Leadership + Staff

Professional staff members play a critical role at the Saint Michael's College Wilderness Program. They are selected based on experience, professionalism, dedication to outdoor pursuits and the ability to create safe learning environments. We are fortunate to have "state of the sport" instructors/coaches in a variety of disciplines to serve as mentors for our student staff and to lead advanced programs.

Todd Johnstone-Wright '96 M.Ed. '11, Director of Wilderness Programs

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Todd has worked as a professional guide and outdoor pursuit’s instructor for over 17 years and believes that wilderness experiences are a critical component of a liberal arts education. His career has afforded him the opportunity to trek, climb and paddle throughout North America, South America, Africa and Europe but he always returns to Northern New England. Todd teaches wilderness medicine, rock/ice/alpine climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater and leadership courses.

  • ACA L:5 Coastal Kayak Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer 
  • ACA L:4: Coastal Kayak Open Water Instructor Trainer Educator
  • ACA L:4 Whitewater Instructor
  • ACA L:4 Surf Kayak Instructor
  • British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach Sea
  • Certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AMGA Rock Instructor Course Graduate
  • Individual Member of the AMGA
  • Certified SOLO Wilderness EMT
  • Certified Vermont EMT
  • SOLO Wilderness Medical Instructor
  • Registered Maine Guide (Sea Kayak)
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Training
  • P&H Kayak Team Paddler
  • Werner Paddles Team Paddler 
 

Eben Widlund, Assistant Director of Wilderness Programs

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Eben has been teaching wilderness medicine for SOLO Wilderness Medicine and outdoor skills throughout North America for over 10 years. Eben joined the Wilderness Program Staff as the Assistant Director in 2006 and is responsible for instructor training, expedition programming and program development.

  • SOLO Wilderness Medical Instructor
  • Certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • Individual Member of the AMGA
  • British Canoe Union 3 Star
  • British Canoe Union Canoe Safety Award
  • NATO Telemark Instructor Training
  • SOLO Wilderness EMT
  • Nationally Registered EMT Basic
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Training
  • SOLO Search and Rescue Instructor
  • Search and Rescue Team Leader
  • Saint Michael's College Alpine Instructor Training
 

Michael Carlin, Assistant to the Wilderness Program

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Michael Carlin graduated from Saint Michael's College in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies. He returned to Saint Michael's College in 2014 to work as an assistant to the Wilderness Program. Michael works primarily to develop the technical abilities of student instructional staff. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Education at Saint Michael's College.

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • ACA Level 3 River Kayak Instructor
  • ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Training
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder
 

John Carmody, Senior Sea/Surf Kayak Coach/Guide

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John is a retired veterinarian, accomplished kayaker and one of the highest accredited coaches in New England. John has navigated the ocean in all types of vessels but of late has found the interface of small boats and big water the most rewarding. John is a master educator and guide whose knowledge and skills are always at the "state of the sport." John provides various trainings and clinics throughout the year in addition, to developing expedition programming.

  • British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach Sea
  • Registered Maine Guide (Sea Kayak)
  • ACA L:4 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • ACA L:4 Surf Kayak Instructor
  • ACA L:5 Coastal Instructor
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder
 

Derek Doucet, Senior Rock/Ice and Alpine Instructor

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Derek Doucet holds a master's degree in Outdoor Education from Prescot College and has been involved in outdoor education for over a decade. He's a longtime Outward Bound Instructor, rock and ice guide, avid climber and has served in outdoor education faculty and staff positions at numerous colleges and universities. His 25+ years' experience in mountain adventure have involved numerous first ascents on rock and ice, and ranged over 7 countries and 4 continents. He is a lead expedition climbing instructor and teaches rock and alpine instructor courses.

