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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

Program 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 own wilderness therapy program since 2013. Brie never travels far without her best friend Woofer - a certified therapy dog who particularly enjoys rivers and relationships that she develops with the trips' participants. 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!

(585) 330-0780

Tara Cook BA, WFR, Aegis Trainer

Program Director

After graduating from the University of Oregon, Tara found her passion working with youth and families in the outdoors of the Rocky Mountain West. Her roles have included lead field guide, experiential educator, backcountry emergency response, logistics coordinator, outdoor programs educator, and youth counselor. After working as a Lead Field Guide with Inner Roads for two seasons, she stepped into the Program Director position in 2018. With her passionate belief in the ability of wilderness to both heal and empower, Tara is thrilled to guide others in finding the same. In her free time, Tara loves to challenge herself on new adventures through traveling, thru-hiking, and bike touring. In Missoula, you may find her reading by the river, enjoying local music, or working on craft projects with friends. 

(913) 634-6933

Madison Brown BS, Marriage & Family Counselor

Family Systems Therapist 

Maddie is from New Hampshire but has lived in Bozeman, MT for the past 8 years. She originally moved to receive her degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at Montana State University, and stayed because she fell in love with the beauty of Montana. Prior to this pursuit, she worked with individuals, couples, and families as a crisis counselor at a Bozeman non-profit that specializes in suicide intervention. Madison is joining us as the Family Systems Therapist, for her second year with Inner Roads. She is passionate about working in wilderness therapy because she has experienced the power of the outdoors in her personal life. She loves to hike or run with her pups whenever she has free time, and feels most empowered when she is rock climbing, a passion that she realized three years ago.

(406) 599-3792

Norah Cook BS, WFR, MS Student

Logistics Coordinator

Norah is originally from the South Side of Chicago and got her bachelors degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University in 2016.  She found her passion for the outdoors and working with children while working as a camp counselor in Southern Illinois for six summers.  Norah spent four seasons as a wilderness guide in Alaska and one guiding in the Tetons.  She pursued her love of snow working as a ski instructor for three winters in Colorado.  Norah moved to Missoula in August 2019 to begin the Environmental Studies Masters' program at the University of Montana and is also working on a graduate certificate in Environmental Education.  Norah is extremely excited to be part of the Inner Roads team.  In her free time she enjoys skiing, running, camping, traveling, and reading.

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.

We have open positions for our 2020 season posted. Please check our Employment page you are interested in joining us!

Bonnie Bishop MPH, CHES

Board Chair

Bonnie has a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health & Prevention Sciences from the University of Montana. Originally from Northern Virginia, Bonnie quickly fell in love with western Montana after working in Yellowstone National Park, and currently works as the Program Manager for the University of Montana Health & Medicine Division and the Western Montana Area Health Education Center. Bonnie is also a Certified Health Education Specialist with training in health program assessment, planning, implementation, management, research, evaluation and advocacy. She has a passion for suicide prevention and behavioral health equity. After several transformative experiences in the wilderness, Bonnie strongly believes that anyone with need or interest, should be able to access the outdoors in a recreational and therapeutic way. She joins us as our Board Chair. She can be found romping around the wilderness, sharing time and space with dear friends, learning new crafts and skills, experimenting with plant-based meals in her kitchen (for better or worse) and continuing to explore all that Missoula has to offer.

Annie Bernauer LCSW, MA, Master Naturalist

Board Secretary

Annie has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2011 and currently works in her own private practice. Annie is a Certified Master Naturalist and volunteers with several non-profit organizations to assist with connecting children and adults to our natural world through nature-themed educational programs. She joins us as our Administrative Manager & Board Secretary. Annie is also a blogger, owner of an Etsy shop and a homeschooling mama to two free spirited young children. She and her family live on an old homestead along a creek in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. She can often be found exploring nature, foraging for wild edibles, reading a good book, cooking from scratch, playing music, or creating her latest craft project.

Becky Hawkins

Board Treasurer

Becky is a lifelong Montanan and currently employed as a Budget Analyst for the Department of Counseling at the University of Montana. She joined our team in October 2019 as Board Treasurer. Growing up in rural Montana gave her an understanding of the transformative power that outdoor experiences can have on a person. She believes that healthcare should be affordable and accessible to all. In her free time, you can find Becky exploring new wines with her husband or fighting weeds in her backyard garden. 

Dr. Eric Kress MD

Assistant Board Chair

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