We are so excited to announce our leadership for summer 2018! On June 3, our directors, regional directors, and trip leaders will gather for a five-day retreat near Mt. Hood in Oregon. Here, we’ll start bonding as a leadership team; pore over trip itineraries; share our collective expertise as review safety, policies, and procedures; and apply child psychology and adolescent brain development theory to Adventure Treks. This time together reinforces our “AT culture” as we prepare to greet new and returning instructors for our two-week orientation starting June 9.
This year, our 14 trip leaders and directors:
- Have a combined 90 seasons of Adventure Treks experience. At minimum, our trip leaders have three seasons of previous Adventure Treks experiences, and some have as many as 13 seasons!
- Include 5 (!!) former Adventure Treks students.
- Comprise a wonderful group of outdoor educators like ski patrol, school teachers, outdoor program course directors, ski instructors, and more!
Below, meet our leadership team!
Dave McGlashan, Regional Director
Dave (or Dmac, as our students and parents know him) is our director and 11th-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.
Erica Van Steenis, Regional Director
Erica’s is our staffing director and this will be her eighth season as a regional director. Originally from Southern California, 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.
Jack Hoiland, Regional Director
Jack, originally from Portland, OR, joins Adventure Treks for his seventh season as a Regional Director. He has a master’s degree in outdoor education from Prescott College, and after he finished college, he completed a year-long apprenticeship at a primitive skills school. He currently works as the outdoor education director for the Portland Waldorf School. Jack is a Wilderness First Responder.
Austin Coolidge, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, 3
Austin is joining Adventure Treks for his third season as an trip leader. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and while in school, he helped start the Outdoor Leadership program and led backpacking trips in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Austin is an avid outdoorsman, spending his time backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, mountaineering, and kayaking. Austin is a Wilderness First Responder.
Sam Haines, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2
Sam is returning to Adventure Treks for his seventh season as a trip leader. Sam graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree in jewelry and metalsmithing. He is a graduate of the NOLS Pacific Northwest Semester and spent three summers leading backpacking trips for Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm. He spent his winter in Boston working as a climbing instructor and youth climbing coach. He holds certifications as an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness First Responder.
Sean Doyle, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2
Sean grew up in Michigan, and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University. He has led trail crews in Wyoming, and canoe and backpacking trips in Wisconsin for Camp North Star. Sean has traveled and adventured all over the world and has taught English overseas for the past six years. He is a Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and a lifeguard. Sean is joining Adventure Treks as a Trip Leader in his third season.
Hannah McKinley, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, 3
Hannah is a former Adventure Treks student, having spent four summer with us as a teenager. This year, she’s joining us for her third season as an trip leader. She recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in political science and global studies. Originally from western North Carolina, Hannah has spent the past four summers leading backpacking and canoeing trips at Camp Pinnacle. She is a Wilderness First Responder.
Wells Jones, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2
Wells is from Atlanta and spent four summers as an Adventure Treks student. He holds a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education and leadership from Central Wyoming College. Wells spent three summers leading trips for Camp Pinnacle and worked at a ski resort this past winter. Wells is a Wilderness First Responder and is returning for his sixth season as a trip leader.
Laura Horowitz, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer
A former Adventure Treks student, Laura is joining us for her fifth season as an trip leader. Laura received a bachelor’s degree in political science and social policy practice from Tulane University, and she will being law school at Duke University in the fall. At Tulane, Laura led backpacking and canoeing trips for the outdoor program, and after graduation, she continued to work for TU Outdoors as a program coordinator. Laura spent three summers leading backpacking and canoeing trips for Camp Pinnacle before she came to Adventure Treks. She is a Wilderness First Responder.
Alex Rhue, California Adventure & California Challenge 3
Originally from Southeastern Ohio, Alex is returning for her fourth season as a trip leader. Alex holds Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Outdoor Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Recreation Studies from Ohio University. She has worked as an outdoor instructor, trip-leader, and expedition director for camps, universities, and guiding companies in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, British Columbia, and North Carolina. Alex will be starting her Ph.D. in Higher Education this fall. In her spare time, she loves rock climbing, rafting, canyoneering, and backpacking. She is a Climbing Wall Instructor, Lifeguard and CPR Instructor, and a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician.
Kiko Sweeney, Alaska Expedition 1a
A former Adventure Treks student, Kiko graduated from Colorado College with a double major in film and new media studies and classics. She has led backpacking trips in Alaska and Colorado, and spent her winter skiing and working full time for Patagonia in Salt Lake City, Utah. She competed in the Junior Nationals as a ski racer and is joining us for her sixth season as a trip leader. She is a Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer, and has an AIARE Avalanche Level 1 certification.
Tess Sneeringer, Alaska Expedition 1b
Tess joins us for her fifth season as a trip leader. Tess holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Middlebury College in Vermont. She has led backpacking and canoe trips in the greater New England area and enjoys bringing her knowledge of wildlife ecology and forestry into the field. Tess is a graduate of a NOLS Alaska backpacking course, Wilderness First Responder, and Swiftwater Rescue Technician.
Nico Grin, Alaska Expedition 2
Originally from the Bay Area in California, Nico has a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation leadership from Feather River College. She has traveled through 13 different countries, rock climbed in Thailand, swam in the Mekong, and volunteered on farms across New Zealand. Nico has worked as a rock climbing instructor, taught at a preschool, and facilitated high ropes challenge courses. She is a Wilderness First Responder and Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and she is returning for her fifth season as a trip leader.
Alex Coffin, California Challenge 2
Alex is returning for her fourth summer as a trip leader. She graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and mathematics. Alex has led backpacking and sea kayaking trips all over New England and currently works as a high school math teacher in Boston. She is a Wilderness First Responder.
Nate Humphreys, Leadership Summit
Nate was a five-year Adventure Treks student before transitioning into his thirteenth season as a trip leader. Nate graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. He has led backpacking trips in Utah and Oregon, and thru-hiked the Long Trail. Nate currently lives in Asheville, NC, where he performs as a musician, and is a Wilderness First Responder.