Outdoor Adventure Weekend Speakers
Scott Woodruff - HSLDA Senior Counsel and outdoor enthusiast, Scott earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working for John Ashcroft, and subsequently a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998.
He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and licensed in Virginia and Missouri. He has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys.
He has represented HSLDA members in court, and appeared before many state legislatures to fight against repressive homeschool legislation. Scott is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country.
Barry Stebbing - Barry has been an artist his entire life. He attended the Maryland Institute of Art as a painting major and received his degree in art education from Salisbury University. Graduate Studies were done in Cortona, Italy with the University of Georgia, along with portrait painting in Montreal. Mr. Stebbing spent many years teaching art in the public school system, along with teaching adult education and painting workshops. In 1990 -1991, (along with his wife, Sondra) set out to paint his way across the back roads of America. He completed a series of three oil paintings in each state, capturing some of our country’s most splendid scenery. It was during this time that Barry began to realize God’s purpose for his talents. After much conviction from the Holy Spirit, he focused his abilities for God’s Glory. A short while later, his first book on drawing was written, and How Great Thou ART Publications was born. Since then, 14 more texts have been written for all ages combining journaling, drawing, and painting along with art appreciation. Throughout these years, Mr. Stebbing and his wife have been conducting 3-day art classes all over the U.S. and Canada. They estimate that have personally instructed more than 60,000 students during this time.
Tim Caverly - Tim has spent his life in Maine’s outdoors. Growing up shadowing his father who was a fire warden in the Maine Forest Service and his brother, a ranger in Baxter State Park, it was natural for him to seek a career in the outdoors. Tim is originally from Skowhegan, Maine and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Machias. While in college, Tim began working as a ranger at Sebago Lake State Park for the State Parks and Recreation Commission. After Sebago, he continued his employment with the Department of Conservation with assignments as a manager of Aroostook and Cobscook Bay State Parks as well as a regional supervisor of the Allagash Region, which included the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and the Penobscot River corridor. Tim was supervisor of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway for eighteen years. In 1999, Tim retired from the Department after a 32 year career. Tim resides in Millinocket, and worked for five years in the Millinocket School System. He now writes and presents programs full time throughout New England, enjoys raising Golden Retrievers, and sharing stories about the Maine Woods.
Rachel Lindsey - Rachel attended the Faith School of Theology in Charleston, Maine for four years, majoring in Christian Education. For the past three years, she has been taking Ready Freddy to schools and functions throughout the state to teach others how to be prepared in case of disasters.
Jonathan D. Yellowbear & Lynn M. Sacobie - Jonathan is a card carrying member of the Sokoki/Abenaki Indian Nation. Lynn is a card carrying member of the Passamaquoddy Indian Nation at Meducmagoog. Jonathan has been doing presentations since 1986. He has also been in several movies and short films. His presentations are lively! As a result, students are likely to remember and recall much of what they learned for years to come!
Daniel Otis - Born in California and raised in a Christian home in Wisconsin, Dan went to junior high school in Saudi Arabia and later finished a degree in Mechanical Engineering there. Dan has worked as an engineer in the Department of Defense. He has also worked in the commercial sector testing consumer products such as bicycles, exercise equipment and outdoor gear. Currently working for L.L. Bean, Inc., Dan has been involved in ministry off and on with youth since 1978. Most recently, Dan was appointed a 1st Lieutenant in charge of operations for Alert Cadet in Maine.
Raylene M. Hunt - A homeschooling mom of 11 years, Raylene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. During a time of seeking direction for herself and her children in May of 2010, the Lord planted the seeds for Creation Exploration. It began with her own family doing the nature study portion of their homeschooling in their yard in the apartment complex where they were living. Since then it has grown into a homeschool group that meets regularly throughout the year. Raylene also led the Summer Kids Club program at her church in 2012, which focused on exploring God’s amazing creation, in Scripture, as well as in the great outdoors. She blogs about creation and nature discoveries at creationexplorationministry.blogspot.com. Someday, she hopes to have property where her family can host a creation focused nature center for folks to visit and explore.
