Leah Madamba

Chief Operating Officer

During Leah's career, she has worked as a wilderness field instructor, wilderness therapist, program director, and clinical leader and innovator for several nationally recognized programs. Most recently, she has been leading the national efforts of the Potomac Programs In-Home team (formerly known as Vive Family Support Program). Drew Hornbeck and Steve Sawyer, co-founders of NVW, are thrilled to have Leah join their team. Drew Hornbeck, CEO of NVW, said, "With the development of this position, we are doubling down on supporting our families and team." Leah's role will include oversight of the Wisconsin and Oregon programs and the development of new locations.

"My heart has always been in the wilderness. Returning to Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare with such a talented group who is mission-driven is a dream come true," said Leah. "I look forward to supporting Andrew Scott and Kaci Sapinski in their roles as Executive Directors."

Leah lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and two children. When she is not working, you can find her reading a book, in a hot yoga class, or spending time outside with her family.

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.

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

Young Adult Director - NVW Bend

Liz joined the NVW team in 2010 and has been an integral part of the clinical team, wearing many therapeutic hats throughout the years. Although Liz has worked with each age population within New Vision, her passion is treating, supporting and guiding young adults. Young Adults are in a very important time of their life where wilderness and support create an optimal opportunity for self discovery, healing, interdependence, and personal growth.  Liz deeply believes that in order to establish a secure sense of self, healing through relational support and internal awareness is essential. She steps into this work with determination and excitement to utilize the power of nature, experiences in the present and relational repair to support that development of self. 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, Emotionally Focused Therapy 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. 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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