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Meet Our Outdoor Education Center Staff!

 

 

mollie_deanMOLLIE DEAN – Program Director

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

Favorite…
Place: In a kayak at sunset
Food: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Mountain: Grand Tetons
Books: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
Hobbies: Dancing, yoga, painting, writing, laughing

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  •  Interpretive Naturalist at O’Bannon Woods State Park
  •  Zip Line Guide and Manager for Holler Hoppin Zip Lines
  • Team Building Facilitator at Team Effect Inc.
  • Program Specialist at Bradford Woods Outdoor Education Center
  • Spent two weeks in Japan visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima
  • White-water rafted in Asheville, NC
  • Visited 9 national parks in one week including Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Arches

Quote: “Live without pretending. Love without depending. Listen without defending. Speak without offending.”
 

 

AlexALEX MIHAVICS – Assistant Director

Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Favorite Place: Glacier National Park
Favorite Food: Homemade Applesauce
Favorite Mountain: Rattlesnake Mountain
Favorite Books:  The Name of the Wind, Jurassic Park, Timeline, The Kite Runner, Built to Last, Good to Great
H
obbies: Ultimate Frisbee, Hiking, Basketball, watching sports on TV, Reading, Board Games, Card Games

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Augustana College
  • Intern at Pok-O-MacCready Fall 2010
  • Outdoor Education Coordinator at House in the Wood Camp, Delavan WI
  • Alex is an Eagle Scout
  • Has had adventures in Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Glacier National Park, England, France, Germany, Austria and Canada

Favorite Quote:

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

ZACK PICTUREZACK FLOSS – Program Coordinator

Hometown:  Honeoye Falls, NY
Favorite Place: Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Favorite Food: Anything Thai or Indian
Favorite Mountain: Chugach Mountains, Alaska
Favorite Books: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
Hobbies: Exploring the woods and mountains, wood carving, writing, reading and canoeing.

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • backpacking and sea kayaking in Alaska
  • wilderness canoeing in the Yukon
  • many Adirondack adventures
  • I went to school for Politics and Philosophy but I discovered that I prefer spending time in the mountains.
  • building trails, care-taking on lakes and mountain tops
  • helped manage invasive species in the ADKs

Favorite Quote:
“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”  – John Muir

Other Interesting Information: When I was younger, I thought I could fly…and found out I couldn’t — Ask me to tell you the story!

 

 

KAYLA BELTRAN – Instructor

Hometown: San Clemente, CA

Favorite…
Place: Southern Utah for vast, raw landscapes
Food: My mom’s cooking
Mountain: 11 mile loop in Rocky Mountain National Park, summiting multiple peaks and sliding down Andrew’s Glacier
Books: The Anatomy of Peace, A Fearless Heart, The Alchemist, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Wild, Desert Solitare
Hobbies: Hiking, running, climbing, reading, baking, searching for new music

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • Running Tahoe (California) Ragnar
  • Crew leader in Idaho & Oregon wilderness teaching high school students backcountry living
  • Crew Member at Utah Conservation Corps
  • University of California, Davis – B.A. in International Relations
  • Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand – Thai Studies
  • Backpacking trips in Utah’s Buckskin Gulch and the Kalalua Trail in Kauai, HI 
  • Spent two days in a leech infested jungle at Khao Yai National Park in Thailand

Favorite Quote: “Love flowers best in openness and freedom” – Edward Abbey

Other Interesting Information: I put hot sauce on just about everything

 

 

 

AUDREY WIESE – Instructor

Hometown: Davenport, IA

Favorite…
Place: Anywhere with good friends!
Food: Bavarian Creme Donuts
Mountain: Old Alaskan Highway
Hobbies: Hiking, running, fishing, kayaking, baking, singing

 

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • Shorebird Bander for Virginia Tech
  • Shorebird Researcher for USFWS
  • Outdoor Instructor for Wahsega 4-H Camp

Favorite Quote: “Wherever humans are, there is the opportunity for kindness”

Other Interesting Information: I can pinch you with my toes.

 

 

SOFIA SILVERGLASS – Instructor

Hometown: Jamaica Plain, MA

Favorite…
Place: New Zealand, with feet up in front of a wood stove in any of the backcountry huts
Food: Avocados, chocolate, and real maple syrup
Mountain: Camels Hump Mt. Huntington, VT
Books: The Phantom Tollbooth, The Outermost House, and any of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett
Hobbies: Outdoor adventuring and general tree hugging, reading, geocaching, travelling, and pottery

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • Studied Education and Geography at Middlebury College, VT
  • Hut Warden for New Zealand Department of Conservation
  • Intern at Hillary Outdoor Education Centre in Tongariro, NZ
  • Youth Program Programs Instructor at Rock Spot Climbing in Boston, MA
  • Senior Trip Leader for MiddView Outdoor Orientation at Middlebury
  • Working on becoming an ADK 46er

Favorite Quote: “We are never tired so long as we can see far enough” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Other Interesting Information: I’m on Google Earth!

 

 

MAC SINCLAIR- Instructor

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Favorite…
Place: Memorial Union Terrace, Madison WI
Food: Giordano’s Pizza
Lake: Lake Mendota, Madison WI
Books: Ender’s Game, Harry Potter series
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, card/board games, chillin out, Maxin, relaxin all cool, shootin some bball outside of the school

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • BS in Elementary Education from UW-Madison
  • Facilitator for Adventure Learning Programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Studied abroad for a summer in Norway and traveled the Nordic countries

Favorite Quote: “Fiction, because it is not about somebody who actually lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself.” Orson Scott-Card, Ender’s Game

 

 

BRIDGET WHYTE- Instructor

Hometown: Webster, NY

Favorite…
Place: The bulk candy section of Wegmans
Food: The snack that smiles back, Goldfish
Mountain: Mt. Jo at sunset
Books: Tuesday’s with Morrie, The Samurai’s Garden
Hobbies: Swimming, reading, climbing trees, napping, sudoku

 

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • Naturalist for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
  • Naturalist for the Adirondack Mountain Club
  • B.S. Environmental Education and Interpretation from SUNY College for Environmental Science and Forestry 

Favorite Quote: “Yeah, I’m a thrill seeker, but crikey, education’s the most important thing”        -Steve Irwin

 

 

Brian 2BRIAN DEGROAT:  Executive Director

Hometown:
  Stillwater, NJ
Favorite Place: An open field or the top of a mountain
Favorite Food: Quiche, preferably from Dogwood Bakery
Favorite Mountain: Mount Haystack
Favorite Books: Deep Economy, Wheel of Time
Hobbies: Singing, culinary adventures, eating, frisbee, sports, hiking, swimming!

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • BA in History/Education, The College of NJ
  • Social Studies Teacher, Vernon, NJ
  • Many, many roles at Pok-O-MacCready
  • I’ve been on Sesame Street
  • I visited 18 countries
  • I completed my Adirondack 46 in October 2011

Favorite Quote: “Afoot and lighthearted, I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose…” – Walt Whitman

 

 

SarahSARAH DISNEY – Summer Camp Admissions Director
from: Essex, NY

Favorite Place: Pok-O’s Intermediate Swim Dock
Favorite ADK Mountain: Rattlesnake
Favorite PMOEC Meal: Magic bars
Favorite Book: Anything by Barbara Kingsolver
Pet’s name: Griffin
Hobbies: Kayaking, knitting, cross-country skiing, tennis

Previous Education, Employment, Adventures:

  • Co-director of Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center for three years
  • Supervised the support personnel for the Nordic Sports 1980 Olympics
  • Raised 3 daughters!

 


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