Prior to joining the Open Sky team in October 2017, Ted held a position as a project and operations coordinator for the Mountain Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico for five years. With the Mountain Center, he facilitated outdoor adventure-based programs for at-risk youth and other vulnerable populations. These programs focused on the development of resiliency and building community connections.
Ted was drawn to join Open Sky because of its holistic approach to wilderness therapy. This includes research and evidence-based practices, high involvement of families in the therapeutic process, and emphases on mindfulness practices. He also loves the beautiful location of the course areas in southeast Utah and southwest Colorado. Ted started at Open Sky as a field guide and then a senior guide. In those roles, Ted valued the opportunity to improve students' ability to connect with themselves, function within a group, and connect with nature. He enjoyed helping families reconnect, heal, and have healthy relationships. With his strong background in risk management, Ted worked worked hard to keep students safe while allowing them to experience a sense of adventure throughout the program.
In fall of 2020, Ted moved into the role of Operations Field Coordinator, supporting the Operations Team in making daily and seasonal logistics at Open Sky run smoothly behind the scenes.
In his time off, Ted likes to explore the southwest, in particular hiking remote trails and rafting on rivers with others. His first backpacking trip was in his mom’s backpack when he was two years old. When not playing outside, he also loves to play various video and card games.