect alignment for K2 – and something that he continues to do today.

Greg helped guide a team of 8 blind people from the Foundation for Blind Children that broke four world records by summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and another team to hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim.  His efforts have gained worldwide attention and funds raised from these expeditions have allowed 53 babies to enroll in the Foundation for Blind Children, a foundation that helps blind and visually impaired children, adults and their families lead lives of independence. 

Greg is a family man first.  He and his wife Michelle live in Scottsdale, Arizona with their two children, Alexandra and Jake, and their pet Rottweiler, Harley.  In his free time, Greg is an avid reader of business and leadership and enjoys the outdoors.

Michelle is a Customer Portfolio Manager for CA Technologies, Inc., CA is the world's leading independent IT management software company. 

Michelle was also part of the Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition with Greg and was instrumental in raising awareness and financial support for the Foundation for Blind Children.  Back at home, she donates her time to the Foundation for Blind in Arizona. Michelle also raises money for charities serving children and animals with special needs locally and internationally. 

Michelle and her husband Greg live in Scottsdale, Arizona with their two children, Alexandra and Jake, and their pet Rottweiler, Harley.  In her free time when she is not volunteering at school, doing fundraisers or helping with homework, Michelle likes to hike, exercise, and travel.

Lisa Owens 

Lisa has served on several committees including “Heartbeat on Canal” event benefiting the American Heart Association and volunteers at Chaparral High School.  

Lisa is a homemaker and mother of two daughters.  

Brett and Barb Boutin

Barb and Brett Boutin have lived and worked in Arizona for over 14 years, they are transplants from Canada, but have recently become American Citizens.  They are both American and Canadian Board Certified to provide orthopedic devices for people with disabilities.  They own and run a pediatric private practice in Phoenix, where they clinically assess, fabricate and fit these devices to children to provide them the opportunity to reach their own physical potential.  Their personal goal is to improve the quality of life for all the children that they meet with any type of physical challenge, through education, research, cutting edge fabrication techniques, and team collaboration.  They work very closely with the Shrine Hospitals out of Los Angeles and Salt Lake City to rovide excellent team care for children from all over the world.  Their community oriented approach to teamwork has allowed them to network with a vast group of pediatric health care practitioners; this connection supports the mission and current needs of K2 Adventures Foundation.  Find them at www.orthoticspecialists.com

Michael Hosmar 

Michael Hosmar has been involved in the investment industry for the past 25 years, and currently works for an institutional investment research and global money management firm located in San Francisco, CA. 

In addition to his involvement and commitment to K2 Adventures, Michael has also worked with numerous charitable organizations, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Packages from Home (sending care packages to troops in the Middle East), and Lose the Training Wheels (teaching special needs individuals how to ride a bicycle). In the summer of 2011, Michael traveled to Peru with K2 Adventures where he experienced the emotional satisfaction that comes from helping others and the thrill of outdoor adventure and cultural learning. An avid road cyclist, skier and golfer originally from the Northwest, he now lives in Paradise Valley, AZ, with his wife and two sons.

Sarah Gwynn

Sarah is a Washington, D.C. native who came to Arizona in 2009 pursuing her passion to help others live healthy, happy, and fulfilled. She is a personal trainer & owner of GwynnEssential Fitness. She believes that living a healthy life requires more than physical activity and finds her happiness and fulfillment supporting her local and global community. Sarah was introduced to K2 shortly after arriving in Arizona and has been involved with the foundation ever since. In 2011, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and provided medical assistance to the children of the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind. The trip had a profound impact on Sarah and greatly changed her perspective on life.

Sarah lives in Paradise Valley, AZ with her faithful hotdog, Olive. She is an avid hiker, mud run racer, workout queen, rock climber, adventure racer, snowboarder, and lover of all things nature.