Leadership Team

The sensitivity, skillfulness and effectiveness of an organization is an expression of the people involved. The leadership at Open Sky offers a combination of vision and practical application. Committed to excellence and innovation, Open Sky's leadership has created a family therapy experience that transcends traditional wilderness therapy and gives families the tools they need for lasting success.

Aaron Fernandes, BA


Aaron holds a BA in psychology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Aaron has vast leadership experience in the fields of outdoor education and wilderness therapy. In 1999, Aaron joined Aspen Achievement Academy, where he served as a Senior Field Instructor and then Field Director from 2002 to 2003. As Field Director, Aaron supervised the day-to-day field operations, organized trainings for employees, served as risk management director, and implemented programmatic innovations in personnel management and quality assurance. In 2004, he accepted a position of Executive Director of Explorations Wilderness Programs in Trout Creek, Montana. Aaron was then hired to provided strategic business consultation for a variety of Aspen Education Group (AEG) wilderness therapy programs.

Emily D. Fernandes, LCSW

Executive Director

Emily has worked with adolescents and families in wilderness settings since 1996 as a therapist, field instructor, trainer, logistics coordinator, emergency responder, and field director. Emily earned a BA from Bates College and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Utah. Emily’s diverse training includes yoga, psychodynamic theory, and adolescent development.