Family Services Team


The family is the centerpiece for each student's treatment at Open Sky. The Family Services Team is here to provide support for parents and to offer resources and meaningful experiences to help the family grow and heal. Research has proven repeatedly that a student's success is proportional to the involvement and growth of the student's family. With this in mind, Open Sky provides the most comprehensive family experience available in wilderness therapy. Family Services Team members are exclusively dedicated to the needs and success of our families.

Tony Issenmann, PhD, LMFT

Clinical & Family Services Director

Dr. Tony has clinical experience working in a variety of settings including wilderness therapy programs, community agencies, a day treatment center for schizophrenic clients, and family therapy centers. He has worked with a varying population, but has focused his work primarily around the adolescent and parent system.

Kendall Smith, LCPC, NCC, RYT

Family Services Supervisor

Kendall has worked with adolescents, young adults, and families for over a decade. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Family Therapist she has provided therapy in a variety of settings to a wide range of clientele. In the recent past she worked in a holistic health center in Washington, DC, as a clinician in a college counseling center, and offered equine-assisted psychotherapy on a horse ranch.

Norman Elizondo, BS

Family Wellness Counselor

Norman has worked with adolescents and families in wilderness therapy since 1998 as a senior field guide, field trainer, field director, education director, and graduation coordinator. He earned his BS in Business Management from the University of Illinois, Chicago. With a vast experience and teaching repertoire in meditation and yoga, Norman leads regular trainings for our team and students. In his role with Open Sky, he facilitates the graduation experience, conducts the weekly parent support teleconferences, and co-leads the parent wellness weekends.

Matthew Krugh, MSW

Family Services Therapist

Matthew completed his Master’s in Social Work at Texas State University and is thrilled to join Open Sky and the Family Services Team. After first learning of Wilderness Therapy while in the Peace Corps, Matthew has aspired toward this vocation, combining his passion for people and love for being outdoors.

Gregory Martin, MA, LPC-E

Family Services Therapist

Gregory has worked in wilderness therapy since 1995. He has served hundreds of at-risk youth, young adults in crisis, people suffering from the disease of addiction, and those in major life transitions. Gregory has worked with Open Sky off and on since the beginning in 2006.

Brian Leidal, MA, NCC

Family Services Therapist

Brian grew up in the state of Michigan where he learned at an early age to love and respect the outdoors. He took part in numerous adventures with the Boy Scouts of America and eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His college years were spent at Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation. After graduating, Brian took on various outdoor seasonal jobs as a trip leader and outdoor educator for youth. He eventually moved to South Dakota and worked on the Native American reservations of the Great Plains.

Penney Sutcliffe Stahl, LPC

Family Services Therapist

Penney has been serving youth and their families as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2002. Her journey began in 1992, helping to heal families and youth in wilderness therapy as a field guide.  She has since worked with adjudicated youth, helping families navigate the criminal justice system and beyond.

Beth Mascio, BS

Transition Mentor

Beth realized her passion for wilderness therapy after attending a leadership course in South America thru West Virginia University. On this trip she spent 12 days in the Chilean wilderness with both American and Chilean backpacking guides. She recognized the power of the wilderness and returned with a passion to teach others confidence and leadership. In the wilderness, Beth finds the perfect amount of time to sit and listen to others. For Beth, wilderness therapy is the perfect blend of the outdoors and space for compassion for others.

Ben Lotstein, BS

Transition Mentor

Ben's love for the outdoors was forged in the forests of Southwest CT. During his childhood, he would regularly hike, fish, and explore in the woods around his home. Ben later went on to receive a B.S. in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Ithaca College, during which he was a student on a 90-day wilderness intensive course. This extended backcountry experience solidified Ben's aspirations of pursuing a career using the outdoors as a catalyst for effecting change in the lives of others.

Katherine Nicoll Newbury, BA

Family Services Guide

Katie has been working as a guide in the wilderness industry since 2007. Prior to Open Sky, she was a Wilderness Trail Guide
 for YMCA Camp Widjiwagan in MN, a NOLS Instructor , and a Senior Field Staff for 
 Three Rivers in Montana. She received her BA in English, from 
Williams College.

Sam Newbury, BA

Family Services Guide

Sam has a deep passion for Wilderness Therapy, with a resume in the industry dating back to 2004. He brings this experience, along with compassion, and patience when working with students and families. These qualities have been strengthened immeasurably by his time in the wilderness.

Erin Faehling, BA

Family Services Guide

Erin grew up as a creative and independent kid in the Northwoods of Wisconsin where her love of the wilderness took an early root. In between studying English, Creative Writing, and Music at a small liberal arts college in Iowa, she took her first job leading summer canoe trips at a camp in Northern Wisconsin for four years where she worked directly with youth, families, and supporting staff.