Derek Doucet holds a master's degree in Outdoor Education from Prescot College and has been involved in outdoor education for over a decade. He's a longtime Outward Bound Instructor, rock and ice guide, avid climber and has served in outdoor education faculty and staff positions at numerous colleges and universities. His 20+ years' experience in mountain adventure have involved numerous first ascents on rock and ice, and ranged over 7 countries and 4 continents. He is a lead expedition climbing instructor and teaches rock and alpine instructor courses. (photo credit: Dominique Powers)

  • Registered New York State Guide (Rock/Ice)
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder
  • Individual Member of the AMGA
  • Certified AMGA Rock Instructor
  • AMGA Alpine Guide Course Graduate
  • AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Training
  • AMGA Advanced Rock Guide
  • AMGA Ice Instructor
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course Provider and Exam Director EMT

Marty Molitoris, Senior Rock/Ice and Alpine Instructor

Marty is the owner and program director of Alpine Endeavors Climbing School where he guides professionally throughout North America, South America and Asia. Marty instructs AMGA programs for Saint Michael's College and advanced rock programs.

  • Registered New York Guide (Rock, Ice, Hiking and Camping)
  • AMGA Rock Guide
  • AMGA Alpine Guide
  • Professional Member of the AMGA
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder
  • New York EMT Basic
  • Level 2 Avalanche Training
 

Marty Molitoris, Senior Rock/Ice and Alpine Instructor

marty molitoris

Marty is the owner and program director of Alpine Endeavors Climbing School where he guides professionally throughout North America, South America and Asia. Marty instructs AMGA programs for Saint Michael's College and advanced rock programs.

  • Registered New York Guide (Rock, Ice, Hiking and Camping)
  • AMGA Rock Guide
  • AMGA Alpine Guide
  • Professional Member of the AMGA
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder
  • New York EMT Basic
  • Level 2 Avalanche Training
 

Mark Moore, Senior Sea/Whitewater Coach/Guide

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Mark has been a professional outdoor educator since 1984. While his primary focus is paddlesports, Mark has training and experience teaching a wide array of outdoor activities. In addition, Mark has been leader and guide on numerous multi-week coastal and whitewater expeditions throughout North America and the Island of Borneo. Sharing his passion for the outdoors, teaching and paddling continues to define Mark’s professional life.

  • ACA L:5 Instructor: Advanced Whitewater, L:4 Whitewater Kayak ITE
  • ACA L:5 Instructor Trainer: Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayak
  • ACA L:4 Instructor Trainer: Whitewater Canoe - Solo and Tandem
  • ACA L:5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder 
 

Steve Charest, Senior Ski Mountaineering Instructore/Guide

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Steve is Petra Cliffs' co-owner, Program Director and Head Guide. He has been professionally guiding rock, ice, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering programs since 2001. Steve has a degree in Outdoor Education from Johnson State College and completed a NOLS Outdoor Educators Course for Mountaineering and Rock to kickstart his career as a mountain guide and educator. Steve is involved with the following organizations:

Aspirant IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations)

AMGA

  • Certified American Mountain Guide Association Ski Guide
  • Climbing Wall Instructor Providor
  • Single Pitch Instructor
  • Rock Guide Course
  • Advanced Rock Guide Course and Aspirant Exam
  • Alpine Guide Course
  • Ice Instructor Course
  • Advance Alpine Guide Course and Aspirant Exam
  • Ski Guide Course
  • Ski Mountaineering Guide Course and Aspirant Exam

AIARE

  • Level III Avalanche Certified Practitioner
  • Level I and II Lead Course Instructor

SOLO

  • Wilderness First Responder
 

Andrea Charest

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Andrea is the Co-Owner of Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School and guides rock and ice climbing. She has been involved in outdoor education since 2000. With the growth of girls and women participating in outdoor recreation and education, Andrea has found herself teaching many women's-only groups - an environment where she sees them become more involved, take more chances and gain confidence; however, she enjoys working with all ages, genders and abilities on rock and ice in the Northeast and throughout the US.

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor
  • AMGA Rock Instructor Course and Ice Instructor Course Graduate
  • AIARE Avalanche Levels One and Two
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • NY State Licensed Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing and Hiking Guide
  • Climbing Wall Association - Climbing Wall Instructor Provider
  • Mixed Climbing Competitor and Guest Guide: Ouray Ice Fest, Bozeman Ice Fest, Adirondack Mountainfest, Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest, Smuggs Ice Bash
  • Mammut Athlete, Rock/Ice/Mixed Climbing
 

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