Founder, Executive Director
Shayne is on a short list as one of the most experienced individuals in the history of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare arena. For more than 30 years, Shayne has provided healing wilderness experiences for adolescents, young adults, and families..
Founder, Director of Operations
Sheri was born in Utah, however, typical of military families, her family moved a lot. The longest she lived in one place was 2½ years, which was in Mississippi. Her favorite places are Queens Fort in Rhode Island, Yuma, AZ, Kailua, HI and Fallbrook CA..
Assistant Operations Director
With the exception of a two-year period in which Blaine spent performing service in Argentina, Blaine has worked continuously in the Wilderness Therapy industry since 1988. He began as a wilderness therapy field instructor and has more than 1500 "trail days..
Michael is an energetic teacher, Arbinger seminar facilitator and a member of the Arbinger Coaching Network. He joined the WinGate Wilderness Therapy field leadership team in 2019.
With more than ten years in the mental health industry working at various programs and seeing many styles and approaches, Lekos found himself often returning to the wilderness setting for what he describes to be “The right conditions for self discovery.”
Kolton was born in Kanab, UT and understands the power that the wilderness has on a person by experiencing it through is adolescence to becoming a Transporter, then Field Instructor, and now Logistics Director for WinGate.
Erin Grover, LCSW, MSW
Erin Grover has spent the last ten years helping individuals and families grow and make positive changes. During her eight years in the wilderness-therapy industry she has served as a field instructor, field director, and assistant operations director. "There is no..
Scott Hess, MA, LMFT
Partner, Primary Therapist
Scott Hess began his career as a marriage and family therapist in 1996, working with juvenile sex offenders in locked facilities. That experience helped Scott discover and develop his profound gift for getting to the heart of core issues with even the most calloused..
Chris Tarver, LCSW, MA-PSYCH
My experience treating adults, adolescents, children and families in Hospital Acute mental health (MH) and addiction (AD), Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient MH and AD, Residential Addiction Treatment, Wilderness Therapy, and Individual..
Danielle Gagnon, MS, CMHC
Danielle has been lucky enough to work with adolescents and young adults in a wide range of settings for the last 6 years. Originally starting out in a residential setting, Danielle learned quickly how healing it is for clients to work in nature as well as with animals..
Lisa Renda, MA, LMFT, CSAT
In my 25 year career, I have worked in residential treatment settings, group homes for teens transitioning out of criminal detention, community mental health child and family programs and with teens and families in the foster care system.
Dale Christensen, MD
Dr. Dale Christensen has been practicing emergency medicine for over 15 years and is currently a staff physician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, UT. He joined our team in 2012 when one of his partners and mentors, Dr. Keith..
Jake Roberts, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jake's formal education consists of an AS Degree from Dixie State University, a BSN Degree from Southern Utah University, and a MSN Degree, a APRN Psychiatric, and BC from the University of Utah. Jake is also a licensed APRN in the State of Utah. His work..
Kyle has worked for wilderness therapy programs for over 25 years and can proudly claim more than 2000 trail days to his name. Kyle has previous experience in transport, logistics, education and in the administrative departments.
Christopher Black, BSN, RN
Outreach Director, Admissions
Chris had his first experience of wilderness in high school. He signed up for a week long survival course in the Escalante area of Utah. He loved it so much he did it the following year as well. His sister was sent to a wilderness program in Arizona where he was..
Admissions Director, Outreach
Lauren has worked with families through the admissions process in wilderness and residential settings and also spent a few years working with a therapeutic educational consulting firm.
Teague brings 9 years of wilderness therapy experience to the WinGate team. Teague was introduced to wilderness therapy as a student of WinGate in 2010. For WinGate, she has worked as a transporter, transport coordinator, field instructor, office..