Hope Douglas - Hope is the founder and president of Wind Over Wings. She has her Masters degree in counseling and education, and received the J. Edgar Hoover Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was president of the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabitator's Association and Vice President of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
Kent Nelson - Kent got "bit by the fire bug" when he worked at Acadia National Park as seasonal fire crew member during the summers of 1994 and 1996. Since then, he has been mobilized as a wildland firefighter in places such as Montana, Texas, Washington State and Oregon. He began working for Maine Forest Service as a forest ranger in 2001. In 2005, he was promoted to Fire Prevention Specialist. At that time, his responsibilities changed from fire suppression and investigation to wildfire prevention and education.
Seth Coates - Seth lives in Jackman, ME year round at Moose River Outpost, and is currently the General Manager at Windfall Rafting. Seth grew up camping, boating, and guiding since early in his life; and even paid for camp tuition as a teenager by building and donating cedar strip canoes with his father and brothers. As a summer staff member at Deerfoot Lodge in New York State, Seth quickly established himself as a key leader and problem solver. Seth is a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University, and spent time there developing his outdoor skills at their Wisconsin Wilderness Campus. Most recently, Seth served in beautiful Bozeman, Montana as Director of Facilities and Wilderness Experiences at Yellowstone Alliance Adventures, a Christian Camp that occasionally boasts temperatures even colder than Jackman!
Seth is the proud father of three beautiful children, Mayne, Brayden, and Saydie. He and his wife, Cathy, see their arrival at Windfall as a bit of a homecoming to New England. Cathy grew up in Maine and Seth is originally from Massachusetts. Both look forward to many years of service at Windfall.
Seth maintains certifications in CPR, Life Guarding, and Wilderness First Responder. He also holds a Maine Level I & II Whitewater Guide License, a Maine Recreational Guide License and a Commercial Drivers License. Seth has taken a Top Rope Guiding course from Professional Climbing Guides Institute based out of Bishop, CA. Seth is a White Water Merit Badge and Rock Climbing Merit Badge counselor for the BSA as well.
Ed Green - A licensed soil evaluator, Ed Green has always enjoyed working and spending time outdoors. From his earliest years as a boy scout through his adult years as a father and provider for his family, Ed has continued to learn and develop outdoor crafts and trades. He is an avid gardener and skilled carpenter. He enjoys making maple syrup in the spring, and raising chickens and goats. He and his wife, Kathy, are the founders of Homschoolers of Maine. They have four daughters and ten grandchildren.
Tom Charles - Maine Chief Silviculturist, Tom Charles has been working in and studying forestry since he entered University of Maine in 1975. He has lived in Fort Kent, serving as a field forester for Seven Island Land Company, where he became the manager of the St. John River District in 1980. In 1985, he became the Chief of Silviculture for the Bureau of Parks and Lands, where he has served in a variety of positions for the Maine Forestry Service. Tom is also a weather enthusiast, whose "calculus allergy" kept him from a career in meteorology!
LL Cote - Archery Pro Staff Team Member – LL Cote has some the best instructors and target archers in New England, and is involved in all the aspects of the sport. Several of these instructors will be joining us to present basic instruction on target archery for competition and recreation.
Rippleffect - Staff Member – A member of Rippleffect's small, well-trained outdoor education staff will be available to present on leadership, answer questions about outdoor and expeditionary learning, in general, and provide more specific information about their programs.
Pete Morrissey - Since retiring from the paper industry as a process control engineer, Pete Morrissey has pursued his life-long interest in American Colonial History. As an historic interpreter at Old Fort Western since 2006, Pete has served as both teacher and interpreter. He has traveled to each of the thirteen colonies to participate in historical events as a reenacter. Pete currently lives with his wife, Anita, in Sidney, Maine and has two sons.