Field Staff West Coast
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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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