"If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."
~ Rachel Carson
The magic of a great outdoor education program does not come from the place or the curriculum but from the people that make everything happen. The ACOS staff teach, mentor and support students during their camping experience, allowing them to create life long connections with the natural world and their peers.
Outdoor Education instructors
Kelly Wood – Executive Director
Kelly draws on 15 years of experience at Chapel Rock to work with staff and guests to create outstanding educational and retreat experiences. Kelly graduated from Prescott College with a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Program Administration, started working on the ropes course and has never looked back. In his current role he manages staff, supervises summer camp, helps with ACOS, and ensures every guest has a great experience. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Favorite Quote: "We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
– e.e. cummings
Sarah Vincent - Program Coordinator
Sarah is an east coast transplant, who grew up with an appreciation for the out of doors, a natural affinity for science, and the support of amazing communities. With a B.S. in Earth Science from George Mason University, six years of teaching and facilitating in the field of outdoor education, and over 300 nights spent out under the stars of the Southwest; Sarah is excited to share her enthusiasm with visitors. Whether it is working with the Aspen Creek Outdoor School, facilitating on the ropes course, or just saying hello in the dining hall, Sarah enjoys seeing and fostering the connections made at Chapel Rock. Connections made with the outdoors, each other, and within us. Sarah likes bluebirds, dragonflies, ice cream, campfires and spending time with loved ones.
Meghan Myrick – Challenge Course Manager
Originally from Southern Maine, Meghan received a Bachelor's of Science in Ski Area Management from Lyndon State College in VT, and a Masters of Arts in Instructional Leadership from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. Meghan’s love of the outdoors began at a leadership camp in Maine at the age of 12. She has pursued a life in the outdoor field taking her to far away places. Meghan brings over a decade of outdoor education and wilderness experience with her Chapel Rock. Everything from leading a variety of outdoor trips, and managing an indoor rock climbing wall, to accompany a group of researchers to Botswana Africa as their camp manager, cave, and vertical rope expert. Meghan loves it here in Prescott, AZ and is very excited to be taking on the role of Challenge Course Manager.
Greenbriar Bragg - ACOS Staff
Greenbriar has spent a large part of his life outside exploring nature and wild places around the world, and grew up in Prescott, Arizona. He first learned his love of the outdoors and his desire to share it with others on a ten-day Outward Bound backpacking trip when he was 12. The time he spent in nature only grew, until Greenbriar graduated from Prescott College with a degree in Adventure Education, which led him to many wild places and a desire to share nature with others. He has worked in outdoor education in Arizona, California, and the British Virgin Islands. Greenbriar loves being outside and travelling, especially by bicycle and kayak, and is excited to be part of the Aspen Creek Outdoor School team.
Justin Corbull - ACOS Staff
Justin Corbull is a natural-born native to the Prescott Area as well as an Outdoor Educator for the Aspen Creek Outdoor School. Ready to begin a new chapter in his life, Justin joins the Chapel Rock team with a high level of enthusiasm, commitment, and of course a passion for the outdoors! "Honestly, there is just something unique about the outdoors that makes me wander endlessly and explore further" he says, "everything is interconnected in some way or form, so recognizing this can open you up to a fresh perspective on the world." Prior to becoming an ACOS leader, Justin worked at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, where his "fire for helping others was lit." Faith, food, fishing, and friendship are what's most important in Justin's life.
Tori Heinon - ACOS Staff
Tori comes from the frozen lands of Minnesota where she has spent most of her life. For many summers, she was a leader at a camp in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where she developed a passion for the outdoors. She received bachelor’s degrees in sociology and anthropology from St. Olaf College, where she also played ice hockey. For the past few years, Tori has been traveling around the world to places including Norway, Micronesia, Costa Rica, and Colombia, but is excited to be starting a new chapter in Prescott. A lover of dogs, the ocean, rain, traveling, and all things food, she is excited to share her enthusiasm with the world.
Bre Orsburn - ACOS Staff
Bre, originally from Indiana, now resides in the beautiful Prescott, Arizona. She has a double major in communications and theology from Grand Canyon University. She finds herself at Chapel Rock for her third year and is very excited to serve for her first year on the ACOS program. She feels most alive when she spends time outside and with her best friends. She's all about good music, good food and good conversations.
Jeff Orsburn - ACOS Staff
Jeff has been with Chapel Rock for two summers and is excited in his first year as an ACOS facilitator. Jeff loves working with youth of all ages and being outdoors is one of his greatest passions! Originally from Prescott Valley, Arizona, Jeff is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Bachelors degree in Communications and Christian Studies. His hobbies include most anything physically active such as hiking and mountain biking, and Jeff also enjoys playing the guitar in his free time.
Elizabeth Paullin - ACOS Staff
Elizabeth was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. She graduated from GSU with a B.A. in Psychology. Some of her favorite classes were recreation management as well as outdoor and early childhood education. After graduating college, Elizabeth became a certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor. In 2015, she moved to Prescott to pursue her love for nature and the outdoors. Elizabeth began working at Chapel Rock the summer of 2016 as a ropes course facilitator and is excited to expand her work to the Aspen Creek Outdoor School. Her enthusiasm for nature and learning is contagious, which makes her a great team member here at Chapel Rock.
Julie Polovitch – ACOS Staff
Julie saunters through meadows, humming catchy folk songs, simultaneously identifying flora and fauna. A lover of creeks, hikes, road trips, poetry, and pizza, she greets the world with positivity and care. Julie is a Prescott College graduate and has taught in multiple adventure and environmental education programs. She loves being an outdoor teacher/facilitator because she gets to share her admiration for nature with others.
Jono Ruf – ACOS Staff
Jono has been working to help others for well over a decade. He has spent time working with at-risk youth at an outdoor camp, he has worked with persons of all ages experiencing disabilities, and has also worked as a teacher's assistant in a college setting. Jono grew up on a farm and has worked on various types of farms throughout his lifetime. Jono greatly enjoys spending time outdoors, especially when on a bicycle. Other interests include about anything involving water and cooking.
Andrew Zapushek – ACOS Staff
Andrew hails from the land of Wisconsin, but has been happy to call Prescott his home off and on for a nice chunk of his life. He has spent the last couple of years working in Utah serving as a wilderness therapy field staff, where he mastered the art of bow drilling, hand crafted oodles of spoons, and most important, built meaningful relationships with others and the desert. He is excited to share his love of the outdoors and experience working with others, with the Aspen Creek Outdoor School. Andrew enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and soccer.