Crystal Strong - Mentor
Originally from Virginia, Crystal comes to Confluence with a passion for empowering individuals and families to build self-sustaining and dignified futures. While earning a Bachelors and Masters degree in social work, Crystal provided supportive counseling services for: survivors of violence, children and youth in foster care, low income minority groups, veterans, and families experiencing homelessness. Currently a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Crystal is excited to combine her professional background with her personal outdoor interests and experience.
Travis Filiault - Senior Mentor - Farm Manager
Travis is an experienced wilderness therapy staff and joins Confluence as an advanced mentor. He is an avid adventurer, native Vermonter, a certified Wilderness EMT, volunteer firefighter and a climbing, hiking and camping enthusiast. Constantly pursuing more education, Travis is working towards a permaculture certification and is mapping a design for the Farm while developing methods to connect permaculture principles to Confluence programming.
Kyle Durgin - 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.
Ash Havlin - Mentor
Ash earned degrees in sociology and psychology from University of Southern Maine. Passionate about helping people find their purpose and meaning, Ash has worked for organizations focused on mental health advocacy and social justice. Ash is dedicated to working with those seeking recovery from mental health conditions and believes deep connection with others, ourselves, and nature are catalysts for personal growth. Performing spoken word poetry, writing music and playing guitar fill Ash’s free time.
John Powell - Mentor
John graduated from Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont where he studied Outdoor Education and Leadership. With an enthusiasm for nature and people, John combined these interests working as a conservationist, educator and guide at roles in Costa Rica, California, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. John interrupted a through-hike of Vermont’s Long Trail to attend Confluence staff training.
Brennan Downey - 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.