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)
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!
Tara Cook BA, WFR, Aegis Trainer (she/her)
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.
Meghan Maloney LCSW (she/her)
Family Systems Therapist
Meghan grew up on Florida's Space Coast where she obtained her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies. For the last nine years, she has thoroughly enjoyed making Missoula home. After working a few season across the west coast as an outdoor educator, adventure field instructor, Sky Ranger, and completing her first season as a wilderness therapy field guide in 2013, her passion for working with youth and families grew and inspired her career path. In 2018, Meghan graduated with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Montana and began working as a CSCT therapist in the Missoula public school system. For the last five years, she has worked in the school setting providing mental health counseling services to youth and their families. Meghan is stoked to share her passion for the outdoors and empower our students & their guardians through her role as the Family Systems Therapist this season. In her free time, you can find Meghan teaching yoga classes or outside playing on the many trails and flowy rivers the wild Montana landscape has to offer.
Glacier Raymond BS Student (she/her)
Glacier was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, & recently moved to Bozeman, Montana, where the rest of her family returned to their roots. She is currently a senior at the University of Oregon and will be graduating in March with a B.S. in Family and Human Services. During her time at the University, she has been actively pursuing her passions by interning at Jasper Mountain SAFE Center (a residential treatment facility for youth who have experienced significant difficulties within their childhood) and AGAPE Families – a nonprofit that aims to provide hope and stability to families that have been impacted by incarceration. In addition to getting involved in her local community, she has been a leader in the Love Your Melon Campus Crew program, advocating and raising awareness for pediatric cancer. This is a passion that she plans to pursue in her future career. Throughout her life, Glacier seen and felt the healing powers that the outdoors can bring to an individual and hopes that she can bring these experiences to others in the future. During her spare time, you can find her hiking, practicing yoga, skiing, spending time with friends and family, and exploring all the wonders of the Montana outdoors. Glacier is serving as the Social Services Administrative Intern for the 2020-2021 school year.
"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, Program Director
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 completed hiring for the 2020 season. Please check our Employment page this winter for future positions!
Dr. Eric Kress MD
Dr. Kress retired in 2019 after several decades as a practicing family physician in Missoula. He has been as asset to the Inner Roads program for many years, serving as an invaluable resource to both staff and students as an on-call medical advisor. Joining the Board in 2018, Dr. Eric Kress has continued to share his passion for the transformative nature of the outdoors, having experienced it's power to heal both physically and mentally himself for many years. He has been a vital asset to our team during the COVID-19 pandemic, assuring the health protocols of our programming meet the highest standard of safety for both our clients and valued staff. In retirement, Eric has even more time to pursue his passions as an avid outdoorsman in Montana - fishing, hunting, skiing, and horsepacking.
Casey Gannon BA, MPA (he/him)
Casey has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana and a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He grew up in New Hampshire and Vermont where he first found his inspiration in the outdoors. After college, Casey biked from Baltimore to Seattle with the 4K for Cancer, raising funds and awareness for the Ullman Cancer Found for Young Adults. Once he hit the West, he chose to stay and explore, hiking both the Pacific Crest Trail and the Pacific Northwest Trail. Casey then moved to Missoula and worked for the Forest Service as a Wildland Firefighter. Currently, he works as the Management Analyst for the Communications and Projects Department at Missoula County. Casey is invested in blending his passions in wilderness and public service, and can often be found roaming the mountains and rivers of Montana with his partner and his dog.
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, wood carver, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever owner (when he's not cheering on his teams - the Boston Red Sox or Bruins)! He also dresses up as Santa every holiday season 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's not loving on his adorable dog, you may find Larry vacationing in Savannah, Georgia - one of his favorite spots.
Jenna McCrorie (she/her)
Growing up with Glacier National Park (nearly!) in her backyard, the outdoors have always been a formative and powerful place for Jenna. Being able to recreate in both the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys is one of her favorite parts about attending the University of Montana! She is currently a junior with a major in Political Science and minors in International Development Studies and Mountain Studies. Her ultimate goal is to dismantle racism in the outdoors by advocating for increased diversity and equity for all who wish to engage in outdoor experiences. She is also a mentor for The Mayfly Project in Missoula - an organization that mentors foster children by teaching them how to fly fish throughout the summer. Her free time is filled up with anything and everything outside, including skiing, cycling, hiking, and fly fishing! She can't wait to work more closely with Inner Roads to keep transformative outdoor experiences accessible for those who need them most.
Gretchen Neal (she/her)
Gretchen is the current Missoula County Mental Health Coordinator. She has a Master's degree in Community Health, a Certificate in Public Health, and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, all from the University of Montana. She is also a Certified Education Specialist. Growing up in Montana, Gretchen's parents encouraged her to be outside as much as possible. Some of her earliest memories involve making mud pies and playing in lakes and rivers. As an adult, wild spaces have been critical to her recovery and growth. Whenever possible, she would prefer to be hiking, kayaking, camping, downhill skiing, or birding.
Gretchen recognizes that phsyical and mental health are impossible without equity of access to resources. By offering wilderness therapy to youth who might not otherwise be able to experience and benefit from it, Inner Roads increases equity in the behavioral health system. Gretchen is thrilled to be a part of that work, and excited for the program's future.
Hillary Olsen (she/her)
Hillary grew up being dragged to the mosquito-infested Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota every summer with her family, as well as other "fun" family excursions. Although 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 greatly shaped her identity and values today. She is currently finishing up her Masters of Social Work at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and feels very passionate about working with Indigenous communities to develop youth outdoor programming that is wellness-based and grounded in culture. She is excited to be a part of an organization like Inner Roads that is striving to create healing outdoor opportunities that are accessible and welcoming to all!
Benjamin Crawford (he/him)
Having long experienced what Montana has to offer, Ben has sought to bring the natural resources of People and Land together through work with youth in residential therapeutic settings and National Park Conservation, as well as advocacy for Indigenous Rights. Having graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts, Ben found the ideal combination of therapy and creativity when working as a field staff with Inner Roads and continues to help youth utilize their creativity to meet their goals. He can be found spending his free time in the outdoors in hopes of floating its many waters, meandering & scrambling through the plentiful public lands, and seeking its many tasty forageable foods.
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.