Adventure Treks is the best experience James has ever had. And all staff are very helpful and willing to chat. I’ve never felt put off, cut short, or made to feel like they didn’t have time for my questions. – Julie Hill, Rocky River, OH
John “Dock” Dockendorf
Founder and executive director
John Dockendorf (everyone calls him “Dock”) has been leading outdoor adventure trips for more than 30 years. He has personally led dozens of Adventure Treks trips since its inception in 1994, and he still spends his summers in the field, visiting and checking in with our groups across North America. Dock remembers every student he’s ever met!
He’s also a passionate outdoorsman. As a former competitive freestyle skier, whitewater paddler, and marathon runner, he’s experienced firsthand the lifelong benefits of outdoor recreation—and has made it his life’s work to share this experience with his students. With his master’s degree in management from Cornell University, his passion for the outdoors, and his love of teaching (Dock is also involved in several school boards and is an elected member of the town council), he has made the Adventure Treks experience an invaluable one for teenagers and young adults.
When Dock is not out in the field, he and his wife, Jane, spend their time driving to soccer practices with their four children: Audrey, Ella, Ava Rees, and Charlie. Dock is always available to speak with you personally at 888-954-5555 or at email@example.com.
Dave “Dmac” McGlashan
Dave (or Dmac, as our students know him) is our director and tenth-year regional director. He has a master’s degree in recreation from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) instructor course. He is a Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and American Canoe Association Level 4 Whitewater Instructor. In his spare time, Dmac can be found mountain biking all over the southeastern U.S.
Joe is our staffing director and regional director for the 10th season. He grew up hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Tech, Joe began leading outdoor education programs, focusing on using the outdoors to build close-knit and strong student communities. He is a Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace trainer, and he is an avid mountain biker and skier.
Amanda is a North Carolina native and an honors graduate from Appalachian State University. She earned her degree in journalism, and served as president of the ASU climbing team and executive member of the Club Sports program. After college, she moved to Boulder, Colorado, to work for Climbing magazine, SNEWS magazine, and a digital marketing company. After work and on weekends, Amanda can be found trail running and mountain biking in the beautiful western NC mountains.
Kate is our logistics coordinator and trip leader for the fourth year. Kate double-majored in anthropology and African studies while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked at Albuquerque Academy’s experiential education department after spending five years as a lead instructor, facilitator, and logistics coordinator at UNC’s outdoor education center. Kate loves to backpack, rock climb, and sea kayak.
Stacey began her outdoor pursuits exploring the Rocky Mountains during childhood camping trips with her family. Her passion for outdoor education continued during a college semester abroad in Wales. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from Drake University, and a bachelor of science in environmental studies from Shenandoah University. Stacey was a writer and editor for several years before transitioning into the world of outdoor education. She enjoys backpacking, traveling, running, and nature photography. She is a Wilderness First Responder.
Marketing and admissions assistant
Joan has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida State University, where she played varsity volleyball all four years. Her daughter, Sarah, is a fifth-year Adventure Treks student, and her son, Thomas, is entering his third year with us. Joan teaches water aerobics classes at the local YMCA, and in her free time she can be found hiking, skiing, and stand up paddleboarding.
Erica Van Steenis
Originally from southern California, this is Erica’s sixth season as a regional director and trip leader. She has a master’s degree in community development from the University of California, Davis, and is currently working on a PhD in education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an experienced sea kayaking and backpacking guide, a Wilderness First Responder, and holds her Avalanche Level 1 certification.