Inner Roads is composed of a group of passionate individuals with experience in clinical therapy, social work, wilderness guiding, logistics and program coordination, and experiential education. We are grateful to be supported by an enthusiastic community and as well as many volunteers, with whom our program is made possible.
Brie Shulman LCPC, WFR (she/her)
Executive Director / Youth Therapist
Brie has been dedicated to the field of Wilderness Therapy since her first role as a field guide in 2008. With her BA in Psychology completed in upstate NY, she moved to Missoula, MT, to attain her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Montana. She has worked as both a guide and a licensed individual and family therapist for Missoula's wilderness therapy program since 2013. Brie never travels far without her best friend Woofer - a certified therapy dog who particularly enjoys rivers and relationships with the participants of the trips. Brie is passionate about equal access to mental health care, social justice issues, and providing adolescents with access to inspiration. In her free time, you'll find Brie at local concerts, playing music and crafting with friends, and camping even more!
Kari Mowbray PCLC, MA (she/her)
Assistant Director / Family Therapist
Kari was born and raised in Northwest MT and earned her BA in psychology from the University of MT. Soon after, Kari took the adventure train to Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, and Minnesota. She gained experience in group home management, wilderness medicine, and wilderness therapy and completed her internship in the Northwoods of Minnesota, supporting rural communities. After completing her MA in clinical counseling in the Spring of 2021, Kari returned to her home state to continue working in outdoor therapy. Kari fully believes in the healing powers that outdoor settings have on our mind, body, and soul. Kari leans on her holistic, strength-based perspectives every day as she works to support the community in mental, physical, and emotional wellness during these challenging times. Kari's small family currently includes her partner and her Dutch shepherd, whom both join her in all the "off-the-clock" adventures.
Corinne Garrett (she/her)
Corinne is an Oregon-native and world traveler, but in 2015 Montana captured her heart while cycling across the United States with friends. She has been drawn to Missoula ever since; she currently studies social work at the University of Montana. In addition, Corinne brings years of experience mentoring adolescents through a bicycle co-op youth program. Also a former wild-land firefighter, Corinne has logged many trips in the backcountry during which she learned group safety skills and undeniably fell more in love with the outdoors and its growth-inspiring magic! Corinne believes whole-heartedly in the transformative power of the natural world, human connection, and taking a moment to stop and reflect. When not hiking (or running with her dog, Mordecai!) through the forest, she loves making baskets, exploring new places, and being silly with friends. She can’t wait to share in the beauty of the backcountry with students and walk alongside them, both literally and metaphorically!
Maria Merkley AA (she/her)
Maria grew up in Hamilton, Montana, but she has had the privilege of calling Oregon, Arizona, and Washington home. Maria has a passion for working with youth in her community, and she is currently working on her B.A. with her major in History-Political Science and a Secondary Education Licensure with an emphasis in Psychology at the University of Montana. Maria has experience in Administration and the Financial industry, but most recently was a substitute teacher at Hellgate Elementary. She has a love for traveling and has many destinations left on her bucket list. Maria knows how much growth can come from exploring and being outdoors. In her free time, you can find her preparing for motherhood. She is currently expecting her first child in June. She is excited to be a part of the Inner Roads team and to have a positive impact on youth in her community.
Jadd Davis, MFA (he/him)
Jadd is currently pursuing his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Montana. Prior to switching gears into the mental health field, Jadd was a professional theatre artist. His work, as performer, director or music director, has appeared on many of the professional stages in the Pacific Northwest. Beyond performance, Jadd has held several senior staff and board positions at nonprofit arts organizations and has worked extensively as an educator. He received his MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Montana in 2021, where he was a graduate teaching assistant. One year as full-time theatre faculty at Gonzaga University, then a leap back to Missoula! Jadd is a devoted father and spouse and spends much of his free time between the kitchen and the mountains.
Jadd couldn't be more grateful to work with Inner Roads!
"The wilderness has taught me how to truly care for and value both myself and my body.
