William James first founded SQ in 2005 as an outdoor program for groups looking for an adventure that would challenge and bind them together. After the loss of William’s father to cancer in 2007, SQ embarked upon a more focused and detailed vision to help others dealing with the effects cancer places on families. William graduated from Trion High School and attended West Georgia for two years. William left to attend The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and completed courses in Outdoor Education and Leadership. William returned to Georgia to lead the Adventure Therapy portion of an adjudicated youth program for the next 6 years. After the conclusion of this portion of his life, William began working with the Boys and Girls Club of NWGA as Director of Operations. William spends his free time mountain biking, climbing and encouraging others to get outside and enjoy the beautiful world around them.E-mail William
Tara James helped found Summit Quest with her husband William. Working as a registered nurse in both the ER and ICU she sees first hand that cancer affects the entire family. Tara also knows how it feels to hear “you have cancer”, after being diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma twice in the past 5 years. Tara feels that Summit Quest is unique in that it is able to focus on the family. We try to provide support to the family so the family can focus on the patient with a renewed strength. Tara knows that it takes the whole community to help fight cancer, and that’s what Summit Quest does. We unite the community and its resources and fight cancer together.
Currently in her sophomore year as a Biology major at Berry college, Victoria Sokolove intends on pursuing a career in medical research overseas as a missionary upon graduating. While Victoria has a passion for research, especially in oncology, Summit Quest Adventures is very close to her heart because, like so many others, she has had family members and friends affected by cancer. Victoria proclaims that her heart is to serve and minister those who have already or are experiencing similar encounters with cancer and to provide them with continual support and encouragement.
Sarah Thomas is a senior at Berry College in Rome, Georgia where she’s majoring in Sociology and Family Studies. She has travelled to Uganda three times working at a couple of orphanages and has volunteered at the South Rome Boys & Girls Club for four years. Sarah has always had a heart for working with children, and after her mother’s diagnosis and battle with breast cancer, she realized the importance of supporting children as they are affected by cancer.
Kirk Patterson has been a proud supporter of SQ since its beginning. Kirk is always willing and ready to lend support on a trip, attend a function, or help a family in need. Kirk lives in Trion, GA with his wife Jennifer and is expecting his first child this year.
Mandy Hanson, 28, calls Rome, Georgia home now, but is quick to mention that she hopes to soon move to Seattle, where she can appreciate her fondness of the beautiful mountains and outdoors. Mandy has seven years of experience as an instructor and director with the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders. She also joined FCC for three different European Tours, which, “proved to be some of the most clear and empowering 3 months of my life,” after which her passion for the different cultures and people deepened greatly. While at Kennesaw State, she sharpened her leadership skills and appreciation for hard work while cheering on the two-time collegiate national championship team with Kennesaw State Cheer.
Eric Burton is a strong believer in the promotion of Strength, Hope & Service to families and loved ones dealing with cancer. He has spent over five years working in the medical field. He has had both personal and professional experiences with the disease, knowing firsthand the impact it has on families and their loved ones. One of Eric’s main goals is to make an everlasting impact within the community through a cause that he truly believes in. Cancer has impacted millions of people; Eric’s dream is to let individuals know that they are not alone.
As a premedical student graduating in May of 2012 from Berry College, Felippe Sartorato is working toward a Spanish major with a biology and chemistry minor. He is originally from Brazil but has lived in multiple locations across the United States and Italy. Activities at Berry include participation in the Bonner Scholars Program, through which he volunteers at several different locations in his community. After hearing about Summit Quest’s mission and being the son of a cancer survivor, Felippe decided to combine his passion to serve and love for the outdoors and work for Summit Quest