Team Lightning Volunteer Trip Leaders are a group of long-time participants who are passionate about Team Lightning and have taken on a leadership role. They volunteer to plan and lead trips to give a wider variety of activities for our participants to choose from. They are CPR and First Air or Wilderness First Aid Certified, and do their best to ensure the safety, comfort and enjoyment of each participant on their events. Our Volunteer Trip Leaders have passed a criminal background check. Lightning 100 is grateful for all the time and effort our volunteers contribute to the success of Team Lightning!

Do you have a passion for Team Lightning’s mission to promote active living? Are you experienced in the types of activities that Team Lightning offers? Do you wish that Team Lightning offered more of a specific type of event that you have experience doing? Consider becoming a Volunteer Trip Leader. Check out our Trip Leader Guidelines and ask for an application!

Carl Hoagey

Carl’s first Team Lightning trip was around 1999. These days, you’ll see him hiking the local trails, kayaking, scuba diving, camping, white water rafting, backpacking, motorcycling and building houses with Habitat for Humanity.  Carl has been to all 50 states, all the Canadian provinces, and another 50 some countries.

Carl is a retired Major in the Tennessee Air National Guard, C-130 Navigator, and still works full time doing IT work at a financial company. He is featured in the photo with his “better half,” Michelle Barker.

Feel free to contact Carl at

Eric Dailing

Eric moved to Nashville in the Spring of 2015 and immediately started attending Team Lightning events. He is a regular at indoor rock climbing and can also be found at hiking, camping, and volunteer events. Eric started volunteering as a trip leader for indoor rock climbing as a way to give others the same welcoming experience he had when he was new to Team Lightning!

Eric has a PhD in chemical engineering and works at Vanderbilt University.

If you need to get in touch with Eric, contact and we’ll pass along your message!

Jerud Colbert

Jerud has been a Team Lightning participant since 2014 and became a trip leader in 2016. He found Team Lightning to be a great resource for working professionals to meet new people, stay active, and give back to the community without having to do all the planning himself… well, that’s what he thought before he became a trip leader, anyway!

When asked what makes him a great trip leader, he said “I have extensive experience herding (managing) cats (IT people) through treacherous terrain (corporate culture) with limited resources (no instructions).” You’ll most often see Jerud at sand volleyball, indoor rock climbing, waterway cleanups, and beginner backpacking trips.

If you need to get in touch with Jerud, contact and we’ll pass your message along!

Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins has been a Team Lightning participant since 2003, starting out as a regular weekly Sand Volleyball player in 2002. You’ll still see Jim out at Sand Volleyball,Socials, or helping out at the Team Lightning booth during festivals like Nashville Earth Day and Live On The Green Music.

If you need to reach Jim, contact and we’ll pass along your message to him!

Joseph Broome

Joseph has been a Team Lightning participant since 2010 and primarily leads beginner and intermediate backpacking trips. He moved to Nashville in 2007 and graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Human Performance and Sports Sciences. Joseph is certified in Personal Training through the American College of Sports Medicine, and operates his own personal fitness training program.

Feel free to email Joseph at

Kate Jackson

Kate has been an active Team Lightning participant since 2012. Kate is a true Nashvillian; born, raised, and still living just north of Nashville. Kate was very excited to start trip leading for Team Lightning, primarily donating her time to food sorting and distribution events with Second Harvest Food Bank. She has also led canopy ropes course events, kayaking trips, and  local day hikes or indoor rock climbing.

Kate works full-time as an Administrative Assistant at ADP, and has a teenage daughter and son who also enjoy the outdoors.

Feel free to contact Kate at

Lee Fowler (Staff)

Lee Fowler is Lightning 100’s Community Engagement Coordinator. Through this role Lee plans, promotes and leads Team Lightning events, while also helping to incorporate a greater community connection with Lightning 100’s special events and weekly promotions.

After earning her BS in Business Management, Lee spent two summers as a rock climbing instructor at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and for a short while worked in Colorado as a Recreation Attendant at the YMCA of the Rockies– Snow Mountain Ranch. Lee led snowshoeing hikes, family programs, rock climbing, archery, and outdoor education courses!

Contact Lee at

Michelle Guess

Michelle has been an active Team Lightning participant since early 2014, and enjoys leading beginner backpacking trips and day hikes. She is a prime example of how Lightning 100’s departments work together to attract amazing fans and leaders! Michelle lives in Franklin, KY and is a huge Michael Franti fan. She attended Lightning 100’s Live On The Green 2013 when Michael Franti was performing. While there she heard all about Lightning 100, and started streaming the station online at work. That’s when she heard about Team Lightning backpacking trips, and attended her first backpacking trip in 2014.

Now Michelle is a trip leader and continues to spread the good word about Lightning 100 throughout Kentucky! Michelle works for the school board in her hometown.

Feel free to contact Michelle at

Nerissa Aquino

Nerissa has been a Team Lightning participant since 2005. She was born and raised in Nashville; that makes her a Unicorn! She enjoys a blend of moderate-to-strenuous outdoor adventures like rock climbing and easy-going competitions like Sand Volleyball. Nerissa especially loves when live music melds with outdoor recreation, or when she can learn a new skill while giving back to the community.

Her favorite part about embracing outdoor play and exploration is sharing all those experiences with her son and the great friends she has made through Team Lightning along the way.

Contact her at

Paul Handley

Paul Handley has been a Team Lightning Participant since 2002, and has been leading mountain biking trips since 2011. Paul is not a Nashville native, but he has lived here for over 20 years, which we believe makes him an honorary native. He enjoys white water kayaking, hiking, backpacking, trail running, scuba diving, and above all… mountain biking. He believes that enjoying these activities with a group brings new light to the activity each time, which is why he is such a loyal Team Lightninger!

If you need to get in touch with Paul, contact and we’ll pass along your message!

Sheryl Handley

Sheryl joined Team Lightning in 2004. She has discovered many new adventures in Tennessee, such as trail running, white water kayaking, caving and mountain biking. She also spent several years in Arizona where she developed a flair for backpacking and continued that activity with Team Lightning. Sheryl has always had a deep love for wild places and a fondness for adventure. She primarily leads long day hikes and beginner mountain bike rides.

Sheryl is a lab researcher at Vanderbilt. Feel free to contact Sheryl at

Zach Gilliam

Zach is our cycling guru that has been a participant since early 2015. You may also find him at one of our climbing, backpacking, or social events with a guitar in his hands.
Zach is a middle school math teacher by day and an adventure cyclist by night and weekends. He even cycled from Canada to Mexico in the summer of 2016.

You can contact him