Derek is a co-founder of Legacy Outdoor Adventures and a seasoned professional in the field of with 18 years of experience working in the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare industry. 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. Co-founder of Legacy Outdoor Adventures. Passionate advocate of wilderness therapy, committed to the goal of advancing effective wilderness and residential treatment to more diverse demographics. Founder of the Loa Fund, a non-profit supporting mental health and addiction treatment. Founder of the You Are Awesome campaign, a positive message campaign designed to promote compassion, kindness and gratitude facilitated at High schools, Universities and at the Sundance Film Festival. Avid promoter of positive culture and giving back. Derek consistently finds ways to cultivate opportunities and inspire those around him. Since 2001 Derek has been living a wilderness therapy dream, with notable efforts at Redcliff, Aspen and Open Sky and is currently the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Marketing Chair. On the weekends he is learning to ski with his seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter negotiating the dubious hot chocolate to ski-run ratio.
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