Scroll down to see our Partner bio's or click a name below to learn about our Instructors:
~Ryan Chasse - Extreme Activities Coordinator
~Arolyn Chappell - Camp Director
~Diana Erickson - Fitness Coordinator
~Jenny Everett King - Consulting
~Patrick French - Trainer
~Melanie Haney - Photographer / Guide
~ Christina Knickerbocker - Teen Outreach
~Lin Huelle - Life Navigation Mentor
(Partner / Lead Instructor / Curriculum)
Cold weather survival, Knots, Map & Compass, Fire Building, Team Building, Leadership Skills, Youth Curriculum.
Former Army Airborne Ranger
Former local Police Officer
Former Police Explorers Leader
Former Security Director for inner-city high school
Former Skills Clinic Coordinator for Eastern Mountain Sports
Former Youth Counselor for a local youth detention center
Former Fitness Director and Personal Trainer for area YMCAs
Former Youth Leader at a local church
Currently lead outreach and instructor for Thrive Outdoors Currenty teaching Basic Survival at Mosaic Explore - a homeschool enrichment program Currently Manager of The Concord Emergency Cold Weather Shelter Currently board member of Hooking for the Homeless and Reality Check
Combat Lifesaver, Advanced Military Tactics & Movement, Interview & Interrogation, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training, Critical Incident Management, FEMA National Incident Management System, Defensive Tactics, Jujitsu, Physical Fitness Management, Mental Health First Aid, and CPR / First Aid.
Jake has spent thousands of hours in the wilderness, in group and solitary settings, learning and growing. He has led hundreds of youth and adult day and overnight trips, teaching wilderness survival and leadership skills and is passionate about passing this knowledge on. A father of four, Jake has made it a point to be prepared and to know his family will have every opportunity to Thrive in any emergency situation.
Jake has spent the last 20 years in social services, working with at-risk youth, recovering addicts, the homeless, and inner city adults & youth. Jake, along with his partners Ed, Vinnie, and Geralynn started Thrive Outdoors as a way to increase knowledge of the natural world, help instill confidence and positive self worth in all its students, teach survival in extreme circumstances, and help guide people to a better understanding of stress reduction & real leadership.
Jake is the creator of Thrive Outdoors BIG 5 Principles of survival and their everyday life application, the Life Triangle, and other Thrive Outdoors original curriculum.
Personal Quote ~“Learning any or all of the components of wilderness survival is more than just being ready for an emergency in the woods. It’s about having confidence in yourself and your abilities, wherever you are.”
Favorite Quote ~“In the wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia” – Charles A. Lindbergh
(PARTNER / INSTRUCTOR / ADMIN)
Hospitality, School-aged Curriculum, Gear Organization, Navigation, Survival Games
Currently working towards his MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Bachelors Degree in Sociology
Studies in Psychology, Criminal Justice & Non-profit Business Management Homeless Shelter Night Manager
Church Board Member at Journey Church in Derry, NH
Hospitality Director on Staff at Journey Church in Derry, NH
Father of four
Free time: Small Group Leader, Camping, Survival Training, Mixed Martial Arts, Basketball, Running
Motto: “Only a life lived for others is a life worth lived” -Einstein
Personal quote: "There are no problems, only solutions that haven’t been found yet.”
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
“We will either find a way or make one.”
“Do or do not. There is no try.”
Vinnie has been a lover of the outdoors since a child when he would spend his days exploring the woods near the reservoir in his town. The freedom that nature gave him over modern conveniences helped build his respect for wilderness and the living creatures that call it home.
Vinnie has experienced many diverse places across our country and throughout the world. From the Rain forests of Costa Rica to several European countries to some great places within the U.S. he has built an admiration for the world outside of the business of life.
(PARTNER / INSTRUCTOR)
Check out Dr. Ed's TEDx talk on the Presistence of STIGMA about Mental Health
Dr. King brings to Thrive Outdoors a lifelong interest in the natural world, an eclectic range of experiences, and a commitment toward youth development and education.
In the early 90’s he earned a dual bachelors degree in biology and chemistry from Keene, State College. During this period his experiences included S.C.U.B.A. environmental cleanup in the Merrimack River, field research in the jungles of Costa Rica, and living in, and managing a home for the developmentally disabled. For 2 1/2 months in 1994 he founding and executed a solo cross-country bike ride fundraiser for abused children. During this ride he was unsupported, carried all of his gear on his bike, and lived outdoors. He fondly remembers, “When you spend that much time outdoors you gain new abilities, you can tell the time of day, within 15 minutes, from the position of the sun.”
