Leadership Team

Our Team

Tom and Catherine Holland


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. Tom is a board member of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and City Kids Wilderness Project.

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 four kids.

Find a list of Tom’s published articles here.

Contact Tom and Catherine: info@wildernessadventures.com

Meredith Bower

International Regional Director

Growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Meredith was exposed to the wonders of the outdoor world from an early age. After participating in a Wilderness Adventures trip of her own at the age of 13, Meredith’s love for the outdoors only grew. Meredith continued to follow this passion, and found joy in helping others discover the magic of the outdoor world as well; working as a WA leader for three summers, and teaching environmental education in Alabama. She is now excited to be a part of the leadership team in Jackson, WY. Meredith has spent a lot of time traveling internationally, both with WA and independently, and loves bringing her passion for travel and language to her job everyday. In her free time, Meredith loves to hike, paint, cook in her cast iron skillet, snowboard and jet off around the world!

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 son, Archer, and pup, Nellie.

Contact Carly: carly@wildernessadventures.com

Shannon Jones

Program Expert

Shannon is originally from North Carolina and grew to love the outdoors in high school through her experience as a Wilderness Adventures student on the Hawaii and Costa Rica Belize trips. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in history, and led trips for WA in the Yellowstone area during the summer. After graduating, Shannon moved to a small village in northeastern Thailand to teach English. She then joined the Leadership Team at WA full-time in Jackson Hole and now lives in Buena Vista, Colorado with her husband Nelson. Shannon enjoys trail running, mountain biking, long-distance bikepacking, skiing, camping, rafting, reading, and card games. She attributes her adventurous spirit and love for the outdoors to her time as both a student and a leader with Wilderness Adventures and is excited to to be a member of the Leadership Team.

Contact Shannon: shannon@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 Western Director and Director of Operations. 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 / Program Expert

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

Director of Staffing and Program Safety

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

Gabe Allen

Rocky Mountain Regional Director

Gabe grew up in Montpelier, Vermont with the Green Mountains as his backyard. During his junior year of high school he spent a semester in Ecuador with an expedition program and the experience deepened his passion for backcountry travel. Gabe went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Skidmore College in New York, where he spent his weekends exploring the Adirondacks and served as President of the Skidmore Outing Club. After four summers as a trip leader for Wilderness Adventures and a stint on a trail crew in Colorado, he moved back to Vermont and spent two years in Burlington working for an outdoor retailer and as a freelance writer. Gabe is excited to be back out west and back at Wilderness Adventures as the Rocky Mountain Director. In his free time, you can find him playing music, writing for the local paper, rock climbing and skiing.

Contact Gabe: gabe@wildernessadventures.com