• Texas State University, B.S. Sociology
  • University of Colorado @ Boulder, Experiential Education, and Outdoor Leadership
  • Aurora University, M.S. Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation Administration


John has spent over 25 years working with youth diagnosed with Learning and Attention challenges. He joined SOAR in the summer of 1991, returned as a semester course instructor in 1993, and became Director of LD and AD/HD Services in 1994. He has led hundreds of adventure courses across the country and Latin America and continues to enjoy field time with campers on a variety of programs.

John is a Past President of the Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina and a former national board member of CH.A.D.D. He actively presents to teachers, parents, and professionals at local, state and national conferences. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University and Mars Hill College teaching Outdoor Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, and Leadership courses. His certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard, PADI Rescue Diver, State licensed Recreation Therapist, and Nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Finally, and most importantly, he and his wife Dorothy are the proud parents of two magnificent children living with ADHD.