bill Brown


Bill is a master's level trained psychotherapist who turned in the office chair and fluorescent lights for more illuminating environments. He has worked with young adults, adolescents and their families for over fifteen years in clinical, field and coaching capacities. He served as a Field Director at a prominent wilderness therapy program in Utah where he was an integral part of daily operation and program efficacy. As a program administrator in community mental health he brought non-traditional treatment methodologies, including wilderness experience, into the continuum of care with great success. Bill is married with two children and is happiest exploring the woods around his home with his family and black dog.  

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ASHLEY Higgins


Originally from Mid-coast Maine, Ashley learned at a young age how wilderness can be a catalyst for change. This belief lead to ten years of professional experience in recreation therapy, experiential education and behavioral health with programs from the East Coast to Utah. In direct care roles she helped hundreds of at-risk youth transform their lives. Additionally, she worked to improve the level and efficacy of care at residential and wilderness programs by developing and delivering staff trainings. Ashley is currently finishing her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Southern Maine. She loves her dog Lily, interacting with people in nature and is inspired by Miss Rumphius.  

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Foster POst


Foster brings fifteen years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in both clinical and adventure-based programs to his role at Confluence. His work includes six years at a preeminent wilderness program where he worked in direct care roles and to develop programming effecting positive peer cultures among clients. As a consultant Foster transferred these skills to residential programs seeking to improve their program's outcomes by strengthening and improving their direct care staff teams. Foster has led wilderness backpacking, kayaking and camping excursions with adolescents and adults. A native Vermonter Foster grew up exploring local wild places where he learned an appreciation for the restorative powers of nature.   

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Patrick Brown 



For over a decade Patrick has worked in the outdoor recreation economy with several leading adventure-tourism businesses, resorts and outdoor brands. His experience has taken him to Alaska, Chile, Utah and Vermont where he guided or facilitated the outdoor experience for clients from all walks of life. He has a deep appreciation for the transformative effects of the outdoor experience and wilderness as well as the benefits of therapeutic interventions. He brings business management, finance, sales and marketing experience to the operation of Confluence. Patrick lives with his wife in the Mad River Valley of Vermont where they enjoy four seasons of outdoor recreation opportunities.

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