Wilderness Program Leadership and Staff

Professional staff members play a critical role at the Saint Michael's College Adventure Sports Center. 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 the Adventure Sports Center

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Todd has worked as a professional guide and outdoor pursuit’s instructor for over 19 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, mountain biking and leadership courses.

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

You can contact him at twright@smcvt.edu.

Eben Widlund, Assistant Director of the Adventure Sports Center

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Eben has been teaching wilderness medicine for SOLO Wilderness Medicine and outdoor skills throughout North America for over 20 years. Eben joined the Adventure Sports Center Staff as the Assistant Director in 2006 and is responsible for instructor training, expedition programming and program development.

  • SOLO Wilderness Medical Instructor
  • M.Ed. Saint Michael's College
  • Certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • Professional 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    

You can contact him at wwidlund@smcvt.edu.

Jake Taylor, Graduate Assistant

Jake joined the professional staff of the Adventure Sports Center in August 2018 as the Graduate Assistant.  Jake most recently worked as the training coordinator for Outward Bound Hong Kong and has been involved in adventure sports for over a decade.  Jake instructors in paddlesports, mountain biking and climbing as well as assisting with the Mountain Leader Course and instructor development.  

  • ACA Level 2 Kayak Instructor Trainer
  • ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor
  • Leave No Trace Master
  • Royal Yachting Association Day Skipper
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor

You can contact him at jtaylor5@smcvt.edu.

John Carmody, Senior Paddlesports Instructor

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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 Surf Kayak Instructor
  • ACA L:5 Advanced Open Water Instructor
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder

Derek Doucet, Senior Climbing 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.

  • 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 Climbing Instructor

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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
  • AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Training
  • LNT Master Educator

Mark Moore, Senior Paddlesports Instructor

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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 Kayak
  • ACA L:4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer Educator
  • ACA L:5 Advanced Open Water Instructor
  • ACA L:5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder 

Steve Charest, Senior Ski Mountaineering / Climbing Instructor

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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)


  • 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


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


  • Wilderness First Responder

Andrea Charest, Senior Climbing Instructor

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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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