SAGA’s vision is to enrich the lives of our clients and improve communities.

SAGA’s mission is to cultivate leadership capacity and collaborative abilities that empower individuals and groups to improve their communities. We emphasize three essential qualities needed for any successful leadership story:

  • Character
  • Collaboration
  • Commitment

We provide high quality development programs for groups and teams in higher education, corporate leadership, military/government agencies, and nonprofits. We use active learning strategies and assessments to pursue a more healthy community culture (work environment, school organization, community group). Saga guides individuals to draw on their own character to capitalize on the advantages of collaboration. We believe that group development is a process that occurs over time, with individual reflection, group discussions, and a commitment to improve. Saga Leadership is honored to guide you in the development of your leadership story.


MELISSA WINTROWCo-Owner/Lead Facilitator
Melissa Wintrow has worked in higher education for the past twenty-five years at six different universities in positions of leadership in living learning communities, housing and residence life, women’s center, advising, instruction, and curriculum design. She possesses extensive experience in supervision, leadership development, conflict resolution, and curriculum design. She is called upon regularly to facilitate workshops for a wide variety of departments including engineering, campus recreation, library, multicultural center, housing, student leadership, service learning, social work, and training and development. Melissa is passionate about teaching and learning and strives to create the best possible conditions for leaders to learn and grow. Her life story is a testament to the benefits of mentoring and grassroots involvement. She utilizes theory and best practice to create innovative curricula to enhance learning in educational, corporate, non-profit and governmental settings. Melissa has experience working in the following areas: leadership and staff development, organization development, human rights education, curriculum design, strategic planning, gender studies, event planning, supervision, conflict resolution, victim/survivor advocacy, assessment. Melissa also blends her passion for education with outdoor recreation. She is an Ironman Finisher (Ironman Arizona), avid backpacker, and completed a self-supported bicycle trip 4,200 miles across the U.S.
MAT ERPELDINGCo-Owner/Lead Facilitator
Mat Erpelding is an accomplished educator, high-altitude climbing guide, and he serves in the Idaho House of Representatives. Mat has worked in higher education for 18 years specializing in leadership training, experiential education, and outdoor programming. Mat travels extensively providing leadership training and team building programs throughout the country. He is a past president of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and in 2010 was awarded the Wilderness Education Association’s Instructor of the year for bringing innovative and substantial curriculum improvements to the organization. He is also a recipient of the Idaho Business Reviews 40 Most Accomplished Under 40. Mat’s passion for adventure leadership education and the unique experiences it offers has solidified his view that civic engagement is essential to living in our community. His passion for recreation and a vibrant and healthy urban community is what drew him to Boise, and it is why he loves Idaho.