Jo grew up in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. When she was a teenager, she backpacked in the Sierra Nevada’s and canoed in the Boundary Waters with Outward Bound. These trips sparked a new passion for Jo where she developed a deeper connection with herself, her body and her environment from spending time in the backcountry.
Jo started school at the Evergreen State College where she studied creative writing, literature and gender studies. Jo transferred to Prescott College in Arizona where she started and finished a degree in Adventure Education with an emphasis in Diversity Studies. Jo found wilderness therapy from colleagues at Prescott and co-workers at Northwest Outward Bound school, where she spends summers leading white water rafting and mountaineering trips. Jo’s passion for social justice, unification, and human connections solidified during her time at Prescott. She believes therapeutic use of wilderness can help folks heal because of it being an intense beautiful and vulnerable environment.
Jo enjoys climbing, writing, playing guitar, drinking hot drinks and adventuring the great west in her off time.