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Todd McKibben

Executive Director / Expeditions Director / Founder

Todd is a seasoned guide, logistical master, and a passionate outdoorsman. He has dedicated his life to helping others change their lives through the power of nature, inspired by his own personal experiences and connections with people he has met along the way. Todd has helped Breakwater support clients in bring more purpose, passion, and intention to their lives. He earned his degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University, and has not left the “great outdoors.”

With over 18 years of experience and 2000 days in the field, he’s had the pleasure of serving a variety of populations. Happiest with a paddle in his hand, he finds power in movement, drawing from it a passion for life which he shares with his wife, two boys, and anyone he meets.

Contact: todd@breakwaterexp.com | 208.304.3185

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • Swift Water Rescue

  • ACA Sea Kayak Instructor

  • RCABC Canoe Tripping Instructor

  • Avalanche Level 1

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard


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Lars Hall

Operations Director / Founder

Lars grew up in Massachusetts, but his heart and mind were always fixed upon the vast landscapes and mountains of the West. From a young age he has been camping, fishing and embracing the wilderness. His passion for the outdoors led him to enroll in the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Leadership Semester in the Colorado Rockies. It was there that he discovered that he could build upon his childhood dreams, draw from his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Gettysburg College, and make a career out of working with people in the outdoors, which he has done for the past 14 years. In his spare time, Lars can be found on many of the rivers found throughout the Northwest fly fishing his days away.

Contact: lars@breakwaterexp.com | 208.255.8791

Certifications:

  • Outdoor Emergency Care

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • Swift Water Rescue

  • RCABC Canoe Tripping Instructor

  • Professional Ski Instructors of America

  • Avalanche Level 1

  • Rope Rescue 1


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John Winton

Board President / Founder

John has honed his skills as an outdoor leader and guide in some of the world’s wildest and most awe-inspiring classrooms. For 15 years he has facilitated and guided expeditions and experiences in a variety of settings ranging from the mountains to the sea and has logged more than 1500 days in the field working with adolescents and adults. John received his degree in Outdoor Recreation from Radford University, trained with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska. Since then he has worked with at-risk teens and their families, leading and directing creative experiences for wilderness programs and therapeutic boarding schools. John enjoys the numerous outdoor activities the Northwest has to offer. He can often be found rock climbing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, playing music, woodworking and skiing the pristine powder of Idaho’s backcountry.

Contact: john@breakwaterexp.com | 208.610.2234

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • Swift Water Rescue

  • ACA Sea Kayak Instructor

  • Professional Ski Instructors of America

  • Avalanche Level 1

  • Lead Climbing Instructor (18 years)

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard


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Angie Roberts

Program Director/ Lead Guide

Angie joins us as our Program Director and Lead Guide. Angie grew up camping, fishing, and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She followed her passion for the outdoors by obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from Radford University with a double major in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism and Business Management. After college, she brought together her compassion for helping others and her love for the outdoors to work in wilderness therapy and expedition-based programs, college-prep and therapeutic boarding schools. She has over 10 years of experience working with youth, young adults, and families. Angie believes that nature and adventure can foster happier, healthier individuals which, in turn, will build stronger communities. When Angie is not working, she enjoys skiing, rock climbing, backpacking, and spending time with her friends and family in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Contact: angie@breakwaterexp.com | 540.314.6423

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • ACA Canoe Instructor

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard

 

Some of our Expedition Guides

Our veteran guides are creative individuals who customize powerful, fun, safe, and dynamic experiences.

 
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Zachary Burns

Zach has over 15 years of experience designing and delivering diverse adventure-based and experiential programming with youth and adults nationally and internationally. He’s a passionate educator and facilitator, dedicated to delivering engaging programming to maximize the client’s experience and growth. When Zach isn’t working, he can be found with friends and family exploring “the playground that awaits” along the north shore of Lake Superior.


 
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Renee Brechter Burns

Renee has been working with youth and young adults for over 10 years. She has designed and delivered adventure-based programs to families, youth-at risk, educators, and athletic teams in a variety of settings. Renee brings her experience as a field staff with several different youth-focused therapeutic wilderness programs to the Breakwater team. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis on Environmental Science and Outdoor Pursuits from Prescott College in Prescott, AZ. and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in clinical social work.


A few of our Family Mentors

We are a team of educators, psychologists, social workers, coaches, and family counselors who have years of experience working with families in and out of wilderness settings.

 
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Sommerville Johnston, LPC, SEP
Licensed Professional Counselor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Sommerville is a licensed professional counselor as well as wilderness instructor and founder of Aspen Roots Collective. She is passionate about facilitating opportunities for individuals and groups to connect with the natural world, to explore their inner-landscapes, and to discover within themselves a strength and beauty more powerful than they previously knew. She has worked in the mental health field since 2010 and in the outdoors since 2000, incorporating curiosity, humor, deep compassion, and respect into her various roles. Sommerville enjoys exploring the rock and water of her home in Western North Carolina, as well as continuing to learn from new places and people around the world.

Her additional offerings can be found at  http://www.aspenrootscollective.com.



 
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Robert Bradbury LCSW

Robby believes strongly in the power of the wilderness to guide us towards our most authentic self. He graduated with an Masters of Social Work from Portland State University in 2009. Robby worked in Wilderness Therapy as a field guide, primary therapist, family therapist, and program director before starting Granite Bridges in 2014. He has facilitated over 150 three-day Family Expeditions and has over 1,000 days in the field since 2004. All of this experience allows him to quickly identify family patterns, unravel convoluted dynamics, and provide customized support for a complex population. Before starting Granite Bridges, Robby developed the Family Expedition program at Elements Wilderness and served for over two years as Family Program Director at Outback Therapeutic Expeditions. He independently contracts with several wilderness programs providing family therapy, staff coaching, and family program curriculum.

His additional offerings can be found at http://www.granitebridges.com