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.
Rachel Grimm, BS Program Director/Canine Coordinator
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.
Janae Sporrer, BS Field Coordinator
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!
Steve Goulding, BS Young Adult Transition Specialist
Steve was raised in Michigan and attended college along the icy shores of Lake Superior at Northern Michigan University. He graduated with honors and a degree in Earth Science Secondary Education, accompanied with minors in Biology Secondary Education and Music. Among many other things, he was the president of an adventure club, rescue diver and dive master for university scuba courses and a camp counselor for NMU’s summer camp programming. Steve’s involvement with Northern Michigan University and the Marquette community led to his nomination as NMU’s Outstanding Graduating Senior 2014. After teaching and backpacking in New Zealand, Steve moved to the Pacific Northwest in search for new mountain bike trails, rock climbing routes and fresh snow. Once joining the New Vision Wilderness west coast team, Steve worked a summer season as a Wilderness Instructor before transitioning into the roles of Education Specialist and Director of Community Integration and Adventure. Steve currently carries teaching licenses in Michigan and Oregon, as well as an irrefutable enthusiasm towards working with adolescents and young adults in the wilderness.
Laura serves as New Vision Wilderness West Coast’s Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator, as well as Administrative Support Staff. She received dual degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Dance and Conservation Biology, and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. During her 10 years as a professional dancer, she helped to create and perform over 30 original works with Wild Space Dance Co., specializing in site-specific work, performing in parking garages, underneath bridges, off the sides of old industrial chimneys, on sailboats, in rivers, museums, parks, breweries, as well as traditional stages. She also performed internationally with the Warszawski Teatr Tanca, out of Warsaw PL, touring Poland and Japan. Laura served as an Artist-in-Residence at Lawrence University, teaching Ballet, Modern Dance, and Movement Fundamentals and also started several of her own yoga classes, teaching in parks and backyards along Lake Michigan. She has also worked in Yosemite National Park as a Backcountry Ranger and as a Canoe Outfitter in the BWCA. She feels that she has successfully combined many of these interests here at NVW through TCTSY.
Daniel W, BS Academics and Adventure Education
Danny hails from the northern suburbs of Chicago. Danny grew up camping, paddling, and backpacking all throughout the Great Lakes region. He attended school at Northwestern University and graduated with a B.S. in Education and Social Policy with a concentration in history and social sciences. Danny worked in Chicago with high school students for many years as a teacher and a swimming coach. After spending a summer travelling throughout Europe, Danny moved out to Bend in pursuit of higher mountains and more challenging bike rides. Danny joined New Vision where the company’s mission instantly resonated with him. After working for 9 months as a Wilderness Instructor, Danny transitioned into his current role as Educational Specialist and Adventure Education Coordinator. Danny is a certified teacher and loves using the wilderness as classroom to foster learning in young people.
Caroline H Family Specialist
Born and raised in Boulder, Caroline has been comfortable exploring the natural world from a young age. Visiting Oregon every summer inspired her move to Eugene where she graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s of Education in Family & Human Services. She is passionate about world travel and after some solo backpacking in Asia she moved to Bend to pursue work as a NVW Field Instructor. Seasons came and passed as Caroline developed her skills in the field, and was celebrated as NVW’s 2016 Jumping Mouse at the Wilderness Therapy Symposium. After some recent travels in India, she is resettled in Bend to guide and support young adults in the Y.E.T.I. program. Caroline looks forward to continuing to grow and change with the seasons, and is ready to explore more of Oregon’s many mountains, rivers, cliffs, lakes, trails, hot springs, slopes and peaks.
Krystin N, AA 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.
Sophia 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.
Lucas Field Specialist
Lucas grew up camping and floating on the rivers of Missouri, which sparked his curiosity of the natural world. Through this curiosity, he pursued diversity in his experiences within the natural world by serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, Africa. The lifestyle of living and working outdoors everyday catalyzed healing and growth for Lucas, which led him to wilderness therapy when he returned to the US. Lucas has been involved in wilderness therapy since 2015 and continues to find inspiration and personal growth in the work; feeling value and purpose in self-awareness, intentionality, connection and the truth.
Eliza Field Specialist
Eliza was born in a small town just outside Chicago. Throughout her childhood she had a strong passion for sports, adventure and helping others; however, she had not yet discovered her love for the outdoors in the very flat state of Illinois. While studying Psychology and History at Boston College, Eliza spent a semester living in Vienna, Austria. After a challenging month abroad, she planned a spontaneous hiking trip to the High Tatra Mountains in northern Slovakia. The immense beauty of the mountains helped to recenter her, and within that, Eliza recognized the healing power nature has on the human soul and spirit. This trip ultimately sparked her desire to dive deeper into wilderness life and share the power of nature with others. Since 2016, Eliza has been involved in Wilderness Therapy and is continuously impressed by the power it has to affect change. Eliza is passionate about exploring and photographing the great outdoors in any way possible including trail running, biking and hiking
Andrew Wilderness Field Instructor
Andrew’s roots in adventure education grew in his home state of New York as a backpacking trip leader at The Nature Place. In 2015, he became a founding member of the Osgood Pond Semester at Paul Smith's College, an immersive educational experience where students live off the grid in authentic Mongolian Yurts. During that time, he also studied bushcraft and indigenous survival skills. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, he moved to Bend, Oregon where he began his role as a Wilderness Field Instructor with New Vision. During his time as an educator, he’s seen the everlasting benefits of quality time spent outdoors. But getting outside is just the beginning; every plant, animal and resource is a present, each with their own unique properties and advantages.
