The Admissions Team is here to answer the most in depth questions. As the front line of the professional team, New Vision Wilderness Admissions Counselors aid in the important decision of pin-pointing the right fit for the teen. A parent should seek guidance by the knowledgable Admissions Team while this challenging decision is being made.
Heidi Strand, B.A.
Executive Director - North Woods
Before joining New Vision Wilderness in 2013, Heidi worked for more than 20 years as a professional in organized camping. She has created successful program and business models for traditional and special needs camps in the Midwest, providing opportunities for individuals and groups to learn and grow through their experiences in the outdoors. Heidi earned her BA in the Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Louis University. Heidi is an active member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council and serves on the National Therapeutic Wilderness Symposium and Midwest NATSAP conference committees. When she's not in her office in the forest, Heidi enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, giggling with her nephew and nieces, and planning/emceeing community parades.
Andrew Scott, MA
Executive Director - West Coast
Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to New Vision as the Program and Business Specialist. His background in both the outdoors and the business world make him a great fit for this position. Andrew received his BA in Marketing with a Certificate in International Business at The University of Milwaukee before working as a Direct Sales Manager for a large corporation. After that he earned his MA in International Business at The University of Warsaw while completing an internship for the U.S. State Department. Andrew has been exploring the wilderness for years through canoeing, fishing, hunting, and hiking. He is currently a licensed charter captain and fishing guide and has a passion for teaching his skills.
Adam Eader, BA
Adam has been working with NVW since 2008 and is currently the longest running full-time employee. Before joining NVW, Adam spent years working with teens in different capacities and also received his BA in English and a Teaching Certification, both from the University of Wisconsin system. This Wisconsin native, outdoor enthusiast and teacher began his career with NVW in the field, where he was a Lead Field Instructor. From there he became NVW’s first Field Director, teaching and mentoring staff and students about safe wilderness travel in Wisconsin’s diverse seasons and helping NVW grow to be one of the best wilderness programs in the country. While working as Field Director, Adam also took on the Education Coordinator role and helped found the NVW Academy, which is now a recognized private school by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Stepping away from his predominant field presence, Adam began using his NVW experience and teaching skills as an NVW Admissions Counselor. Adam is currently NVW’s Admissions Director, overseeing all aspects of admissions while also playing a big part in NVW’s outreach and marketing endeavors. Consistently, Adam finds it necessary and rejuvenating to run Adv. Ed. programs with NVW clients and staff as well as spend time supporting programming at one of NVW’s two locations. Adam maintains certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard, and American Canoe Association Level 3 Tandem and Solo Canoe Instructor. Adam spends his free time with his family, working on his house and property, playing frisbee golf, and just completed his 5th American Birkebiener.
Tamara Mathiesen, B.S
Tamara graduated from Western Oregon University with a BS in Education and Psychology. Tamara comes to New Vision Wilderness Therapy with 15 years of administrative experience. In her spare time Tamara enjoys fishing, camping, boating and riding horses with her husband and 2 children.