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!
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!
"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
Although we're taking a pause on our expeditions this year, we typically 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 2024 openings!
Meet Inner Roads Board Members
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!
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.