Derek is originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota. He graduated from Blacks Hills State University, studying Human Services and Political Science. He started his professional career working with adults in an outpatient therapy program at a community mental health clinic. He has been passionate about camping and being outdoors from an early age, enjoying quiet moments in the woods, campfires and exploring. His love for the outdoors, and a background in mental health recovery led him to pursue wilderness therapy.
With his time off, he enjoys backpacking, reading, playing guitar and meeting new people!