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


Jackie Barrett

Admissions Director

Jackie was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in upstate 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 Admissions Director, Jackie works with all of our students and families to ensure a wonderful summer for all! Jackie enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Yeti.

Contact Jackie: jackie@wildernessadventures.com


Meredith Bower

International Regional Director

Growing up in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Meredith was exposed to the wonders of the outdoor world from a early age. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, Meredith started pursuing her passion of helping students discover the outdoors, and care for the natural world. Meredith worked as a trip leader for Wilderness Adventures for three summers, and spent time teaching environmental and farm education in Alabama. She has now joined the leadership team as the International Regional Director, and could not be more excited. In her free time, Meredith loves to hike, cook, snowboard and travel!

Contact Meredith: meredith@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 their pup, Nellie.

Contact Carly: carly@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


Willy Ross

Base Camp Director

Willy was born and raised in Bend, Oregon where he was introduced to an outdoor lifestyle at a young age. During his summers, while enrolled in school at the University of Oregon, he would venture out to Wyoming and work for a summer camp in the Jackson Hole area. This is where his love for camp started. After graduating from the University of Oregon and living in Telluride for a winter he worked as a Trip Leader for WA and led our Hawaii trips. More recently, Willy worked for Columbia Sportswear and lived in Portland, Oregon. He is now returning to the summer camp industry and could not be more excited. Willy enjoys skiing, climbing, fishing and playing the guitar in his free time.

Contact Willy: william@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