A dehydrated, hungry human with negative internal chatter is never going to make it up the mountain. But in learning how to tune-in to my own needs, I have found that I am capable of much more than I once thought. That same confidence and empowerment I feel in the outdoors has leaked into the rest of my life, because I have already achieved the once-impossible. "
Tara Cook, Co-founder of Inner Roads, Inc
Each season we hire several Certified Field Guides and Clinical Interns as our front-line staff, responsible for ensuring a safe and therapeutic milieu on a day-to-day basis with our students. They hold current certifications in wilderness medicine, CPR, and de-escalation training. They come to us with significant experience in outdoor leadership & youth mentorship or clinical settings, enthusiastic about living alongside our students as they navigate new perspectives and insight.
Please check our Employment page for 2022 openings!
Meet Inner Roads Board Members
Larry Webber (he/him)
Larry is a recently retired high school Economics teacher. He held this position for 35 years and lives in Rochester, New York. He now spends his time as a youth ice hockey coach, woodcarver, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever owner (when he's not cheering on his teams - the Boston Red Sox or Bruins)! Every holiday season, he also dresses up as Santa for young ice skaters with disabilities. He is the proud father of two sons, making a positive difference in the world. Larry is a firm believer in the power of outdoor behavioral health and has taken the time to see our programming first-hand here in the beautiful Montana wilderness. He has served Inner Roads in many capacities over the years and now holds the position of Board Treasurer. When he is not loving on his adorable dog, you may find Larry vacationing in Savannah, Georgia - one of his favorite spots.
Hillary Olsen MSW Student (she/her)
Hillary grew up being dragged to the mosquito-infested Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota every summer with her family and other "fun" family excursions. However, she wasn't aware of it then; these privileged (often involuntary) adventures into the wilderness and beyond created a love for the outdoors that has dramatically shaped her identity and values today. She is currently working for Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa as their north district recruitment coordinator, focusing on creating relationships with northern Ojibwe communities to develop more corps programming grounded in Ojibwe culture and specific to their community needs. She is excited to be a part of an organization like Inner Roads that strives to create outdoor healing opportunities that are accessible and welcoming to all!
Tyler Webber BS Student (he/him)
Tyler grew up playing hockey and learning music in his hometown of Williamson, New York. After relocating to New York City, he worked as a performer and music educator before landing in California. Now living in Long Beach, California, he can be found promoting and attending social action events, often with a foster pup in tow or performing with a local band. Tyler is currently pursuing both a political science and law degree. With a strong belief in public service, he hopes to combat systemic social problems and improve his community through action and compassion.
Ruth Johnson BS Student (she/her)
Ruth grew up in beautiful Red Lodge, MT, and is pursuing her education at the University of Montana. She is working towards her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability with a Geographic Information Systems and Nonprofit Administration Certificate. Ruth grew up volunteering for a backpacking organization called Sierra Treks, based outside of Ashland, OR, and Yosemite National Park. During this time, not only did Ruth nurture great love for the outdoors, but she was able to experience the impact an outdoor expedition can have on one's life. She also one's life. She also competitively figured skated for many years and worked with youth in various Learn to Skate programs across Montana and Wyoming. Ruth works with the local community through the UMT Outdoor Program as a student manager, trip leader, and guide. Ruth also engages in outdoor recreation as a skier, backpacker, rafter, and climber in her free time. During her membership on the board, Ruth aspires to grow her knowledge of Wilderness Therapy and youth programs and is excited to combine her worlds of outdoor recreation, volunteer work, and nonprofit administration.
We are always seeking new community members to join our Board of Directors!
We hope to be able to match you with tasks that align with your interests, passions, and skills, so please outline these in your application. In general, Board members are expected to attend monthly 1.5 hour board meetings, and participate in at least one committee that works independently and shares updates at our monthly meetings. It is an expectation that everyone on the board be seeking financial opportunities, representing Inner Roads appropriately within the community, and be able to commit a few hours per month working towards our communal goals.