L.C.S.W. Social Work - State of Montana State of Washington M.S.W. Social Work, University of Washington B.A. Environmental Education Western Washington University
Where did you grow up? Tonasket, Washington, a small town in North Central Washington, famous for its orchards and recreation.
Tell us about your family. My family consists of me and my beautiful wife Ann. She is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and healer; one of my inspirations and a best friend. We love to travel, garden, enjoy recreation and nature together, and strive to stay involved in our communities.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I love adventure and new challenges. In 2007, I skippered a 36 foot sailboat up the inside passage, from Bellingham, Washington to Glacier Bay, AK and back, with two great friends, spending over 10 weeks cruising. Someday I hope to make a trans-Pacific crossing to Hawaii or possible South to the Sea of Cortez.
Briefly describe your work experience. I have worked professionally with adolescents and families for the past 12 years in a variety of outdoor, educational, and therapeutic settings, both locally and internationally. My therapeutic work started in the Wilderness Therapy field where I served as a Senior Instructor and Field Manager for Odyssey Wilderness Programs. My passion for teaching and travelling led me to serve as a Global Service Learning Team leader for the Lakeside School in Seattle Washington, while eventually transitioning into working with teens and their families as a Clinical Social Worker in the inpatient and outpatient settings of Seattle Children’s Hospital.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Someday I will find myself trekking the Himalayas, through Nepal. I look forward to experiencing the spirit of this area, challenging myself, and learning from the local culture.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I enjoy spending time with my wife and friends, hiking, mountain biking, reading and seeking moments of solitude for personal reflection.
What draws you most to this type of work? Today, adolescents, young adults, and families have a fascinating and challenging path to navigate. As a generation that is surrounded by cell phones, social media, oftentimes outdated educational methods, and many social demands, it can be very difficult for one’s natural strengths, meaning, individuality, and a sense of purpose to thrive. An environment such as Summit’s provides a platform where teamwork, a sense of community, and experiential challenges can allow individuals to discover and nurture their own strengths and leadership abilities while developing new and positive strategies to handle life challenges. Through this work, youth can be set up for success as they transition into adulthood, and guiding this process in a safe and fun way for youth and families is the work that I love.