Northwoods Field Team

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.

Isaac Dana Field Instructor

Lauren “Ren” Clarson, B.S. Wilderness Field Instructor

Emily, B.S. Wilderness Field Instructor

Alan, MBA Wilderness Field Instructor

Maddie Hansen, B.A. Wilderness Field Instructor

Meredith Cook, B.S. Wilderness Field Instructor

Gabby Stauber, B.S. Wilderness Field Instructor

Elaina Reuther, B.S. Wilderness Field Instructor

Frank Dann, B.A. Wilderness Field Instructor

Beatriz Chong, B.S. Wilderness Field Instructor

Kristina, B.A. Wilderness Field Instructor

Sara, B.S. Wilderness Field Instructor

Drew Lundstrom, B.A. Field Mentor

Maggie Elliott Field Mentor

Eric Cychosz B.A. Logistics Coordinator

Abby Barten, B.S. Logistics Manager

Joe Ingall, B.A. Field Specialist

Lauren Lingenfelter B.A. Field Specialist

Winona Hapgood B.S. Academic and Adventure Education Specialist

Isaac Dana

Position: Field Instructor
Isaac grew up Western New York and discovered a passion for outdoor experiences through his local Boy Scout troop. Isaac graduated from Sterling College of Vermont where he gained a passion for a community centered experiential approach to education. His experiences as an Outdoor Education major led him from the varied New England landscape surrounding campus to the mountains of California, the deserts of Arizona, and villages in Peru. While at Sterling, Isaac contributed to the community as a teaching assistant and as a work program mentor. Isaac has worked as a canoeing and backpacking guide for the Scouts within the Adirondack Park of New York for several summers where he shared his passion for exploring the wilderness with countless troops of young people. Isaac is currently a Wilderness First Responder and brings a passion for experiential approach to education with him to Wisconsin. Some of Isaac’s favorite outdoor activities include running, cross country skiing and keeping a nature journal.

Lauren “Ren” Clarson, B.S.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

 

Lauren is a native Minnesotan whose deep love and appreciation for nature came from volunteering at the nature center down the street from her childhood home. During her time at the nature center, Lauren managed the animal outreach programs and worked as a naturalist to educate children about their environment and outdoor skills. These experiences led Lauren to major in Wildlife Ecology, with a focus in education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she also continued to acquire skills in camping and backpacking. Following graduation, Lauren continued to work in outdoor education as an educator at the Como Zoo and Conservatory and a naturalist at Kroening Interpretive Center where she had volunteered years prior. These experiences gave her the opportunity to explore a variety of world views while work with people of all ages and backgrounds. Lauren appreciates the ability to continue to educate children and assist in creating deep and impactful changes in the lives of children through her work at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time in the woods, rock climbing, hiking, running and cross-country skiing.

Emily, B.S.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Emily is an Illinois native that has always had a love for the outdoors. She graduated from the University of St. Francis with a degree in Recreation and Sport Management with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation and a minor in Leadership Studies. However, Emily’s love for the outside world started way before her college years. Emily fell in love with the outdoors at a young age with her three younger brothers through Scouting. Emily has worked at various Boy Scout camps including Rainbow Scout Reservation and Philmont Scout Ranch in which she has guided hundreds of individuals on backpacking expeditions and other outdoor experiences. During college, Emily played on the university soccer team and was involved with the Recreation Club on campus participating in various outdoor activities like backpacking in Escalante, Utah for spring break. She is currently in her internship semester at New Vision Wilderness and is very excited to share her knowledge and love of the outdoors and to begin making a difference in the youth’s lives.

