Meet Our Team.

Richard Luo

President and Founder 

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Tej Mehta

Vice President and Cofounder 

Richard's interest in going outdoors stemmed from his renewed interest in biking. During the COVID-19 pandemic, sports were cancelled and school was becoming more and more disheartening, so Richard opted to try biking again. Over time, biking became more than a source of exercise, it became an escape, a hobby, and a way to refresh his mind. Within a few weeks, he would ride weekly with friends (wearing masks of course) and expand his horizons to mountain biking. As a student officer, Richard works with and oversees all departments. 

Nathaniel Wu

Executive Content Creator 

Nathaniel’s interest in the outdoors began when he quarantined at home with nothing to do. He tried riding his bike again and he not only found love for biking but the outdoors. His favorite part about biking is going fast, and he often finds himself getting in close calls on trips. He loves going on weekly trips with his friends (socially distanced in masks). His favorite trail is the Cabin John Trail in Maryland because it is somewhat easy but still forces one to challenge themselves. Nathaniel believes that going outdoors is a great way to reset and have some fun. He is in charge of blogs, videos, and anything created. As an administrator, he oversees the Public Relations and Outreach/ Fundraising Departments. 

Andy Deng 

Student Officer of Video Editing

Since a very young age, Andy has been around nature very regularly. Living very close to Great Falls National Park, Andy is used to going to different hiking and biking trails in the area on a daily basis. Andy is also very seasoned in filmmaking, as he is always documenting everything that goes on in his life through film. At Natural Highways, Andy is part of the Digital and Design Department where he creates and uploads videos. 

Richard Huang  

Student Officer of Website

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Richard recently got a new bike which has fostered his interest in biking and just being outdoors in general. He enjoys biking at C&O as well as around his neighborhood. In his free time, he likes to go outside as much as possible even though the pandemic has hindered that a bit. As a senior officer at Natural Highways, Richard mainly helps maintain and improve the website.

David Yao 

Student Officer of Social Media

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David’s interest in the outdoors first began when he started hiking with his family at many popular trails in the US, such as Harpers Ferry in Virginia and Watkins Glen State Park in New York. He understands the importance of outdoor activity, and has started to learn more ways to enjoy the Sun, such as biking. While he is an amateur at biking, he hopes to learn how to bike better and go on trails with friends. David is in the Public Relations department, and is in charge of managing the social media of Natural Highways

Tej has always been interested in the outdoors, hiking on local trails as well as across the country. He recently got into biking after exploring the C&O canal towpath and other local trails. In his free time, he has found a passion in mountain biking, getting out onto the trails as much as possible. At Natural Highways, Tej leads the app development and assists in overseeing other departments. 

Eric Yao

Chief Administrator and Secretary

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Eric has always thought being outdoors was nice, but his interest in hiking really began when he started lifting. As he learned more about how to stay healthy and in shape, he realized that doing outdoor activities such as hiking is a very fun, relaxing way to do just that. He also knows from personal experience that staying inside and gaming and watching YouTube all day makes him feel down and gloomy, and going outside to spend the weekend hiking with family or friends ensures that doesn’t happen. A few of his favorite trails to hike on are Harpers Ferry and Sugarloaf Mountain. Eric is in charge of all the logistics of the organization, such as fundraising and organizing events.  

Konnor Lee 

Student Officer of The Trail Mix

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Konnor Lee is a blog writer at Natural Highways and a long-time friend of the Natural Highways team. He found a new common interest with his friends after being invited to his first Natural Highways biking trip. Konnor hopes that, through his writing, he will be able to share his newfound love for biking and use his background as a rower and a writer to help his peers enjoy biking as a source of exercise and enjoyment.

Brooke Guo 

Secretary and Student Officer of Event Planning

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Brooke picked up walking simply to get some exercise in place of all her canceled activities during quarantine. Eventually, she found comfort in being able to leave her computer and explore the outside world. Walking became a form of freedom from the constant stress of school. Although she spends most of her days walking around her neighborhood, she enjoys the occasional hike at Harper’s Ferry and the C & O canal when time permits. At Natural Highways, Brooke helps plan and schedule events.

Albus Du 

Student Officer of The Trail Mix

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Albus is a Boy Scout at the rank of Life. Albus has logged nearly seventy nights under the stars, he has ridden the entirety of the C&O Canal, and Allegheny Passage, he has rowed across southern Virginia, and he has hiked more miles than he can count. Over the years, Albus has gathered extensive knowledge of the outdoors, and he is here to share it with you. Being a Blogs Student Officer, Albus will be writing some of the blogs on the website about gear, activities to do in the area, and tricks and techniques while in the outdoors.

Jason Liu

Student Officer of Fundraising

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Jason has always been a fan of the outdoors, frequently hiking on nearby trails on the weekends. After being cooped up in quarantine for far too long, he decided to become a part of Natural Highways. At NH, he serves as a student officer for fundraising where he helps to manage money throughout the organization.