Haley grew up in a loud, messy, and often chaotic house with a loud, messy, often chaotic, and very loving family. As a child of military service member, she moved around often, and these experiences fostered her affinity for travel, exploration, and building relationships. Haley took these passions with her when she moved to Colorado to begin her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University. Haley had many formative experiences at CSU. She discovered a love for nature when she worked in the mountains as a ropes course instructor. She developed interests in language, identity, and trauma when she participated in a research-based study abroad program in Amman, Jordan. Haley also found her calling for working with adolescents and young adults after spending two years as a non-profit program coordinator for an organization called Public Achievement.
Haley graduated from CSU in 2019 with a bachelor’s of arts in sociology and a minor in interdisciplinary leadership studies. Shortly after graduation, she was excited to discover wilderness therapy, a world in which all of her passions, values, and callings collided. Haley spent over 200 days on the trail at a wilderness therapy program, first as a field instructor and then as a field supervisor. She left this program to pursue a master’s degree in social work, with the goal in mind to one day become a wilderness therapist. She is currently halfway through her program at the University of Denver.
Haley is working at Open Sky because she believes that nature is a valuable tool for recovery. She has seen the powerful outcomes of this work countless times and loves being a part of it. Haley also values mindfulness and meditation and appreciates Open Sky’s emphasis on these tools. Finally, she recognizes the importance of healthy family systems and loves working in the Family Services department, where she gets to help families build the skills they need to thrive after Open Sky.
When Haley isn’t in the field, she loves to explore, travel, and get outside with her dog. She loves yoga, rock climbing, hiking, baking, live music, and playing loud, messy, and often chaotic board games with her family.