Lisa Varno - Mindfulness Coach and Yoga Instructor
Lisa holds a bachelor and master’s degree in music education. She was a public school music teacher for 9 years and most recently founded a nonprofit choral and music program on Martha’s Vineyard. She is a licensed yoga instructor and mindfulness teacher and practitioner and instructs our movement and yoga practice and teaches mindfulness at Confluence. Lisa was one of the original mentors at Confluence. She is now a staff member and comes to Confluence from Open Door Integrative Wellness, a center with which Confluence has a partnership to provide high quality wellness practices and services.
Brennan Downey - Senior Mentor
Building on his experience as a camp administrator and director for youth programs in Hawaii, Georgia and New Jersey, Brennan is overjoyed to be living and working in Vermont as a mentor at Confluence. Brennan believes in the power of metaphor's ability to facilitate understanding and to be a as a catalyst for change. An aspiring poet and lifelong journalling enthusiast, Brennan values introspection and enjoys finding meaning in the mundane.
Kyle Durgin - Senior Mentor
Kyle cut his teeth adventuring in the Adirondack Mountains and has since gone on to climb some of the tallest mountain in the world as a member of climbing expeditions on three continents. He holds an International Mountain Guiding Certification and a Wilderness EMT Certification. Kyle earned a Bachelors of Psychology and has mental health experience implementing crisis management interventions as a senior staff member at a program serving adolescents in mental health crisis in New York. In his free time Kyle enjoys hiking, skiing, climbing, and chasing squirrels with his pug Carter.
Katherine Jordan - Mentor
A recent graduate of Goddard College with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, Katherine brings a diverse background in both direct care and as an outdoor educator. She has worked as a counseling intern is Johnson State College serving young adults seeking help. She has worked as an outdoor educator and completed wilderness leadership courses in backpacking. Additionally, she has served a mental health worker in community mental health clinics and as a behavioral interventionist for youth.
Elliott Day - Mentor
Elliots graduated from University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor's Degree in Physics in 2016. He made his way to Confluence after working for a young adult transitional living program in operations, programming, admissions and outreach capacities. In those roles his has worked closely with program participants and clinical staffs and directly with families. Elliot has genuine and deep-seated belief in the efficacy of wilderness and adventure as a means and catalyst in the journey towards wellness. Elliott lives in Portland, ME where he enjoys seeing live music, hiking, snowboarding, and skateboarding.
Ben Jones - Mentor
Ben comes to Confluence with over a decade of experience in a direct care capacity at various treatment programs and counseling centers. He began his career working as field staff for a Utah-based wilderness program for adolescents, then moved to a similar program in Hawaii. After returning east to his home state of New York, Ben enrolled at Syracuse University and is working towards a Master’s Degree in counseling. He holds an undergraduate degree from Green Mountain College in adventure recreation and spends as much time outside exploring with his dog, Jamiroquai.