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Abbie

Abbie was born in Harrisburg, PA and grew up to love sports and playing outside. She found Appalachian State University, the perfect home to foster a love of the mountains and community service. While working on an undergraduate degree, she gained the Climbing Wall Instructor and Single Pitch Instructor Certifications through the American Mountain Guide Association. She worked at the climbing gym on campus, led climbing trips for fellow students and local schools and took a year off to work at Hobbiton Outdoor Education Centre in South Africa.  After graduation, she found wilderness therapy guiding and worked at a well-known program in Utah. Sitting in the dirt with the students, cooking in the cold, and finding joy and success through outdoor recreation defined her years in the program and a belief in the transformational power of nature. She facilitated climbing itineraries and trained co-guides on how to guide climbing, discovering a passion for guide development and training. Abbie solidified her personal values of compassion, adventure and vulnerability while learning many therapeutic and life skills. She worked closely with the students and therapists to maximize the potential for weekly growth. Navigating the red deserts, snow-capped peaks, daily challenges and frustrations, laughter, tears and endless, rewarding sunsets, she witnessed students thrive.   Abbie then entered Southern Oregon University for the Master of Outdoor Adventure and Expedition Leadership. Her Graduate Assistantship consisted of opening and managing the new Climbing Center on campus. After completing her graduate degree, Abbie was drawn to Dragonfly for their commitment to adventure, education and supportive relationships. She is happy to be working in therapeutic health, particularly through the avenue of the outdoors and with such incredible staff.