Intrepid adventurers, talented teachers. Meet our staff.

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  • There’s a reason Avid4 Adventure was voted one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work for the past two years. However you describe them, our instructors are a breed apart. They’re insatiable outdoors experts with serious safety and skills training. They’re impeccably credentialed, most 21 and older, and they get crazy high marks from our discerning parents. They’re also talented teachers with the rare ability to connect with kids and inspire them to push their limits. When they’re not working, you’ll find them 3000 feet up a sheer rock face, kayaking down a raging river, crashing down a moonscape on a mountain bike—in short, embodying the same passion for outdoor adventure we teach at summer camp.  Meet a few of them here. 

  • Keagan French

    Keagan French

    Camp Director

    Keagan graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in social work and while in college started the largest slack line club in the country. Keagan now lives in Colorado and snowboards and high lines all the time (which is slack lining up high!).  Keagan grew up adventuring, traveling the world, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking, and now he’s excited to share his love of the outdoors with campers and anyone he can inspire. Let’s go!

  • Kirstin Davis

    Kirstin Davis

    Instructor

    Since graduating from Ithaca College in 2011, Kirstin has been bouncing around different parts of the country in search of adventure. From white water rafting in Washington, to exploring the caves of her native Connecticut (yes, Connecticut has caves!), to snowboard instructing in New Mexico, Kirstin has been teaching kids of all ages outdoor adventure sports. Kirstin’s goal is to inspire kids (especially girls) to get out, get dirty and have adventures. When she’s not working with youth, Kirstin likes to play ultimate frisbee and navigate rapids.  

  • Nicole Passeri

    Nicole Passeri

    Instructor

    Nicole studied Environmental Studies at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and taught Environmental Education for New York State Parks for three years. She loves rock climbing, hiking, and just about everything in nature. Oh, and birds! Nicole also worked for 2 summers with puffins and other seabirds in Maine. Nicole loves working with kids and sharing her passion for outdoor adventure.

  • Jonathan Zimmerman

    Jonathan Zimmerman

    Assistant Director

    Summer camp runs deep in Jonathan’s blood. Spending 11 summers in positions ranging from sailing instructor to Camp Director has given Jonathan a wonderful opportunity to see the positive impact summer camp has on camper’s lives. Jonathan has a B.S. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management from Penn State University and a Masters in Tourism Management from Colorado State University. When not in the classroom or at camp you can find Jonathan in the great outdoors skiing, backpacking, boating, or hanging out with his dog, Henri.

  • Megan Foster

    Megan Foster

    Instructor

    Born and raised in rural Oregon, Megan grew up playing outdoors. From hiking, fishing, and horseback riding, to biking, climbing, and kayaking, she loves anything that involves moving outside and connecting with the environment. This passion led Megan to participate in a National Outdoor Leadership course, become a certified Wilderness First Responder, and to attend Prescott College where she earned a B.A. in Adventure Education.  Megan loves sharing her deep appreciation of the outdoors with kids at camp.  

  • Lindsay Stokes

    Lindsay Stokes

    Instructor

    Lindsay grew up in Boulder right at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and fell in love with nature through family backpacking trips in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It wasn’t until her semester in the Rockies with the National Outdoor Leadership School–exploring the canyons in Utah, climbing, and canoeing the Green River–that she realized she wanted to share her passion for getting outdoors with others.  Lindsay has worked with youth for the past 10 summers leading trips for Women’s Wilderness Institute. When she’s not playing outside, you can find Lindsay teaching dance and sociology and hanging out with her husband and dog.

  • Daniel Fluharty

    Daniel Fluharty

    Camp Director

    Daniel started adventuring as a kid growing up in Arkansas and hasn’t stopped since. He got a job working at summer camps as soon as he was old enough, and took on roles as a caving, climbing and backpacking guide and a climbing and canyoneering instructor during his college years at Western Kentucky University and Metropolitan State University. After graduating with a degree in recreation management, he worked as a lead climbing and mountain biking guide at Apex Ex Adventure Trips.  A Wilderness First Responder and American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Climbing Instructor, Daniel spends as much time as he can mountain biking, rock climbing, splitboarding, backpacking and playing soccer. He loves working with kids in the outdoors, harnessing their natural spirit for exploration and guiding them in new and exciting adventures.

  • Kiersten Brown

    Kiersten Brown

    Instructor

    Kiersten’s love of the outdoors grew during her time growing up in the two great states of Colorado and Maine.  She graduated from C.U. Boulder with a B.A. in Anthropology and a Chinese minor.  Kiersten is currently pursuing her Master of Education and teacher licensure program at the University of Denver.  She has worked in traditional and experiential education with kids of all ages for nine years – having taught skiing, kayaking, surfing, climbing, camping, recreation, nutrition, math and international programs. When she is not sharing her passion for the outdoors with kids at Avid4 Adventure, Kiersten teaches as a Math Interventionist at Cory Elementary School.

