David Williams, PhD

     David Williams, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and the director of  the Tahoe Semester. David is a historian of philosophy specializing in Classical Greek thought. His areas of special research are Aristotle’s philosophy of mathematics and his philosophy of biology. He is married to Michele and they have four adult children. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, dirt biking, backpacking and spending time with his family. He teaches the humanities courses. 

The Team
Ryan McKenzie, M.Div.
Program Ministries Director

     Ryan McKenzie is the Director of Program Ministries at Zephyr Point. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Theology and Biblical Studies and has fifteen years of experience in youth ministry within the Presbyterian Church. Ryan is passionate about inviting people to discover and engage Jesus Christ and the kingdom He came to inaugurate through His life, death and resurrection. When he doesn’t have his nose in a book, Ryan enjoys coffee with friends, quality time with his wife Nellie, hiking around Tahoe with his Children Naomi, Adelaide, and Caelum, and the occasional practice sessions he can grab here and there with his bagpipes! He teaches biblical studies and theology.

Riley Sump
Resident Director

     Riley grew up in the Pacific Northwest before moving down to California to attend Azusa Pacific University. As a freshman he signed up for the High Sierra program, went on his first backpack trip, declared a philosophy major, and the rest is history. He's worked as a wilderness guide all over the American west, spent years working with college students near Yosemite, and now loves living life in Tahoe skiing, hiking, climbing, and making music. 

Nate Meckes, PhD
Kinesiology Professor

     Nate Meckes is a recent Reno transplant who spent 6 years teaching at Azusa Pacific in the Kinesiology department. Since moving up to Reno, Nate has taken up mountain biking and snowboarding. He and his family love living in the varied climates of Reno and Nate enjoys spending time up at Lake Tahoe, whether hiking, biking, or swimming in the beautiful waters. Being able to spend time in a beautiful place while discussing topics that can change lives is something that he values. He is looking forward to meeting more of the wonderful students that are going to be at the Tahoe Semester!

Michele Williams
Administrative Coordinator

     Michele Williams is the Administrative Coordinator of the Tahoe Semester. She has a degree in Business Administration. (Bethel University, St. Paul, MN) She has experience working with college programs including coordinating study away programs for international students visiting the United States. Most recently she was employed at a kindergarten through twelve grade charter school working with teachers, administrators and students in various capacities, handling many of the business aspects of the school. Michele is married to David and they have four adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, hiking and spending time with her family.

Kelsey Jones
Program Assistant

      Kelsey grew up skiing and hiking in Colorado and loves being active, being outside, and being around people. She attended Azusa Pacific University. Her favorite experiences in college were the two semesters she spent at the High Sierra program as a sophomore and a senior. She grew in her love for running and academics and she gained a new found love for outdoor experiences and intentional communities. She worked at Camp Zephyr for two summers and for a yearlong internship. Now she’s loving those two worlds of Zephyr Point and High Sierra colliding. Kelsey has continued to pursue education, outdoor activities and intentional communities here at Zephyr Point along side the Tahoe semester program.