Jody was born and raised on the East Coast and spent his summers hiking, camping and fishing in the Appalachian mountains as well as working on his grandfather's farm. He has a degree in Business Management from the University of Mount Olive and is planning to get his Master's Degree in Counseling. The time that he spent outdoors growing up gave him an appreciation of nature and an understanding of the benefit that nature has upon our mental and physical health. He spent a season as a Head Wilderness Field Instructor in the North Carolina mountains and has worked with youth in various other capacities as well including teaching Brazilian jiu jitsu and coaching wrestling to middle school and high school students and he continues to volunteer as a wrestling coach.
Jody has seen firsthand the healing benefit of wilderness therapy and he is passionate about helping families gain access to the care that they need. He is grateful to have the opportunity to work with Rites of Passage and help families heal through wilderness therapy.