2022 Speakers

We are honored to present the initial speaker line-up for the 2022 Florida Rendezvous! Thanks to all our volunteer presenters for their generosity in donating their time and knowledge to the Tree Climbing Community.

Keep checking this website for new speakers! A final schedule with dates/times will be posted as we get closer to the event. If you are interested in being a sponsor, donating to the silent auction and/or being a presenter for the 2022 Florida ‘Vous, please contact us.

PresenterSubjectAffiliation
Richard MumfordTBD – Something New & Improved!Climbing Innovations LLC
Nick ArayaTBD – Delivered with a Smile!Tree Care LA
Nadia LombarderoRound Table: Women and Tree ClimbingChair Rendezvous Planning Committee – GOTC gotreeclimbing.org
Normer AdamsCat in Tree RescueCat Man Do Rescue | Facebook
Gina KentTree Climbing for Raptor ResearchAvian Research and Conservation Institute 
Dan HouseAdaptive Climbing/Special Needs Workshop Chair Adaptive Climbing Committee – GOTC gotreeclimbing.org
Sarah Prentice Trees & FungiFlorida Academic Lichen And Fungi Enthusiasts League (FALAFEL)
Eric FolmerTBATree Wolf – Tree Climbing Travel & Education

Richard Mumford, a retired pilot, is the mastermind behind Climbing Innovations LLC | Tree climbing and arborist work.  As a passionate climber and supporter of the Tree Climbing community, he is always looking for ways to make climbing trees more efficient, safer, and body friendly.  He is also an avid educator and his excellent tree climbing teaching videos can be seen at (18) Richard Mumford – YouTube

You can also follow him on Facebook (2) Richard Mumford | Facebook

Nick Araya is best known for his groundbreaking training and instructional programs. He owns and operates TreeCareLA – Certified Arborist – Los Angeles CA a successful tree care business. His first-hand knowledge and experience with climbing methods and climbing tools is unsurpassed.

Nick’s popularity is due to his infectious smile, combined with his witty and informative seminars, serving both professional and recreational climbers. His ongoing contributions are highly coveted and well documented. (18) Nick Araya – YouTube

Nadia Lombardero, the Chair of GOTC’s Rendezvous Planning Committee and the lead organizer of the 2022 Florida ‘Vous, took her BTCC class from Canopy Climbers in 2016. She took additional climbing classes in 2017 from Tree Climbing Colorado and traveled monthly to Atlanta to practice her newly acquired skills with the members of the Atlanta Tree Climbing Club.

Initially introduced to climbing techniques by the “aerial arts” community through GCC Gainesville Circus Center , Nadia has always loved heights, trees, and the environment. She found a fun loving community among tree climbers and decided that she wanted to give back by introducing people to the “art” of tree climbing. After training monthly for almost a year, she received her Tree Climbing Facilitator Certificate from Pathfinder Outdoor Education on November 3, 2018.

Normer Adams began recreational tree climbing in 2013 after retiring as a state lobbyist for child welfare agencies. He is an active member of GOTC where he serves as Treasurer. He was introduced to cat in tree rescues by Peter Jenkins in 2017.  Since then, rescuing cats has become an obsession. 

Helping tree stranded cats has given Normer a reason to climb besides “just for the fun of it.”  As of July 2021, he has performed over 900 rescues and this number will keep rising. Averaging more than one a day, he probably does more cat in tree rescues than anyone in Georgia.  He charges no fees for his services and those who want to give are directed to charities that he supports.   

Normer’s videos can be found on his YouTube channel.
You can follow CatManDoRescue on his Facebook page.

Gina Kent, Senior Conservation Scientist, has worked for the Avian Research and Conservation Institute in Florida, USA for over 20 years.  Whether conducting bird surveys from small planes, boating around the Florida Keys, or climbing up 100-foot tall trees,  

Gina has worked with many specialty birds including Swallow-tailed Kites, Short-tailed Hawks, Snail Kites, Reddish Egrets, White-crowned Pigeons, Magnificent Frigatebirds and others.

She grew up in Wisconsin and went to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Upon graduation she took tech positions on birds, herps, small mammals, and invasive plants from New Mexico to New York and Missouri to Australia. She received her Masters at Georgia Southern University on the stopover ecology, habitat associations, and parasites of Swallow-tailed Kites.  She now works as ARCI’s Senior Conservation Scientist.

Dan House is the inventor of the Dan House Rope Sleeve. His innovations and contributions to the tree climbing community and the arboricultural industry are well known. Dan remains committed to helping others. His 2022 Florida ‘Vous Workshop about working with special needs clients or what is now referred to as Adaptive Climbing, is a testament to his kind and loving nature. He chairs the GOTC Adaptive Climbing Committee and was named GOTC Ambassador in 2020.

Sarah Prentice has been identifying fungi since 2015. She co-founded and organizes the Florida Academic Lichen And Fungi Enthusiasts League (FALAFEL) and has led dozens of mushroom walks and fungal forays. Sarah is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Plant Pathology at the University of Florida while working full-time at the Marston Science Library.

Eric Folmer, aka Tree Wolf, hosted the 2018 Costa Rica Rendezvous, the first ‘Vous outside of the United States. He also planned all the Pre and Post ‘Vous activities for the 2019 Redwoods Rendezvous and was the lead organizer of the 2020 Cloud ‘Vous. His initial concept of conducting a virtual ‘Vous at different times zones to reach a worldwide audience might become the inspiration for future ‘Vous by offering both an in-person ‘Vous and a virtual ‘Vous. 

Besides planning enjoyable and educational tree climbing trips through his company Tree Wolf – Tree Climbing Travel & Education, Eric has dedicated the last 40 years to sharing

his wisdom and expertise to benefit professionals, students, and recreational climbers.  As a professional arborist with a vast experience in the field and understanding of trees and forests, Eric shares his in-depth knowledge of techniques and equipment (with an emphasis on safety and respect) with climbers from around the world!