Rachael Knapp Richards
B.S. Wildlife Biology, University of California, Davis
B.S.N. Georgetown University
As a former glacier mountaineering guide and Senior Field Instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Rachael spent much of her early career exploring remote mountain ranges throughout the world. Between her trips, Rachael volunteered for local NGOs in developing countries, discovering her passion for helping young women with fewer resources and rights than herself. She returned to the US, where she became an RN, working with women and children in the area of maternal and pediatric health.
Out of a desire to work with people in the developing world, Rachael joined the staff of ABSF in 2007. Since then, she has worked diligently towards identifying passionate and dedicated nonprofits that further ABSFs mission of supporting young women and people with physical disabilities.
Loving all things outdoors, Rachael spends her spare time exploring the mountains and rivers near her home with her husband and adventurous young kids. Rachael loves skiing, running, hiking, canoeing, biking and gardening. She also loves traveling and exploring remote regions of the planet
Marin County, Ca USA
Program Officer (2013)
Clinical Psychologist, Researcher and Professor of Integrative Health. Joined the ABSF staff in 2013 after volunteering with the foundation since 2008. She worked with midwives locally and abroad since
2004 both clinically and providing education and services to underserved populations. In 2001, she co-founded Cricket’s House, a home located in Modesto, CA that provides assistance to abused and at-risk children through the establishment of housing and social programs for the children in crisis. From 1991 to 1996 she devoted much effort to the betterment, education and advocacy of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and children in the Foster Care system.
B.A. in Psychology, California State University of Sacramento, Sacramento 1994; M.A. in Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA 1998, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA 2001.
Philanthropic interests include the empowerment of women, people with disabilities, environmental sustainability, and the education and wellbeing of children.
Arinn enjoys hiking, yoga, gardening, camping, music, reading, travel, and adventuring with her 3 children.
Arthur B. Schultz
Founded ABSF in 1985
Incline Village, Nevada, and Oslo, Norway.
B.A. in Accounting, University of Minnesota, 1951.
Certified Public Accountant in Minnesota & California, 1955-1985.
Board member of several U.S. and Norwegian corporations; co-founder of Cobra Golf, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ). Previously trustee of Sierra Nevada College; currently serving on the advisory board of the U.C. Berkeley – St. Petersburg School of Management.
Personal interests include mountaineering, nordic skiing, rowing, and World War II history.
Erik B. Schultz
Chairman of the Board
Executive Director 1997-2013
Sun Valley, ID, USA
B.A. in Political Science, University of California, Davis 1991; M.A. in Environmental Studies, Prescott College, Arizona 2006.
Philanthropic interests include socially & environmentally responsible economic development, wildlands conservation, wheelchair mobility & independence,†and women’s empowerment issues.
Personal interests include nordic & downhill skiing, whitewater rafting, flyfishing, live music, and international travel.
Board member since 1999
Incline Village, NV, USA
B.A. in Economics, California State University at Long Beach, 1970; M.A. in Economics, California State University at Long Beach, 1974.
Dave Straley is founder and President of Third Creek Investments, an investment advisory company managing over $25 million in assets.
Prior to founding Third Creek Investments, Dave worked in public accounting and as a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Dave has over 20 years of experience with the design and management of federally-funded foreign aid programs.
Dave has led design teams and developed USAID projects in diverse areas such as land reform, infrastructure, HIV/AIDS prevention, small business development, community based natural resource management, and democracy and governance. He served as a Foreign Service officer with USAID in Costa Rica and Indonesia, and has consulted with USAID in 10 other Latin American and African countries.
Dave’s domestic experience includes 20 years in tax planning and preparation, small business consulting, and specialty work in health care accounting and reimbursement consulting.
Dave served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua from 1974 to 1976, where he worked on Managua’s post earthquake reconstruction planning.
He is fluent in Spanish and Indonesian.
Board member since 1999
San Anselmo, CA, USA
B.A. Economics, University of California, Davis, 1992.
Mike Testa is founder and CEO of Hideaway Vacation Homes, Inc. (see www.hvh.com) He was formerly Director of Strategic Accounts at Salesforce.com, leading a team focused on selling Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications to global companies like HP, FedEx, Yahoo, Intel, eBay, Amazon, and National Semiconductor.
As an ABSF Trustee, Mike is involved in coordinating funding for Disabled Mobility, Global Understanding, and Microenterprise initiatives. Over the past 7 years, ABS Foundation has made grants in excess of $3.5M dollars to worthy organizations around the world.
Achieving success in the professional and philanthropic worlds has been both challenging and rewarding. However, Mike’s true love is to spend time with his friends and family enjoying the outdoors, playing music, exercising, traveling, and generally loving life.
Rachael K. Richards
Board Member since 2002
Program Officer 2007-2013, Executive Director 2014
Lander, WY, USA
B.S. in Wildlife Biology, UC Davis, 1992; B.S.N. from Georgetown University, 2006.
For 10 years, Rachael taught glacier mountaineering, rock climbing and leadership skills in remote mountain ranges throughout the world for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She has also taught for the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), and worked as an RN with women and children. Currently she is Executive Director for the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation.
Rachael’s philanthropic interests include protecting all things wild and free; empowering women, children and the disabled to pursue their dreams; and supporting processes which promote peace and greater understanding among all people. Rachael volunteers frequently for education and art related projects in her rural community.
Rachael loves all things outdoors – her primary pursuits include skiing, running, biking, climbing, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and exploring remote regions of the planet. She currently lives in Lander with her husband, and two young and adventurous kids.
Board Member since 2004
Attorney-at-law from Oslo University, Norway.
Jon runs his own legal practice in Sandvika outside Oslo, Norway, working mainly with small and medium enterprises including several early-phase companies. He also serves on various boards.
Philanthropic interests includes creating opportunities for people in the third world to secure income, health and a good life in harmony with their own ambitions.
Personal interests include skiing and outdoor life in general. Jon lives outside Oslo with his family.
Board Member since 2004
MA Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics, 1975. Partner at PWC since 1988.
Philanthropic interests include creating sustainable development based on harmony with nature, understanding of different cultures/ethnicities, peace activities based on global understanding, and equal opportunities from childhood.
Personal interests includes outdoor life, sports, and physical activity in general. Einar lives in Gothenburg with his wife and three children.