Korey Ramsey received his degree in Recreational Therapy in 1997 from Western Carolina University.  He has been working with SOAR since 1995, beginning with the weekend programs, then he worked as a course director from 97 to 2001. He became the full-time director of the Appalachian semester course in the fall of 97 and Desert southwest semester in the spring of 98.  He then completed 3 additional semesters running the program. Additionally, he was instrumental in developing the NC Expedition course.o

While in college he also worked construction, then worked with a local contractor building homes in between course programs at SOAR.  During that time frame, Korey built 4 of the SOAR Adirondack style shelters from scratch and converted 3 of the single shelters to double shelters. He also built the bathhouse/conference room.

In 2001 Korey obtained his EMT certification, and in 2002 received his EMT/ Intermediate.  In 2006 he completed his RN degree from Southwestern and began working in the emergency department at Mission Hospital.

In 2017 he was hired as a flight nurse with the air medical program known as MAMA (Mountain Area Medical Airlift).  In 2020 Korey began a specialty position with trauma services at Mission as a Trauma nurse lead, while still working part-time as a flight nurse. His certifications include:

CEN – Certified Emergency Nurse

TCRN – Trauma certified RN

TNCC – Trauma Nurse Core Course

ENPC – Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course

NRP – NeoNatal Resuscitation program\


Swift Water Rescue level 3.

In addition, both his children have attended SOAR.  His son Brandon completed his 5th summer in 2019. His wife continues to work at SOAR helping facilitate specialty courses, and Korey routinely volunteers his time to help with physical plant projects.

Ramsey quote: “I believe strongly in the mission of SOAR and would consider it an honor to bring my medical and construction skills to support the organization.”