Rev. Adam Tobey, Program Director, Lead Instructor
With over a decade of youth ministry experience and months of time spent guiding young people through the wilderness, Adam lives to introduce a love of the outdoors to people of all ages. He believes that while the wilderness is dynamic, ever-changing, and powerful, it is also a place of stillness, rest, education, and spirituality. Adam not only holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary, he is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA), a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, serves as the Utah State Advocate for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, and is a Wilderness First Responder.
Rev. Catherine Tobey, Managing Director
Catherine also holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to consulting with ministries nationwide regarding sustainability, she is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) and serves as an administrator at Wasatch Christian School. Catherine is passionate about writing, teaching theology, and cultivating creativity. A Utah native, she is thrilled to introduce the wilderness to youth so they might be both captivated and challenged by it. Together, Adam and Catherine's travels have taken them from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon to Torres del Paine in Chile's Patagonia.
Zach Scott, Lead Instructor
Zach Scott graduated high school in 2016 with 4 years track and cross country experience. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves as a 2146 Tank mechanic. Upon returning home to Ogden, he has been able to dedicate more time to his passion for being in the outdoors. His experiences as an avid climber and mountain explorer combined with his work and military background have allowed him to develop and hone his leadership skills. He is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, holds a current Wilderness First Responder, and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. He is excited to guide and instruct students on wilderness trips and help them develop a passion for the outdoors.
Emily Dark, Virtual Programming Instructor
Emily grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Fort Pierce, Florida where she works in coastal management and conservation. She earned her Master’s in Conservation Biology in 2014 and took her Leave No Trace Master Educator course in Zion National Park in 2017. Emily loves hiking, trail running, horseback riding, scuba diving, surfing and hitting the trails with her dog Zion.
Board of Directors
As a non-profit organization, we are led by a board of directors! This includes folks with experience relating to education, business, and adaptive sports!
AGO works with colleges and seminaries across the country to recruit trail instructors interested in mentoring students, learning skills in pastoral care and ministry leadership, and growing in their own spiritual and professional development. If you're interested in joining our team for a summer, contact us.
We're stoked to welcome the following folks to our Summer 2021 Trail Instructor team!
Sarah Tibbits, Assistant Trail Instructor, Virtual Programming Instructor
Sarah is a student at Weber State University majoring in Outdoor Recreation. Growing up in Utah, Sarah was solar powered and never wanted to be inside. She’s passionate about the outdoors and seen the personal benefits from spending time in nature. Sarah is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Trainer and is excited to grow as an outdoor educator and share her love for the outdoors.
Tim Frawley, Assistant Trail Instructor
Tim is a psychology student at Princeton University. His outdoor experience includes canoeing, backpacking, and mountaineering, and he holds a Wilderness First Responder certification. As one of the leaders of Princeton's outdoor orientation programs, Tim leads trips for incoming students as well as trains new leaders. A New Jersey native, the outdoors is one of his biggest passions and he considers it one of the best places for people to learn about themselves, grow and develop new skills, and have a great time. He is excited to create supportive environments where people can feel safe going outside their comfort zone to have awesome experiences.