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Though new to Second Nature, Chad is no stranger to Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare. He began his career in 1999 as a field guide. After two years in the field, Chad enrolled at Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. During his undergraduate experience, Chad attended and later became the Teaching Assistant for a study abroad program. This experience had a profound impact on him and helped guide him back to a career helping young people through experiential education and experiences.
Chad returned to the wilderness in 2006 and has worked in numerous capacities including Intake Coordinator, Field Manager, and Program Director before transitioning into Admissions. During his tenure as Program Director, Chad earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and focused his studies on non-profit organization and development. Though not directly related to wilderness treatment, his education allowed him to focus on a softer more human side of the business world.
Chad is passionate about the transformative power of wilderness and understands how intentional therapeutic interventions coupled with caring and compassionate staff can change a young person’s life. He sees Second Nature as the ideal setting for clients to step away from the chaos that has engulfed them, quiet the noise, and find strength within themselves.
When he is not working with families and consultants, Chad enjoys sharing his love of the outdoors with his wife Alison and their two children.