- Texas State University, B.S. Sociology
- Boulder University, Experiential
Education and Outdoor Leadership
- Aurora University, M.S. Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation Administration
John has spent over 25 years working with youth diagnosed with LD and AD/HD. 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 lead 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 the immediate Past President of the LDA of NC, and a 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, Therapuetic Recreation, and Leadership courses. His certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard Instructor, CPR Instructor, PADI Rescue Diver, State licensed Recreation Therapist, and Nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Finally, and most importantly, he and his wife Dorothie are the proud parents of two magnificent, creative, and strong willed children.