The founder of Global Exploration and Recovery, GEaR, John embodies the pragmatic and professional approach to search and recovery that the company strives to achieve. A seasoned climber in all disciplines, John has spent many years in the mountains, including several seasons guiding in and out of North America. Trained in medical mountain rescue, John has had a lead role on four search and recovery missions in Greenland. He now splits his time between Colorado and his new adventures.
Jaana’s depth of experience in geophysics steers the technical approach that GEaR takes to search and recovery missions. Based in Stockholm, Jaana leads ground-penetrating radar surveys in diverse environments ranging from urban centers to the remote wilderness. Jaana’s methodical approach and fluency in the latest technology is the foundation of GEaR’s commitment to accuracy and efficiency in its field work. Jaana has also many years of experience in borehole logging, including imaging. Work is shared with family and friends and pursuing her creative silversmithing business.
A current officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, Francis served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in a preventive medicine role. His leadership and breadth of skills exemplifies the company’s professional ethos in conducting search and recovery work in harsh environments. Francis has spent 11 years in Alaska honing his wilderness skills, and as a pilot has traveled to some of the most remote locations in the country. He has had a leadership role in four Greenland search and recovery missions. Francis is completing a M.D. program in expedition medicine and in his free time enjoys mountaineering, mountain biking, and photography.
Nick’s uncommon background in wilderness expeditions brings leadership and technical expertise to GEaR’s projects. His 18 years of mountaineering include several seasons as a guide for Alpine Ascents International, an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and co-owner of Adventure Professionals, Inc. He has spent 7 years abroad, exploring remote areas of southern and eastern Africa, North America, and Europe. He has directed logistics and served as a safety officer on two Greenland search and recovery missions. Nick’s characteristic enthusiasm in the face of adversity, resourcefulness, and attention to detail have proven to be valuable assets in the field. Nick lives in Seattle and enjoys writing and photography in his free time.
Christie joined the team in the fall of 2016 to drive the non-profit application process and lend business expertise to the team; she serves both on our Board of Directors and as an Officer of the company. Christie came to know of the Duck Hunt and our team through the book "Frozen in Time" and was fortunate to be able to crossing paths with us in Iceland. Christie brings over ten years of experience as a licensing expert and Director of Business Management at Microsoft. When she's not working, Christie can be found at the barn with her horse daVinci, training for half-marathons, and traveling to find adventure around the world.
Leann joined the GEaR team in a supporting role at its founding in 2015, at the request of Francis, to help with initial filings and provide accounting guidance to the team. Born and raised in Alaska, Leann's family was active in dog mushing, with both her grandfather and mother earning significant accolades, and instilling in her a respect for outdoor adventures (though not necessarily a desire to participate in them). An expert in accounting, Leann started her own accounting business which keeps her busy throughout the year. When she's not working, Leann spends a lot of her time with her family. As a mother of two children, Leann finds GEaR's inclusion of educational outreach in our missions to be particularly inspiring, and joined the Board to support our non-profit work at the end of 2016.