For more information about any of the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership programs, please contact us at:
La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984-1899
Adirondack Program Summer Address:
La Vida Adirondack Program
P.O. Box 219
Lake Clear, NY 12945
La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership Staff
Email us for more information on any of our programs
Director of the La Vida Center, Discovery and College Expeditions
B.A. Lenoir-Rhyne College
M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Rich has worked in the adventure and outdoor education field since 1970 and has been with La Vida since 1976. He is always looking for ways to create environments where students are encouraged and stretched in their faith and given opportunities to overcome challenges. He is certified as a Project Adventure Trainer, Wilderness Education Association Instructor, and Wilderness First Responder.
Director of Adirondack Programs
Co-Director of College Expeditions
B.A. Gordon College
M.A. Wheaton College
Camp Ministry and Leadership Certificate
Nate began working full-time in the wilderness education field in 2002 but has been involved with La Vida since 1997. He and his wife look forward to spending each summer in the Adirondack Mountains of New York working with the La Vida staff and their black lab, Colden. He is certified as a Wilderness Education Association National Standards Program Certifying Instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator and WMA Wilderness First Responder. He currently serves on the Boston Fellows advisory board and maintains active membership with the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, the Center for Outdoor Ethics, and the Wilderness Education Association.
Director of Adventure Pursuits and Rock Gym
B.S. Cedarville University
Abby has been shaped by her experiences in Ecuador South America where she spent seven years working with an adventure education retreat center called El Refugio located near the capital city of Quito. Her experiences leading wilderness trips, ministering to local Ecuadorians, and living in a different culture have fueled her passion for facilitating similar experiences with La Vida participants and staff. She is excited for the chance to grow the Adventure Pursuits program here at Gordon College which offers personal and group development opportunities to local schools, churches and businesses as well as leadership development experiences for Gordon students.
Director of Adventure Camp
B.A. Grove City College
Before working with La Vida, Michael worked with youth in a variety of settings in Pennsylvania. Through those experiences, along with his seminary training, he has developed a passion for using the ropes course and the wilderness to foster spiritual growth and encourage character development. Involved in La Vida since 2006, he has been privileged to see lasting changes develop in the lives of youth. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.
B.A. Covenant College
Kate enjoys going hiking and camping with her husband Todd and daughter Jade. Before joining the La Vida staff, Kate worked in adventure programs in the south and in wilderness therapy in Utah. She is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and trained in Project Adventure Advanced Skills and Standards for challenge courses.
B.S. Northern Arizona University
Amber grew up going to recreational summer camps through her church but was not introduced to the wilderness until La Vida. She followed the Lord’s call to be involved with the program in 2013 and is continuing to expand her knowledge of the outdoors through more training and various roles within the La Vida Center. She enjoys working alongside her husband for the Adirondack program during the summer and connecting with students at the La Vida Base Camp. Amber is also a photographer so many of the photos on the La Vida website and social media are ones she has taken. She is certified as a WMA Wilderness First Responder.