SOLE is fortunate to have a team of individuals who possess significant professional experience in the fields of experiential education, outdoor education, traditional academia, special education, and counseling. Our innovative approach to these fields doesn’t only include program design, it also involves how we facilitate each SOLE Experience SM. We believe in providing a first rate experience for our stakeholders. To do so, in addition to having the necessary formal education and training, we need to have to have an accurate assessment of the needs of our organization to include our personnel and those we serve. Therefore, those that drive and support SOLE’s mission volunteer countless hours and serve as consultants, board members, administrators, and Field Instructors to obtain an accurate pulse and support all the SOLE Experiences SM we offer.
Dennison Webb, MA | Founder | Executive Director
Dennison is the Founder and Executive Director of Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE). As a practitioner and researcher in the fields of experiential and outdoor education for the past 30 years, he brings significant program development, administration, and instruction experience to SOLE. Allowing those under his guidance to meet the needs of the diverse populations that SOLE serves.
To accomplish challenges and opportunities such as these, Dennison integrates professional education and real-world experience grounded on evidence-based practices to design and facilitate intentional experiential programming, while assisting others to do the same. His administrative and teaching experience has included both secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, as well as, corporate agencies. The institutions have included Texas A&M University, Challenge Works, University of Northern Colorado, National Outdoor Leadership School, Second Nature Wilderness Program, as well as, private and residential boarding schools. Being employed at each program has served to strengthen Dennison’s facilitation abilities through the direct application of field-related methodologies while supporting the continued expansion of methods that SOLE utilizes today.
Specific strengths include his ability to create dynamic experiential programming which transitions well beyond the classroom walls by integrating multiple disciplines, theories, and philosophies. Students consistently comment on how his teaching is dynamic, passionate, and creative. Additionally, Dennison is well versed in program assessment and development, including addressing risk management, curriculum, faculty, and student-related needs.
SOLE benefits from his expertise in these previously mentioned areas, as has Dennison, because he believes his glass is always half full! Dennison’s personal pursuits mesh well with his chosen field, so when he is not driving the SOLE vision you can find him pursuing academic research, in the backcountry of North Idaho or floating down a desert river corridor.
Joy Jansen, PhD | Education Advisor
Dr. Jansen comes to SOLE with an extensive background in working with adolescents and adults with neuropsychological dysfunctions. As SOLE’s Education Advisor, Dr. Jansen provides professional consultation regarding program development, facilitation, and assessment to ensure that SOLE meets the individualized education needs of each participant. In addition to actual program consultation and development this also includes providing Special Education professional development opportunities for our team to ensure that we continue to provide our participants with exceptional programming opportunities supported by evidence-based best practices and methodologies. Dr. Jansen continues to be instrumental in the development and execution of our licensed adventure therapy program – Journey Experience SM program, and our Experiential Learning Center – SOLE Academy SM. In both instances Dr. Jansen has helped to develop curriculum and supporting programming which addresses and develops executive functioning and other life skills in our participants.
Dr. Jansen obtained her PhD in Education with a cognate in neuropsychological deficiencies from the University of Idaho and holds a M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in learning disabilities and transition from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to volunteering her time at SOLE, Dr. Jansen serves at the Director of Special Education for Lake Pend Oreille School District and serves on several boards and committees, including Kaniksu Health Services. Prior to these positions, Dr. Jansen created and directed a Learning Center for two therapeutic boarding schools – Boulder Creek and Northwest Academy. There she cooridnated and facilitated Special Services for the students and provided professional development opportunities for their faculty and staff. Dr. Jansen also previously served as the Director of Special Education for the Paradigm Charter High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she developed, managed and coordinated Special Education and transition services for students; was the primary contact for parents and outside professionals relating to the academic, emotional and behavioral needs of students receiving special education services; provided training and consultation to school staff, teachers and parents; assisted students in creating, as well as, implementing structured strategies to promote and attain both academic and personal success. In addition, Dr. Jansen was appointed as Charter School Representative for the Utah State Special Education Advisory Panel.
Dr. Jansen began her professional career as a Special Educator in the North Carolina public school system. Following this tenure she was employed as an educational researcher for the Center of Prevention of School Violence. Dr. Jansen has also worked on the post-secondary level. She held the position of learning specialist in the office of Learning Disability Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Idaho continuing to serve those in need. Dr. Jansen also served as a Special Education Instructor at the University of Idaho where she instructed pre-service teachers on various Special Education issues.
Understanding the importance of collaboration across fields, Dr. Jansen spent two years under the mentorship and guidance of Dr. Sam Goldstein conducting neuropsychological assessments and providing counsel for individuals of all ages. Through this experience she was able to provide guidance to both academic professionals and parents in understanding a child’s academic and behavioral struggles, as well as, create and implement individualized plans which met the need of each student.
To support her professional development, Dr. Jansen has spoken at local, state, and national conferences, as well as, has published works on various educational topics including ADHD and learning disabilities. Currently, Dr. Jansen is the managing editor for the Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development to be published in 2012.
During her time off Dr. Jansen can be found enjoying the backcountry of North Idaho or traveling to a novel setting with her immediate and extended family.
