Ethan hales from the Atlanta suburbs where he grew up building forts in the woods with his older brother and younger sister. It was there that he developed an active imagination, a longing for adventure, and a deep-rooted sense of appreciation for the wilderness.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Ethan chose a different career path altogether. He joined AmeriCorps NCCC, enrolling for two 10-month national service terms in communities throughout the Atlantic and Gulf regions of the United States. He went on to lead trail crews and volunteers in the wilderness, performing trail maintenance on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2011 and on the Colorado 14er summit trails in 2012. He then co-led a cross-country bicycle trip for the non-profit Bike & Build during which he and his team raised money and awareness for the Affordable Housing Cause.
In the fall of 2014, Ethan completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail and began his career in Wilderness Therapy. He spent the next three years working from Apprentice Guide to Senior Guide to Field Manager before joining Elements Traverse in May 2018 as the Interim Assistant Field Director. Since then, Ethan completed the 800 mile Hayduke Trail solo. Ethan now joins the adolescent program of Elements as their Assistant Field Director.
When he’s not role modeling how to assertively challenge thinking errors and how to hold up an often-uncomfortable, always-compassionate mirror for our clients, Ethan enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, and photography.