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 of instructors: 26
  • Average tenure is 3.6 years, but many have been with us for longer
  • 95% have a bachelor’s degree
  • 30% have, or are working on, an advanced degree
  • All are, at minimum, medical certified as wilderness first responders; 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
  • Each year, we receive more than 800 resumes to fill about 25 spaces for new instructors.

Abby Rollins

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Abby Simpson

Trip leader, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Abby Sophir

Regional director

Abby Speck

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Adrienne Banks

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Alex Coffin

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Alex Rhue

Trip leader, Alaska Experience 1 & 2

Allison Wilson

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Alyssa Skelly

Trip leader, British Columbia 1 & 2

Amelia Culp

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Andi Hashimoto

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1 & 2

Andrew Tromey

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Andy Villanueva

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Anthony Molinaro

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Avery Kimmel

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1

Birdie Hawkins

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Brett Smith

Trip leader, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Brian Andersen

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Brian Lamoureux

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Cara O’Connor

Instructor, Alaska Experience 1 & 2

Caroline Tucker

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1

Chase Brown

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Cody Bauman

Trip leader, California Challenge 2

Colton Price

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Corbin Gonzalez

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

David McGlashan

Director & regional director

Ella Imes

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Hannah Davich

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Hannah McKinley

Trip leader, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Heather Eddy

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Ian Johnson

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1

Ian Petersen

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Jack Hoiland

Regional director

Jake Carpenter

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Jasmine Siemer-Dunbar

Instructor

Jess Myer

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

John Willard

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Jon Weinlein

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Jordan Allen

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Kassie Van Alst

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 2 & 3

Katie Gannon

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Katy Pompili

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Kelly Dohn

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 1

Kent Ratliff

Trip leader, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Kyle Hall

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Lena Fox

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Madison Ross

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1

Matt Ford

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Matt Moss Hawkins

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Morgan Clayton

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Mycala Cherry

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Nate Humphreys

Trip leader, Leadership Summit

Nathan Welleford

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 2

Noah Schaefer

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Paige Courtney

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Rachel O’Neil

Trip leader, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Robin Bazan

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Roisin Low

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1

Ryan Baxter

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Ryan Jackson

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Sadie Koch

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Sam Willis

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1

Sara Valentine

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Sarah Malyn

Trip leader, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Teddy Zerivitz

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Thomas Worsham

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Thor Knutson

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Torin Riddle

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Vince Wilson

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Wyatt Moran

Instructor, Alaska Experience 1 & 2