After graduating college at Minnesota State University with a degree in recreational therapy, Curt worked with youth and families in Colorado, Idaho, Alaska, and Germany. His roles have included case manager, experiential educator, recreational therapist, and outdoor guide. With his enthusiasm for natural environments and working with youth, Curt has found his passion in wilderness therapy. Since his first involvement in the field, Curt has worked in every position in wilderness therapy and has a keen understanding of effective wilderness therapy models. He obtained his Masters of Social Work at the University of Montana and has been involved with InnerRoads since 2010. Curt is most proud of the quality instructors InnerRoads’ attracts and believes in the power of the student-staff relationships to create positive change. In his free time, Curt loves traveling and doing anything adventurous or challenging. He is an extraordinary role model to the students he works with. The youth gravitate towards his enthusiasm for life and positive attitude.
Brie Shulman has been working in wilderness therapy throughout the last decade. Originally from western New York, she first discovered her passion for wilderness therapy (and her dog, Woofer) in 2008 while working as a field staff for a program in Utah. She completed her BA in psychology from the State University of NY at Fredonia and quickly returned to the field. Since then, Brie has worked at multiple wilderness therapy programs and received her master’s degree in Missoula at the University of Montana. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Brie spends most of her free time in the forest or on the river with Woofer, who is therapeutically certified and also provides therapy to our students at Inner Roads. Brie’s passion for personal growth and nature based interventions is evident upon meeting her. Students often appreciate Brie’s ability to challenge them (seriously!) and maintain high expectations.
Dr. Kress received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Kress practices family medicine in Missoula, MT. Dr. Kress’s commitment to the youth is unparallelled. He enjoys cycling, soccer, tennis, hunting fishing, and watching his son play hockey.
Tara, having grown up in the flatlands of Kansas, sought out the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and pursued a degree at the University of Oregon. She concentrated on philosophy, literature, and psychology, attending several workshops in crisis prevention and alternative therapies, and received her B.A. in Humanities in 2011. Tara has a particular passion for guiding youth in developing confidence, skill, and agency in the wilderness, exposing them to the transformative power of the outdoors in personal healing and introspection. She has worked as a wilderness therapy field guide in Utah, a conservation district crew member, a farm hand, and led several youth programs in winter camping, navigation, and hiking expeditions. Tara has extensive backcountry experience both domestically and abroad, and last summer completed the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail. In her off time, Tara can be found reading, crafting, learning primitive skills, tending to plants, or exploring new trails.