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Jeff Albin

Jeff Albin is the son, grandson, and nephew of farmers, warriors, and proud matrons.  He is proud of the fact that like many Americans his ancestors come from many parts of the globe.  He takes much of his inspiration from the First Peoples of this continent and has spent the last fourteen years hanging out […]

Tony Alvarez, MSW

LEO II Faculty Member Tony Alvarez, LMSW serves as the School’s point person for the use of experiential, adventure, and wilderness approaches to social work practice. Professor Alvarez’s research focuses on the design of effective experiential and adventure-based programs for social workers in multiple settings and with diverse populations. He is active in state, national, […]

Michael L. Bentley

Michael Bentley is Education Associate at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (www.vmnh.net) and directs the Science Institute for Teachers at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Since 2007 he has served on the national Expert Panel for Education.com. He is retired from the science and environmental education faculty of the University of Tennessee and held […]

John Bergman, MA, RDT/MT

John Bergman is a master drama therapist who specializes in working with sexual and violent offenders.  He is founder and director of The Geese Theater, which operates in the US and UK.  He is an internationally renowned expert in training prison staff to interact humanely with inmates, setting up and delivering therapeutic programming, creating original […]

Paula Bickel

Paula Bickel has been an educator in various grade levels for over 20 years working in public, private and travel settings. Her passions include reading and writing differentiation education, multicultural awareness education and social justice awareness education. Her love of cross curricular Language Arts/Art projects led to her involvement with bookmaking which not only allows […]

Buzz Bocher

Buzz Bocher is president of the Institute for Experiential Education and, with Dan Miller, the co-creator of Chiji Processing Cards.  He is the instructor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the former director of the university’s ropes and challenge course. Book: The Processing Pinnacle: An Educator’s Guide to Better Processing/co-author Contact […]

Nancy MacPhee Bower

Nancy MacPhee Bower has worked in the experiential education field for most of her adult life. She was initially drawn to work with very young children when her own children were preschoolers. After 16 years of adventuring with preschoolers and elementary-aged children, she can happily say that she has found her niche. She teaches Adventure […]

Mary Beth Campbell

Mary Beth was an exceptional high school English teacher and ran an award winning journalism program before her work with Link Crew. Her involvement with the program began after she attended a Link Crew training and then ran the program at her high school for five years. She fell in love with Link Crew and […]

Carol Carlin

Carol Ruth Carlin is a career public school teacher who has always employed active learning techniques in her classroom.  She began her career as an English/Social Studies teacher, progressed through speech and the graphic arts and into leadership development.  Her journey included participation as an adult leadership trainer for both the state and national teacher’s […]

Susana Acosta Cavert, MA

Bio coming soon… Book: Are You More Like…?/What Would It Be Like…?: A Back-to-Back Book of Anytime Questions for Anysize Answers/co-author

Chris Cavert, EdD

Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known trainer and speaker and a past recipient of the AEE Karl Rohnke Creativity Award. He has been working experientially with groups of all ages for more than 25 years. Chris is the author of over a dozen books related to activity-based experiential group development. He holds an undergraduate […]

Jack Christ, Ph.D.

Dr. Jack Christ earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the faculty of Ripon College in 1970. In 1980, he founded the Leadership Studies Program at Ripon College, the world’s first undergraduate liberal-arts academic program offering a minor in Leadership Studies. In 1994, he wrote the report for a Wisconsin Governor’s Commission […]

John Conway, LCSW, CADC

After receiving his MSW from Loyola University in 1996, John Conway, LCSW, CADC focused his passion for the outdoors and use of experiential teaching and learning toward assisting individuals, families, and other groups of people in achieving their potential. John is an international trainer in the field of adventure and experiential therapy, with an emphasis […]

Tim Dodds, MBA and Lisa Prosser-Dodds, MSEd

Tim Dodds & Lisa Prosser-Dodds have been working with children, youth, and families for over 20 years as specialists in teambuilding.  In 2001, Tim and Lisa formed Journeys Counseling & Consulting, providing direct counseling services, consulting, and training for educators, clergy, camping professional, and others. Book: Games for Change: Group Activities With Creative Spiritual Concepts […]

Larry Eckert,

Larry Eckert has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in School Counseling from the University of Iowa. He has 17 years experience as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor working with minority and at-risk students as well as the general population.  Larry has worked with students […]

Laurie S. Frank

Laurie Frank is a former public school teacher who has worked in the adventure and experiential education arenas for 25 years.  She began her career as a special education teacher in emotional disabilities, working with students of all ages.  Her path diverged upon the discovery of adventure education and experiential methodologies.  The need to develop […]

Mary Ann Germanson

Mary Ann Germanson has taught high school art for 23 years in Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a strong advocate for art education. She sat on the board of the Wisconsin Art Education Association for five years and was Vice President of the Southwest Region, […]

Jackie Gerstein

Jackie Gerstein has been an educator for over 20 years, working in a variety of settings—outdoor and experiential education programs, public and private K-12 schools, and state universities.  Her own passions in education revolve around differentiating instruction, brain compatible learning, experiential education, use of kinesiology and art to teach content area skills, and multicultural education. […]

Mike Gessford

In the late 1970s, Mike Gessford was fortunate to have a quality challenge ropes course experience at Nauset Regional High School during PE class. Using that as a springboard, and pursuing further coursework in adventure education, he graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He earned a Master’s degree in […]

