Meet Our Instructors

The Adventure Treks instructor team is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do. They’re more than just instructors—they’re role models, mentors, and friends to our students. Because we don’t take this responsibility lightly, we have a rigorous and selective hiring process. All instructors have significant prior experience working with youth in the outdoors, and they participate annually in a minimum two-week training. The six-instructor dynamic on each trip not only provides a variety of personalities to match our students, but also leads to better decision-making, as risk management is our top priority.

I am blown away by how each trip gets better and better. I love Adventure Treks! My last trip was flawless. I hope I can have some (if not all) of the same instructors next year! – Josh, 15, Reisterstown, MD

Our instructors at a glance:

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Average age: 27
  • 95% have a bachelor’s degree
  • 30% have, or are working on, an advanced degree
  • Average tenure is 3.5 years, but many have been with us for longer
  • All have medical certifications as Wilderness First Responders, and some are EMTs or Wilderness EMTs.
  • Our hiring process includes at minimum 3 interviews, 4 reference checks, and complete background checks.
  • Our instructor return rate has exceeded 60% every year for the past 20 years, averaging to 73%
  • Each year, we receive more than 800 resumes to fill about 25 spaces for new instructors.

Abby Simpson

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Airlie Murray

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Alex Coffin

Trip leader, California Challenge 2

Alex Rhue

Trip Leader, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Alyssa Skelly

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Andi Hashimoto

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Andy Villanueva

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 2

Anthony Molinaro

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Austin Coolidge

Trip leader, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, 3

Austin Hammer

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Avery Kimmel

Instructor, Colorado 1 & 2

Barrett Rokuskie

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Bekah Puddington

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Cameron Hygate

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Cara O’Connor

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Carey Cloud

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Caroline Cappell

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Christina Lozada

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Dan Raphael

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Danny Bavis

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Dave McGlashan

Director & regional director

Erica Van Steenis

Regional director

Grant Troester

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Hailey Arnold

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Hannah Kuehl

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Hannah McKinley

Trip leader, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Hannah Nash

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Heather Eddy

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Ian Johnson

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Jack Hoiland

Regional director

Jake Carpenter

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Jasmine Siemer-Dunbar

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Jon Weinlein

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a & Colorado Explorer 3

Julia Bainbridge

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Karl Schmidt

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Kassie Van Alst

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Katie Bigbee

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Katie Gannon

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Kelly Dohn

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Kent Ratliff

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Kiko Sweeney

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 1a

Kyle Hall

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Kyle Scully

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Laura Horowitz

Trip leader, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Lena Fox

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Lexi Golestani

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Lucy Hedley

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1

Maisie Powell

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Marisa Coyne

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Matt Moss-Hawkins

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a & 2

Moriah Stock

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Natasha Grim

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Nate Humphries

Trip leader, Leadership Summit

Nathan Welleford

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Nico Grin

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 2

Nikki Holzman

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Rachel O’Neil

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Sam Haines

Trip Leader, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Sam Willis

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Sara Valentine

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Sarah Malyn

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Sean Doyle

Trip leader, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Talley Kayser

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Tess Sneeringer

Trip leader, Alaska 1b & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Torin Riddle

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Wells Jones

Trip leader, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Zach Conrad

Instructor, Leadership Summit