Becky Wilderness Field Instructor
Becky graduated from Iowa state University with a degree in Child, Adult and Family Services. While studying she was also a full-time student athlete on the swimming and diving team. Becky grew up camping all around Wisconsin and has worked at a YMCA camp the past 5 summers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin going from counselor, to trips assistant, to water ski assistant. She decided to come move to Oregon to pursue a position with New Vision and to get out of the Midwest.
Ben Wilderness Field Instructor
Ben was born in Minnesota and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Shaped by team sports and wilderness summer camps in high school, he attended the University of Redlands and received a degree in Social Economics while leading wilderness trips for the university’s outdoor club. Rarely still, Ben enjoys rock climbing at Smith Rock, playing frisbee golf and mountain biking on his time off. During travel opportunities to Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Rwanda and Kenya, Ben has learned that acceptance of all peoples and cultures is the catalyst of trust and empathy.
Carlie Wilderness Field Instructor
Carlie graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a degree in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism. She’s a Wilderness First Responder, CPR Certified and has taken Clinical First Responder and Mental Health First Aid courses. Carlie grew up traveling, camping and SCUBA diving with her family. As an adult, she’s spent time traveling around North America to explore wilderness only accessible to those dedicated to backpacking or canoeing through it. Before starting at New Vision Wilderness, she enjoyed her time coaching youths at a rock climbing gym. Carlie has fostered a deep love of the outdoors as it’s inspired so much personal growth within her. With this mindset and her love for other people, Carlie’s career as a Wilderness Field Instructor for NVW is a perfect fit.
Casey Wilderness Field Instructor
Casey graduated from The University of La-Crosse Wisconsin with a degree in Recreation Management. After college Casey worked developing nature programs for inner city youth in Waukegan, IL. His love for nature also led him into the field of environmental restoration where he worked on improving the quality of Wisconsin's native grasslands. Casey started working at New Vision Wilderness in 2014 and has been enjoying sharing his love of the great outdoors ever since. In the summer 2016 he backpacked John Muir Trail in California and has continued exploring everything the wild west has to offer.
Christina Wilderness Instructor
Christina graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Psychology and minor in Spanish. She’s been working with youth since high school and is passionate about finding alternative ways to support under-resourced youth in their development. After graduating college, she spent two years in Denver as a volunteer at a trauma informed shelter for homeless youth and at an underserved high school supporting community and family engagement, all the while exploring the Colorado Rockies in her spare time. Christina is thrilled to have found an opportunity at New Vision Wilderness that combines her passions in working with youth and her love for the outdoors. In her free time, Christina is away from the city and often exploring in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, running, climbing, photography, cooking, music and sharing good meals and conversations with her co-workers.
David Wilderness Field Instructor
David is an educator at heart and has been teaching Science, Art, and being kind since the age of 18. Born and raised in Maine, ze believes that a complete education is found in the mixture of following one's passions and trying new, and potentially scary, endeavors. Asking a million and one questions helps, too. The world is a big place and David loves learning from other cultures. Ze has spent time WWOOFing in Ecuador, studying jungle soil in Costa Rica, travelling in New Zealand and Australia, living in Ireland, mentoring in Hawaii, and is looking forward to new adventures in a foreign land. David enjoys cooking new dishes, playing board games, making messy art, and is an appreciator of wildlife, wildflowers, and wild children alike.
Megan Wilderness Field Instructor
Prior to starting her newest adventure in Bend, Megan spent her life gamboling around the Fresh Coast: Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. From star-gazing as a child to leading hikes through the Maple-Beech forests of Michigan as a college student, Megan has always been drawn to the trees and their secrets, lessons, and wisdom. After graduating with a B.A. in French, Religious Studies, and Secondary Education from St. Norbert College, she taught French and Theology at a private high school in Green Bay, WI. Her longing for the wilderness brought her out west to continue her educational work of creating emotionally safe spaces through empathy, humor, and the fuel of fresh coffee in her favorite classroom, one without walls.
Patrick Wilderness Field Instructor
Patrick was born and raised in the thick urban jungles of Dallas, Texas. He’s an Eagle Scout with childhood roots in hunting and camping. He received his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Accounting from Baylor University. After living in Colorado for a few years, he ditched his desk job in accounting to come join the rest of the New Vision team in the outdoors of Oregon. He has a passion for inspiring adolescents and young adults to live authentically and find freedom from trauma. In his free time, Patrick cultivates his interests in rock climbing, mountain biking, yoga and skiing.
Steven Wilderness Field Instructor
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.
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