  • Addison Mayer

    Addison Mayer

    Instructor

    Born and raised in Boulder Colorado, Addison grew up feeling an affinity for the outdoors. His childhood was spent hiking, climbing, biking and skiing in the mountains that surrounded his home, activities that he still highly enjoys. His love of the Front Range and all things Colorado led him to attend the University of Colorado and pursue a degree in philosophy. After attending a month-long backpacking course in Alaska with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Addison’s decision to pursue outdoor education as a career was solidified. Since then, he has been working with kids throughout the year instructing at after school programs and outdoor-focused summer camps such as Avid4 Adventure.  Addison holds the distinction of being one of two candidates selected for Avid4 Adventure’s Class V: Management & Outdoor Leadership Practicum, an internship focusing on the professional development of leaders for youth outdoor recreation programming.

  • Mary Keonoupheth

    Mary Keonoupheth

    Instructor

    When she first discovered Avid4 Adventure, Mary thought to herself, “This is the perfect job for me!”  Mary has been working with children for over 8 years and got her start teaching first graders physical education. Since then, she has been working as a reading and math tutor for kids in pre-k to 7th grades and inspiring their love of outdoor adventure in her summer position as an instructor at Avid4 Adventure.   Mary loves being outdoors, going on hikes, being active in any type of sport, and simply being engulfed by the wonders of nature. The health and well-being of the environment is near and dear to Mary’s heart and something she continuously devotes her time and energy to.  When she’s not teaching or adventuring with kids, you’ll find Mary reading, enjoying nature, or spending time with family and friends.

  • Nate Thoreson

    Nate Thoreson

    Camp Director

    Nate grew up in northern Wisconsin where his back yard was his own personal summer camp. With one acre between his house and a lake, his mom served as the neighborhood Camp Director, teaching local kids biking, swimming and the fundamental rule “safety fist and always be kind.” It is no surprise then that Nate received his Bachelor in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango and was awarded the department’s Major of the Year.  Nate loves working with kids outdoors and in particular, that Mother Nature teaches adaptability. He likes showing kids how to change gears when thrown curve balls and helping kids find their own natural path of learning and growing.  An Avid4 Adventure veteran, Nate has worked as a Day Camp Instructor, as the Assistant Director at Colorado Mountain Camp, and as an Avid4 Adventure Events Manager.  Nate also holds the distinction of being one of two candidates selected for Avid4 Adventure’s Class V: Management & Outdoor Leadership Practicum, an internship focusing on the professional development of leaders for youth outdoor recreation programming. If he wasn’t busy enough, Nate also runs St. Kilda Rickshaws in Australia! When he is not on a rickshaw, he loves to rock climb, boulder, hike, slackline, listen to music, and dive into a good coloring book now and then.

  • David Levison

    David Levison

    Instructor

    David is originally from the Mexican State of Chihuahua but was raised in downtown Atlanta. David’s first true experience with the outdoors and the wilderness was through the National Outdoor Leadership School. Spending one semester in Alaska and another in New Zealand, he found a passion for the outdoors through mountaineering, sea kayaking, white water canoeing and hiking. After completing these courses, he attended Brevard College in North Carolina as a Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education major. David enjoys helping young people appreciate and love nature and adventure as much as he does. When he’s not instructing at Avid4 Adventure’s camps or school programs, you’ll find David biking, climbing, and seeking adventures no matter how big or small.

  • Josh Schultz

    Josh Schultz

    Instructor

    Josh grew up in Northern California’s Central Valley and attended college at Humboldt State University where he earned his B.A in Sociology. While in Humboldt, Josh loved exploring the area through rock climbing, backpacking and cycling.  Josh served in AmeriCorps and has spent his career holding positions in outdoor leadership and youth education programs throughout California, Utah and Colorado. Josh is also the mastermind behind Avid4 Adventure’s new skateboarding curriculum.  When he’s not climbing, biking or pursuing some outdoor adventure, you can find Josh reading, drawing or playing harmonica.

Keagan French

Keagan French

Camp Director

Kirstin Davis

Kirstin Davis

Instructor

Nicole Passeri

Nicole Passeri

Instructor

Jonathan Zimmerman

Jonathan Zimmerman

Assistant Director

Megan Foster

Megan Foster

Instructor

Lindsay Stokes

Lindsay Stokes

Instructor

Daniel Fluharty

Daniel Fluharty

Camp Director

Kiersten Brown

Kiersten Brown

Instructor

Addison Mayer

Addison Mayer

Instructor

Mary Keonoupheth

Mary Keonoupheth

Instructor

Nate Thoreson

Nate Thoreson

Camp Director

David Levison

David Levison

Instructor

Josh Schultz

Josh Schultz

Instructor