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 Admissions Director

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.


Edwin Weih, PA Medical Director

Edwin Weih P.A. attended Emory University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program. While at Emory University he learned to guide rafts from Prof. Claude Terry. Prof. Terry was very instrumental in the formation of the Southeastern United States Whitewater community and he was the Whitewater support director for the movie Deliverance.

One of Edwin's positions was at the Georgia Tech University student health service. During this time he was the medical director for Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech, fondly known O.R.G.T. He had a great interest in developing the medical kits that were used on O.R.G.T. trips He was also a professional raft guide for High Country based in Atlanta Georgia. He guided on the Ocoee, section 3 of the Chattooga and the Gauley when it was running. Most recently he guided a paddle raft down the Colorado River for 18 days. He worked emergency room medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta Georgia and was the medical director for Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions.

He has also been an avid rock climber. Teaching and climbing in the southeastern United States and climbing for pleasure in El Dorado Canyon, Yosemite and Joshua tree among other locations.He is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society and continues to be very active in paddling, cross-country skiing and trail running. He has presented at the Wilderness Risk Medicine Conference and continues to be active in wilderness medicine. He currently runs a family practice in a small rural town, Oakridge Oregon. There is a high level of urgent and emergent care associated with this practice.

Read up on Edwin and his work in Oakridge.


Dan Plaisance, BA Program Director

Dan Plaisance graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Prior to his work in Wilderness Therapy Dan did three terms in Americorps building trails and living and working in a group setting in Alaska, Colorado and Texas. He also spent 9 months living in Tanzania teaching high school math. Dan has been involved in the Wilderness Therapy Industry for over 4 years. He started as a Field Instructor in our North Woods program and now resides as our Field Director in our West Coast Office. Dan believes in the power of the Wilderness; to inspire change, and loves the relationships that he has formed with both the clients and the staff. When he is not working Dan loves to be in the woods. He hikes, kayaks, canoes, hunts, fishes and enjoys time with friends and family around a campfire.


Summer Hornbeck, MAT Academic Director

Summer has worked in education for the last 14 years, both in the wilderness and as a classroom teacher. She earned her Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Biology from University of Colorado- Boulder and her Masters degree in Teaching from Cardinal Stritch University. After graduating from Boulder, Summer was an outdoor environmental educator for Walking Mountains Science Center in Vail and collected data for a Lynx reintroduction. She has taught and mentored students at a boarding school in Alaska, which also encouraged adventure education. For the last seven years, Summer has worked in one of the top rated districts in Wisconsin as a middle school classroom teacher. Her motivation is to help every student feel successful academically, because academic success leads to stronger mental health and greater opportunities. Summer leads an active life with her husband and two young daughters. They spend their time outside of NVW camping, hiking, boating, and skiing.


Kaci Sapinski, B.A.A.S. Program Director

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Kaci worked in health care for 15 years in Emergency Medicine and Cardiology. As her two sons entered High School, she began looking for a deeper connection to the service industry. Honored to be part of the development of a new University of Wisconsin collaborative program, Kaci continued her education in Community Health and Wellness. With her extensive knowledge of the medical environment and passion for the outdoors, wilderness therapy became the perfect fit. Finding New Vision Wilderness has allowed her to bring her outdoor adventures to work right here in the north woods.


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