The Outdoor Experiential Program is a wonderful way to develop new passions in a therapeutic setting. Working with students in our beautiful state of Utah gives us many opportunities to encourage them to push themselves out of their comfort zone and towards confidence. I have seen many students overcome fears and turn activities such as rock climbing, skiing, and rafting into new coping skills. The greatest part of my job is watching students support each other in our activities as they connect in a truly unique way.
Outdoor Experiential Manager
Experienced in Outdoor Experiential Education and Interventions since 2012
Educational experience in Parks Recreation and Tourism University of Utah
Certified Wilderness First Responder
Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructor
Danny started working in the Outdoor Experiential program in 2021. He is strong at building relationships with the students and approaches each of them with empathy. In these relationships, he is able to build trust and help guide the students through the program and their therapy. Danny brings a lot of patience when interacting with our students in each unique scenario. Taking the time needed for each student, Danny can support them as they develop positive skills, giving them confidence and independence.
Danny started working in outdoor education in 2012, where he worked as a ski instructor at Brighton Ski Resort. He spent many seasons working at Brighton as both an instructor for clients and a trainer for staff. He also spent time in the summers working at the Utah Olympic Park, guiding people through ropes courses, ziplines, and other various adventures. In the summer of 2021, Danny started working at Gateway as part of the Outdoor Experiential Adventure (OE) team. In April of 2022, Danny was promoted to his current position as an OE Manager. Danny is experienced in all four OEE modules and understands how to integrate the OE program with our clinical, residential, and academic programming.
In Danny's free time, you can find him exploring the mountains and deserts, often with his dog Acadia. During the wintertime, he will go wherever he can find snow for some skiing and snowboarding.