Derek is a co-founder of Legacy Outdoor Adventures and Juniper Canyon Recovery Center for Women. Originally from Utah, he is a seasoned professional in the field with decades of experience working in the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare industry. Since 2001 Derek has been living a “Wilderness therapy dream”, with notable contributions to programs such as Redcliff Ascent, Aspen Achievement Academy, and Open Sky. Derek is currently serving on the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council.
Derek was the recipient of the 2017 Utah Community Service award for his nonprofit work. He is a strong advocate for promotion through prevention and has presented nationally at Universities and conferences in an effort to raise awareness and address the root causes of abuse and trauma. He is a passionate advocate of Wilderness Therapy, committed to the goal of advancing effective wilderness and residential treatment to more diverse demographics. Derek is a promoter of positive culture and giving back to the community.
On the weekend he and his family take advantage of all Utah has to offer. He is learning to ski with his son and daughter, negotiating the dubious hot chocolate to ski-run ratio.