In 1994 he chose medicine over a career in environmental field research, stating, “If you want to truly help the earth, you have to go to the source of the problem.” He chose to work with people. Medical school and residency certainly test the survival skills of performance under fatigue as Dr. King experienced 24-36 hour workdays. He has provided care in homeless shelters and on the street in programs for addicts. In 1998 he spent six weeks in Africa working in hospitals, clinics, and on rural medicine. Additionally, he spent time on Safari and whitewater rafting on the Nile. Another 6 weeks was spent working in Israel, in a hospital a few miles from the Syrian border and in a clinic in an Arab village.
Since 2001 he has worked full time as a pediatrician and business owner. He has specific interest in family psychology and learning disabilities. His particular interests with Thrive is to share his passion for the natural world, and use the Thrive mission as a venue to assist people with environmental awareness, personal growth, and healing when needed.
During his life he has been an active backcountry backpacker, and scuba diver. He has been diving in places ranging from Mexican cenotes (sinkhole cave diving) to the Egyptian Red Sea. He relates S.C.U.B.A. diving heavily with on land survival since every aspect demands a serious preparedness mindset. He currently has interest in traditional archery, is an accomplished artist, and is working towards his black belt in the Kyokushin Karate.
Favorite Quote: “Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: It is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Disclaimer- Dr. King’s participation in Thrive Outdoors is solely for the purpose of personal interest. His presence does not impart or imply, in any way, that Thrive Outdoors has any mission, responsibility, or mandate to provide medical treatment or diagnosis. In the event of the necessity for medical care, any medical interaction with Thrive outdoors is provided solely on the basis of proximity/”good Samaritan” law.1
(PARTNER / INSTRUCTOR / Curriculum)
Curriculum Development, Lesson Planning, Differentiated Instruction,GIS Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, Maps and Map Reading,
Masters: Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization of Teaching through the Arts
Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education
Bachelor of Science: Geography with a focus on cartography and GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award from the NCGE (National Council for Geographic Education)
Presenter at the NCGE (National Council for Geographic Education) National Conference
Independent BeachBody Health and Wellness Coach
Publications: Paying for our Past: A legacy of Industrial Waste
Small business owner: Cairn Geo-Consulting
Former elementary educator certified k-8 with a 10+ years experience teaching at Hampstead Central School, in Hampstead, New Hampshire
Served as Chair for Hampstead Central School’s Social Studies committee
Former GIS Analyst and drafter/environmental technician
Geralynn’s professional skills, passion for teaching and love of the natural environment adds an integral component to Thrive Outdoors. After graduating with dual bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and geography, with a focus on cartography and geographic information systems (GIS), she spent nearly 3 years in the private sector consulting field strengthening her geography/GIS knowledge base. Although enjoying the technical challenges, she missed working with children and longed for serving a greater purpose. As a result, she left the private sector and worked as a 3rd and 4th grade looping teacher with the Hampstead School District at the Central School in Hampstead, New Hampshire.
For over 10 years she developed a myriad of units and lessons covering all elementary disciplines while concurrently fine-tuning her methods for educating via differentiated instruction in an effort to best meet all learners. Her passion for the outdoors and geography drove her teaching and she regularly designed her academic content to fully immerse students in an environment where all curriculum requirements were met with geographic education being the vehicle of instruction
Driven to find the most effective ways of impacting all students, Geralynn pursued her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization of Teaching through the Arts. With this added knowledge, she was able to provide rich and enjoyable learning experiences that delivered a wide range of awareness/competency using a mosaic of tools within a single lesson. Integrating the arts, in conjunction with outdoors and nature, was integral part of her instruction to connect children to practical methods of learning and comprehension. Her style of thinking encouraged children to “think like a geographer” and ask questions on a grander scale and make deeper connections to their learning through personal experiences.
Geralynn left the public school system in 2010 to devote her time to motherhood. For the last 6½ years, she has been nurturing her family and providing early childhood educational experiences for her two children. During this time frame, she concurrently started her own business providing technical drafting/cartography support services to engineering firms and became an independent health and wellness coach. She joined Thrive Outdoors with an interest in developing curriculum for a variety of applications and age groups. Her knowledge of state curriculum requirements, and strong desire to teach through personal connections and experiences with nature, made her commitment to Thrive Outdoors an easy and natural choice.
Interests & Hobbies:
Health & Wellness, Homeschooling, Geospatial Technologies Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Camping, Alpine Skiing and Riding, Reading
Favorite Quote ~"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~Albert Einstein