Leadership Team

Our Team

Tom and Catherine Holland

Directors

Originally from the midwest, Tom and Catherine Holland are proud to be members of the Wilderness Adventures team.

Tom attended Wilderness Adventures as a teenager and discovered a passion for adventure and outdoor education during this time. The program led him to get involved in the summer camp industry while in college. An award-winning educator, Tom spent three years teaching social studies at the secondary level before he left the classroom to work at a camp in northwest Wyoming. After two years on the team, he was named the Executive Director, a role he held for six years. In 2013, he went on to work for the American Camp Association and held the roles of Chief Foundation Officer and Chief Executive Officer.

Known as a leading expert on the camp experience, Tom has spoken at both national and international conferences on youth development, the camp experience and children in the outdoors. He holds a B.A. in secondary education and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Catherine’s passion for teaching children in the outdoors is partnered with her passion for nutrition and the culinary arts. As a registered dietician with a B.S. in culinary arts from Saint Louis University, she has always brought a wealth of knowledge to meal planning and food preparation for backcountry trips. In the world of camp, Catherine has served in a variety of roles including head chef, assistant director and director of a summer camp in northwest Wyoming. Outside of camp, Catherine has worked as a registered dietician and certified diabetic educator at the hospital in Jackson, Wyoming.

Both Tom and Catherine love volunteering in various capacities in the Jackson Hole community and love to get outside with their three daughters.

Find a list of Tom’s published articles here.

Contact Tom and Catherine: info@wildernessadventures.com


Carly Chanatry

Director of Marketing and Sales

Carly was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During college, she found her way west in the summers to begin her work in the summer camp industry. Completely taken with the beauty of Wyoming and the important work of summer camps, she relocated full-time to Jackson. After 12 summers working at a residential camp outside of Jackson Hole, Carly decided it was time for a new challenge and adventure. She made her way to Wilderness Adventures to work as the Western Director. This position allowed her the ability to learn the details of the program and fully immerse herself in the experience that Wilderness Adventures provides. Moving into marketing and sales, Carly is excited to be a part of the dynamic WA team. She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, fly fishing, and playing outside with her pup, Nellie.

Contact Carly: carly@wildernessadventures.com


Molly Warga

Rocky Mountain Director

Molly is passionate about introducing youth to the outdoors, and loves spending her her free time skiing, running, and rafting. She has worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School in both Moab and Leadville and spent two years volunteering for the Alpine Rescue Team in Colorado. Originally from Denver, Molly found her way to Jackson after graduating from Lewis and Clark College. Molly worked for a local wilderness camp and residential school in Jackson before moving back to Colorado to attend The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. After attaining her Master’s in Social Work with an organizational leadership concentration, Molly was excited to return to the Valley to work with the Wilderness Adventures team.

Contact Molly: molly@wildernessadventures.com


Shauna Handschin

Staffing Director

Although quite at home in the Tetons, Shauna is originally from Agawam, Massachusetts. Prior to making her way west, she attended Boston University and Springfield College graduating with Bachelor degrees in Therapeutic Recreation Services and Outdoor Recreation Management, as well as working toward a Masters degree in Education. Her passions for teaching combined with her passion for the outdoors led her to Wilderness Adventures where she led trips for two summers before becoming part of the leadership team in 2008. Shauna has served as the Staffing Director since, taking a two year hiatus to spend time with her husband, Jeremiah, and their four young boys. Shauna enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family, running, volunteering and baking.

Contact Shauna: shauna@wildernessadventures.com


Trent Hultman

Western Director / Director of Operations

Trent first participated with Wilderness Adventures as a student in 1989, and led and directed programs for five years. Raised in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Trent attended The Mercersburg Academy, and graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics. Trent has been a full-time member of our administrative staff since 1994 and currently serves as the Executive Program Director. Trent, his wife Suzie and sons Keane and Reece reside in Jackson Hole. He serves as a coach on his sons’ teams for Jackson Youth Soccer and Jackson Youth Hockey. Trent enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking, skiing and camping with his family.

Contact Trent: trent@wildernessadventures.com


Rachel Staff

Admissions Director

Rachel, a Philadelphia native and graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University, is an active lacrosse coach and outdoor enthusiast living in Jackson Hole. Before joining the team at Wilderness Adventures she lived and worked in New York City. While the city did have it’s perks, it did not suit her outdoor lifestyle and she managed to make her way out west to beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming! As the Admissions Director at WA, Rachel manages the enrollment process of all WA students and works to support families and students throughout their time with Wilderness Adventures. Rachel enjoys traveling, barre, yoga, fly fishing, biking, hiking, photography, horseback riding, and all things dogs!

Contact Rachel: rachel@wildernessadventures.com

 


Geoff Zovickian

International Director

Geoff serves as the International Director at Wilderness Adventures. Geoff was a student on both the Alaska Southeast and Costa Rica programs. He spent four summers leading the following trips: Yellowstone Explorer, Yellowstone Teton, Costa Rica Adventure, Costa Rica Service, Costa Rica Belize, Ecuador Galapagos, and Spain Language. Geoff hails from northern California, having studied Music Composition and English Literature at the University of California at Davis. He spent a year coaching middle school baseball and working at an elementary school with kindergarten through fourth grade students. His favorite things to do are meet new people, whitewater raft, and watch sports – Go Warriors!

Contact Geoff: geoff@wildernessadventures.com


Jackie Barrett

Base Camp Director

Jackie was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in up-sate New York, Jackie made her way out to Jackson Hole to begin her career in the summer camp industry. Previously, Jackie worked as the Program Director for a summer camp in the Jackson Hole area for five years. As the Base Camp Director, Jackie manages the day camp at Snow King. Jackie enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Yeti.

Contact Jackie: jackie@wildernessadventures.com


Mike and Helen Cottingham

Directors Emeriti

Since its inception, Wilderness Adventures has found extraordinary success and has grown steadily to become the oldest, most experienced, and leading outdoor adventure travel program for young adults. Mike and Helen have both had extensive experience working with young adults. Mike received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1968 and his M.Ed. from Xavier University of Ohio in 1972. Helen received her B.A. from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1969. They both taught in Cincinnati area schools prior to becoming full-time directors of Wilderness Adventures. The Cottingham’s raised their sons Christopher and Nicholas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and have resided in the Tetons since 1975.