MEET THE CREW

Inspiring growth and possibility through quality mentorship.

Dev Carey, Director of the High Desert Center Gap Year Programs, gives a lecture

DEV CAREY

DIRECTOR

Dev loves adventure and the kind of learning that changes who we are and how we see the world. Dev earned a Ph.D. in ecology and later discovered that while chasing butterflies made him happy, education made him passionate. He’s been sharing adventures with young people ever since.  In the late 90’s he became an advocate for students and families learning outside of the classroom, and started The Vision Program, which utilizes public funds to support over 600 students in learning however and wherever they want while still earning a diploma. Dev has worked for Sterling College, with inner city youth as a VISTA Volunteer, as a counselor at Not Back to School Camp, and as a river guide. He is most fulfilled when working outside of traditional classrooms, mentoring students to figure out how to lead a life full of meaningful, wonderful moments.

Marian, HDC director

MARIAN PIERCE

DIRECTOR

Marian loves supporting young adults discover their strengths and passions. She believes that interacting with unfamiliar situations leads to a better understanding of the world we live in as well as ourselves. Marian has been recognized with a merit award for her work as a guerrilla gardener in Chicago and received a teaching fellowship from the National Endowment for Humanities in 2015. She is Wilderness First Responder Certified and has a background in web design. Some of her adventures include running a produce company, living in a tipi for several years, installing a photovoltaic system in India, and apprenticing as a home birth midwife. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Colorado College and enjoys growing greens, making pesto, skiing, and mountain biking. She loves that her work at the High Desert Center brings together her passions for sustainability, food, outdoor adventure, travel, and community.

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MILLA VON TAUBER

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
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JUSTIN CHAFEE-STANDISH

FACILITATOR
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BLAKE MCCLAIN

FACILITATOR

Past Staff

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JENNA BRADFORD
DANCE COACH

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JULIE MCPHERSON
FACILITATOR

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LAINEY BEIN
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CLAYTON CLEMETSON
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AMY EDDINS
DANCE COACH
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ABRAHAM MCCLURG
FACILITATOR
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CHRIS FERRER
INTERN

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LANEY OWEN

SUPPORT STAFF

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CORI SHOOTER
SUPPORT STAFF

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RAE GOVETTE
SUPPORT STAFF

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KIERAN SMITH

SUPPORT STAFF