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

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.

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Eben Widlund
Assistant Director of Wilderness Programs

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.

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John Carmody
Senior Sea/Surf Kayak Coach/Guide

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.

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Derek Doucet
Senior Rock/Ice and Alpine Instructor

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.

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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.

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Mark Moore
Senior Sea/Whitewater Coach/Guide

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.

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Steve Charest
Senior Ski Mountaineering Instructor/Guide

Steve is Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School’s Program Director and Head Ski Guide. He has been professionally guiding rock, ice, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering programs since 2001. He has a degree in Outdoor Education from Johnson State College and has climbed and skied extensively throughout the Continental US, Alaska, Canada and the Chilean Andes. Steve provides various Avalanche trainings and backcountry clinics in addition to guiding expeditions for the Wilderness Program.

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