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Co-Founder and Guide
Josh is the creator and chief architect of Pivot Adventure. Josh started this workshop to make a dent in the industry that has got out of hand. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management. With over 15 years of experience working with youth, Josh defines his career by the impact he’s had in teaching others. His other big project to date is his blog with over 1,800 consecutive posts about breaking false limits and leveling up.
Co-Founder and Guide
Katie is the co-creator of Pivot Adventure. Katie works to open doors for people who will turn around and open doors for others. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Commercial Recreation Management. Katie has guided for the National Park Service and various wilderness therapy programs. She has volunteered at Slate Canyon Detention Center, BYU Adaptive Aquatics and Courage Reins Equestrian Ranch. She believes in using new environments to inspire change.
Sara Flitton, SSW
Sara is an adventurer, wilderness explorer and all-around sportswoman. She graduated from Southern Virginia University with a degree in Family and Child Development and Psychology and is a licensed Social Service Worker. She is also certified in mental health first aid. Sara started her professional career in Virginia working with children and their families at an equine therapy center. From there, she conducted trail rides and arena horse therapy with 4 to 84-year-olds. After moving to Utah, Sara started working closely with expectant parents and their families, which included crisis intervention, life planning, and resilience training. With 12 years of experience working with teens and their families, Sara is excited to teach her passions of adventuring along with tactics to improve mental and emotional health to strengthen youth and their families.
Sharlene Evans, TRS, CTRS
Shar received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and is a Licensed Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in the state of Utah as well as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Shar has worked as a recreational therapist with various populations. Sharlene gained her first experience as an intern at LDS hospital at their inpatient psych unit and South Davis community hospital. She has enjoyed being able to write and participate in programming for school-aged children through her work with Recreation Solutions. She also volunteers her time with the Utah Recreational Therapy Association. Shar loves the outdoors and knows firsthand it’s benefits. She is an avid trail runner, hiker, mountain climber, child juggler and chaos surfer.
Vlad is on the Search and Rescue team in Salt Lake County. He has previously worked as a trip leader with Splore. Before that, he guided rock climbs for summer camps and college outdoor clubs in North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Vlad has been guiding for over 10 years with certifications with AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Rock Guide Course, Wilderness First Responder and AIARE Level 1 and AIARE Companion Rescue.
Leanne Schmidt TRS, CTRS
Leanne loves the outdoors and has a deep passion for helping others reach their potential through experiential education. She recently graduated from BYU Idaho with a degree in Recreational Therapy. She is now a Licensed Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in the state of Utah as well as a Certified Recreational Therapist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. She has experience with working with youth and adults on ropes courses and leading trips in the outdoors from working as a Trip Leader for BYUI Outdoor Activities, a facilitator at CLAS Ropes course, and as a Recreational Therapist at Copper Hills Youth Center. She loves to rock climb, play soccer and volleyball, read, and make music.
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