Kelsi Luhnow, MEd | Program Coordinator | Field Instructor
Growing up hiking trails and playing in the waters of north Idaho, Kelsi developed a love of nature from a young age. She went on to become a forest firefighter, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Master of Education from the University of Montana. She taught third grade for nine years in the beautiful, small town of Seeley Lake, Montana, reveling in opportunities to teach children and adults to cross-country ski, take her classes on outdoor education field trips, and work with a local non-profit to promote kinetic sports and youth. Kelsi works hard to spread the news and fundraise about our programs, and brings forth her passion for nature and science in her instruction. In her free time, Kelsi loves to hike, cross-country ski, snowboard, learn Spanish, enjoy good food with family and friends, and travel the world.
Jamie Esler, MS | Program Coordinator | Field Instructor
Over the course of the last nine years Jamie has strived to become an effective and inspirational educator. Jamie received his Bachelor’s of Science in Geology and Earth/Space Science Education and is a licensed educator in the State of Idaho. He continues to serve as an educator at Lake City High School in North Idaho, and was recently recognized as the 2014 Idaho State Teacher of the Year. In recognition of his diligence and professionalism, Jamie has served as a Teacher Fellow with the University of Idaho Intermountain Climate Education Network (ICE-Net), and currently serves as an Extension Lecturer for the University of Washington Program on Climate Change and “UW in the High School” program. SOLE provides educators like Jamie an excellent opportunity to connect students from all across the Inland Northwest with the most powerful place for learning – our natural world. As a board member and advisor Jamie will be assisting in the development and implementation of our Fieldwork Experience programming. When Jamie’s not developing curriculum or grading papers, Jamie can be found in his kayak, knee-deep in a telemark turn, or hiking with his family. SOLE is fortunate to have an educator like Jamie – one who is innovative, dynamic, and driven. When participants experience Jamie during a SOLE Experience they are challenged and equally rewarded.
Megan Eisenlord | Field Instructor
Always drawn to the outdoors and the science surrounding it, Megan has been outside exploring the outdoors and everything it has to offer since she could walk. This exploration led to Megan attending the University of Idaho where she pursued and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Megan began her love for winter in Bend, OR at Mt. Bachelor, with a seasoned skier mom. There Megan learned the life of the slopes the hard way, wither her snowboard in hand. Still with little to no guidance, she made her way to the bottom of the hill as she adjusted to the feel of the board. Today, she is a sponsored snowboarder by NewtonTRG (Travel-Ride-Grind), a small company out of Boise, ID. Megan serves as a Field Instructor at SOLE and has instructed for SOLE’s SnowSchool Experience and Junior Naturalist Experience programs where she is able to merge her love for all things outdoors and her science backgound. Look for Megan on the slopes up at Schweitzer Mountain Resort and be sure to say hi!
Hallie Payne | Field Instructor
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George D’ Angelo | Field Instructor
Starting on skinny skis and leather boots, George soon discovered a passion for backcountry skiing in western Montana, and has skied throughout the Rockies and Cascade Ranges. He has completed both the National Avalanche School, AAA’s Professional Avalanche Worker School, and AIARE Level 3 course, as well as accompanying AIARE ITC courses. George is a professional member of the AAA and has worked for the West Central Montana Avalanche Center, Payette Powder Guides, Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Wallowa Alpine Huts and patrolled at Montana Snowbowl prior to pursuing backcountry powder stashes, and educating others how to do so responsibly. When not coordinating or instructing AIARE courses for SOLE George calls Challis, Idaho home.
Jane Quinn | Field Instructor
Jane first realized her passion for the outdoors after quitting her corporate job and moving out west to The Mountains in 2005. Her first legitimate outdoor job was as a whitewater raft guide, a thrill she enjoys to this day. She followed her wanderlust through Washington, Colorado, Alaska, Montana, and Oregon. When she landed in Montana, she became an avid mountain biker and backcountry ski enthusiast. She soon became interested in outdoor education as a means to empower women. She earned her Professional Mountain Bike Instructor certification and ran a very successful women’s mountain biking program in Bend, Oregon called Dirt Divas while also coaching for Ladies Allride. She joined National Ski Patrol in 2013 and later became an AIARE certified avalanche instructor. She sees her roles as a mountain bike coach and avalanche instructor as opportunities for her to help individuals build confidence in the outdoors that they can transfer into their everyday lives.
AHA First Aid & CPR
AIARE Level 1
AIARE Level 2
AIARE Level 1 ITC
AIARE Level 2 ITC
National Ski Patrol
Kip Rand, BS | Program Coordinator | Field Instructor (1986 -2016)
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kip Rand spent his formative years in Boise, Idaho. He attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he received a first-rate education in backcountry skiing, rock climbing, and whitewater kayaking. Sometime while honing his backcountry craft, Kip actually found the time to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Resource Conservation. Kip spent many of his post-college years pursuing the hydrologic cycle, guiding whitewater rafting in the summer and backcountry ski trips in the winter. He lived in Joseph, Oregon, where he was the Director of the Wallowa Avalanche Center. Kip completed his Level 3 Avalanche certificate, was a qualified AIARE Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche course instructor, and was WFR-CPR certified. Kip assisted SOLE in all facets of our avalanche education programs to include the development, coordination, and facilitation of those specific course-types. We were fortunate to have his depth of knowledge and experience on course during the winter months. Tragegically, Kip was killed in an avalanche when exploring the very winter wildlands that he loved – the Wallowas. We are deeply saddened by the loss and are sincerely grateful to all that heart and that Kip put into getting our AIARE avalanche education program off the ground, as well as, the inspiration, passion, and knowledge he passed on to our students. Rest in Peace Kip.