Molly Deis Founder
Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, Molly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in German from Davidson College in North Carolina. Her JYA was spent at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany).
Growing up in a rural setting shaped much of her interests, including Pacific NW flora & fauna. She spends her time between Portland and Sandy. She and her husband (Tony) live with their three children.
Since co-founding Trackers in 2004 Molly has done everything at Trackers. From administration and development to teaching our first homeschool programs and van driver. With a focus on permaculture design and sustainability, she currently manages over 450 acres of Trackers forest and farmland. The goal is increasing wildlife diversity, mitigating wildfire, and sequestering carbon in line with youth curriculum development. She also tends to the small but boisterous animal community that lives at Trackers Ranch. There is a herd of miniature donkeys and goats, a gaggle of over 40 ducks and chickens, and a smattering of sheep and turkeys. They are animal ambassadors for all campers who visit the farm. In her free time, Molly volunteers as a cellist and board member with the Willamette Falls Symphony.
Tony Deis Founder
Tony Deis is the founder of Trackers. He dropped out of high school and trained in the arts of awareness, forest-craft skills, primitive skills, and tracking. Since then, he has learned to run a business in order to make a profound impact on the educational world.
Tony believes that kids are far more capable than the modern world allows. He fosters the opportunity for them to be given greater freedom and greater responsibility so that they can create a better and more wild world.
Tony runs Trackers as though it were an extension of his large Italian family. Every member is responsible for creating a better world for the other members to live and bring new members into.
Christina Codino VP of Compliance
Chris joined Trackers full time as our EOO in 2012 after 17 years in the credit union world. She has been involved with Trackers off and on from the beginning and is thrilled to be part of the community full time. When she isn't processing registrations or assisting parents and staff, she enjoys camping, baking, cooking and hanging out with friends and family. She is actively involved in her daughter’s school and a strong supporter of her husband’s ultra marathon running.
Tina Ewing Director of HR
Tina has been with Trackers since February 2021 and is excited to be a part of our team.
She grew up in the PNW and appreciates so much of what it has to offer. Being an avid traveler, seeing and exploring the world, Tina couldn’t imagine not having this as my homebase.
Prior to Trackers, Tina was professionally in the financial institution industry. Starting as a teller, loan officer, branch manager and finally as the compliance director.
Tina thrilled to change her focus to be more involved with individuals and grow within this community.
Tina considers herself a low scale thrill seeker! She loves to go ziplining, parasailing, rafting, all with a qualified lead of course. She's always down for a hike with her ruck as long as she gets assistance with navigation or have a GPS.
Travis Hughes VP of Operations and Logistics
Travis began his career in youth education as a Marine Science Instructor for the Education and Conservation Department of SeaWorld San Diego. He helped teach thousands of students about marine conservation by conducting hundreds of school assemblies across the country, hosting educational shows for up to three thousand field trip students per day, and teaching summer day camps, sleepovers, and resident camps. During his 17 years with SeaWorld, Travis has participated in numerous American Camping Association conferences becoming familiar with and helping to develop numerous camp best practice guidelines.
In 2014 Travis left his position as Camps manager at SeaWorld to become the Director of Safari Experiences at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park located in Escondido, California. Here Travis led a team of over 200 educators who conducted numerous daily programs, helping to educate over 1.5 million guests per year on how to help end extinction one species at a time. During his seven years with the zoo Travis built a world class team of educators working with participants of all ages on public tours, camps, sleepovers, animal presentations, and youth/elder outreaches. While with the San Diego Zoo, Travis presented several times at the annual American Zoos and Aquariums conference on youth programs. He currently sits on the Board for the San Diego East County YMCA and helps advise three YMCA locations on their youth programs and camps.
Travis joined Trackers Earth in the summer of 2021, leveraging his experience and industry knowledge to continue the long standing Trackers commitment to safety, quality, and fun by building highly resilient individuals through tracking.
Travis moved to Oregon from San Diego, California where he attended San Diego State University graduating with a degree in Environmental Geography and a minor in Ecology. While in San Diego, Travis enjoyed the numerous outdoor activities available such as surfing, kayaking, diving, sailing, fishing, hiking, and camping. He and his wife have two wonderful children who also enjoy the great outdoors.
Michelle McCann Editor in Chief
When Michelle R. McCann was a girl, she dreamed of creating books. She would disappear at birthday parties, only to be discovered hours later hiding in a closet with her friend’s books. She studied children’s lit at Brown University, got an MFA in Writing for Children at Vermont College, and has been working in publishing ever since. For the past 30 years she’s edited and art directed hundreds of books for kids, and for 13 years she taught Children’s Book Publishing at Portland State University.
Michelle grew up in Oregon doing all kinds of outdoorsy activities—rock climbing, hiking and camping, whitewater rafting, snowboarding. Trackers brings together her two passions: books and the outdoors. She writes an outdoor parenting blog for Trackers, and has helped create how-to outdoor skills books for families, fiction novels for kids set in the Trackers universes, and lots of super cool Trackers comics!
When not at Trackers, Michelle writes her own award-winning children’s books including Girls Who Rocked the World, Finding Fairies, Reading Together: Share in the Wonder of Books with a Parent-Child Book Club, and an upcoming book about women’s soccer. And she still loves to do all the outdoorsy things she did as a kid—now with her own kids.
Michelle’s favorite outdoor activities are snowboarding and rafting.
Tim Kinman Family Success Director
Tim, a native of the Pacific Northwest, has been deeply rooted in the region, with some of his most cherished memories revolving around nature adventures with friends and family. His heart resonates with a profound appreciation for the outdoors, especially in the serene landscapes of Oregon.
Beyond the tranquility of nature, Tim is an avid tabletop role-playing game enthusiast. He takes joy in sharing the art of storytelling and improv with people of all ages through gaming experiences. However, his storytelling extends beyond the realm of games; it also manifests in his passion for crafting, particularly in the intricate world of paper creations.
Tim is dedicated to helping people connect with nature, fostering a sense of appreciation and understanding for the environment. His commitment to this cause reflects his desire to share the beauty and importance of the natural world with others.
Holly Noconi Marketing & Communications Director
Holly is from Pacific Palisades, CA, and is an avid proponent of all things outdoors. In addition to camping, hiking, and caring for animals, Holly has worked as an educator for Garden School and holds a certification in Herbology. She loves to share practical uses for wild plants and demonstrate the benefits of our connection to flora.
Holly brings her love for nature to her role at Trackers by helping families find their perfect outdoor adventure.
Holly’s Favorite Outdoor Activity: Foraging for wild plants while hiking with her family.
Dan Clark Summer Director
Proudstar Espinoza Director
Proudstar has a formal background in environmental anthropology and degrees in Biology, Spanish and Environmental Studies. He has worked with youth as a mentor and instructor for 20 years and has worked with organizations that range in mission objectives from street youth outreach to medical relief in the third world and literature and poetry classes for high school seniors. Proudstar is a family man who brings a parental perspective to all his curriculum.
Proudstar believes in family and apprenticing the next generation of children into adulthood. Reintegration of humanity into the immediate environment and dispelling the idea that people are observers of nature but not part of it are his priorities second only to the safety of children and staff. He is a firm believer in the fact that everyone can be useful and he looks for the talents that can be fostered in youth.