Joseph Daugherty, CPRP, CEE – Program Director

Program Director

Joseph earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Recreation from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He studied Adventure Therapy at Georgia College and State University for two years. Joseph is a certified park and recreation professional and a certified environmental educator. He also serves on the Certification Advisory Board for Environmental Education…

Matt Potako

Logistics Coordinator

Matt hails from the woody western suburbs of Philadelphia, PA where he always preferred to play outside.  He developed an early love for the ocean, growing up sailing, surfing and kiteboarding.  While studying Hydrogeology and Music Technology at Penn State, Matt fell in love with the mountains and land-based activities such as hiking, skiing and mountain biking.…

Kayla Davenport, MS, LPC

Wilderness Therapist

Kayla comes to First Light with a passion for wilderness therapy and family programming. She grew up climbing trees and using the woods as her playground in the North Georgia mountains. She received her BS in Psychology and MS in Community Counseling from University of North Georgia (then North Georgia College and State University). She…

Mary Jo DeGrandi

Director of Professional Relations

Mary Jo DeGrandi, M.S., has more than 20 years of experience working with children and complex family systems in a variety of treatment settings, including residential, outdoor behavioral health, outpatient, therapeutic boarding schools and home/community based programs. Her roles have included line staff, program therapist, coordinator of parent programming, workshop facilitator, director and administrator, and…

Jean Coyle

Field Director

Jean began her career in the outdoors when she was attending Loyola University Maryland by leading outdoor trips for incoming freshman as well as fellow students. During this time, she began volunteering with Outward Bound and working with the Police Youth Program. It was then, that she realized that she wanted to find ways to…

Katie Nicholson

Field Staff

Sarah Switzer

Field Staff

Luke Cottom

Field Staff

Jacob Stibbe

Field Staff

Henry Thomas

Field Staff