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Jim Cochran: Director

Jim an avid whitewater kayaker, holds a bachelors degree in Sociology/Psychology and is currently working towards a Masters of Education. Jim has worked in the experiential educational field in a variety of positions. He has developed summer programs, and an alternative day school, and has mentored hundreds of employees and students. Jim has been a high/ low ropes facilitator, whitewater rescue technician, and a Wilderness First Responder. Jim is currently certified in First Aid/CPR and is a trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. Prior to his tenure in the education field, he was the director of an adventure travel company.

Nicholas Rudowski, Teacher

Nick holds a bachelors degree in English as well as his special educators license. He has worked in the wilderness education field for many years. Over the course of his time in New Hampshire he has led several river trips, weekly ski trips, overnight backpacking treks and innumerable day hikes in and around the White Mountains. He is certified in CPR/First Aid, basic water safety, and Theraputic Crisis Intervention. During his spare time Nick can be found cycling, snowboarding, reading, playing music and attempting to learn how to ski.

Eric Tonkery, Middle School Special Education Teacher

Eric holds a bachelors degree from the University of Iowa.  Eric is a Certified Special Educator and is currently enrolled at Keene State College where he is pursuing a Masters Degree in Special Education.  Eric's professional goals include developing activities and team building initiatives that provide students with a fulfilling educational experience.  Eric instructs a variety of First Aid and CPR courses.  In addition, Eric has received extensive training as a facilitator for low ropes and team building initiatives.  Eric enjoys spending time on the water rafting, biking and skiing with his dog.

Clayton Vetter, Behavioral Specialist

Clay began working with at-risk youth after graduating with his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked as a youth counselor and residential supervisor for Sweetser Family Focus in Lewiston, Maine and also worked for  Jobs for American Graduates (JAGS) at Kennett High School in Conway, New Hampshire.  He is certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, First Aid and CPR. He has led various summer youth trips for a number of organizations which included camping, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Clay enjoys outdoor activities, including skiing, rafting, and hiking with his Black and Tan coonhound.

Darron Laughland, Summer Program Coordinator

Darron is a certified English and Special Education teacher and has two M.S. Degrees in Education and a B.S. in Recreation. He has worked in educational and professional settings with school groups, adults, and court-adjudicated youth. Darron acts as an educational consultant for ELC and coordinates summer educational programs and rafting. He is NY State Licensed Raft guide and has been instructing whitewater activities for over 10 years. He is also a member of the National Ski Patrol and an EMT. His greatest passion is using literacy and adventure experiences together to increase the potency and impact of both.