Here is a little bit of information on who we are, what we do and how to contact us!
Jory has taught rock climbing, mountaineering, and outdoor education for various organizations in Oregon and California before coming to K. He completed his undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership & Tourism with a focus in Outdoor & Experiential Education at Oregon State University–Cascades, and received a Master’s in Adventure Education at Prescott College. He is a proud father of two boys who keep him young and make him feel old.
Certifications and trainings:
- Wilderness EMT
- SOLO Wilderness Medicine Instructor
- American Canoe Association Level III – River Canoeing Instructor
- American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED Instructor
- Stop the Bleed Instructor
- American Mountain Guides Association certified Single Pitch Instructor
- Leave No Trace Trainer
- Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
- American Avalanche Association Level I & II training
- Mental Health First Aid training
Jess has worked as an experiential and outdoor educator and trip leader across the Northeast and Midwest with kids, teens, and adults for organizations ranging from nonprofits to camps to outdoor leadership centers before joining the team at K. She received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Gordon College and her Masters in Outdoor Adventure Leadership at HoneyRock, Wheaton College’s Outdoor Center for Leadership Development. Jess enjoys kayaking, hiking, and climbing in her free time, along with picking up a good book and exploring the intersection of art and nature.
Certifications and trainings:
- SOLO Wilderness First Responder
- American Red Cross Lifeguard
- American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED
- Wilderness Education Association Certified Outdoor Leader Candidate
Gear Room Student Workers
“Most likely to own more chacos than shirts.”
Class of 2021. KOC Board member. LandSea leader of ’18. Ben is an energetic spirit who works hard at everything he does. He loves all things outdoors and would live in REI if he could.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.
“Most likely to leave city life for van living.”
Class of 2021. KOC Board Treasurer. LandSea leader of ’18. Ian is experienced with and enthusiastic about thru-hiking. He enjoys running and silliness.
Hometown: Marshall, MI.
“Most likely to need a haircut.”
Class of ’21. KOC Board member. LandSea leader of ’18. Matt is most often excited and confused about the wonders of life. He enjoys playing Scrabble and cracking clever jokes whenever he gets the chance.
Hometown: Portage, MI.
“Most likely to scold a stranger for not recycling.”
Class of ’21. KOC Board member. Riley loves playing with their cat Eddie and growing many plants in their room. They enjoy rock climbing and hammocking on the quad.
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.
Class of 2022. KOC Board Member. Landsea Leader of ’19. Molly loves to learn new skills and try new things, especially in the outdoors. Recently, her favorite hobby is bird watching.
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI.