Dr. Chris Cavert - March 27, 2015

Conductor Extraordinaire!
Dr. Chris Cavert has been active with groups of all ages for more than 30 years. He is an author, speaker and professional trainer in the area of experiential adventure-based education focusing on how activities within this field help to develop and enhance pro-social behaviors and emotional intelligence – especially with youth populations. He is currently an assistant professor in the Health and Physical Education department at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. 

Chris holds a Physical Education teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, a Masters Degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University at Mankato, specializing in curriculum development, and an Educational Doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Arizona University. Chris’ doctorial studies focus and his dissertation research related to adventure-based education facilitator preparation. 

Chris is the author of fourteen adventure-based activity booksChris’ books focus on sharing activities that help educators, in many different fields, use experiential adventure-based education to encourage pro-social behaviors and emotional intelligence in the groups that they work with. Some of Chris’ first writings were published in the best selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series books by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Some of his experiential activities have appeared in works by Karl Rohnke, Jim Cain, Sam Sikes, Michelle Cummings, and Laurie Frank. Chris has also been honored with the Karl Rohnke creativity award presented yearly by the Association for Experiential Education. 

Chris leads trainings and workshops both nationally and internationally bringing the activities in his books to life. He works with Educators, Challenge Course Facilitators, Therapeutic Counselors, Social Workers, Recreational Staff, Camp Staff, Youth Workers, and Human Resources Professionals. (See the Trainings page for more information.)

Dr. Jim Cain - May 1, 2015

Writer, caller, trainer, master facilitator… Caller??!!
Yes, the man can even orchestrate a folk dance!

Dr. Jim Cain is the author of ten team and community building texts, including: Teamwork & Teamplay, The Revised and Expanded Book of Raccoon Circles, A Teachable Moment, Teambuilding Puzzles, The Big Book of Low Cost Training Games, The Ropework & Ropeplay Collection of Team Activities, Essential Staff Training Activities and Jim's latest book, Find Something To Do! He is also the creator of the innovative T&T Character Cards. Jim is the creative force behind his training company, Teamwork & Teamplay, a former executive director of The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), a senior consultant to the Cornell University Corporate Teambuilding Program and the innovator of more than six dozen teambuilding activities and props.

Jim holds four advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. and has traveled to 47 states and 23 countries (so far) sharing his knowledge on subjects ranging from teamwork and leadership to creative problem solving and trust building. His train-the-trainer programs are legendary and his conference keynotes/playnotes are active, engaging and tremendously fun. With regard to Jim's group facilitation skills, Tom Leahy of NCCPS remarked, "Jim, you are a Jedi Master!" If you want to incorporate teamwork into your organization, your next staff training or your next meeting or conference, and you want to do it right, contact Jim at Teamwork & Teamplay. You will be glad you did!

Jennifer Stanchfield - November 17-18, 2016

The creative composer!  Jen can take ordinary objects and turn them into a melody
that blends fun, learning and reflection into a masterpiece.

Jen's depth of experience, creativity and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications in which she incorporates the art of facilitation and teaching with brain-based and pedagogical research. In her 25 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a classroom teacher, a clinician in mental health treatment centers for children, adolescents and adults, as an adventure educator, and in professional training, adult education, and organizational teambuilding.  Jen earned her masters degree in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato and continues to pursue the latest research on the brain and learning, pedagogy and the emerging field of educational neuroscience.  Through these experiences she has developed an extensive repertoire of evidence-informed experiential activities, tools and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, publications, and teaching resources. She works with schools, colleges, community organizations and training organizations all over the world — helping educators increase engagement, promote social-emotional skills and facilitate meaningful reflection and group dialogue to increase learning outcomes. She is founder and director of Experiential Tools, an organization focused on helping educators fill theirtoolbox with quality, unique, and user-friendly methods to enhance learning, build community, and promote meaningful reflection and application of learning experiences.  She is author of Tips and Tools: The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and co-author of A Teachable Moment: A Facilitator's Guide to Activities for Processing, Debriefing, Reviewing and Reflection. She has developed a number of teaching and facilitation tools such as the “Pick-A Postcard" reflection toolkit, Miniature Metaphors, Quotables, and Conversation Starters.  She is the creator and regular contributor to the byline “Facilitators Toolbox” published by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and The Inspired Educator Blog at experientialtools.com. Along with her work in training educators and working directly with schools, Jen provides team-building and professional development programs for community organizations, businesses, college staff and faculty. She offers custom as well as open enrollment workshops for counselors, trainers, classroom teachers, college programs, coaches, and human resource professionals looking to enliven their curriculum, or group work with experiential, brain-based approaches to increase engagement and create lasting lessons. For more information on workshops, consulting services, The Inspired Educator Blog, and facilitation and teaching tools visit jenniferstanchfield.com. Or experientialtools.com.

Tom Leahy - TBD

Want to bring clarity to how, why, and what you are doing with your challenge course?

Tom has 35+ years experience in adventure challenge. He and his wife Jennifer operate Leahy & Associates Inc., providing challenge course / zip line / climbing wall design,  installation and facilitator training.  Over the years, thousands of facilitators, teachers, therapists and students have been infected with his passion and experienced his models for decision-making, problem solving, communication and the teaching of “choice” as a key life skill.  In 1993, Tom created NCCPS: the Facilitator’s UnConference, a unique conference and training venue that places participants in control of their own learning.  In 2002, Tom was awarded the Michael J. Stratton, "Practitioner of the Year" award by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and in 2011 he received the Critical Link Award from The Association for Challenge Course Technology. Tom, his wife Jennifer and son Luke live in Boulder, Colorado.

Michelle Cummings - November 13-14, 2015

Looking for fresh ideas and toys? Need to get clients and keep them?!