Alan, MBA

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Alan brings considerable depth of experience to New Vision Wilderness.
He founded Powers Young & Company in 2000 to provide Arizona’s nonprofit organizations with capital development planning, management, and counsel. More than 20 years later, the firm remains Arizona’s leading fundraising management firm with over 75 completed projects! He recently returned from Ukraine where he represented the United States as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His three-year assignment there involved advancing the capacity of local government to address the needs of citizens. For his service, he was awarded the distinguished “Order of the Mayor”, a recognition held by few others.
Alan’s career began in the Wisconsin Northwoods where he led Scout groups on backpacking and canoeing trips. He went on to work professionally for the Boy Scouts of America and directed a camp in San Diego County as well as corporate and special event fundraising in Los Angeles. He is certified as a camp director by the American Camp Association. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1989.
He is a past president of the Pacific Crest Trail Association and has served on the board of Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona. When not engaged in community development, Alan is a world-class adventurer. He walked the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border in one continuous trip. He also sailed his ketch across the Pacific Ocean to Easter Island and on to New Zealand before travelling by train aboard the Trans-Mongolian Express from Beijing, China to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Maddie Hansen, B.A.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Maddie feels most alive when she is connecting with others, learning through literature, and laughing. Maddie’s passion for learning, and desire to empower young people drove her to study Secondary Education, English, and History at Grand Valley State University. Maddie has worked with adolescents in a variety of settings for the last 7 years, including both urban and rural education, summer schools, community outreach and activism, teen programming for a supported-housing community, and finally as a high school English teacher in her home state of MichiganDuring her summers and weekends, Maddie sought the adventure and peace of the outdoors–from the dunes of her home state, to the canyons of Utah and the peaks of Washington’s mountains. Maddie’s experiences in the outdoors have been an integral part of her personal life, especially as a teenager, which inspired her to learn more about wilderness therapy where she seeks to make sure that young people feel heard, valued, and empowered. Maddie fully believes in the power of wilderness therapy and is honored to spend this new chapter of her career in the woods with Northwoods Wilderness Therapy students

Meredith Cook, B.S.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Meredith grew up in the rolling hills of rural central Pennsylvania, where she developed a love and appreciation for nature. When she was young, Meredith’s family moved to southeast Alaska where she was deeply impacted by the landscape and by learning how a diverse community of people can develop such close friendships by sharing an experience in the outdoors. Meredith expanded her knowledge of the world experientially when it became undeniably evident to her that facing challenges in nature can be a powerful parallel lesson to help us face challenges in our daily lives. Meredith went on to completed her undergraduate degree at Slippery Rock University in Physical Activity and Fitness Management, with a minor in Outdoor Adventure Fitness and has been working with people in various settings ever since. Meredith is excited to have the opportunity to help students learn more about themselves and grow as they experience the outdoors here in the NorthwoodsOutside of work, Meredith can usually be found reading and drinking coffee, connecting with friends and family, going for a run, or creating a healthy culinary dish. 

Gabby Stauber, B.S.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Gabby grew up playing with her siblings and her neighbors in the woods and waters throughout Wisconsin where she discovered the importance of the connection that nature creates within oneself and within a community. During her undergraduate studies, Gabby focused on incorporating ecology, geography, and environmental science into her tutoring, teaching, and research. She began to hold tutoring sessions outdoors and advocated for bringing the outdoors in by educating staff and students about the influence that the earth holds on us. Gabby’s work with youth in STEM education events and environmental summer camps have only ignited her passion to guide others towards the health benefits of the earth. Gabby enjoys getting to witness the power of nature’s effects on students, families, and her coworkers and is grateful and humbled to be a part of sharing the power of the outdoors with others. Outside of work Gabby finds joy in practicing yoga, gardening, reading, drinking tea, skiing, and sharing time with her dear family and close friends.

Elaina Reuther, B.S.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Elaina grew up in Northeast Ohio, where her family instilled in her a love for the outdoors through camping, hiking in the national park they live nearby and encouraging her to explore her surroundings. Elaina continued her passion for the outdoors through an experiential outdoor leadership program at college while pursuing a Social work degree and minor in psychology. During college, she helped facilitate and participate in adventure trips with her fellow classmates to create meaningful experiences in the outdoors. Over the summers, Elaina worked at a camp and fell in love with providing an environment for youth to flourish, be valued and cared for. From rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, to hiking in the Rockies, to spending summers with youth, Elaina loves being able to combine the outdoors with her passion to invest in students at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy. In her free time, Elaina enjoys rock climbing with friends, trying out different kinds of food, capturing nature through her camera, snowboarding in the winter, trail running and being with her family. 

