Spencer Sutherland: President
Spencer Sutherland was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he attended Jenks schools, from kindergarten to graduation. After Jenks he carried on his education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he graduated with a Degree in Broadcast Journalism. After Arkansas Spencer moved to Texas to start his career, and wasted little time before marrying his wife Micah in Tulsa in the Spring of 2007. In Texas Spencer worked for the family business and had 3 children. In the fall of 2016 Spencer and family relocated to Jenks, Ok to be closer to family, and to better manage his growing job responsibilities. Spencer is a 4th generation owner and employee of the Sutherlands Lumber Company where he is active in many facets of the business including but not limited to: Retail store operations, real-estate acquisition and management, merchandise buying, advertising and marketing, and new concept development.
Spencer leads an active life style, completing 2 half marathons in the last 2 years and the Tulsa run. An avid hunter, his love for the outdoors and enjoyment of working with youth led him to accept a position with Longwalk Oklahoma. Spencer is also a Director on the Board of Lyon County State Bank based out of Emporia Kansas.
Mike Morris: Founder and Executive Director
After a career of helping build better schools, he is now part of a team helping build better students. Mike’s college training focused on adolescent development with a degree in psychology and sociology. As a single father to two sons, much of his time was spent coaching various sports, helping with high adventure Scouting programs and leading wilderness trips with friends.
After starting a high school rugby league and heading the Jenks Rugby Club, Mike saw the value of giving teens the opportunity to “run the show” all without him suffering profuse bleeding and orthopedic damage. Using wilderness adventure and public service to provide a level playing field, the opportunity to provide coed interaction with teens from all socioeconomic backgrounds became possible. Today, Mike leads our Level 1 and Level 3 trips and enjoys the time watching our future leaders deal with the challenges of leadership.
Mike is happy to report, there have been no discipline problems in the field once the students learn they are sleeping in bear country.
Jake Whitley: Treasurer
Jake has worked in the financial services industry his entire career. He currently manages a small company called Access Capital Management, LLC which oversees a private equity fund, Access Capital Partners, LLC. He enjoys learning new things and discovering how people solve all the various problems they encounter in life. His current focus is finding new investment opportunities, spending time with his wife and two young sons, and watching sports when time allows, particularly baseball, football, and golf. Jake was born and raised in Tulsa and graduated OU with a degree in Finance in 2005.
Zach A. Malchi
Zach A. Malchi was born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma where he attended Jenks High School. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with majors in Energy Management and Management.
After Zach graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2005, he started his career as a Petroleum Landman with Chesapeake Energy Corporation. In late 2008, Zach took a position as a Landman with Cimarex Energy Co. in Tulsa and spent the next 6 years with the company, where he most recently served as Land Manager-Mid-Continent. In 2014, Zach pursued his dream of working with a small independent oil and gas producer in Tulsa and joined Casillas Petroleum Corp. as their Vice President – Land and Acquisitions and Divestitures. In this role, Zach gets to use his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to help the company grow and position itself to become one of the premier private independent oil and gas producers. Additionally, Zach sits on the board of Casillas Petroleum Resource Partners, LLC, which is a partnership between Casillas Petroleum Corp. and Kayne Anderson Energy Funds.
Zach has been married to his wife Sasha since 2009. They have one son, a standard poodle named Bo that works with Sasha every day at her Tulsa boutique home interiors store, Shoppe Sasha. Zach is an avid golfer, sports fan and loves to waterfowl hunt when time permits.
Greg Kohlbacher: Program Director
At the heart of his being Greg is an educator, with twenty years as a guide for Camp Takatoka, fifteen years a teacher, four years a Student Council Sponsor and lifetime an outdoorsman. Greg grew up exploring, having adventures, and learning about the fields and forests of south Tulsa. He always lived on the edge of what many Tulsans referred to in years past as “out there”, this being 36th street during the 50s, 60th street during the 60s, and 72nd Pl during the 70s. Tulsa certainly looks much different today, but Greg reminisces about a time when Tulsa had unscathed woodlands and opportunities for exploration of the natural world. “Long before I heard about frogs, or flowers, or insects in school I learned about them by watching and holding and being with them in the wild,” Greg says. “Kids today miss out on valuable learning about themselves and about the natural world when they spend their lives in the artificial world of TV, video games and computers.” Greg believes LongWalk is an opportunity for adults to take action and help young people of today have a fulfilling childhood. He sees LongWalk as a way to reintroduce our kids to the wild, and all the benefits to be found there, while living in today’s world.
Greg brings a powerful resume to LongWalk as a guide and mentor a la twenty years with Camp Takatoka, starting in 1972: leading trips out of camp; including overnight trips on wilderness sites on Lake Ft. Gibson; overnight river canoe trips; and eight day Colorado backpacking trips. Three years full time at Camp Takatoka helping to develop and lead group building programs on the ropes course back in the early 80s when the ropes course was a new and powerful tool as well as many weekend rope course programs during the 80s and early 90s. And years of outdoor education experience at Camp Takatoka, University of Georgia outdoor education facility in the North Georgia Mountains and guiding wildflower hikes for the national park service.
…we’re certainly glad to have ya Greg!
Kat Morrissey: Women’s Trip Coordinator
Kat is mom to 4 grown kids. Redefining herself after 18 years as a business owner, she is currently a full time Tulsa realtor.
With her new found freedom, she has taken small hikes with kids and family. In the Summer of 2015, Kat developed a passion for larger scale hikes. She has since added backpacking to the mix. With hikes in Arkansas, Utah, Arizona and Colorado, as well as her home state of Oklahoma under her belt she is eager to share the amazing experience of hiking with other women.
Kat knows that hiking is not only beneficial physically, but psychologically as well. Hiking is great for relieving mental fatigue and helps soothes the mind. This is what she discovered on her hikes and hopes others will find it equally rewarding.