Leadership

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I was 13, I saw a National Geographic special that changed my life. Bathed in  sunlight on Yosemite’s yellow-gold granite, disabled climber Hugh Herr made gymnastic climbing movements look effortless. Something just clicked, and at that moment I knew that I wanted to be a climber—and it was the first moment when I learned that I loved being outside and that outdoor adventure sports were just part of who I was.

Since that early, joyous discovery, I’ve spent a great deal of time pursuing the sports I love with family and friends—climbing, skiing, paddling, backpacking, fly fishing, and biking. I know from experience that these activities help draw us closer to people in real and meaningful ways, that they connect us in to the natural world, and that they can draw us closer to God. Above all, I’ve learned that time spent in woods, on rivers, or in the mountains is time well spent.

I also love students, and it is my God-given calling to help young people mature and become the people He wants them to be. The performance levels on display in our current sports culture can be very exciting, but there are also huge numbers of kids who are being left out. Adventure Club fills that gap. The club is by design non-competitive, non-selective, and highly social. At Adventure Club, students come as much or as little as they like and have opportunity to try something new, challenge themselves, and advance at their own rate. AC helps kids find their place within our larger school community.

Students tell me all the time, “I can’t believe I didn’t try this sooner!” There’s more to explore within this website. Learn much more about what drives us by reading our “Vision and Philosophy” or use the tabs to find your next adventure!

Experience and Certifications:Koning Bio Pic

  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor, certified

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR), certified

  • Wilderness Pursuits, Paddling, Climbing I—Instructor, Calvin College

  • Summer Wilderness Orientations—Head Instructor, Calvin College