Frank Dann, B.A.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Whether it be volunteering for an after-school program, rafting in Idaho, or backpacking in Scandinavia, Frank has always found purpose in connecting with others and with the world around him. Frank has learned many lessons through his adventures and experiences outside that have given him insight into his everyday life. Sharing these lessons and helping to facilitate that learning for other’s is a passion that has guided Frank. Frank graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Psychology and knew he needed to find a career path in which he could help others, ideally in the outdoors. This led Frank to pursuing his Wilderness First Responder certification where he learned about Northwoods Wilderness Therapy. Frank feels very privileged to share in the therapeutic process of the students in the field and is grateful to be on the Northwoods team. In his free time, Frank enjoys exploring the outdoors in various ways, cooking, reading and sitting around a campfire with friends. 

Beatriz Chong, B.S.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Beatriz is a Florida native who spent all of her time prior to working at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy in the warmer state. Throughout her life, Beatriz has worked with people in a variety of different settings including outdoors as a camp counselor, lifeguard, and swim instructor. She loves learning about what makes each of us different and how our experiences shape the way we behave and interact. Beatriz’ jobs in the past encouraged her to continue her education and pursue a career working with children. Beatriz graduated from Florida State with a B.S. in Family and Child Science and Psychology and gained experience in research and crisis counseling. Beatriz is far from home but excited to be in the Wisconsin and hopes to merge her love of the outdoors and psychology to benefit the students here at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy! In her free time, Beatriz enjoys adventuring through swimming, hiking, kayaking, rollerblading, and exploring sink holes.

Kristina, B.A.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Kristina grew up a short walk from the dune-filled beaches of West Michigan. She graduated with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Ethnic Studies from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where she was an active member of the Outdoor Recreation Club and her environmental co-op. After graduation, Kristina moved west to Seattle, where she continued to develop her technical outdoor skills as a guide and as a Wilderness First responder. With experience in places as remote as Alaska and as urban as Chicago, Kristina has worked with kids from all walks of life. Using her knowledge and experience as a guide and climbing coach, Kristina hopes to help provide a safe and encouraging space for others to discover what they love about the outdoors. Kristina hopes to earn her Wilderness EMT and learn how to ski within the year! In her free time, she’s probably climbing, hanging out with her dog, Toad, or eating cheese curds.

Sara, B.S.

Position: Wilderness Field Instructor

Sara grew up in Southern Minnesota where she found her passion for the outdoors by experiencing the world around her to the fullest. No matter with whom or where that was. Be that with a pair of boots on her feet and a pack on her back hiking in the Minnesota north-woods or open prairies with strangers, or, surrounded by water and old friends with a paddle of some kind in her hands. Through working at camps and schools teaching Environmental Outdoor Adventure Education, Sara developed her passion of working with others in the natural world and earned her Associates of Science in Outdoor Leadership from Vermilion College, followed by earning her Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental and Outdoor Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. When not at work you can find Sara in the natural world, hopefully on the water in canoe or sea kayak, listening to music, looking at maps, or building friendships and community with those around her through adventures. Sara is beyond delighted to be able to work with students in the natural world using compassion and understanding to change lives though challenge and discovery at at New Vision Wilderness.

Drew Lundstrom, B.A.

Position: Field Mentor

Drew grew up in Northwest Minneapolis and has loved the outdoors for as long as he can remember. Growing up in the “land of the lakes” instilled in Drew a sense of adventure and a love of being near the water. Drew received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and began working in a logistics position at a shipping company which lacked adventure and meaning that Drew craved. Drew was looking for a way to reconnect with his love of adventure and the outdoors which led him to spending some time abroad. When his time abroad ended, Drew was looking to integrate these experiences into a purpose driven and meaningful career which is what led him to Northwoods Wilderness Therapy. Drew enjoys his connections to the students and meaningful work he is able to do set in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. In his free time, Drew enjoys exploring and engaging in his community, caring for plants and continuing to learn and grow. 

Maggie Elliott

Position: Field Mentor

Maggie grew up outside of the city of Milwaukee. Being raised in an Urban environment gave her a thirst to find time to spend outdoors in the woods. Maggie met this need with family summers spent camping and involving herself in scouting camp-outs. Maggie’s love of the environment inspired her schooling in architecture in Madison WI. Maggie worked in architecture from 2016-2018 and realized the healing this world needs is much deeper than the buildings. Maggie expanded her skills through receiving her yoga certification (200-YTT), mindfulness practices and volunteering at a Scout camp. It was in this exploration that it became apparent to Maggie that the healing she is gifted in is social and emotional nature. This realization inspires Maggie’s work and she enjoys bringing all her experience and perspective to the field. Maggie finds her work deeply gratifying and feels deeply fortunate for her opportunity to be part of the team Northwoods. When she is not at work, you can find Maggie practicing her hula hoop skills, spending time with family and friends, and learning more about herself. 

