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Sarah Ullrich, BS

Assistant Transportation Director

After chasing endless summer for a number of years, Sarah joined the Open Sky team just ahead of winter, in October 2020. Ten years of program administration between Outward Bound Chesapeake Bay School and Outward Bound California allowed her to work hard in northern hemisphere summers and spend the off season working remote in the warmer climates along the equator and southern hemisphere. While her formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and history, she brings a broad skillset of logistical and operations experience to the team. She has a special focus of looking at all elements of support work through the lens of equity. Wilderness therapy has piqued her interest throughout her career in the outdoor industry, driven by the belief that disconnection from our natural selves is one of the greatest perils of modern civilization. She has found immense healing in the wilderness throughout her life and is excited to support Open Sky’s mission in bringing nature-based healing to others.

In her decade with various Outward Bound schools in the US, Sarah has developed into a competent, results-driven administrator who centers the experiences of staff and students. Her specific strengths lay in systems creation and management, finding efficiencies, and ensuring that all people involved are supported fully in both physical and emotional needs. On the Open Sky team, she also contributes her extensive experience in fleet management, staff development, and risk management in both front country and backcountry contexts. Collaboration to achieve common goals is a passion of hers, and she approaches all challenges with the motto of “One Team, One Dream”.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling both within the United States as well as internationally, often to Latin America in her quest to become a fluent Spanish speaker. She is a Bananagrams and Sudoku enthusiast, enjoys long walks (sometimes across countries), and reading or Netflix-ing, depending on the night. Skiing is her favorite outdoor activity, with swaying in a hammock on a hot day coming in as a close second. Over the past few years, she’s been cultivating a love for plants and spends a fair bit of time talking to and caring for her various succulents and houseplants. Most of all, she enjoys examining her implicit biases, engaging in media created by people of non-dominant identities, and actively contributing to social justice through discovering and dismantling the ways she participates in systems of oppression.

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.