MEET THE STAFF:
Keith G. Haley, Paradise Ridge Challenge Camp Director.
Keith is a licensed counselor with a M.S. in Psychology and 30 years of counseling experience on the Palouse. His passion is experiential education and sharing the wonders of Paradise Ridge with children and families who appreciate our natural world. THIS is definitely his dream job! Keith is honored to have a exceptional group of trusted colleagues working with him this season!
Daniel Haley, Paradise Ridge Counselor.
Daniel is a Coordinator for the pioneering Clinical Communication Program within the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU. An actor and director by trade, Daniel earned his BFA from the UI and accompanying MFA from the University of Montana. A challenge course facilitator for more than 15 years Daniel recognizes the importance of teamwork and loves helping groups discover their own collective potential in the serenity of nature on Paradise Ridge!
Matthew Haley, Paradise Ridge Summer Camp Counselor.
Matthew currently teaches full time at Moscow Jr. High School and is certified to teach 6th-12th grade Spanish and Social Studies. He is currently teaching 7th and 9th grade social studies. Matthew has his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho. Working with students at Moscow Jr. High School,he has learned in the last few years that he loves teaching in the classroom, but also has found out how rewarding it can be working with students in athletics and outside of the classroom. Matthew is also the head 8th grade football coach and Moscow Jr. High School’s head wrestling coach.
Aaron Dail, Paradise Ridge Summer Camp Counselor.
Aaron was raised here in Moscow. He graduated from Moscow High and then went on to attend the University of Idaho, where he received a bachelor's degree in History and Education. He now teaches Social Studies at Troy Jr./Sr. High School and coaches in multiple sports. He was a ranger at Philmont Boy Scout ranch in 2009 and continues to be involved in outdoor youth education as much as possible. While in college he studied abroad in Italy for a year and later returned to teach English to military academy students. He is married and has a daughter named Stella. In his free time he enjoys backcountry camping, hiking, fishing and travelling to learn more about other cultures. Leading the upcoming generation to be active and involved in their communities is one reason he loves working with the youth. Aaron has been involved with PRC for five summers and looks forward to many more to come.
Dan Schaaf, Paradise Ridge Summer Camp Counselor.
Dan is the Adventure Coordinator and Health Teacher at Palouse Prairie Charter School. He received his Master's of Science in Natural Resources and a graduate certificate in Environmental Education at the University of Idaho. Part of his master's included teaching at the McCall Outdoor Science School for a year. Dan loves to do pretty much anything outdoors - fishing, hiking, foraging, gardening, climbing, and so much more. Dan brings a lot of enthusiasm to his work with kids as he believes training young people to be stewards of the earth is of utmost importance. This summer will be Dan's first year with PRCC and he is really excited!Danika Hill, M.S., Paradise Ridge Camp Counselor.
Danika Hill , M.S. Paradise Ridge Summer Camp Counselor.
Dani spent her summers growing up attending adventure camps. She spent two summers in college as a camp counselor at a small, overnight farm camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York. She moved to Moscow in July 2014 to earn her master's in environmental science from the University of Idaho and continues to study soil in the lab. She loves working with kids, and has designed many outdoor lesson plans for children of all ages including star gazing, nighttime awareness, native bees, and mindfulness in nature.
Paradise Ridge Board Member :
Jon is a Moscow native and a graduate of Moscow High School. He attended the University of Idaho, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later in life a master’s degree in school counseling. Jon’s volunteer and professional experiences working with youth have included nine summers coaching little league and school baseball and the past ten years working with K-12 students as the guidance counselor at Genesee School. Jon is married and has a daughter and a son, ages seventeen and twenty-one. Jon enjoys running, golfing and camping with family and friends. He loves working with adolescents and young adults, especially when it can be outdoors involving challenging activities.
Heather Huston, M.S., Board Member :
Born in California, and raised in Illinois. Heather has fallen in love with the Palouse-Clearwater region and now considers this her home. She is a graduate of the University of Idaho in Child Development Family Relations, with minors in Psychology and Outdoor Recreation. This direction led to a Masters degree in Environmental Education and a certificate in a survey Permaculture program. In addition to her 6+ years of ropes course facilitation, she has planned and coordinated many successful youth development activities. She completed two terms with AmeriCorps as a youth program coordinator and loves working as a Volunteer Coordinator for a local non-profit supporting youth and education. Heather values the importance of creating a caring learning environment, working with mentors and learning new skills. Her free time activities include gardening, farming, honeybee keeping, cooking and camping.
Steve Ullrich, Paradise Ridge Camp Naturalist.
Steve is a 15-year resident and frequent hiker of Paradise Ridge. He is retired from WSU after 33 years, where he taught, advised, and bred and studied the genetics of barley. Steve has also taught at a community college in Wisconsin and a secondary school in the Peace Corps in Malawi. His interest in the great outdoors has also been major part of Steve’s life. His credentials include a BS in Wildlife Management, wildlife research on beavers in Michigan, and work as a summer Ranger Naturalist at Yellowstone National Park, as well as outdoor recreation with his wife, Mary, kids and grandkids throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Scott Kuhle, MA, Paradise Ridge Counselor.
Scott is a licensed psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Guidance & Counseling from Gonzaga University. He recently retired after nearly 45 years in the mental health field. Over the years, he worked with people of all ages in diverse therapeutic and professional settings. Scott fills his retirement days reading and writing along with bicycling, hiking, and snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Participating in workshops at Paradise Ridge provides Scott an opportunity to do what he best enjoys: being a part of people's growth and enjoyment of life.
Erik Luvaas, Paradise Ridge Summer Camp Counselor, Board Member
Erik is currently a Ph.D. student and instructor in the Recreation Program of the Department of Movement Sciences at University of Idaho. Prior to beginning his doctoral program, Erik was the Recreational Therapist and Program Director for the Recreation Therapy and Movement Arts Program at Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon as well as the Youth Sports Program Manager for Oregon Disability Sports, a non-profit Paralympics Sports Club. He has also worked as a Rehabilitation Therapist at Oregon State Hospital in Salem, a rock climbing instructor and challenge course facilitator for many years at a variety of facilities. He received his B.S. Recreation Administration from Chico State.