Danielle has always been fascinated with understanding the human experience. This interest led her to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology. She grew up backpacking and camping and did a semester of National Outdoor Leadership School in the Rockies learning to mountaineer, rock climb, raft, kayak, and canyoneer. That time solidified her passion for wild places, so she spent summers during college leading trail crews across the country for the Student Conservation Association. After moving to Crested Butte, Colorado, she spent eight years working in land conservation for the Crested Butte Land Trust. She feels very connected to the deserts and mountains of the West and is passionate about protecting land for wildlife, recreation, agriculture and the healing powers of nature.
Danielle was drawn to Open Sky by its holistic approach, including the focus on mindfulness. It was also very important to her that Open Sky asks the students’ families to actively participate in the therapeutic process.
Danielle values getting to live outdoors in community with courageous people who are willing to do incredibly hard work helping those around them. Her strengths are flexibility, curiosity, and humor. Her strong foundation in hard skills helps her to support her teams and allow for group and individual work to take place.
During her time off, Danielle spends time playing and talking with friends and family, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, trail running, bike-packing adventures around the world, reading lots of books, drinking tea and dancing in her kitchen.