Michelle is the Big Wheel and founder of Training Wheels. Training Wheels is a known leader in the teambuilding industry and prides itself in creating quality, affordable activities, books, and trainings for those seeking experiential resources. Michelle has created a wide variety of facilitation, debriefing and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way experiential educators and trainers work.
Michelle is a dynamic keynote speaker and a highly-regarded consultant in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Kansas State University and a Master's degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University at Mankato. 

Michelle speaks at more than 25 local, national, and international conferences each year and authors a monthly teambuilding newsletter called The Spokesperson that has over 12,000 subscribers in 65 countries. Michelle Cummings has authored four books, 1. A Teachable Moment: A Facilitator's Guide to Activities for Processing, Debriefing, Reviewing, and Reflection, 2. Bouldering Games for Kids, an Educational Guide for Traverse Walls, 3.Playing With a Full Deck, 52 Team Activities Using a Deck of Cards, and 4. Setting the Conflict Compass: Activities for Conflict Resolution and Prevention. Look for her upcoming book, What to Do With a Few, Partner Activities for 2 or 200 coming out later this year.

Michelle works with professional associations, corporations, universities, and non-profit organizations throughout the world. She facilitates a wide variety of programs for corporate teams, therapeutic populations, and school groups, as well as train-the-trainer workshops for professionals. Michelle grew up on a farm in Norton, Kansas and currently lives in Littleton, Colorado with her husband, Paul, and two sons.

Paul Cummings - November 13, 2015

How to have a great program and a great business too!

Paul Cummings has been involved in the starting, growing, and selling of businesses for over 20 years. His roles have included: Salesman, Sales Manager, Operations Director, Vice President of Sales, and Owner/President. Paul has consistently been responsible for remarkable levels of growth in sales, market share, and profitability. Paul came to the adventure business field by becoming a recreation director at a Colorado resort and providing clients with the excitement of rock climbing, white-water rafting, and experiencing the thrills of a challenge course. In fact, Paul credits a challenge course for the introduction to his wife!
Paul's primary roles at Strategic Adventures include:
•        Attracting strong, qualified business leads
•        Delivering great value to clients
•        Clarifying the direction and vision of Strategic Adventures
•        Acquiring intellectual growth and wisdom
•        And nurturing the businesses network and relationships
Paul currently resides in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Michelle (founder of Training Wheels) and their two sons, Dawson and Dylan.

Dr. Greg Robinson - March 4, 2016

Just as the masters understood music theory, Greg understands and can articulate how to be a great facilitator. And you can! There will be a swim test before you can swim in the deep end! (not really but be prepared to dig a little deeper.)

Greg Robinson is currently President of Challenge Quest, LLC in Pryor, Oklahoma. He is the Managing Member of Adventure Quest Recreation, LLC and Associate Professor of Outdoor Leadership Ministries at John Brown University. Previous to coming to Challenge Quest, Greg spent 5 years with Williams, a Fortune 500 energy company in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Managing Organization Development Consultant. Greg has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He also has a M.S. in Counseling from John Brown University. Greg’s professional career has concentrated in the areas of experiential learning, team development, leadership development, facilitation and consulting with organizational change efforts.  He is the author of A Leadership Paradox: Influencing Others by Defining Yourself, Teams for a New Generation: A Facilitator’s Field Guide Adventure and the Way of Jesus and Lessons of the Way: Using experiential activities to explore the way of Jesus. Greg currently resides with his wife Jeannie, his daughter Keely and son Kobe in Pryor, Oklahoma.

Tom Heck - TBD

Get ready to have some fun and play hard. You will need shoe laces and duct tape – be ready! Also be mentally prepared to be challenged to impact your world…I’m just saying…

Tom Heck is the president and founder of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators (IATF).  Tom is a veteran of the team and leadership development field and has trained leaders and Teamwork Facilitators from North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Central & South America, and Australia.  The tools he’s developed (books, multimedia training CDs, teambuilding activities, audio programs, etc.) are used by facilitators, trainers and coaches to transform teams around the world.  Through the IATF, Tom leads a team of subject matter experts (Visiting Faculty Members) who provide cutting edge strategies, tactics and tools for Teamwork Facilitators around the world.  Tom Lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and two children - See more at: http://www.teachmeteamwork.com/teachmeteamwork/about.html

Jim Moss - February 24-25, 2017

There is Risk Management and Risk Avoidance.
Get ready to think differently about managing, not avoiding!

Jim Moss specializes in the small business issues of outdoor recreation and adventure travel companies and manufacturers. Mr. Moss is the author or co-author of six books: The Lawyer’s Advisor, Outdoor Recreation, Travel, and Hospitality Forms, Outdoor Recreation Insurance and Law, and co-author of Legal Liability and Risk Management in Adventure Tourism. He is contributing author of the Boy Scouts Fieldbook. Jim Moss is the US legal representative to the UIAA (Union Internationale des Association d’Alpinisme) Legal Committee and serves on 27 ASTM committees.

Mr. Moss has given over 500 presentations and speeches and provides training to corporations and organizations. He has been asked to speak at the Colorado Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Programs and before congress. He has made presentations to the Western River Guides Association, the Professional Paddlesports Association, the Boy Scouts of America, the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, and the Wilderness Education Association. He has provided training to the National Park Service, the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land management.

His clients range from manufacturers and importers to independent representatives and retailers as well as federal concessionaires. He represents a variety of industry organizations and companies. He represents over 100 College and University programs across the US and Mexico. Jim Moss is the Editor of Recreation-Law.com. The Recreation-Law.com is an online legal resource for the outdoor recreation industry. Jim Moss is a founding member of the National Outdoor Book Awards, and the Association of Sports Lawyers Group and a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.