Joanna Gonzalez

Joanna Gonzalez has been a creative and enthusiastic art educator since 1999. She enjoys working with students in an environment that values creativity and diversity. She has strategically planned, integrated, taught, and assessed up to nineteen visual arts programs for grade K5-6. She differentiates instruction for students with a variety of learning needs. She successfully […]

Saul Hewish, DipCC

Saul Hewish is one of the UK’s leading practitioners in the use of drama and theater-related work with offenders and at-risk young people.  He is the founder and director of Acting Out Company and executive codirector of Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation), an arts-based company specializing in drama, theater, and multiarts programs in the UK […]

Carolyn Hill

After 15 years inspiring and transforming students as an English teacher and an Activities Director, Carolyn did what she never envisioned doing: she left the classroom. The impetus for this decision was her attendance at the very first Link Crew training in 1993. After implementing Link Crew at two different schools and seeing what the […]

Madeline J. Huston

An arts educator and art therapist with an MA in Fine Arts and a MS in Art Therapy, Madeline Huston began her career in public schools teaching fine arts, related arts and graphic design K-12. She now teaches at Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI, in their graduate school of education and is also the Visual […]

Micah Jacobson

Micah Jacobson has presented to over 1,000,000 students, educators, and parents throughout North America since 1990.  He has been a trainer for the United Nation Youth Forum, The Association of Young Leaders in Russia, student leadership organizations throughout the US and Canada including NASC, FBLA, CSLC and many others. The core of Micah’s work has […]

Frederick Kaiser

Fred Kaiser has been in education since 1989. In high school, he was told that a four year college may not be in his future. He went anyway. His cooperating teacher in college was told by the University, “He may not make it through.” He was the best student teacher his cooperating teacher ever had. […]

Rich Keegan

Rich Keegan’s first career after graduating from Penn State University was in the sports television business. He covered various sporting events including the NFL, MLB, NHL and the NBA. During this time he received cable television’s highest award for excellence for his work on NFL telecasts. This work also gave him a chance to travel […]

D. Maurie Lung, LMHC, LMFT

D. Maurie Lung, MLHC, LMFT has always loved the out-of-doors and adventure—as a child playing wildly imaginative games in the woods with her brothers to months spent gloriously discovering new adventures at summer camp. Not surprisingly, her first work experience was providing opportunities for outdoor adventure as a camp counselor and her favorite hobby is […]

Bruce Martin

Bruce Martin is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy at Ohio University. His teaching and research interests are focused on the practice of outdoor leadership and adventure programming. His BA in history is from Virginia Commonwealth University, and he holds MS degrees in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University and […]

Justin McGlamery

Justin McGlamery is a visionary and creative thinker whose quest for lifelong learning fuels the many divergent passions he brings to his work and to his life. Justin teaches at Saint Joseph College using experiential/adventure education as a pedagogical approach with many different populations and for many different reasons. For the past 15 years, he […]

Dan Miller

Dan Miller is the vice president of the Institute for Experiential Education. In addition to leading workshops for IEE, he builds challenge courses and conducts challenge course trainings for ABEE. Dan is a senior instructor for Training Master Limited, a Hong experience-based training company in Hong Kong. He has worked in therapeutic recreation for the […]

Michael P. Mueller

Michael Mueller is a professor of secondary education with expertise in environmental and science education in the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His philosophy focuses on how privileged cultural thinking frames our relationships with others, including nonhuman species and physical environments. He works with teachers to understand the significance of cultural […]

Leslie Rapparlie

Leslie Rapparlie has been a part of the education and writing fields since 2001.  She began as an adventure trip guide, then directed a collegiate outdoor education program.  In 2007, she started instructing creative writing and composition at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies from Gettysburg […]

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson is currently president of Challenge Quest, LLC in Pryor, Oklahoma. Previous to coming to Challenge Quest, Greg spent 5 years with Williams in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a managing organization development consultant.  He also was the coordinator of experiential training at John Brown University.  His professional career also included 10 years of youth ministry […]

Mark Rose

Mark Rose is a senior consultant with Challenge Quest, LLC and owner of MG Rose Enterprises, Inc.  He works in a variety of areas for Challenge Quest including business development.  Prior to working with Challenge Quest, Mark was the Program Manager for Executive Training ~ Team Quest with The University of Oklahoma. His main focus […]

Mari Ruddy

Mari Ruddy is a speaker, writer and educator. She’s been a high school Spanish teacher, Activities Director, and a school Assistant Principal and Principal. In addition, she helped start over 35 Big Picture Learning high schools throughout the United States. Mari owned a small company that trained people with diabetes to be endurance athletes. Mari […]

Steven Simpson, Ph.D.

Steven Simpson, PhD, is professor of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  He is the former editor of the Journal of Experiential Education and has written over 50 articles on experiential education, outdoor recreation, and environmental ethics. Books: 01. Leader Who Is Hardly Known: Self-less Teaching From the Chinese Tradition 02. […]

Jennifer Stanchfield, M.S.

Jennifer Stanchfield’s depth of experience, creativity and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications in which she incorporates the art of facilitation and teaching with brain-based and pedagogical research. In her 25 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a classroom teacher, a clinician in […]

Gary Stauffer, LMSW

Gary Stauffer, LMSW, has spent four decades working with children, youth, and families in professional social work practice. Those years have included a decade of clinical work in community mental health settings, ten years in a day treatment program for youth with severe emotional impairments, ten years as a school social worker and another decade […]

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