I was born and raised in Juneau Alaska. I grew up exploring the mountains, glaciers, and rainforests of Southeast Alaska with a pair of skis, hiking boots, boats, shotguns, lots of rain gear with a contagious happiness and stoke for the outdoors.
For the last 15 months, before starting here at Wasatch Academy, I worked for Aspiro Adventures as an adventure wilderness therapy guide. Basically, I took troubled teenagers to all the corners of Utah to learn about themselves and what they have to change in their lives to be a functional successful human in society. My job was to keep the kids safe, de-escalate behavior, and create vulnerable emotional, powerful, moments through conversations and ceremony as a group for teenage boys that were struggling to make the right decisions in life.
Before that, I was working full time as a firefighter EMT and going to school full time for an associate’s degree in municipal firefighting in Fairbanks Alaska, which is roughly 200 miles south of Arctic Circle. In summers between college, I worked as a hiking guide, land surveying assistant, helicopter glacier guide, river rafting guide, and as a commercial fisherman on a long lining boat, gillnetting boat and tender! Most of my work has been outside in wild places! But I really love getting to know the community here on campus and I’m trying to figure out what a regular routine in life means.
Sometime after high school, I also finished an outdoor studies certificate from the University of Alaska Southeast.