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, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Airlie Murray

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Alex Coffin

Trip leader, California Challenge 2

Allison Carlson

Logistical and team support

Allison O’Brien

Trip leader, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Andrew Hartman

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Angelique Carl

Trip leader, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Austin Coolidge

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Avery Kimmell

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Barrett Rokuskie

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Brett Smith

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Casey Clark

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 1a

Chris Gibbs

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Chris Lodore

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 2

Christina Lozada

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Cody Bauman

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Danny Bavis

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Dave McGlashan

Director & regional director

Devin Wilkinson

Trip leader, Leadership Summit

Elise Campbell

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Alaska Expedition 2

Erica Van Steenis

Regional director

Hannah Cho

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Hannah McKinley

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Heather Eddy

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Jack Hoiland

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Janie Welsh

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1

Jasmine Siemer-Dunbar

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Jen Hilterman

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Jenna Maurer

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Joe Sisti

Regional director

Jon Weinlein

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Karl Schmidt

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Kate Brown

Trip leader, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Katy Ebner

Trip leader, Yellowstone 1, 2, & 3

Kayla Goldberg

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Keeka Grant

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Kelly Dohn

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Kiko Sweeney

Trip leader, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Kyle Scully

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Laura Horowitz

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Lauren Textor

Lauren Textor, Colorado Explorer 3

Lucy Hedley

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1

Mackenzie Walsh

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Maggie Northrup

Instructor, California Challenge 1

Maisie Powell

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Marisa Abrahams

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Matthew Moss-Hawkins

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Michael Corcelli

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Mike Tozzi

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Molly Delallo

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Nate Humphreys

Trip Leader, Alaska Expedition 2

Nathan Welleford

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Nick Kelley

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Nico Grin

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 1b

Nikki Holzman

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Pete Basinger

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Rachael Mallon

Logistical and team support, Leadership Summit

Ricky Bentley

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Rosy Cohane-Mann

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Ryan Brim

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Sam Haines

Trip leader, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Sarah Malyn

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Sean Doyle

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a & 2

Spencer Fields

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 2

Stephen Wolff

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Tess Sneeringer

Trip leader, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Wells Jones

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Zachary Conrad

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer