Mackenzie’s roots are in the mountains, rivers, and lakes of New Hampshire. She has always had an affinity for recreation and healing that stemmed from the woods. She discovered and studied the professional field of wilderness therapy at the University of New Hampshire, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education.
During college, Kenzie worked as a counselor at an Adventure Therapy program in New Hampshire facilitating day and week-long adventure programs for populations with learning disabilities. Directly following her undergraduate studies, she joined the team at Open Sky as a field guide. During her two years in that role, she found a fierce love and compassion for supporting the growth and learning of others. After developing knowledge and skills of cultivating the culture in student teams at Open Sky, she has shifted her focus toward nurturing a healthy and effective field and guide culture as a Field Manager.
At the end of 2018, Kenzie transitioned from Field Manager to Psychiatric Assistant. Her knowledge of the wilderness experience, familiarity with the Open Sky program, and excellent attention to detail enhance her work in this role. Kenzie works directly with Open Sky Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Braunstein as well as with the Field, Clinical, and Medical teams to help provide our students with the best psychiatric services throughout their stay.
Beyond Open Sky, Kenzie finds herself seeking her own journeys of adventure, recreation, and healing in the backcountry. She loves mountain biking, scuba diving, skiing, canyoneering, riding horses, and playing with other fuzzy animals. On a beautiful summer day, you may find Kenzie singing songs while riding slow around the mountain passes on her motorcycle.