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.
Chris Duffy is originally from the mythical realm of Maryland. He earned his BA from Greensboro College in Psychology, and Art with a minor in Philosophy. After learning the joy of travel during a semester abroad in Australia, he began his own walk-about. Chris brings a wide variety of experience: guiding snorkel tours in the Caribbean; thru hiking 2178 miles of the Appalachian trail; farming in North Carolina; guiding kayak swamp tours; teaching Art; and coaching Lacrosse in New Orleans. His zest for life is exemplified in the classic phrase, “stop and smell every dang flower ’cause they are beautiful!”. Naturally, youth enjoy their time with Chris and look up to his optimistic take on life.
Aubrie hails from the small town of Fryeburg, ME, next to the infamous White Mountain range in New Hampshire. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and Peace and Reconciliation Studies from the University of Maine in 2015. After graduation, Aubrie spent the summer honing her acting skills (Voted #1 for Maine’ah impersonation), cooking, and hiking skills working the hut system in the Whites, a series of full service bed and breakfast style lodges run by the Appalachian Mountain Club. She moved to Missoula to for a year of service as an AmeriCorps member at the Montana Legal Services Association. While in Montana she obtained her Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche 1 and vegetable gardening certifications. After a fall and winter season back at the huts, Aubrie found she couldn’t stay away from the rugged beauty of the Big Sky state. Aubrie’s calm, playful attitude, genuine desire to help those in need, and thorough knowledge of backcountry skills make her an asset to the InnerRoads team.
Katharine first joined InnerRoads as a field staff in 2010, and has worked in almost every position with InnerRoads. We are thrilled to announce her triumphant return to Instructor land. Katharine has a background in outdoor education, trail crew, wilderness guiding and resource management and brings along a detailed understanding of the Youth Homes organization. Over the years Katharine has developed a deep respect for the power of wilderness to heal, challenge and inspire students and staff alike, and has volunteered countless hours of her time to support our program. When not honing her side job as a professional clown, Katharine is outside enjoying the Montana wilds.