The Field Team includes outdoor experts with an array of professional and personal experience. Wilderness specialists bring expertise in safety, compassion for struggling youth, enthusiasm for utilizing the outdoors as a catalyst for positive change, and are the core of the team. They frequently bring creative use of natural resources to individualized interventions.

Barrett Wood BA

Operations Manager

Barrett grew up hiking and camping in the Midwest. He graduated from Lake Forest College with a BA in Environmental Studies. While in college, he played rugby and ran cross country. He spent six summers working at a Boy Scout camp as a guide and as a climbing instructor. Barrett has worked as a climbing guide for a private outfitter. He also coached junior high cross country and wrestling. Barrett worked as a restoration ecologist at a conservation agency before joining NVW. Barrett is a Wilderness First Responder and holds numerous climbing certifications. In his free time, Barrett enjoys climbing, snowboarding, running, bird watching, and finding county highpoints.


Wilderness Field Instructor

Amber grew up in Wisconsin and has a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Global Youth Development. Amber has worked with youth as a climbing director for Boy Scouts and an intern for a treatment and foster care agency. The past two years, Amber served in the Peace Corps as a TEFL volunteer (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). She lived in a small, rural town in Costa Rica where she taught in the elementary and high school. In addition, she led various youth camps in the country and is fluent in Spanish. Amber loves to travel, run, do yoga, play guitar, and spend time with her Costa Rican cat.


Wilderness Field Instructor

Soon after his graduation from Western Illinois University with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, with a minor in Outdoor Leadership, Tommy decided that he needed to pursue his dream of working in the wilderness while helping people at the same time. He brings a vast and impressive accumulation of fourteen-hundred hours in the backcountry and wilderness survival experience to NVW and is elated to call North Carolina his home. As a new father, Tommy spends most of his free time with his family; hiking, growing vegetables, taking care of his chickens and exploring the world for the first time, again.


Wilderness Field Instructor

Josh grew up in Wisconsin and went to college to study recreation and youth leadership. After college, he worked in a variety of outdoor industry professions, including trail work in Nevada, outdoor educator in California , and as a climbing instructor in Colorado. He moved back to Wisconsin to continue to pursue a career in wilderness therapy.

Charlie Baker

Wilderness Field Instructor

Charlie graduated with a B.A. in English from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He grew up in rural Oklahoma spending his youth exploring the Ozark Mountains and learning how to love the wilderness through countless excursions on the Illinois River. Charlie spent much of his life traveling the world and learning all that he could. His personal mantra is to leave the world a better place than he found it, and through wilderness therapy he has found an outlet to channel his passion for the outdoors to a younger generation.

Emily Smith - New Vision Wilderness

Emily Smith

Wilderness Field Instructor

Emily is a midwestern native having graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Social Work and an emphasis on Outdoor Leadership and Therapeutic Recreation. Though she always had a love for the outdoors, it was during college that she realized the impact that the natural world had on healing, growth, and change. Needing to find their place within that, she and her family headed East to the mountains of Western North Carolina. Emily is currently working on master's degrees in both Social Work and Business Administration at Aurora University. In her downtime, you can find her exploring with her family, in the garden, on a trail, fumbling with a string instrument, or with her nose in a book. She greatly looks forward to the opportunity for personal and professional growth with New Vision Wilderness.

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