Dan is a graduate of Georgia College, where he earned a B.S. in Outdoor Education and Psychology. He has worked with two different organizations in North Carolina leading outdoor adventure trips and teaching primitive living skills for children of all ages. Most recently, he spent almost 2 years in Colorado doing lots of rock climbing and coordinating an adventure leadership program for local youth. Dan grew up playing sports of all sorts, including running cross country at the collegiate level. He has learned a lot of life skills through the use of sports and the outdoors and believes that both can be great mediums for helping youth develop strong values, build self-esteem, foster friendships, grow as young leaders, and engage in healthy lifestyles. In his spare time, Dan enjoys rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountain biking, running, and hiking. One of Dan’s favorite personal experiences was thru-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in 2013.
Adventure Therapy Director
Leslie Rosenburg M.A.T
Leslie loves adventure and the deep learning that comes from direct experience. Leslie has been working with young people since 2000 in a variety of dynamic capacities – as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, as an Art Teacher, as a Mindfulness Instructor, and as a Wilderness Therapy Guide. She has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Wesleyan University and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Western Carolina University. Throughout her career she has used her creativity and enthusiasm for teaching to design and implement programs in schools and universities, in after-school programs and non-profits, in the wilderness, and internationally. Leslie sees the profound effect the outdoors has on students of all ages. Her goal is to create a rich program that helps students expand their comfort zones in ways that promote confidence, relational learning, and healing. Leslie is a visual artist and works in her home studio with wood and mixed media. She’s a student of meditation and guide in the Shambhala Tradition. Her favorite therapeutic adventures include mountain biking, trail running, hiking, and kayaking.
Adam graduated Warren Wilson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Leadership and a minor in Biology. He has worked as a Lead Sea Kayaking Guide in Hawaii, led Whitewater Kayaking in Colorado and was a Ski Patroller in Cataloochee. Adam is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician, Outdoor Emergency Care Technician, a Swiftwater Rescue Technician, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Wildland Firefighter Type II. Adam says, “I have learned and grown massively through my experiences in wilderness and in Adventure settings. Providing similar challenging and empowering opportunities for our students allows me to share those experiences that have been incredibly important in my own development.”
Rachel was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She has been working in the Wellness/Fitness industry for about 15 years and has a plethora of experience with people of all backgrounds and ages ranging from 5-95 years young. Rachel received her Bachelors of Science from App State U and Masters of Science from The Citadel, with degrees in Exercise Sports Science with minors in Psychology and Health Care Management.
Rachel’s passion has always been helping individuals incorporate movement and positive vibes into their everyday life! Some of her favorite things to do are hanging out with her partner and two dogs. She also enjoys cooking and going on adventures.