Our mission is to guide people through the internal and external wilderness, cultivating a lifelong passion for learning and adventure!
Adventure Recovery Guides are skillful outdoor educators and mentors who are highly trained and experienced in supporting individuals and groups on a journey of discovery. Each of our guides hold certifications in advanced wilderness first aid or higher with additional specialized certifications in specific outdoor skills. They have years of practice as guides and mentors and proven track records of helping individuals achieve their goals.
AR Guides carry an additional profound and exceptional qualification; each of them is in long-term recovery. Having experienced and overcome life's most difficult challenges provides them with a deep respect and understanding of what it truly takes to manifest change. Their ability to compassionately support others and contagious enthusiasm to live life fully are their greatest gifts to offer.
TIM WALSH Founder
Tim is an outdoor educator and recovery coach trainer who specializes in guiding people through the external and internal wilderness. Over the last 25 years, he has founded and lead numerous programs and institutions in the youth development and addictions recovery and prevention fields, as well as offered individualized support for those seeking purpose and spiritual development.
Tim has consulted for and developed experiential education, adventure therapy and substance abuse awareness programs for private schools, youth development programs, treatment centers and national conferences. As a pioneer in the field of adventure-based counseling, he was one of the founding members of Mountainside Treatment Center. He served as Founding Director of Adventure Based Counseling at Mountainside and was eventually promoted to Executive Director. Tim served in this capacity for four years and left to start his own consulting business where he has successfully supported multiple programs in developing exceptional adventure curriculums.
Tim has earned Instructor Trainer levels of certification in ACA whitewater canoe, pro rescuer first aid & CPR and lifeguarding as well as certifications in advanced whitewater kayak instruction, BCU star 3 sea kayaking, wilderness first responder, recovery coaching and adventure based counseling.
Tim has studied various wisdom traditions and received healing rites and practical tools from elders and practitioners from both Western and Eastern disciplines. With a deep reverence and respect for ceremony and ritual, he facilitates a tailored approach to personal transformative process.
When not on the river, Tim spends time with his wife and their twins exploring the natural world, paddling the New England rivers, working in the garden, and creating.
JESSICA ADAMS, LCSW Executive Director
Jessica has more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field, working throughout the continuum of care. Jessica attended Plattsburgh State University of NY where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In addition, Jessica continued her education at Fordham University, and has a master’s degree in Social Work. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Jessica began her career for an alternative-to-incarceration program on the front lines, helping those struggling with substance abuse to find appropriate services. Following this, she then went on to work with varied populations. Her clients ranged from geriatric and adult population, to adolescents and families in foster care. Also, she worked with public school systems, providing substance abuse prevention services to children and their families. In 2006, Jessica began working with those struggling from eating disorders for nine years. By the end of her tenure working at The Renfrew Center, she oversaw the entire front-end process of treatment starting with the initial call through finances, insurance benefits and authorization, bio-psychosocial and as the Director of Admissions and Program Information.
Throughout her career, Jessica has experience being directly involved with clients up through different leadership positions. As her career has evolved, Jessica has effectively helped companies lead their admissions teams and clinical staff. Also, she has worked in building and training staff to reach different families and clients to access and receive the treatment they need. Jessica served as Executive Director for an adolescent substance abuse and mental health facility where she lead a team, providing structured programming, creating open lines of communication between disciplines, and ensuring the organization was functioning optimally from an operational standpoint. Hence, Jessica has a winning combination of clinical prowess, administrative skills, the ability to juggle a multitude of responsibilities, and skill in leading with respect and in the spirit of collaboration.
RYAN COVENEY Field Manager
As an avid outdoorsman, Ryan believes that the core of healthy living and recovery is a commitment to health and wellness. This is embodied by his motto to always be "getting up and getting out" into nature, and more so, into life. Ryan grew up in the Housatonic River Valley and has been given the gift of a lush environment to grow and explore. With both passion and training he has participated in varied adventure sports experiences including backpacking/hiking, mountain biking, river sports, etc. These activities serve him not only as tools to recovery but as a complete way of life. Adventure Recovery offers a perfect way for Ryan to bring his skills and abilities to teach others. Through his journey, Ryan has gained a unique compassion for his clients, and a talent for encouraging others toward self-confidence and growth by helping them challenge themselves to seek wellness through perseverance, strength and commitment. Ryan believes in a deep sense of spirituality connected to the earth and adventure. He believes adventure truly offers healing, peace, and balance. Ryan brings this passion to his work at Adventure Recovery each and every day.
CAROLL SPELKE Operations Manager
Caroll grew up in Colorado where her love for the outdoors was instilled at a very young age. After years of suffering from substance use disorder as a teen, she entered into treatment, was introduced to the power of peer-based support, and rediscovered her love of the outdoors through snowboarding. After attending The International Honors Program and living abroad for a year she graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009. She went on to work as an educator and later became an entrepreneur starting her own business, My Daddy’s Caddy. Caroll has spent most of her adult life working in the snowboard industry and has dedicated most of her free time to working with young people in recovery. Her love for snowboarding brought her to work at Burton Snowboards as their HR Administrator for North America. And her passion for working with young people suffering from addiction drove her to became the Program Coordinator for the Telling My Story Program at Dartmouth College. Now, as a member of the AR Family Caroll will be offering her years as an administrator and coordinator as the AR Operations Manager with her lifetime of outdoor experiences as an AR Guide.
KEVIN CARMIGNANI, Lead Guide
Kevin grew up in northwestern Connecticut and graduated from Hofstra University with BA in communications. He spent his childhood outside and playing sports. Hiking, climbing trees, building forts—it didn't matter what it was, as long as he was always outside. Recovery brought Kevin to try new things while also rekindling his passion for being outside. One of his favorite activities is being out on the water. Stand up paddle boarding in calm water, down the river, or in an ocean is a go too. Kevin loves to surf, SUP, and paddle.
Kevin has a background working with youth struggling with mental health and substance use issues. He's served as a direct care worker and has mentored many through the difficult transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Kevin is happiest when he's working with others.
HEIDI PETTERSEN Lead Guide
Heidi Pettersen is a skilled outdoor leader who has been enjoying nature excursions all her life. She has served with the Adventure Recovery team for three years. Heidi is a recovery coach, athletic trainer, and also a certified holistic health coach. Heidi brings her professionalism, positivity and passion for recovery to all that she does. She's kind, compassionate, and radiates joy in all that she does, which has a big impact on clients and the team. In addition, she inspires others to be enthusiastic and playful. When not working in the field, Heidi travels, rides motorcycles, surfs, goes rock climbing, and does lots of yoga.
mARSHALL ROGERS AR Guide
Marshall is an outdoor leader who’s been practicing wilderness skills for the last three years. He attended Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and studied business and marketing. Marshall loves activities in the outdoors including snowboarding, rock climbing, and backpacking. In addition, he worked as a zip-line tour guide, kayak instructor, and rock climbing coach. He also lived in Salt Lake City for two years, snowboarding. He believes nature is a powerful healer and has been a huge part of his recovery.