Wilderness therapy changed Katie’s life when she was a teenager. Since then, she has chosen to live a life of compassion, openness, and connection to nature, community, and her own self. Katie has much experience working in the outdoors. She has undergone wilderness therapy herself and completed two NOLS semesters, one in Alaska and one in the Rockies. She participated in a study abroad program through Naropa College’s partnership with LeapNow that took her to India and Peru and focused on yoga, meditation, culture, religion, and self-work. She graduated with a wilderness leadership and experiential education major from Brevard College and spent two and half years as the lead instructor for Outward Bound’s Intercept program for at-risk youth in North Carolina.
Katie was inspired to become a guide with Open Sky due to its holistic approach to treatment, as well as its emphasis on authentic relationships and family dynamics. Katie values genuine and growth-oriented relationships. She learns something new every day as a guide and is motivated to show up fully with passion and integrity so she can better support her community and offer new opportunities for others to show up as well. Her strengths within a guide team include her energy, compassion, creativity, courage, focus on connection, and conflict mediation skills.
Katie also likes to mountain bike, snowboard, explore, travel, and hike.