- Western Carolina University, B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management
Growing up in the Piedmont of North Carolina, Kevin’s family vacationed most summers in the mountains of Western NC. Kevin grew very fond of his summer time in the mountains. He grew up in a musical family and spent most of his younger years learning to play the trumpet. So, after high school he applied to the music program at Western Carolina University and was accepted into the trumpet studio program. Moving to the mountains of NC was his primary goal at a young age and this was his chance! During his time at WCU he spent a lot of time paddling whitewater around the area and became a proficient class 5 kayaker. Working within the outdoor programs at WCU he taught many staff to become whitewater guides, kayak instructors and caving trip leaders.
After graduation he worked for 10 years as a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor primarily with Landmark Learning. At Landmark he taught courses such as Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness Lifeguarding, Wilderness First Responder, and EMT Intensive programs. He has worked as a precepting instructor and on Instructor Training Courses to develop new wilderness medicine instructors, he understands the need for quality, experienced staff. Kevin’s most recent role was working as a clinical coordinator managing 400 clinical and non clinical/volunteer staff for the WCU Regional COVID-19 vaccine clinic. He developed the training for the clinic and facilitated the administration of over 15,000 COVID-19 vaccines in rural Western North Carolina.
Kevin joined the SOAR team in April of 2022 as the Director of NC Programs and can’t wait to have a fun, successful summer season!