Andrew Scott MA

Executive Director - NVW Bend

Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to NVW West Coast as the Executive Director. 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.

Kaci Sapinski B.A.A.S.

Executive Director - NVW Wisconsin

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.

Adam Eader BA

Expansion Executive Director - NVW Asheville

Adam has been working with NVW since 2008 and is currently the longest running full-time employee - which makes him a natural for the Expansion Executive Director role at NVW Asheville. 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 and eventually became NVW’s Admissions Director, overseeing all aspects of admissions while also playing a big part in NVW’s outreach and marketing endeavors. 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.

Kristina Fortner MS

Executive Director - NVW Asheville

Kristina has nonprofit leadership experience with a diverse background in clinical, community, and social services working with children, young adults, and families. She is a University of Arizona graduate, with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Kristina began her career in child abuse and neglect prevention, eventually responsible for the oversight of the program on the state level. She has launched community parenting programs, supervised the clinical department of an outpatient psychiatric clinic for youth, been trained as an Infant Mental Health Specialist specializing in Attachment and Bonding, and most recently, served as the Executive Director for a girl-serving organization. Although Kristina was born and raised in Iowa, she has lived and traveled all over the world. Whether it is kayaking in Puerto Rico, exploring the Black Forest in Germany, hiking in Sedona, or fishing in Minnesota, she manages to find a way to connect and be at peace with nature anywhere she goes. As a professional woman empowering others and a mother of four daughters, she values relationships and communication above all. Kristina's education, skills, and values make her a natural fit for New Vision Wilderness as the Executive Director of our newest Asheville location.

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.

Patrick McAvoy

Admissions Director

For over a decade, Patrick has helped adolescents and their families find solutions in times of crisis. He began his career in wilderness therapy with the acclimation of new students into their respective wilderness programs and has since then expanded in to Admissions Director, Program Director and Executive Director roles. In addition to Wilderness Therapy, Patrick has also worked in Admissions for a therapeutic boarding school and was a founding member at two treatment programs for at-risk teens. Patrick is a proud graduate of Ohio University. He is an accomplished upright and electric bass player as well . In his off-time you will often find him in the outdoors with his wife hiking, kayaking and skiing with their dog, Tennessee. When not playing outside, Patrick enjoys playing music, cooking and painting.

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.

Elizabeth Deardorff LCSW

Clinical Director - NVW Asheville & Family Services

Liz joined the NVW team in 2010 and has treated in both our Wisconsin and Bend locations. As a lead therapist, Liz worked with adolescent females, males and young adult populations in the wilderness. In 2016, she enthusiastically began working extensively with our families – bridging front country therapy with wilderness experiential process. Liz deeply believes in the importance of repair, healing and growing within our relationships to fully develop a secure self. She steps into this work with much vigor and excitement to utilize the power of nature, experience and relational repair. Liz achieved her Master of Social Work, emphasis on Child and Family and Mental Health, from Loyola University Chicago in Illinois. She is trained in Brainspotting, EMDR-Level One and Two and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga which are powerful tools to utilize with trauma, attachment and anxiety. Liz utilizes these tools to create a powerful experience within treatment for the entire family to heal. Outside of work you can find Liz trying to find every waterfall in Oregon, dancing, reading, and rooting for her favorite team, the Wisconsin Badgers.

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