Why Summit Saints?

Why did we create Summit Saints?  Each person has a question to ask themselves...why am I here? What am I supposed to do with this life? How can I uniquely help as many people possible? 

 

These were the questions being asked just before the creation of Summit Saints.  After the loss of a close friend, Brad Stofko, and climbing Mt. Williamson in honor of him; the answer to the questions was apparent. The sense of peace and closure from the journey up Mt. Williamson was an experience that needed to be shared with the rest of the world. At Summit Saints it is our mission to help families and loved ones suffering from loss find this same reconciliation.

Meet Our Team

Sam Patrick
 

Founder

Ordained Minister, Wilderness First Aid Certified, Wilderness First Responder Certified, Wilderness Therapy Practitioner, CPR and AED Certified, Holy Fire Reiki  Certified, Certified Safety Professional, Bachelor of Science

Sam is a Johnstown, PA native and currently lives in Sacramento, CA.  He served 7 years in the Air Force and honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant.  He went on to study Environmental, Safety, and Health Applied Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and later obtained his Certified Safety Professional designation.  After suffering the loss of a close friend, Sam found his peace in the mountains. He believes in nature and the healing abilities that it has, for both the mourning and the mourned. 

Joseph Naumann

Director of Spiritual Services

Ordained Minister, Wilderness First Aid Certified, CPR and AED Certified, Ski Instructor- PSIA Certified, Wilderness Therapy Practitioner, Bachelor of Science

Joe was born in Sedalia, MO but has spent most of his life in Lincoln, NE.  Growing up he traveled to Colorado for many of his summer vacations to hike and camp with his family.  Joe enlisted in the Air Force out of high school and was chaplain as well as a troop deployment leader during basic training.  He then went on to study religion and philosophy at the University of Nebraska.  After graduating he decided to pursue his dreams and moved to Colorado where he teaches skiing and is building a platform to make donating to charities more accessible.

Jacob Geisel

Director of Outdoor Operations

Ordained Minister, Wilderness First Aid Certified, CPR and AED Certified, Wilderness Therapy Practitioner, Field Biologist,  Naturalist, Bachelor of Science

Jacob was born and raised in Johnstown. He loved the outdoors and decided to pursue a career as a field biologist. He often takes on multi-day backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering expeditions. He graduated in 2016 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Ecology & Conservation Biology. Since then he has had years of experience working with federal and state agencies conducting field research on endangered species of songbirds across the country. Through these unique experiences he has become well versed in permitting procedures and operating to meet regulatory compliance on federal lands. 

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