Assistant Group Lead
Kacie grew up in the wild wilderness of Southern Indiana. The cornfields and rolling hills may not have been the most rustic of terrain, but they still held a strong place in Kacie’s heart. She spent her youth camping, fishing, playing sports, reading, and romping outside with her sister. While attending college at Indiana State University studying Psychology and Sociology, she strove to understand how individuals and communities can promote growth and create greater well-being. It was during this time that Kacie spent a summer working in Yellowstone National Park. This experience set a fire for continued adventure and a new yearning for the landscapes of the West. She took the deep appreciation of nature that her parents had instilled and fostered this passion through backpacking trips, cross-country road trips, and as much hiking as her busy schedule would allow.
In conjunction with her love of nature Kacie has always had a penchant for working with youth. Throughout the years, she has volunteered for a variety of mentorship programs including providing care and instruction at Ryves Hall, an after school program for low-income youth, working with Boys and Girls Club of Terre Haute, and working as a camp counselor at Brahm’s Running Camp. She also acquired professional experience with youth interning at Vigo County Homes for Children, a half-way house for at-risk-youth.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Kacie pursued her M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout her studies, she had heard of the Wilderness Therapy industry and believed that it would be the perfect fit for her to combine her passions of nature, mental health, and mentorship. While at Elements, Kacie is grateful to be able to continue to develop her professional skills, challenge herself, and see how nature can help facilitate change in everyone.
In her free time Kacie can be found hiking, running, reading, and searching for that perfect coffee shop!