Josiah went in open and excited but apprehensive. He knew nobody on his trip or anybody who had ever been on an Adventure Treks trip. When I picked Josiah up from his trip, he was proud, calm, and inspired. He is a blessed kid who has been given wonderful opportunities, and Adventure Treks was one of his most favorite of all his life experiences. He made incredible friends, loved his instructors, had exciting experiences, and is negotiating daily regarding how to visit his friends in other cities. He said, “I loved it. One of the best communities I’ve ever been in.” Thank you, AT. – Sarah Weinberg, parent from San Francisco, CA
Dave “Dmac” McGlashan, executive director
Dave, or “Dmac,” has been with Adventure Treks since 2006. Originally from western North Carolina, he grew up going to summer camps in the area. He attended the University of Tennessee and earned a bachelor’s degree in human ecology, and then a master’s degree in recreation and leisure studies. After graduate school, Dmac came back to the Blue Ridge Mountains to be the associate director of Camp Arrowhead; he also spent time working for the Multnomah Education Service District Outdoor School in Oregon. He went on to work for a non-profit in Maine providing after-school programming for middle and high schoolers, focusing on outdoor adventure, community service, and life skills.
Dmac is the president of the board for the America Outdoors Association, a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, and a wilderness first responder. He has explored the outdoors of Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, France, Germany, Australia, and many more. In his free time, Dmac can often be found mountain biking in western North Carolina’s forests.
Amanda Fox-McGlashan, director
Amanda is a North Carolina native and an honors graduate from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism. After graduating, she moved to Boulder, CO, to be an editor for Climbing and SNEWS magazines; she also reported for the Outdoor Retailer Daily at the outdoor industry’s namesake twice-yearly trade show.
Later, she moved on to work for a digital marketing agency and gained a certificate teaching Bikram yoga. Her passion for teaching, communications, and being in the outdoors collided when she joined Adventure Treks in 2014. Amanda is a wilderness first responder and in her free time can be found trail running, mountain biking, and cycling in the beautiful western NC mountains. She also serves as the vice president of the non-profit volunteer board for the Friends of DuPont Forest.
Kent Ratliff, operations director
Kent grew up in San Antonio, TX, where he refined a love of outdoors through family trips and involvement in the Scouts. He graduated from Middlebury College with a dual bachelor’s degree in computer science and geography and a minor in music; later, he became the school’s Outdoor Programs coordinator, planning orientation trips for all incoming students; educating new instructors to lead hiking, skiing, mountaineering, boating, and climbing trips; and leading multi-day trips throughout the year. While working as a field instructor for Adventure Treks, Kent filled his off-season by traveling the country, building eco-friendly tiny houses, making and analyzing maps as a cartographer, and building websites.
In his free time, Kent enjoys environmentalism, woodworking, guitar, rock climbing, and kayaking!
Roisin Low, gap programs director
Roisin (pronounced Ro-sheen and known as “Ro” to our students) grew up in Cairns, Australia. She attended the University of Vermont, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. She’s spent several years as a program instructor, teaching forest ecology and geology to campers 5 to 16 years old at the Keystone Science School in Keystone, CO. She’s also led multi-day canoeing trips on the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail; served as a Nature Conservancy intern, studying urban ecology; worked as a ski instructor in Colorado; and volunteered for the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Australia.
Ro joined the Adventure Treks team in 2019, working in Alaska with our oldest students, and then returned for summer 2020. She was also an integral part of our staff team for our inaugural fall 2020 gap semester program. Ro loves to travel and has visited Cambodia, Canada, many countries in Europe, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. She is a wilderness first responder and spends her free time skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Fun fact about Ro: She is not only an Australian citizen, but also one of Ireland and the United States!
Jess Myer, logistics director
Jess joins Adventure Treks as the logistics director after four years as a trip leader! She hails from Asheville, NC, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. During her time at Emory & Henry College, Jess was the Outdoor Program intern, coordinating hiking and backpacking programs for students. She also led backpacking, whitewater kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, canoeing, and rock climbing expeditions for underclassmen. She has worked on photo and video production for the non-profit organization Appalachian Sustainable Development, and she spent the past two winter seasons as a ski instructor at Steamboat Resort in CO.
In her free time, Jess loves swimming and backpacking, reading, running, skiing, and volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club.
Jordan Carr, staffing director
A Lewisburg, PA, native, Jordan earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Messiah College. While in school, she interned for Messiah’s adventure program, planning and leading multi-week backpacking courses for undergraduate students. She has an extensive background in leading outdoor adventures for young people: She’s led rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking trips for Messiah students; was a youth camp trip coordinator at Camp Spofford in New Hampshire; served as the service and leadership training counselor for Camp Brookwoods in New Hampshire; and was a wilderness counselor for Ligonier Camp in Pennsylvania. Jordan has been a trip leader for both our summer teen programs and our Leadership Adventure Semester gap program.
In her free time, you can find Jordan rock climbing, running, or reading!
Dr. Andrew Morris, medical advisor
Dr. Andrew Morris is a family physician in Hendersonville, NC, where he serves as the assistant program director of the MAHEC Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program; assistant clinical instructor of Family Medicine at UNC School of Medicine; medical director of Blue Ridge Community Health Services; and medical director for four regional summer camps. He began his career as a full-time volunteer for two years at Clinica Hombro a Hombro in Intibucá, Honduras, and continues his involvement in global health as the course director of the Missionary Medicine for Physicians course at Equip International. He currently provides inpatient care at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC, and full-spectrum outpatient care at Blue Ridge Community Health.
This summer, Dr. Morris will be our COVID protocols advisor and medical director.