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.
Position: Medication Coordinator
Position: Field Specialist
Liz grew up camping, biking and hiking in Wisconsin. After a few family trips out west involving camping and hiking, Liz fell in love with the outdoors and knew that she wanted to end up in the mountains. After finishing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Policy with minors in Public Administration and Political Science from UW-Green Bay, Liz spent a summer in on Washington Island as an Environmental Education intern at a butterfly house. Liz became an AmeriCorps VISTA the following winter and moved out to Billings, Montana to start a community garden in a food desert. She spent weekends exploring the Beartooth Mountains and fell in love with Montana. At the end of her VISTA term, she moved to Northwest Montana to work as a Field Crew Leader with Montana Conservation Corps right outside of Glacier National Park. She co-led a crew of five adult crew members in building and maintaining trails and structures throughout the Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park, and the Kootenai National Forest for ten months. The following summer, Liz led a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew through the conservation corps up in Eureka, Montana with local teens. Liz learned to love working with youth through her time as a YCC leader. Liz joined the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in Morocco where she taught yoga, English and Life Skills to Moroccan Youth. When Liz moved back from Morocco, she knew she wanted to get into Wilderness Therapy and started searching for Wilderness Therapy Guide jobs and found New Vision.
Position: Field Specialist
Once upon a time, in a small town nestled near the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a curious kid wandered off into the woods behind his home to seek adventure. This is the moment that sparked a lifelong passion for the wilderness with Steven. And as Steven grew up, he explored many outdoor meccas; finding his refuge in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking and backpacking have become disciplines he pushes to master. Through wilderness therapy, he’s able to combine his passion for the outdoors with his passion for teaching by helping others be the best versions of themselves.
Position: Logistics Assistant
Growing up in the PNW, I’ve always held a special connection with the natural world and have continuously strived to find my place in it. One thing I’ve learned about myself through the years is my love of sharing experiences and skills and connecting people with the serenity of the forests. After discovering wilderness therapy, I worked as a guide in Utah for 4 years, followed by another year at NVW. More recently, I’ve been able to support all the guides and students in the field through my role in logistics.
Position: Logistics Assistant
Krystin grew up in Central Oregon and spent the last few years pursuing a degree in tourism and outdoor leadership. In her spare time she does a lot of backpacking, fishing, swimming and spending time with family and friends. Before coming to new vision wilderness, she volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club in the children and teens programs. She also holds a Wilderness First Responder certification.
Position: Field Specialist
If you see a girl in the field wearing a visor, it’s probably Sophia. Sophia is originally from the foggy coast of Santa Cruz, California. She spent her years in college studying Sociology and Fine Art. During a semester in the Sierras, Sophia studied outdoor leadership where she was exposed to the healing that the wilderness can bring. She was part of the women’s inaugural ‘Ride For Water’ team, which cycled across the United States to raise money and awareness for the global water crisis. She spent time living in South Africa and Haiti, volunteering in community development. During her time off, Sophia enjoys cycling, running, drinking hot chocolate, and exploring new hobbies. Sophia is excited to be a part of the radical work of wilderness therapy, and is constantly motivated to continue to grow and learn through relationship based therapy.
Position: Academic Specialist
Born and raised in the shadow of Denali, then growing up in the Olympic and Cascade mountains surrounding the Salish Sea, Graham has been exploring the wild peaks and coasts of the Pacific Northwest for almost two decades. Graham graduated from the Evergreen State College, with a BA in literature and history, and volunteered as a climbing instructor and trip leader for the Mountaineers. Recently relocating to Bend brought Graham the opportunity to help a new generation of kids seek growth and healing in the wilderness, and to explore the timeless beauty of the High Desert. After guiding at New Vision for a year, Graham moved into the role of Academic Specialist where he can continue to share his passion for both education and the outdoors.
Position: Field Director Boys programming
Paige grew up in the hills of Northern California. She attended school at UC Davis where she studied Environmental Science. Here Paige grew to understand and appreciate what it means to be a steward of the planet. Her schooling lead her to realize that the most effective way to help the environment was encouraging people to connect with it. Paige began working as a Field Instructor for New Vision Wilderness in spring of 2016. After guiding she became a Field Specialist and found her true passion of mentoring Field Instructors. To widen her scope of the therapeutic industry, Paige went to work for another local therapeutic program in Bend, as the Activities Director.
Now Paige is back at New Vision Wilderness as the Assistant Field Director, where she manages the Canines, and supports in the development of Field Instructors. Outside of work Paige loves to go on long trail runs, long climbs, and anything else that allows her to be outside.
Position: Field Director Girls Programming
Janae is a Pacific Northwest native and has deep love for Oregon and its natural beauty. Janae was born and raised near Portland, Oregon. She graduated the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology and a certification from The Outdoor Pursuits Leadership Program in outdoor recreation. It was during her time at university that she discovered the freedom of the Wilderness and devoted her time to perusing its teachings. She found her community during her first experience as an outdoor adventure guide leading trips in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Janae started working in Wilderness Therapy in spring of 2014 as a field guide in Vermont. There she worked up to becoming the seasonal Field Director and later moved West to gain more experience. Janae desired move back to the Pacific Northwest to put some roots down of her own. New Vision Wilderness’s dedication to helping others and mission of “creating joy” was the driving force leading Janae to become our Field Coordinator. Janae enjoys giving our new students genuine welcome, keeping our students safe during transports and seeing and celebrating the glow of a graduating student after weeks of hard work. Janae has many accomplishments including working on the Rogue River, hiking long sections of the PCT, thru-hiking the Colorado trail, rowing the Grand Canyon section of the Colorado River and exploring the beauty of the desert Southwest. Along side her on many of her adventures is her wonderful partner and her dog, Crypto (after Cryptobiotic soil!). Janae enjoys bringing intention into her life through reading, cooking scrumptious meals, participating in yoga and writing good ol’ snail-mail letters to people she loves!
Position: Operations Director
As the Operations Director at Deschutes Wilderness Therapy, Dan oversees the Operations Department which includes risk management, crisis response, quality control, research, accreditation, logistics, and on-site medical systems. He consults regularly with other DWT departments to help facilitate effective organizational systems, culture, and personnel development. Dan has been working in the wilderness therapy industry since 2012. He received his BS in Physics with a Minor in Mathematics from Penn State University and his MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Sacred Heart University. He has been a WEMT since 2014 and is passionate about the medical field. Dan spent three years as a senior guide before transitioning into program leadership and has worked in a variety of field, programming, and operations roles since then. Dan has a passion for the outdoors and outdoor sports and spends his off time cycling, skiing, rafting, and kayaking.
Position: Program Director
Rachel graduated from UW Milwaukee with a degree in Community Education and a focus on therapeutic work. During college, she was also a full time athlete on the diving team. For the past five years, Rachel has worked with many children with disabilities as a line therapist for kids with autism and also as a volunteer for special education classrooms and horse therapy programs. Rachel took courses with her dog to achieve therapy dog certification. They visited nursing homes to help raise the spirits of those who need it most. Rachel is excited to be continuing her journey here at NVW; and in her free time, she enjoys fishing, horseback riding, skiing, hiking and going to the movies.