Eric Cychosz B.A.

Position: Logistics Coordinator

Eric is a passionate outdoorsman that grew up in the small town of Custer, WI. While growing up Eric spent much of his time in the outdoors hunting, fishing and exploring with his family. Eric attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he earned a degree in criminal justice. During his last few years at UWP, Eric discovered desire for wanting to help others through social work and spent a majority of his schooling focused on the social sciences. Eric truly believes that the model of Northwoods Wilderness Therapy and the unique setting of the outdoors work to heal emotional trauma. Eric is passionate about sharing his love of the outdoors with students in hopes that it will help them on their healing journey by building confidence, self-reliance and team work along with other important life skills. In his free time, Eric enjoys hunting, fishing, coaching youth hockey, canoeing, backpacking, reading, and spending time with his family.

Abby Barten, B.S.

Position: Logistics Manager

Although Abby was born and raised in Iowa, she has always found the Northwoods of Wisconsin to feel like home. Abby attended the Iowa State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Ecology and a minor in Forestry. During her time at ISUAbby spent summers in Northern Minnesota teaching environmental education and leading backpacking trips at summer camp where she learned that she loved working with children on projects and teaching them about all the wonders of the outdoors. After graduating, Abby continued working in outdoor education at a nature center and later for the Minnesota DNR. Abby has always had an interest and passion for the outdoors and loves being able to share it with others. Abby specifically enjoys the community at Northwoods Wilderness Therapy and sharing stewardship experiences with students. When she’s not in the woods she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, drinking coffee/tea, reading and spending time with family and friends. 

Joe Ingall, B.A.

Position: Field Specialist

Joe grew up in Michigan and has been going camping with his family as long as he can remember. In more recent years, Joe has learned that he prefers living in the woods to life in the city and strives to share this passion with everyone he meets. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Michigan State University and feels incredibly fortunate to be able to apply the knowledge from his education in the woods. Joe is passionate about helping our students through challenging times while also creating spaces and moments for joy. He owns being goofy and hopes that this mindset can help everyone around him to be truer versions of themselves. Joe dreams of climbing mountains around the world but always feels at home hiking through the woods. When he is not in the Northwoods, he can be found mountain biking, listening to a variety of records, sailing, and spending time with his family.

Lauren Lingenfelter B.A.

Position: Field Specialist

Lauren grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin where she spent time exploring the many forests and rivers in the area with family and friends. Lauren attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN initially for biology and quickly realized she was more passionate about understanding and working with people leading her to switch her focus to psychology. Lauren graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. During her time in college, Lauren spent a semester studying abroad in Chile where she spent a majority of her free time hiking and camping in the diverse landscapes while also working with underserved youth in the area. After graduation, Lauren searched for a career that would allow her to continue to share her passion for the outdoors with others which led her to Northwoods Wilderness Therapy. When Lauren is not in the woods, you can find her playing ultimate frisbee, spending time on the water, and hanging out with family and friends

Winona Hapgood B.S.

Position: Academic and Adventure Education Specialist

Winona has always been passionate about helping others in the outdoors. She grew up camping and hiking with her family in her home state of Maine before leaving the state to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Exercise Physiology and a bachelor of arts in Hispanic Studies at East Carolina University. During her time in college, Winona spent a semester abroad in Ecuador where she improved her Spanish skills, participated in a mountaineering class and took bi-weekly backpacking trips in the mountains and jungles of the country including the Galapagos Islands. As a Wilderness First Responder and Clinical First Responder she continues to offer experience to the students and guides she works alongside. She has always had a passion for being outdoors, health, and education which lead her to a career in mental health and wilderness therapy. For Winona, the best part of working at Northwoods is building connections with the students and providing them tools and strategies to experience success in reaching their goals. Her values include education and health and therefore she enjoys reading, hiking, and listening to pod casts in her free time.